We picked a plush old world hotel for our first stop in Europe to recover from the long haul flights and have a great first taste of Europe. The Grand Hotel et de Milan was perfect. I did a lot of research online to make sure we had a great holiday and really got a hotel that reflected the cities we're visiting and got a great deal on their website which included breakfast and first class rail tickets to Lake Como. We had emails from the concierge before we left to ensure we would have everything we needed.
On arrival in Milan we took public transport into the city and rolled out of the subway and the hotel is literally 10 feet away. Within minutes we're in our lovely room overlooking via Manzoni. Next door is the Armani mothership, the golden triangle of shopping is steps away, the Galleria and La Scala a few hundred metres down the road. As much as we were tired from the trip, we were stoked to have such a lovely room so we hit the streets and were in the Gucci cafe in the Galleria having a heart-starter within 15 minutes.
The breakfast and breakfast room is lovely, staff were ever so helpful, our room large was quiet with opening doors onto the street with little juliet balconies, the bath and couch were put to good use for power naps, and we loved every minute of our stay. Yes the room we stayed in was pre-renovation, but coming from a young country we really valued the history and luxury of the hotel and its fittings. Quality and style last and the Grand Hotel et de Milan has both.
While we don't get to Europe often from Australia, and we have much of the continent yet to explore, we will stop off in Milan for a night on our next trip next year just to stay at the Hotel et de Milan. We also stayed at the Sacher in Vienna and the Stafford in London to give you an idea of the type of hotels we love.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A place of elegance where many famous people from the past have left their mark. Opened in 1863, the Grand Hotel et de Milan still holds its charm and allure as an old ‘Milanese’ mansion. It has been and still is the preferred hotel of many national and international celebrities from the worlds of culture,fashion, music, business and entertainment.Located in the heart of the town it is just a few steps from the fashion district, financial area and duomo cathedral. Due to its position and excellent bars, restaurants and halls, the Grand Hotel et de Milan is the ideal place to enjoy a pleasant holiday or business trip. ... more less
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