From quaint hotels filled with antique furniture to modern boutiques with indoor swimming pools, a range of Milan hotels suit every kind of vacationer. Since Milan is the business center of Italy, rooms usually don't come cheap, but the month of August tends to be less expensive than the rest of the year. Be prepared to negotiate for the best deal.
Antica Locanda Solferino
Located in the heart of the Brera neighborhood, with its art galleries and antique stands, Antica is an old-world hotel with modern amenities. Rooms are decorated with antique furniture, and also come with hydro-massage baths, satellite television and complimentary wireless Internet access; rooms with views of the street have plant-filled balconies. Since there isn't much of a lobby, breakfast rolls and coffee are delivered straight to your room. Antica also rents two apartments in the neighborhood, each with living rooms, Jacuzzis and 1960s decor.
Located just steps from the soaring Renaissance church Santa Maria Della Grazi, Ariosto provides a retreat from the hustle and bustle of Milan. All rooms come with garden view terraces, and are decorated with natural materials like bamboo and rattan. Many of the doubles come with separated dressing areas, tile or stone bathrooms and Jacuzzis. There's also an Italian restaurant, bar, reading room and garden terrace attached to the hotel.
Four Seasons Milano
When it comes to luxury accommodations, the Four Seasons is hard to beat, and this is just as true in Milan as anywhere else in the world. Just steps from Via Montenapoleone, one of Milan's swankiest shopping streets, the Four Seasons Milano is located in a remodeled 15th-century convent; in the lobby you can still see the original soaring frescoes that decorated the convent's church. Rooms come with custom-loomed carpets and sycamore burl and pear cabinetry, while the bathrooms are outfitted with heated marble floors, bidets and steam-resistant mirrors. Two restaurants are attached.
Radisson Blu Milan
This four-star hotel in the Bovisa neighborhood was designed by Jaya Ibrahim as a tranquil, Asian-inspired oasis. Rooms are decorated with modern furniture, and come with flat-screen televisions, complimentary high-speed internet and satellite channels. The hotel's bar, decorated with glowing orange lanterns and dark wood furniture, serves specialty cocktails and wine. There's also an attached, heated indoor swimming pool housed in a glass atrium with a sauna, whirlpool and steam room.
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