Next to the Stazione Centrale, the Gallia is an historic hotel mentioned in guides to Milan of the 1930s when it was frequented by diplomats and princes. In the renovated rooms, you can sleep under a painted canopy of fluffy clouds and bath in lavishly furnished bathrooms. There's a beauty and fitness center and the top-class restaurant offers vegetable-oriented menus and caters posh parties held in the reception rooms on the top floor. Take the lift up to see the fascinating view that makes you feel you can reach out and touch one of the Assyro-Milanese lions of the Stazione Centrale.
check availabilityGrand Hotel et de Milan*****
Via Manzoni 29
tel. [+39] 02 723141 | fax [+39] 02 86460861
The hotel retains the original interior décor and aristocratic atmosphere of bygone days. Inaugurated in 1863, it quickly acquired almost legendary status among Milanese hotels known worldwide. Famous past guests such as Giuseppe Verdi (the room he once occupied has been faithfully reproduced and is always in great demand) are recalled in pictures, photos and statues. The hotel's facilities include the Don Carlos restaurant and Caruso coffee-shop.
Piazza Repubblica 20
tel. [+39] 02 63361 | fax [+39] 02 654485
Recently restored and raised to 12 floors, its façade is now in beautiful dark red Assuan marble. The 244 luxury Empire-style rooms all have Internet access and eight suites also offer completely marble-lined Turkish baths - the ultimate in relaxation. There is a fully equipped fitness center. The Casanova Grill restaurant is a favorite meeting place for Milanese connoisseurs.
check availabilityPrincipe di Savoia*****
Piazza Repubblica 17
tel. [+39] 02 62301 | fax [+39] 02 653799
This luxury hotel (established 1927) has all its 266 rooms and 133 suites in attractive 19th-century Lombard style. A fitness and beauty center has been installed at rooftop level (where there is also a 500 sq.m. Presidential suite with its own pool). The recently renovated Acanto restaurant offers Mediterranean cuisine and it is highly rated. There are variously-sized dining rooms as well as several fully equipped conference/meeting rooms, also available for parties and receptions. As of April 2000, a newly built 'Bridge of Sighs' connects the old building to the Principe Tower where rooms, in subdued Victorian style, are equipped with the modern technical facilities.
Via Senato 5
tel. [+39] 02 76015535 | fax [+39] 02 783300
It faces the Palazzo del Senato, not far from the San Babila subway stop. Completely renovated in 1996, some of the rooms, lavishly decorated and with Internet access, overlook Via Spiga, a quiet, pedestrian-only street in the midst of the Montenapoleone shopping area. The VIP clientele of the hotel includes the late Helmut Newton and the Dalai Lama. De luxe rates.
Via Giorgio Washington 66
tel. [+39] 02 48521 | fax [+39] 02 4818925
Luxurious rooms and world-class hospitality within walking distance of the Corso Vercelli shopping area. Just a few stops by tram or subway and you reach the Castle and Piazza Duomo. One of the most 'moderate' in its class. Buffet breakfast and in-house Brasserie de Milan and parking.
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