Principe di Savoia
“Milan is a hectic city. Amazing — but hectic. So it was nice to have somewhere slightly outside the tourist center as a retreat. Part of the Dorchester Group, Principe di Savoia makes Milan easy — expert tips from the concierge, complimentary limo transfer into the city center, and a wonderful rooftop gym and spa for relaxing after a hard day’s shopping/sightseeing. Typical polished Dorchester grandeur throughout — from the people-watching in the lobby right down to the food in Acanto.”
- Lauren Steventon, London
(Date Experienced: October 2011)
Serious style in one of the world’s most fashionable cities.
Everyone could be pleased here — but perhaps leave the kids at home as it’s a long walk/short transfer to the hub of town and the surrounding area isn’t the best for walking, with several busy roads and not many kid-friendly activities nearby.
After an incredibly busy few work weeks it was simply wonderful to be able to relax while every detail was sorted for us — we hardly had to organize a thing!
Best time to go
Milan’s sights and shopping are good year-round, but to avoid the hoardes and the cold weather, try Spring and Autumn and late Summer is of course terribly humid. Bear in mind that Fashion week and the Salone del Mobile also occur in Spring, so plan accordingly whether you want to hit or miss these events.
The location is not central-central and you’ll want to take advantage of the complimentary limousine transfer to get the sights such as the Duomo or the main shops of the ‘Quadrilatero D’Oro’. The rooms in the Tower building have not been renovated and have a much more traditional feel.
Everything here is on a grand scale. A recent refurbishment of the main building has combined traditional glitz with modern style, paring down the bling without detracting from the grandeur. Think: voluminous curtains, rich color schemes and bespoke furnishings. The mosaic suites are a real treat, with stunning — you guessed it — mosaics in the bathrooms, while the smaller Ambassador suites are still spacious enough for an extremely comfortable stay. For all out excess, the Presidential Suite is the largest suite in Europe (500 square-meters!) and has its own Pompian-style spa with pool, sauna and Turkish bath.
Service & vibe
Nothing was too much trouble. All staff are super polished and professional, but could be a little more proactive. However, give them a request and they will fulfill it — from restaurant recommendations to truffle hunting expeditions to specialist boutiques.
There is only one restaurant, but when it’s this good you don’t really need another. Acanto offers excellent Milanese fare presented beautifully. For something more casual, Il Salotto in the lobby has snacks and light dishes, while the Principe Bar is perfect for a pre or post-dinner drink accompanied by live music.
Price per night
To Do & See
Everyone associates Milan with shopping, but there are also plenty of sights, from the famous Duomo to the Last Supper in Santa Maria della Grazie. Take a walk through the streets and you will come across numerous museums, ranging from modern art to ancient relics.
Sport & Activity
The gym on the top floor has an amazing terrace overlooking the surrounding area and a pool. Don’t spend too much time walking/running nearby — save your feet for exploring the city.
Spa & Grooming
The well-equipped top floor spa has all of the usual treatments, as well as make-up services for any special events.
There are so many restaurants in the centre of Milan, but if you want something within walking distance, Joia (www.joia.it) is the only Michelin-starred vegetarian restaurant in the world and has wonderfully creative dishes, while Il Solferino (www.ilsolferino.com) is a top-class traditional Milanese trattoria.
You’re kidding, right? Milan is a shopper’s paradise. The Quadrilatero D’Oro, bordered by Via Monte Napoleone, Via Sant’Andrea, Via Spiga and Via Borgospesso is home to all of the designer shops, with a few cute boutiques thrown in. For a slice of retail history, hit the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, off Piazza Duomo, which has been delighting shopaholics since 1867. Of course, Milan is also all about what’s ‘now’ and some of the funkiest furniture boutiques can be found in Brera.