Visit Milan for the shopping. Stay in Milan for the fashion at the uber-fashionable Armani Hotel Milano.
A stay at the recently opened boutique hotel is like being wrapped in the coolest of textures and the rarest of finery. As marks Giorgio Armani’s tastes in form fitting attire with just the right materials, the Armani Hotel Milan is a studied work in luxurious appointments tempered by masterful minimalism. No detail is too small for this impresario of perfection and the 95 rooms and suites bear that out in spectacular presentations of light, form, function and artful aesthetics.
The hotel is the second in what is becoming an eponymous iconic chain fusing fashion with hospitality. The first Armani Hotel opened in Dubai in 2010 inside the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. And like Dubai, the Armani Hotel Milano makes as much a statement in its location as it does in its execution. Here the hotel in the country of its owner, the Armani Milano took a 1937 Art Deco edifice from Italy’s Fascist era and transformed it into a modern masterpiece of light lines and large windows while preserving the former era’s architectural majesty. The building anchors the skyline at the very epicenter of fashion in Milan, the Quadrilatero della Moda, and is minutes away from the luxury shopping streets of Via Montenapoleone and Via della Spiga. Guests can walk to the La Scala theatre and view the Piazza del Duomo from their room or the 23-foot windows illuminating the hotel’s Ristorante and Bamboo Bar.
Guest rooms run from 430 square feet to more than 20,000 square feet, and each room comes with its own “lifestyle manager.” Don’t know what to wear, or where to buy it? Help is but button away. In these spaces, too, experience an Armani scent created just for this hotel experience. Armani/Privé Bois d’Encens conjures the essence of old Italian churches and, in this cathedral of luxury, fits the moment like a kid leather glove.
Rooms are swathed in brushed metal tones, made all the more elegant by restrained Japanese-style furnishings and betraying a certain business mode in the end – the seal of a successful entrepreneur who likes cleans lines but appreciates dashes of stylish toys and whimsy. Expect to pay rates that start at $750 per night here and understand what those rates can bring.
A dose of pampering, too, is fashionable at the Armani. An infinity pool on the roof overlooks the red-tiled rooftops of Milan, the central Duomo, and the Palazzo Reale Milano beyond. Spa Armani offers quiet relaxation and body treatments within spacious rooftop quarters of tall glass windows and wide city views, adjacent to a gym open 24 hours.
Looking for what to see in Milan? Armani offers some personal favorites:
Walk down the old street of Corso Garibaldi and view the new skyscrapers going up around it.
See the Pinacoteca di Brera Museum of Art.
Enjoy the waters in the fountain in Santa Maria delle Grazie.
Take a tour of the Navigli, the interconnected canals that date back to the 14th century running through the very heart of Milan.
Visit Villa Necchi Campiglio, preserved and furnished 1930s home created in the rationalist style by architect Piero Portaluppi
A member of the prestigious Kurtz-Ahlers Collection