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In spite of having some world class sights, Milan is not a tourist city and the hotel scene reflects this. About 80 per cent of the Italian HQs of international companies are based here or in the immediate surrounding area, so it stands to reason that the best places to stay in Milan are geared towards executives travelling on high end expense accounts. For this reason, as well as a good choice of hotels, you'll also find a wide range of city centre apartments for short term rent (we recommend you check out the selection with our online partner

Then there's the fashion industry, of which Milan is a world centre, and fashionistas flock to some of the coolest hotels with the sharpest design in the country. Whilst these may undeniably be the best places to stay in Milan, they are also some of the most expensive.

This has negative repercussions on the tourist, especially if you want to avoid large, outrageously expensive, corporate-style hotels, however hip they may be.

While bargains in this city are thin on the ground, a handful of the best places to stay in Milan are delightful small hotels where it's not de rigeur to be dressed in head-to-toe black Prada crowned with a massive pair of dark glasses; we have listed our favourites below.

If you are visiting for pure leisure and want to contain the budget, it's important to avoid the frequent big trade fairs when hotel prices are at their maximum and rooms in the best places to stay in Milan may be booked months in advance.

Best places to stay in Milan

Uber Cool Luxury

For the best places to stay in Milan if you want to mix with the super cool try:

  • Straf was declared Italy's most avant-garde hotel when it opened and it's still creating a stir today. Come here to rub shoulders with the fashionistas, designers et al who love the interiors where rough slate sit alonside burnished brass, iron and concrete.
  • Bulgari is more about understated glamour. Here the emphasis is on chic sophistication. Plus it's the only hotel within the city walls to boast a garden. A sensational spa and great food complete the picture.

Traditional Luxury

If you're looking for luxury but prefer it on the tradition end of the scale, then some of the best places to stay in Milan are definitely for you!

  • Grand Hotel et de Milan would be a top choice. This "grand dame" exudes bags of character and luxury - think rich fabrics, antiques and fine art on the walls. It is also only a stone's throw from La Scala so ideal for opera buffs.
  • Four Seasons Milan Whilst we don't normally endorse big chain offerings, the Four Seasons Milan offers discreet luxury in a converted 15th century monastery featuring cloisters and a lovely garden. Gourmet restaurant. Great location for an extravagant shopping trip!

Converted Townhouses

It would appear that the builders here have been busy and plenty of the best places to stay in Milan can be found in converted townhouses, which in the olden days would have been home to affluent merchants or the local gentry.

  • Town House 31 is a prime example. It occupies what was once a 19th century bourgeoise palazzo and now represents an elegant home from home. Interiors are mainly cream with brown hints, accessorized with Oriental and African artefacts.
  • Alle Meraviglie occupies the house next to its sister property Antica Locanda dei Mercanti. Both enjoy a fantastic central location and offer fresh and contemporary yet country style bedrooms with crisp white linens and wooden floors.


With ever increasing demand for less expensive accommodation, some of the best places to stay in Milan are its great selection of boutique guesthouses. Yet all of our selections can compete with the bigger hotels easily in terms of location, quality and service.

  • Antica Locanda Leonardo is located in the old part of the city. This charming family run establishment offers comfortable bedrooms and lovely courtyard garden a stone's throw from Leonardo's Cenacolo.
  • Antica Locanda Solferino is a boutique guesthouse which oozes old world charm. Come here for rooms stuffed with antiques, a superb location and a real taste of old Milan.

For a city centre apartment

  • Whether you're visiting for business or leisure, sometimes the best option is to rent an apartment. For a wide selection from penthouse luxury to budget bolthole, visit our online partner,

Browse our list of the best places to stay in Milan and start to plan your visit. Althernatively you can widen the net and check out all our Lombardy recommendations, or contact a friendly guru for advice.

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  • Casa Titta


    A stay at bijou Casa Titta is like being welcomed into the home of a stylish and worldly friend. Four individually designed rooms furnished with period pieces and delicious breakfast included in the price. Perfect for solo travellers or couples wanting to experience an up-and-coming area of Milan.

    4 rooms from $112
    Value chic  -  With rooms from €100 per night including breakfast, this is great value for money.
    Sights nearby  -  10mins by underground from the Duomo
    Full of character
  • Ritz Milan

    Milan (Lombardy)

    This stylish, comfortable hotel is the perfect choice for shopaholics, sheltered just behind the Corso Buenos Aires, one of the busiest shopping streets in Milan. Contemporary rooms and suites with rich furnishings & many with a private terrace. A good value choice for a city break.

    197 rooms from $129
    Sights nearby  -  Close to the historic heart of Milan
  • My Bed


    Stylish, incredibly good value accommodation in the heart of Milan. Rooms are spacious, clean and simple - some with private balconies. Parking is available close by. A fantastic choice for those looking to get out and sample the city's many restaurants, bars and shops. A good base for a city break.

    12 rooms from $133
    Value chic  -  My Bed offers affordable luxury in the heart of the city, with doubles fr only €119.
    Views  -  Views of Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore
    Sights nearby  -  Take in the view from the Duomo roof
  • Antica Locanda Solferino


    An arty little guesthouse with bags of character in Milan's trendy boho area. Rooms filled with country antiques, art nouveau pieces and a genuine taste of old Milan. Breakfasts served in the rooms. An excellent city spot with lots of old world charm.

    11 rooms from $184
    Local exploring  -  A charming hotel with quaint antique decor, situated in the heart of Milan's artistic Brera district, a hub of local talent.
    Great walks  -  Wander around the trendy and artistic Brera district and discover the boutiques, galleries and studios that litter her streets.
    Sights nearby  -  A number of sights including the Piazza Duomo, the Sforza Castle garden and Porta Venezia garden are within walking distance.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  Frommers
  • Antica Locanda Leonardo

    Milan (Lombardy)

    This pristine family-run guesthouse has a pretty courtyard garden in Milan's old quarter. Comfortable rooms showcase polished wooden floors and antique wood furniture, some overlooking the garden. The triple suite is a good choice for families. An intimate stay and great value city spot.

    16 rooms from $193
    Value chic  -  A reasonably priced warm and homely hotel, in prime location, featuring pretty courtyard and stylsih interiors.
    Sights nearby  -  Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, home to Leonardo da Vinci's 'The Last Supper', is within 5 minutes walk.
    Great walks  -  Explore Milan's old quarter on foot, discover hidden jems and historic architecture.
    House party feel  -  Be prepared to meet people.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
  • Hotel Ariston


    Centrally located, simply decorated, and equipped with all the modern conveniences needed for a trip to Milan. Suitable for business visitors, tourists or groups looking for something cheaper and more functional.

    53 rooms from $196
    Bicycles available  -  Borrow one of the hotel's complimentary bikes and explore the city
    Value chic
    Sights nearby  -  5 mins from the Duomo and the Navigli
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller
  • Petit Palais


    Right in the heart of Milan, not far from the cathedral, art museums and the prestigious shopping quarter - come here for a luxurious, marble-laden city break. All 18 rooms are uniquely decorated in this 17th century townhouse with chandeliers, tapestries, parquet floors and period furniture.

    18 rooms from $212
    Designer Shopping  -  A short walk to Milan's prestigious Quadrilatero d'Oro - the home of designer boutiques
    Sights nearby  -  The city's cathedral is very nearby
    Views  -  See all of Milan from the rooftop
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels
  • Alle Meraviglie

    Milan (Lombardy)

    Newly converted townhouse with pretty, reasonably priced rooms. Comfortable rooms are decked in cream colour schemes with silk curtains, crisp bed linen, fresh flowers and wooden floors. Enjoy the complimentary breakfast before setting out on the town. An elegant choice to explore Milan from.

    6 rooms from $236
    Value chic  -  Superb price for what you get- beautiful 18th Century building, chic interiors plus large airy rooms overlooking a courtyard.
    Local exploring  -  The hotel sits in the artistic heart of the city- the Brera district is young and vibrant, full of artists and bohemians.
    Sights nearby  -  Less than five minutes walk brings you to two of Milans most renowned buildings- the Duomo and Sforzesco Castle.
    Full of character
  • LaGare Hotel


    A smart new hotel convenient for Milan’s Central station. It boasts a basement spa and roof-top terrace with views across the Porta Nuova district. Slickly designed rooms in muted colours make an ideal base for either the business traveller or tourist.

    141 rooms from $248
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
  • Antica Locanda dei Mercanti

    Milan (Lombardy)

    Pretty and centrally located B&B that doesn’t break the bank. This old merchant's house, recently renovated, is contemporary country in style - creams, floral and wood floors. The spectacular suites on the top floor have wrought iron four posters and private terraces. A hotel that is hard to come by

    15 rooms from $258
    Value chic  -  Great value for beautiful hotel- light and airy rooms with fresh seasonal flowers, right in the centre of the Old City.
    Sights nearby  -  Right in the heart of old Milan, you are within walking distance of Castello Sforzesco and the Duomo.
    House party feel  -  Be prepared to meet people.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Hotel Spadari al Duomo


    A contemporary hotel a few steps from the Duomo, the Fashion District and the Teatro alla Scala. Rooms and suites in pastel colours dotted with modern art and high tech gadgetry. A good choice for those with a design conscience.

    40 rooms from $269
    Sights nearby  -  A stone's throw from the Duomo, fashion district and La Scala
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller
  • Chateau Monfort

    Milan (ang.Viale Plave)

    Five Star opulent fairytale themed hotel just a short walk from the Piazza San Babila and Milan's famous designer shops. Elegant period features blend with 21st century luxury. Afternoon tea is a speciality. Cocktail bar, elegant wine bar and classic Italian cuisine.

    77 rooms from $275
    Bar  -  'Cella di Bacco', The Cellar Bar in a vaulted room offers wonderful wine tasting around an oak table
    Restaurant  -  Afternoon tea in the Rabacuori restaruant is a treat, tiny sandwiches and elegant cakes
    Theme hotel  -  Bedrooms are themed, spend the night in Cinderalla's fairy tale suite
    City Style  -  A short walk to the Duomo and the Quadrilatero fashion district
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Relais & Chateaux
  • Principe di Savoia


    Lavish, grandiose, and Five Star to the hilt. Rooms and suites with opulent fabrics and furnishings, terraces, restaurants, spa, meeting rooms, and more. For those with deep pockets and an eye for detail.

    301 rooms from $280
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  A free shuttle service wherever you want to go ensures that everything is close by!
    Swimming Pool  -  Heated indoor pool
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
  • Palazzo Segreti


    Just steps away from Milan's fashion district, this is ancient Italy meeting sophisticated modern elegance. The stunning lighting and large, comfortable rooms create a calm ambience. This intimate hotel is the perfect choice for those interested in luxury shopping, and excellent Italian restaurants.

    18 rooms from $330
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the iconic Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper
    Close to nightlife  -  Take in everything this eclectic city has to offer
    Local markets  -  Visit the most popular market on Viale Papinian
    Other Activities  -  Visit Luini district for legendary lunches
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Magna Pars Suites


    Experience what life might be like for a fashion model or designer with a stay in these high-end suites in a converted perfume factory in the heart of Milan’s design district. Chic all white interiors offset by sofas in primary colours. A fashionistas dream come true!

    39 rooms from $292
    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
  • Milano Scala


    A large contemporary hotel in a traditional Milanese palazzo. Rooms and suites have plush furnishings, parquet floors, splashes of modern art, and private balconies overlooking the inner courtyard. Excellent restaurants, terraces, meeting rooms and wellness centre cater to just about any city visit.

    62 rooms from $292
    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  Situated in the heart of the Brera district
    Kids Club  -  Fully staffed.
  • The Gray


    Hip, contemporary boutique hotel with a sense of fun in a central location. Neutral colours with splashes of bold colour bedeck the interiors. The bedrooms feature white ostrich leather, crocodile, steel and travertine. Two suites have private gyms, Turkish baths, or jacuzzis. Great food too.

    21 rooms from $325
    Romantic Break  -  Perfect for a grown up weekend away- make the most of the enourmous baths, private steam rooms and chic fine dining restaurant.
    City Style  -  A sophisticated design hotel in central Milan, sleek rooms exude elegance- think ebony wood furniture, ivory fabrics & leather.
    Sights nearby  -  The Duomo and Milan's Royal Palace are under five minutes walk from this central hotel.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
  • Town House 31

    Milan (Lombardy)

    Elegance and homely charm congregate at this Milanese townhouse with a cool terrace bar perfect in the summer months. A home from home with a touch of zen - cream and brown decoration with splashes of colour from Oriental and African rungs and artifacts. Enjoy breakfast on your private balcony.

    19 rooms from $336
    Romantic Break  -  A more intimate romantic getaway, off the beaten track, with intimate and thoughtful details such as flower arrangements
    Full of character
    Quirky  -  An experience!
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels, Tablet
  • Straf

    Milan (Lombardy)

    Ultra cool, 21st Century designs in a super-central location. A classic facade encases a minimalist industrial aesthetic - burnished brass, polished concrete, glass and iron. Bedrooms are decked with black stone and shimmering brass bathrooms. A hip destination for those with creative sides.

    64 rooms from $347
    City Style  -  Vintage 19th-century facade meets urban interiors with oxidized copper, black slate with scratched mirrors and gauzed glass.
    Total relaxation  -  Well-being and Relax Rooms come with aroma and chromo therapy treatments as well as massage armchairs.
    Sights nearby  -  Museum of the Twentieth Century and the Duomo are within walking distance.
    Designer  -  By Italian architect and designer Vincenzo de Cotiis.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, Kiwi Collection
  • Grand Hotel et de Milan


    Old fashioned luxury with an operatic history - the doyenne of Milan's five-star hotels just a stone's throw from La Scala opera house. Rich drapes, antiques and fine paintings fill the interiors, wonderfully opulent throughout. Traditional milanese cuisine and a popular bar.

    95 rooms from $444
    City Style  -  Rooms range from old school lavish with rich fabrics and antique furnishings, to art deco and deisgn- all with equal glamour.
    Sights nearby  -  A ten minute walk from the magnificent Duomo Cathedral and the 18th-century Royal Palace of Milan.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Frommers, Kiwi Collection
  • Park Hyatt Milano

    Milan (Lombardy)

    Classic meets contemporary design in a fabulously central location on the doorstep of the most prestigious shopping streets. Serene and airy interiors - palettes of cream, beige and soft greys. Luxurious facilities include a spa and fitness centre, buzzy cocktail bar and good restaurant. City style.

    106 rooms from $814
    City Style  -  Unbeatable location, facing Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, bold contemporary design pays homage to classic Baroque elegance.
    Foodies  -  The seven course tasting menu at Michelin stared VUN restaurant by chef Andrea Aprea, is worth a trip alone.
    Sights nearby  -  Steps from all of Milans most beautiful sights- Piazza della Duomo, the Teatro della Scala, and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele.
    Designer  -  Designed by American-born and Parisian-based architect Edward Tuttle.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors, Kiwi Collection, Tablet
  • Four Seasons Milan

    Milan (Lombardy)

    Modern, stylish luxury in a 15th-Century monastery with a beautiful cloistered garden. Large individually designed bedrooms with luxurious fabrics and opulent marble bathrooms. An excellent gourmet restaurant and fab spa. Though it is seriously luxurious and sophisticated, also a great family choice

    118 rooms from $888
    City Style  -  Cutting edge interiors meet orginal features such as including frescoes, columns, vaulted ceilings and oval spiral staircases.
    Romantic Break  -  Oozing romance from every pore, with ortuny fabrics, deep soaking tubs, chic restaurants and effortlessly glamourous feel.
    Great walks  -  Walking Tours can be arranged and are a great way to see the art and architecture of Milan.
    Sights nearby  -  The Cathedral is only a ten minute walk away and is well worth checking out.
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Kiwi Collection
  • Bulgari

    Milan (Lombardy)

    Sleek glamour meets opulence and indulgence within Milan’s old city walls. Minimal interiors- black and white marbles, beiges and browns. Chic rooms have teak balconies, some overlooking the stunning 700 year old garden. Sensational spa, indoor pool and great food. Favorite haunt of Milan's elite.

    58 rooms from $1049
    Romantic Break  -  Romance is in the air- think couples massages, deep soaking tubs, candlelight meals under the stars in the fragrant gardens.
    City Style  -  The epitome of style- with black marble and granite, bronze, teak and oak fittings, spectacular gardens and palatial suites.
    Great walks  -  The hotels impressive gardens are infact an extension of the next door Botanical Gardens, well worth a wander around!
    Sights nearby  -  Explore the Brera area in style with a hotel luxury car service.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Kiwi Collection
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