This intimate hotel in a formerly industrial building has, as the name suggests, just three rooms. Or perhaps apartment is a better word, since each one covers an entire floor and features a bedroom, bathroom, and living room. Designed by former fashion magazine editor and publisher Carla Sozzani, the apartments come endowed with a wealth of colorful, stylish furnishings by iconic 20th- and 21st-century designers. There’s no need to worry about knowing a Eero Saarinen from a Charles and Ray Eames or Marcel Breuer; a conveniently prepared catalog indicates the designer of each piece, and since everything in the room is for sale—including the books, art pieces, and bathroom fixtures—prices are listed, too.
Each apartment also comes with its own private entrance and a balcony overlooking the building’s charming internal courtyard (which also serves as a delightful tea garden). Modern touches include state-of-the-art Bang & Olufsen TV and audio systems, Alessi French presses, and high-speed Internet. There’s no reception or concierge, but each guest gets the telephone number of a personal assistant upon check-in.
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The hotel is in the lively Porta Garibaldi area. For traditional spots to eat, try the nearby Antica Trattoria Della Pesa (a four-minute walk away), or the even closer Eataly—a new, modern place with a striking location in the former Smeraldo Theater. The arts-filled district of Brera lies within a 10-minute walk, and it brims with galleries, boutiques, and cultural offerings. Pinacoteca di Brera (Brera Art Gallery), with one of the foremost collections of Italian paintings in Milan, is a must.
Need to Know
Rooms: Three apartments, from $367. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: 12:30 p.m. Dining options: The hotel offers an à la carte continental breakfast that can be delivered to the room anytime between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. In addition, the discreet Garden Café, tucked away in the quiet courtyard behind a veritable forest of plants and flowers, offers refined Mediterranean cuisine with an Asian accent for lunch and dinner, as well as cocktails in the evenings. (Previous diners include Giorgio Armani and Madonna.) For peace and quiet, head to the hotel’s roof garden; there is no kitchen service, but it’s a relaxing space with a terrace full of contemporary sculptures by New York artist Kris Ruhs, plus killer views. Spa and gym details: There is no spa or gym.
Who it’s for: Fashionistas and design aficionados; celebrities and celebrity spotters. Our favorite rooms: The three apartments have similar space and are equally eye-popping in decor. Since there is no elevator, guests with mobility needs may want to request the first floor; for those desiring extra quiet, the third floor is farthest from the occasionally noisy courtyard. Plan ahead: Given there are only three apartments on offer, booking ahead is not just recommended but a necessity. The hotel’s own Galleria Carla Sozzani, right next door, hosts regular exhibitions—from art to architecture.