The Armani Hotel Milano occupies a beautiful, box-shaped 1930s palazzo in the beating heart of Milan’s fashion district. As striking as it looks from the outside, it’s arguably even more glamorous on the inside. Every aspect of its interior, from the mother-of-pearl doors to the leather-lined walls, has been either designed or approved by Giorgio Armani himself. The overall aesthetic is smart and elegant, thanks to the neutral color scheme of beiges and light grays. Special touches abound, including Armani amenities in the gray marble bathrooms, complimentary minibars, and a “lifestyle manager" appointed to each guest upon arrival.
The hotel’s 95 rooms come in various sizes and types, ranging from Armani Deluxe rooms, with their own deep bathtubs, to two-story Armani Signature Suites, which offer stylish central staircases and their own living rooms. The seventh floor of the building houses the impressive Armani/Ristorante, with floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto Milan's skyline. An Armani/Bamboo Bar and Armani/SPA provide further opportunities for exquisite in-house indulgence.
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The hotel is located on Via Manzoni, which is studded with grand old palaces, historic apartment buildings, and designer boutiques. The fashionable Brera district is within walking distance, with yet more retail, entertainment, and culture opportunities. Head to the Pinacoteca di Brera to view some of the finest Italian paintings in the city, Parco Sempione for an idyllic stroll (and to admire Sforza Castle and the Arch of Peace), or La Scala opera house for an evening of culture.
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Rooms: 95 rooms, from $508. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Armani/Ristorante, with its smart brown tablecloths, black-and-white checked floor, and stellar views, serves top-end Italian food with an emphasis on fresh, seasonal produce. It also has its own Enoteca, featuring a broad and exclusive selection of wine, and a private dining room. The adjacent Armani/Lounge overlooks the city skyline and is a perfect perch for afternoon tea and a seductive spot for cocktails when the lights go down. The Armani/Bamboo Bar also hosts regular live music. Spa and gym details: A visit to the glass-ceilinged Armani/Spa, located on the top floor, comes with a personal consultation from a SPA professional who can help develop a fully tailored program. Facilities include an indoor pool, six treatment rooms, a couples' room, and a relaxation area with sauna and steam experiences.
Who it’s for: Style gurus, dapper sophisticates, Fashion Week attendees (or organizers). Our favorite rooms: Room 601, the Armani Milano Suite, features a fully equipped kitchen, private study, and dining room. The amazing bedroom has a wide walk-in cabinet, and a wraparound balcony with amazing views of the Duomo Cathedral and Milan’s terraces and rooftops. Evening delight: Visit the Armani/SPA in the evening to stargaze from the pool.