A 1930s building by architect Enrico Griffini is now the Armani Hotel, the second urban inn for the Milan-based brand. The city’s fashion set can be found at the Armani Lounge and Bamboo Bar, a lofty hangout with backlit onyx detailing and panoramic views of the Duomo and historic district. From $766. 39/(0) 02-8883-8888. This appeared in the September, 2012 issue.
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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.
Need to Know
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.
Sophisticated Environs for a Sophisticated Meal
I was first exposed to the design of Giorgio Armani at the Golden Globe Awards in the mid-1990s. Jodie Foster and other actresses (maybe Mira Sorvino?) were wearing beautifully tailored Armani suits at the gala, and the color palette made an immediate impression on me. In Milan a few weeks ago during the Salone del Mobile furniture fair, I had the pleasure of having lunch at the Armani. It is everything you would imagine: all sorts of whites, blacks, grays, and an array of gleaming surfaces. The menu at lunch is simple—a few starters and a few mains. The service is flawless and the linens perfectly crisp, much like those suits I remember from way back when.
Hotel Armani's bar looks like any photo I've seen of the designer's clothing in a magazine- clean lines, neutral colors, and elegance to spare. The cocktail list is long and humorous (the Steve Martini anyone?), but it's the environs to check out. Visit the Hotel Armani bar to start your own fashion week in Milan.