Hotel Magna Pars Suites
Via Vincenzo Forcella, 6, 20144 Milano MI, Italy
| +39 02 833 8371
Shop Like a Rock Star in Milan
Milan is a magical city with music, excellent dining, shopping, and museums aplenty. Why not make Milan your city this season and do a little exploring and get your holiday shopping done too? I recently returned from Milan and here are my recommendations.
I chose Hotel Magna Pars Suites in Milan as a home base. It’s an all-suite luxury hotel, with a sense of history, and a strong design sense. Formerly a perfume factory, Magna Pars Suites has large public spaces of brick and steel, tall windows that look out into a beautiful courtyard, and a rooftop deck that makes a perfect place to get away among the low-slung warehouses and apartments for a private drink. It’s interesting to note that your room number corresponds to the scent wafting about in you room. You may have a floral-scented room like Gardenia which is #20, or a fruit like Fig #202, or aromatic wood like Sandalwood #7, all via a room diffuser. It is a delightful concept and adds to the atmosphere and uniqueness of the place. Purchasing your favorite as a candle or home fragrance from the LabSolue shop. The hotel is on a quiet street, has an attentive staff, and because the suites are well-designed and spacious, they are the ideal home-away-from-home for you to rock it in Milan.
In the heart of Milan’s design district, the sleek décor of Hotel Magna Pars Suites echos the ethos of the location. Surrounded by small designers, many of whom sell from their shops, you can take a walk around the block to find something unique. Don’t worry about not knowing the city and what to do and see. This chic family-owned hotel is part of the RockStar Hotels worldwide hotel brand. When you join RockStar Hotels as a member, you get a customized city itinerary prepared by RockStar’s Milan insiders; in addition to gifts, discounts, special packages, upgrades, and late checkout if available.
For shopping, the Via Montenapoleone is ground zero for your spree, but you will have other options with some Milan designers’ selling direct from their workshops and studios in other parts of the city. Tip: RockStar Hotels experts can clue you in on where to find them via your customized personal travel guide for Milan. A priceless amenity.
Retail is an art form here. And the epitome of this shopping paradis begins at the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. This elegant Bell Epoch arcade is a collection of designer stores, restaurants, gelaterias, coffee and aperitif shops, and an art bookshop from the 1930’s-Libreria Bocca. The double-arcades of the Galleria connect to the Piazza Duomo and the Piazza della Scala (La Scala Opera House). It features an enclosed ceiling of iron and glass; a marvel of construction in the late 1800s when it was built.
Try the neighborhood restaurant, Olio Cucina Fresca which is all about the flavors and dishes of the Apulian food and wine tradition. Two young restaurateurs Mr. Fusillo and Mr. Totaro have combined their love of their native food from Pugila and brought it to Milan. They serve the best traditional products from Puglia like olive oil, black pork, shrimp and tomatoes served in their bright, modern restaurant. (Piazzale Lavater 1, 20129 Milan, 02-20520503)
Up for a grand evening? Reserve a table at La Veranda, Four Seasons Milano but come about a an hour before your reservation to sit in the spectacular hotel lobby to enjoy “aperitivo” the Italian version of happy hour. Have a smart drink or perhaps an Aperol Spritz and taste the little bites they bring out while you people watch. Don't have too many as La Veranda Restaurant is an exceptional experience. The Four Seasons Milano is tucked into a quiet street in the middle of the fashion district. Once a convent built for nuns in the 15th century, the beautiful building features an interior courtyard garden. La Veranda’s windows look out to this tranquil space with its covered exterior stone walkways accented by greenery. Request a romantic table for two by the window and select the “Tasting Menu” for the fresh seasonal offerings prepared with a deft hand by the chefs. Ask your sommelier for a custom pairing of Italian wines for each course. Dining here , you will fully appreciate the level of collaboration between all of the facets; chefs, sommelier, the maître and wait staff create a most memorable Milano meal.
A little museum time is mandatory so go to www.turismo.milano.it, the official Milan guide for itineraries and get info on the sights. Check out www.milanmuseumguide.com for info on the museums, find out what is open on a Monday- traditionally a closed day, and book a tour to see Leonardo da Vinci’s Vineyard or Teatro alla Scalla.
Milan has so much more to do and see, and is a city to walk in. Public transportation is easy and the people are friendly. You’ll have a divine time, but bring an extra suitcase for all of your purchases. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.