Just steps from Milan’s world-famous Duomo, the Gray offers 21 rooms designed by Guido Ciompi, the man behind Gucci boutiques worldwide. Ciompi’s playful style is immediately apparent from the five-seat, fuschia swing in the lobby, and continues through to the eclectic rooms, which feature a mix of large, suspended beds, jungle-inspired decor, and rich textures such as padded-leather furniture and faux animal pelts. As well as the usual gadgetry, rooms also feature round Jacuzzi baths and gorgeous shower areas made from marble, wood, and glass.
Manned by youthful, black-uniformed staff, the hotel’s other perks include contemporary Mediterranean cuisine in the trendy Le Noir restaurant, cocktails aplenty in G Bar, and snuggly sofas on the Aria roof terrace.
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With the Duomo, Teatro alla Scala, and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II all within striking distance, not to mention a whole array of high-end shops and restaurants, it’s unlikely guests will need to leave the immediate vicinity. If they do, though, plenty more thrills await nearby: Via Montenapoleone houses the showrooms of major designers like Gucci and Prada. The formerly bohemian area of La Brera might be gentrified today but is very cosmopolitan and pleasant to explore. And for a history kick, visit the Biblioteca Nazionale Braidense, home to some of the world’s most incredible ancient manuscripts.
Need to Know
Rooms: 21 rooms, from $328. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Le Noir is decked out in black lacquered surfaces, black velvet chairs, and low-lit chandeliers (some made from spoons and forks). The aesthetic is minimalist, the menu is creative Mediterranean, and the restaurant’s à la carte menu is available in-room at lunch and dinner times. The seductive G Bar offers velvet banquettes, copper walls, and red-velvet bar stools, but on a warm summer night guests will want to head to Aria terrace for alfresco drinks, light meals, and snacks. Spa and gym details: There is no spa or gym, but guests can use both at the nearby Hotel de la Ville (the gym is free, but there is a charge for the spa).
Who it’s for: Glamorous couples, moneyed romantics, sophisticated urbanites. Our favorite rooms: Fitness fanatics can stay in the “urban and fit” junior suite, which has its own private gym. For opera fans: Through the hotel concierge or online, guests can book an Opera Package, which includes the best tickets for selected shows and free entrance to the Villa Necchi Campiglio.