Via San Raffaele 3, 20121 Milan
Photo courtesy of The Straf
The StrafDon’t be fooled by the slightly traditional stone facade; behind it lies one of Italy’s most avant-garde hotels. Built with deliberately bold materials—slate, brass, iron, concrete—the 4-star hotel draws a fashionable crowd. The impact of the "industrial-chic" interiors (all created by architect-designer Vincenzo de Cotiis) is endlessly impressive, from the bare concrete walls to the torn gauze trapped between sheets of glass along the corridors. Rooms are spacious yet discreet, with tailor-made chairs and sofas, bold lighting, and mirrored walls that open to reveal minibars and closets. Bathrooms are fitted with aged mirrors and designer sinks, and the showers have sheet-metal floors and brass walls. As one might expect from an edgy hotel like this, the staff are young and hip rather than formal, and their insider recommendations tend to be on the cool and in-the-know side.