Where to Stay in Milan: Best Areas & Hotels

Written by Freddy Sherman
Updated Mar 30, 2022

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The Northern Italian city of Milan has a wide variety of areas to stay, with hotels in every price range. One of the best areas to stay is the Centro Storico, which puts you within steps of tourist attractions like the Duomo (cathedral) and DaVinci's Last Supper. There is a range of accommodations available in this area, from five-star luxury hotels to small boutique hotels and design hotel options.

The Brera neighborhood, part of the Centro Storico, is one of the best areas to stay for couples and those seeking a romantic Milan experience. Small streets and cobblestone alleys are lined with 15th-century buildings now housing stylish stores, restaurants, and many small boutique hotels.

The area between the Piazza della Repubblica and the main Milano Centrale train station is also centrally located and filled with a wide range of hotels, from budget to luxury. There are a lot of offices in this area, so you will find many mid-range hotel options that cater to both business and leisure travelers.

The Isola area, just north of the train station, is another one of the best areas to stay in Milan, as it has a lot of trendy boutiques and a hipster vibe. Navigli, Milan's neighborhood of canals, is a popular place to stay, and there are many boutique hotels, along with restaurants, cafés, and places to go out at night.

You may even want to stay near the airport, and Milan has two hotels at Malpensa. There's a Sheraton inside Terminal 1 and a Moxy adjacent to Terminal 2.

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Where to Stay in Milan for Luxury

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

The Hotel Principe di Savoia, a part of Dorchester Collection, opened in 1927 and continues to impress guests with luxurious accommodations and deeply personal service. The hotel sits right on the edge of the hot Porta Nuova neighborhood, only a few minutes drive or tram ride from the Centro Storico.

There's a large gym; an indoor pool; and two great restaurants, one casual, one formal. For convenience, this luxury hotel has a complimentary limo that goes to the Piazza del Duomo every 20 minutes.

For a romantic boutique luxury experience, the Chateau Monfort, located behind Piazza San Babila, is an excellent choice. This Relais & Chateaux property's rooms and suites are inspired by fairy tales, great works of music, opera, and ballet.

The hotel's Amore E Psiche spa is one of the best in the city and includes a large saltwater swimming pool, a Turkish bath, and a range of treatment options. The Chateau Monfort has one large restaurant, Rubacuori, that has three dining areas and a varied selection of meal services and types of food. Their Sunday brunch is especially popular with hotel guests and locals.

One of the city's most Instagrammable hotels is the Galleria Vik Milano, located inside Milan's iconic Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. The Galleria is the world's first enclosed shopping mall, and some of the hotel's luxurious rooms and suites have balconies inside the Galleria.

The hotel has several dining options, including the casual V Bart and Restaurant. There's also the I Dodici Gatti, a pizzeria on the hotel's rooftop level.

ME by Melia Milan II Duca may be the city's most stylish design hotel, which in Milan is really saying something. It's on the Piazza della Repubblica, putting it between Porta Nuova and the Centro Direzionale area by the train station. It's home to STK Milan, the Italian outpost of the trendy American steak restaurant group. Diners enjoy prime cuts of beef while a DJ spins electronic music.

Suite guests get the brand's ME+ service, which includes en-suite check-in, a personalized music playlist downloadable before your trip, and complimentary unpacking and packing services.

Where to Stay in Milan: Mid-Range

Piazza del Duomo
Piazza del Duomo

Many of the city's best mid-range hotel options are in the area between Milano Centrale station and the Piazza della Repubblica. It's a good location in the heart of the city, but you will need to venture out of the area to shop or explore most museums and historic sites. Right across from the station is the Atlantic Hotel. It's modern, clean, and stylish, which elevates it beyond the budget status its price might indicate.

The hotel was completely renovated in 2013, and the soundproofed rooms now have Simmons mattresses, large LCD TVs (with 200 channels), hardwood floors, and hypoallergenic furniture. There's also a Technogym fitness room (open 24 hours), free Wi-Fi, and free buffet breakfast. The hotel has several room sizes, including tiny single rooms with single beds for one person.

Moving into the historic heart of Milan, the pet-friendly IH Hotels Milano Ambasciatori is about a three-minute walk from the Duomo. The rooms and suites are modern but basic. They have some larger rooms, good for families, and some tiny, single, windowless economy rooms, which go for Euro 100.

Try to get a balcony, as some of the rooms and the hotel itself are a bit dark, suffering from a strange lack of windows. Some of the rooms have views of the Duomo's spires. The staff members speak good English, and the Wi-Fi and breakfast are free.

At the higher end of the mid-range scale, the Maison Milano is well worth the splurge. The boutique hotel is right next to the Piazza del Duomo, saving you time and money if it's Milan's historic core you're looking to explore. The hotel only has 27 rooms, meaning guests get very personal attention from the staff. The rooms and suites have a clean, modern decor and are more spacious than other hotels in this price range.

Shopping and dining (and trams) are right outside your door. Also right outside your door is Milan's best gelato; it's worth the wait in line to try some at Cuore di Gelato across from the hotel.

The Street Milano Duomo, a Design Boutique Hotel, with mid-range room rates, is a sophisticated design hotel located in the neighborhood right near the Duomo, only 100 meters from the Piazza del Duomo. There are only 11 rooms, but they're soundproofed and very well outfitted with luxury amenities like Lavazza coffee machines and flat-screen TVs with included Netflix and Amazon Prime.

Where to Stay in Milan on a Budget

View over Milan
View over Milan

Other than the historic heart of the city near the Duomo, budget hotel options are available in many of Milan's neighborhoods. The pet-friendly B&B Hotel Milano Ornato is between Niguarda and the trendy Bicocca area, about 20 minutes by tram from the Duomo. The building used to be a student dorm, and the rooms are very basic but clean and modern. The property is large (and rarely full) with free Wi-Fi and free breakfast.

The Miu Hotel is a very basic, family-owned budget hotel that offers a real local Milanese experience. It's a great area to stay, as the hotel's location in the San Siro neighborhood means there are plenty of good local restaurants and markets nearby. They also have free Wi-Fi and a small, free breakfast buffet. There's even a small garden, an oasis of green in the city. Tram and bus stops are located in close proximity for exploring the city.

The Hotel Ascot is in the Bicocca area, near the University of Milan, and offers basic, clean accommodations. It's still within walkable distance of the Duomo (about 10 minutes), and you can also walk to Milan's best shopping on Via Torino and Corso Vittorio Emanuele II. The style and furnishings are dated, but the prices are low. The hotel has 64 rooms, which include singles, doubles, triples, a family suite for four, and a junior suite with a small sitting area.

Breakfast is included in most rates, and there's a grocery store on the next block. Transportation (bus and tram) is within steps of the hotel. Staff is helpful and friendly, but not all speak English.

A good budget hotel at the airport is the Moxy Milan Malpensa Airport. It's on the airport property, about a 10-minute walk from terminal 2. The free airport shuttle that runs between terminals also stops right near the hotel. Moxy hotels are a partnership between Marriott and Ikea, so you get an inexpensive, well-designed, well-managed hotel with contemporary, functional furniture. The hotel has free, fast Wi-Fi, and there's a little convenience store on-site, which is open 24/7. The hotel also has a small café open during the day. You can book rooms for day use if you have a long layover.

Where to Stay in Milan for Families

Dining at night in Milan
Dining at night in Milan

Broletto is another great area to stay, and the Camperio House Suites and Apartments is an all-suite hotel composed of a group of apartment buildings created from a 16th-century palace. The large one- and two-bedroom units come with full kitchens and are well-furnished, clean, and perfect for families. Unlike an apartment rental, you get a 24-hour staffed desk and concierge, fitness center, and free breakfast each morning. The location is excellent for sightseeing, midway between the Duomo and Castello Sforzesco.

UNAHOTELS Century Milano is near the Milano Centrale train station, and they love families. One child under 12 stays free (including a free breakfast), and the hotel has large family rooms that comfortably accommodate four people. The hotel has special loaner toys available, and kids have a section on all the menus. The hotel also has organized, seasonal activities for its younger guests. It's in a bland but safe area, Centro Direzionale, situated between the main train station and the cool Porta Nuova neighborhood, and it's one of the best places to stay for families. There are seven UNA hotels located around Milan, and they all have these same kid-friendly policies.

Where to Stay in Milan for Romance

Naviglio Grande canal in Milan
Naviglio Grande canal in Milan

The Four Seasons Hotel Milano is housed in a restored 15th-century convent and delivers a romantic experience from the moment you walk in the front door. Beyond the luxurious accommodations, hotel guests can choose from a menu of unique experiences, including use of a two-seat, 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider for a romantic day-trip drive to Lake Como.

One of the smaller Four Seasons properties, the hotel has only 114 rooms, delivering a high-end boutique experience. The location is great, too, right next to the Duomo.

For an intimately romantic experience, Sina The Gray is a modern, stylish boutique design hotel with only 21 rooms. It's perfectly located a few steps to the Duomo. Book a Gallery room, with views directly into the iconic Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II from your bed.

The view is complimented by a circular Jacuzzi just right for two, housed within the room's spa-like bathroom. The room itself is immaculately designed, with floors and walls paneled with contrasting exotic woods and a range of luxury amenities. Couples will appreciate the warm, personal service and overall attention to detail. Other hotel rooms have unique amenities like a Turkish bath or a private gym, perfect for a couple's steam or workout.

If you want to splurge on a romantic getaway, the ultra-exclusive Bvlgari Hotel Milano is a great place to stay for couples. This five-star hotel is a short walk from the Duomo and La Scala. Even the most basic rooms are sumptuous, with garden courtyard views, luxurious accessories and amenities, and spa-like black marble bathrooms. The hotel's well-connected concierge team can create the ultimate romantic experience with their unlimited and exclusive access to the city's best restaurants, nightlife, and live events.

Where to Stay in Milan near the Airport

Plane landing at the airport in Milan
Plane landing at the airport in Milan

Choosing a hotel near Milan Malpensa Airport makes it easy to catch an early morning flight or fall into bed quickly after a late night arrival. The Sheraton Milan Malpensa Airport Hotel & Conference Centre is located inside Terminal 1 at the airport. The rooms and suites at this four-star hotel are clean and comfortable with modern decor. They are also fully soundproofed to ensure a good night's sleep. Club-level rooms come with access to the Sheraton Club Lounge, which serves complimentary food and drinks all day. Amenities include an indoor swimming pool, a gym open 24 hours a day, and a business center.

Another option is the Holiday Inn Express Milan Malpensa Airport. It is just two kilometers from the airport and offers transport to and from it upon request and for a fee. The hotel features soundproof rooms with blackout curtains and air-conditioning. They are family friendly, with pull-out sofa beds, and larger family rooms are available. The decor is modern, with wood floors and colorful artwork.

There is a free packaged breakfast in the mornings and a 24-hour lobby bar, which sells food. There are also vending machines with snacks. Baggage storage is available, and there is free parking. The hotel offers a Park, Stay, and Go package that includes a night's accommodation and seven days of parking.

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