Where to stay in Milan – the best area and hotels

Where to stay in Milan - the best area and hotels

Where to stay in Milan for shopping or sightseeing? What is the best location to stay in Milan if you are visiting the city for the first time? This guide will help you to choose the perfect place for your vacation.

Milan is divided into 9 administrative zones (boroughs). Zone 1 (Centro Storico) covers all the famous sites and shops. In most cases, this zone is all you need. The zone itself consists of smaller districts.

Most of the touristic sites and shops are located in the central zone. No matter if you are visiting the city for shopping or culture, the best area to stay in Milan is in zone 1.


Where to stay in Milan for shopping and sightseeing – map

In general, you can’t go wrong staying anywhere in zone 1 (the purple area on the map). Still, I would recommend you to choose the North-Eastern areas. The metro stations are more and close to each other in these areas. After a long day of sightseeing, the last thing you will want is to walk one more kilometre to the closest metro station.

Many travel guides will suggest you stay in Navigli canal area but don’t. I really loved this area and it is an awesome place for an evening stroll. Navigli is very romantic, especially at sunset. There are a lot of aperitif bars along the canals where you can sit for a glass of wine and cheap eats. It is a great place but only for nightlife and the metro connections to the city centre are poor.


Around the Duomo

Milan Cathedral

The Milan Cathedral (Duomo) lies in the heart of the city. Staying in this area is a great choice especially if you are short on time. All the top touristic landmarks and high-end shops are at your doorstep. The beautiful Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, a famous shopping mall, is on few minutes’ walk away. This area is also very well connected to the other parts of the city via the metro lines M1 and M3.

Where to stay around the Duomo


Luxury & boutique hotels


Hotel Spadari Al Duomo – a 4-star hotel just a short walk from Piazza Duomo.
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Park Hyatt Milano – a 5-star hotel with luxury spa in the heart of Milan.
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Mid-range hotels


Room Mate Giulia – a boutique hotel, located in a historical building from the late 19th century.
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Hotel Gran Duca Di York – lovely boutique hotel in a very quiet street in the heart of Milan.
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Apartments


Milano Apartments – modernly furnished apartments just 300m from Milan Cathedral.
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Aparthotel Duomo – luxurious independent suites in the historic centre with a view of the Duomo.
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Brera

The Sforza Castle
The Sforza Castle

Brera is a small artsy district to the north of the Duomo. Its narrow streets are packed with exclusive boutiques, bars and cosy restaurants. The Sforza Castle (Castello Sforzesco) is within a walking distance. The metro lines M1 and M2 provide connections to the rest of the city. Brera is a great place to wander and get lost in the charm of the city. Plus, the area is not so touristic.

Where to stay in Brera


Luxury & boutique hotels


Mandarin Oriental Milan – oriental luxury hotel in elegant 18th-century building steps away from La Scala.
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Bulgari Hotel Milano – a 5-star hotel, housed in the renovated 18th-century Milanese palazzo.
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Mid-range hotels


Hotel Clerici – a boutique hotel in an ancient mansion just behind the Opera House La Scala.
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Hotel Milano Scala – an elegant hotel in the heart of the Brera district, a few steps from Piazza della Scala.
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Apartments


Casa Rebecca in Brera – a lovely studio apartment with a perfect location for sightseeing.
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Fifty Eight Suite Milan – nice apartments only 600m away from the Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper.
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Sempione

Parco Sempione
Parco Sempione

The area around one of the city’s biggest parks, Parco Sempione, is another nice option to stay close to the city centre, escaping the hordes of tourists. The Corso Sempione Boulevard will provide you with endless choices of aperitivo bars. This makes the area an awesome place for dining and late-night drinking.

Where to stay in Sempione


Mid-range hotels


Lancaster Hotel – a comfortable 3-star hotel, housed in an Art Nouveau building from the late 19th century.
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UNA Hotel Cusani – an elegant hotel in a very central position between the Castello Sforzesco and the Duomo.
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Apartments


Lovely Sempione Apartment – a charming and comfortable apartment in Sempione area.
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Appartamento di charme – comfortable furnished and cosy apartment.
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Porta Venezia

near Porta Venezia

The area around Porta Venezia is a perfect place to stay in Milan, especially if you are visiting the city for shopping. The longest shopping street in Milan, Corso Buenos Aires, will satisfy even the biggest shopping fans. The metro line M1 will take you right in the city centre. The area is also full of cheap local restaurants. The central station is close, but avoid staying nearby.

During my trip to Milan, I stayed in this area. I chose it because of its closeness to the city centre and its residential and calm look.

Where to stay in Milan, Porta Venezia


Luxury & boutique hotels


Baglioni Hotel Carlton – a 5-star hotel, perfect for both leisure and business trips.
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Four Seasons Hotel Milano – a 5-star chic luxury hotel.
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Mid-range hotels


Hotel Teco – a 3-star hotel in the famous shopping area, Corso Buenos Aires.
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Senato Hotel Milano – a boutique hotel in former elegant private house.
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Apartments


My Place in Milan – design apartment in a lively area with shops and good restaurants.
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Galleria Buenos Aires 14 – spacious apartment near the subway.
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Things to do in Milan

Explore the stunning Milan Duomo and climb to the Duomo Terraces for a panoramic city view.

Take a guided tour of Da Vinci’s “Last Supper”.

Take a day tour to the spectacular Lake Como, Italy’s famous lakeside resort.

I recommend these tours


Have you been to Milan? What is the best area to stay in Milan for you?

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