Where to stay in Milan, Italy – a full guide to the best hotels and apartments.
Milan is known as the capital of fashion and design thanks to international events like the Fashion Week and Furniture Fair. The city is also the home of the third largest church in Italy, the Duomo Cathedral, and the world-famous artwork of Leonardo Da Vinci – the Last Supper. It’s a great destination for art, history or shopping lovers. But what is the best area to stay in Milan, Italy?
The city 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.
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.
During my trip to Milan, I stayed near Corso Buenos Aires. I didn’t stay here for the shopping (although I didn’t miss to check out a few stores). I chose the area because of its closeness to the city centre and its residential and calm look.
My favourite hotel in this area is Hotel Teco – a lovely 3-star hotel right next to Corso Buenos Aires. It’s the perfect base to explore the city (there is a metro station only 300m away).
The best place to stay in Milan for tourists
The best place to stay in Milan for sightseeing is right in the heart of the city, near the Duomo. Here are most of the top tourist attractions and high-end fashion boutiques. Everything you’ll need will be less than 1km away from your hotel. You can easily explore the city on foot.
The Cathedral, better known as the Duomo, is in the centre of the city. It is also the most famous landmark. By picking a hotel nearby, you’d be close to all major tourist sites, the best restaurants and bars in the city.
The city centre is also a great choice for travellers interested in luxury brand shopping. Last but not least, by booking a hotel near the cathedral you’ll be able to enjoy a romantic walk at night or party till late in the evening. Therefore wondering how to get back to your hotel or spending a lot of time commuting will not be an issue. The beautiful Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, a famous shopping mall, is on a few minutes’ walk away.
Choose the area near the Duomo
If you want to be at a walking distance from the main landmarks.
- Most of the tourist sites are here: Duomo Cathedral, Teatro alla Scala and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.
- Princi – a lovely bakery right next to Duomo.
- Try the panzerotti (fried pizza dough stuffed with all kinds of goodness) at Luini and the pizzas at Spontini.
- CioccolatItaliani – the best gelateria near the Duomo.
- Go for a window shopping at the most famous mall – Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.
- The area is also very well connected to the other parts of the city via the metro lines M1 and M3.
Best hotels near Duomo Cathedral
Families and couples
Rosa Grand Milano – Most booked
It’s one of the most booked hotels near the Duomo. The location is great for sightseeing and shopping, only 2min away from the cathedral and 500m from the subway. The hotel features a modern wellness centre and stylish rooms. They even offer a pillow selection! The perfect place to stay for families and couples.
8.5/10 Rating – See hotel images and 3,310+ guest reviews
Hotel Gran Duca Di York – Best rated
Hotel Gran Duca Di York is just 450m away from the Duomo. Although it’s right in the city centre, the hotel is located on a quiet street. Therefore you’d be away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Housed in an old building from the 19th century, the hotel still has the spirit of that time. The main hall is decorated with original frescoеs and ornaments from a private collection. In addition, the common areas and the rooms are designed in a mix of modern and vintage styles.
9.2/10 Rating – See hotel images and 700+ guest reviews
Friends and solo travellers
The Square Milano Duomo – Most booked
New, spotlessly clean hotel within a short walk to the Duomo. Rooms are elegant, spacious and well equipped. In addition, the hotel features an awesome restaurant and a rooftop bar with fantastic views of the city.
9.1/10 Rating – See hotel images and 3,770+ guest reviews
Room Mate Giulia – Closest to Duomo Cathedral
The hotel has a perfect location, just a few steps away from the Duomo Cathedral. Located in a historical building that dates back to the late 19th century, the interior of Mate Giulia is nothing like its exterior. Common areas and rooms are chic, funky, modern and colourful. The furniture throughout the hotel bears the unmistakable signature of Patricia Urquiola.
9.3/10 Rating – See hotel images and 2,960+ guest reviews
Luxury stay or romantic getaway
Hotel Spadari Al Duomo – Best rated
Only 300m away from the cathedral, Spadari Al Duomo is one of the best 4-star hotels near Duomo. The hotel offers the perfect blend of design, art and poetry. Works of art from emerging local artists decorate the rooms and those by well-known names are in the lobby. Also Via Torino, one of the main shopping streets, is just around the corner.
9.3/10 Rating – See hotel images and 740+ guest reviews
Park Hyatt – Exquisite 5-star
If you are looking for a truly luxurious accommodation, Park Hyatt is your best bet. It’s one of the, if not the, best 5-star hotels near Duomo – just 230m away. Enjoy exquisite Italian design with a spectacular view of the cathedral or the luxurious Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. The hotel offers everything you’ll need for an unforgettable stay in Milan.
9.0/10 Rating – See hotel images and 410+ guest reviews
TownHouse Duomo – Closest to Duomo
TownHouse Duomo is the first and only luxury hotel in Duomo square. It is housed in a fabulous ancient building. Each suite features a private balcony with breathtaking views of the Cathedral and its square. All rooms and suites are designed with a strong attention to detail and guests’ comfort. The hotel’s restaurant, Felix Lo Basso, has 1 Michelin star.
8.3/10 Rating – See hotel images and 320+ guest reviews
Apartments near Duomo
Milano Apartments – Best rated apartments
These modernly furnished apartments are just 300m from the Duomo Cathedral.
9.6/10 Rating – See apartment images and 200+ guest reviews
Aparthotel Duomo – View of the Duomo
Aparthotel Duomo features luxurious independent suites in the historic centre with a view of the Duomo.
9.5/10 Rating – See apartment images and 270+ guest reviews
Where to stay in Milan for shopping
The area around Porta Venezia is the best place to stay in Milan for shopping. There are two main shopping areas, both located near Porta Venezia.
Quadrilatero della moda is a high-end shopping district. It’s located north-east of the Duomo. The district is also called – Quadrilatero d’Oro, which means the Golden Rectangle. Via Monte Napoleone is the most expensive street, featuring names like Prada, Gucci store, Cartier and Fendi. Here you’ll also find the world famous shopping mall, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.
If you are looking for mainstream stores, then Corso Buenos Aires is the place. This is the longest shopping street in the city. There are more than 350 stores and outlets! Corso Buenos Aires starts at Porta Venezia and ends in Piazzale Loreto. The area is also full of cheap local restaurants.
Choose the area near Porta Venezia
If you’re heading to Milan for shopping.
- The top outlets and designer boutiques are at a walking distance.
- The metro line M1 will take you right in the city centre.
- Crazy Cat Café – the only cat cafe in the city is here.
Mid-range hotels near Porta Venezia
Hotel Teco – a 3-star hotel in the famous shopping area, Corso Buenos Aires.
9.2/10 Rating – See hotel images and 1,200+ guest reviews
Senato Hotel – a boutique hotel in a former elegant private house.
9.0/10 Rating – See hotel images and 930+ guest reviews
Luxury hotels near Porta Venezia
Baglioni Hotel Carlton – a 5-star hotel, perfect for both leisure and business trips.
8.8/10 Rating – See hotel images and 840+ guest reviews
Four Seasons Hotel – a 5-star chic luxury hotel.
9.0/10 Rating – See hotel images and 260+ guest reviews
Where to stay in Milan for one night
If you are in the city for such a short time, stay near Corso Buenos Aires. The area is well-connected with the city centre by the underground. Moreover, the Central train station is within a walking distance. You can easily catch a shuttle bus to both airports even if you have an early morning flight. You’ll be close to nice restaurants, a huge shopping street and you’ll avoid the run-down area just next to the Central station.
The best place to stay in Milan for nightlife
There are two main entertainment areas – Corso Sempione and Navigli.
Navigli canal area is not central, yet it’s a popular nightlife spot. There are a lot of clubs and aperitif bars along the canals where you can sit for a glass of wine and cheap eats. This area is also an awesome place for an evening stroll. Navigli is very romantic, especially at sunset. However, keep in mind that the metro connections to the city centre are poor.
Corso Sempione is more central place than Navigli. It’s a home of the most popular trendy bars and clubs. There are a lot of aperitif bars and good restaurants, too. Thus, if you’re looking for a great area for nightlife close to the tourist attractions, choose Corso Sempione.
More places to stay in Milan, City Centre
If you still wonder where to stay in Milan, check out the Brera district. It’s the artsy heart of the city.
Brera is a small artsy district to the north of the Duomo. Its narrow streets are packed with exclusive boutiques, bars and cosy restaurants. Brera is a great place to wander and get lost in the charm of the city.
If you want to feel the artistic atmosphere of the city.
- You can explore the most popular attractions by foot.
- Yet, if you need to use the public transport, the metro lines M1 and M2 provide connections to the rest of the city.
- The Sforza Castle and the huge park, Parco Sempione, are at your doorstep.
Mid-range hotels in Brera
Hotel Clerici – a boutique hotel in an ancient mansion just behind the Opera House La Scala.
8.8/10 Rating – See hotel images and 810+ guest reviews
Hotel Milano Scala – an elegant hotel in the heart of the Brera district, a few steps from Piazza della Scala.
9.0/10 Rating – See hotel images and 1,280+ guest reviews
Luxury hotels in Brera
Mandarin Oriental – oriental luxury hotel in elegant 18th-century building steps away from La Scala.
9.2/10 Rating – See hotel images and 240+ guest reviews
Bulgari Hotel – a 5-star hotel, housed in the renovated 18th-century Milanese palazzo.
9.1/10 Rating – See hotel images and 120+ guest reviews
Apartments in Brera
Fifty Eight Suite – nice apartments only 600m away from the Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper.
9.5/10 Rating – See apartment images and 100+ guest reviews
Explore the stunning Duomo and climb to the Duomo Terraces for a panoramic city view.
Take a day tour to the spectacular Lake Como, Italy’s famous lakeside resort.
How to get from Milan Airports to the city centre
There are two international airports in Milan: Milan–Malpensa Airport (MXP) and Orio al Serio (Milan Bergamo) International Airport (BGY).
The easiest way to get to the city centre is by booking a private transfer directly to your hotel.
The Malpensa Airport is located about 50km from the city centre. The to get to the Central train station from the airport use any of the numerous shuttle buses. There is no need to book tickets in advance.
Orio al Serio International Airport is situated in the city of Bergamo, about 60km from Milan. You can get there by using a shuttle bus.
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