Where to stay in Milan for sightseeing and shopping

best area to stay in milan

Where to stay in Milan, Italy: a quick guide to finding the best places to stay in Milan, Italy

best area to stay in milan

Milan is known as the capital of fashion and design thanks to international events as Milan Fashion Week and Milan Furniture Fair. Milan is also the home of the third largest church in Italy, the Milan Cathedral, and the world known artwork of Leonardo Da Vinci – the Last Supper. The city is a great destination for art, history or shopping lovers. But what is the best area to stay in Milan, Italy?

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.

In general, you can’t go wrong staying anywhere in zone 1. 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.

The best place to stay in Milan for sightseeing

The best places to stay in Milan for tourists are 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 by foot.

Where to stay around the Duomo


Luxury & boutique hotels


Hotel Spadari Al Duomo
Only 300m away from the cathedral, Spadari Al Duomo is one of the best 4-star hotels in Milan 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 Milan’s main shopping streets, is just around the corner.

9.3/10 Rating – See reviews and images of the hotel


Park Hyatt Milano
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, Milan – just 230m away. Enjoy exquisite Italian design with a spectacular view of the Milan 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 reviews and images of the hotel


TownHouse 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 reviews and images of the hotel


Mid-range hotels


Room Mate Giulia
The hotel has a perfect location, just a few steps away from the Milan 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. Note that it can get noisy early in the morning in the low-floor rooms facing the street due to traffic.

9.3/10 Rating – See reviews and images of the hotel


Hotel Gran Duca Di York
Hotel Gran Duca Di York is just 450m away from the Duomo. Although it’s right in the centre of Milan, 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 reviews and images of the hotel


Apartments


Milano Apartments – modernly furnished apartments just 300m from Milan Cathedral.
9.7/10 Rating – See reviews and images of the apartments


Aparthotel Duomo – luxurious independent suites in the historic centre with a view of the Duomo.
9.5/10 Rating – See reviews and images of the apartments


Where to stay in Milan for shopping

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

There are two main shopping areas in Milan, 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 Milan. There are more than 350 stores and outlets! Corso Buenos Aires starts at Porta Venezia and ends in Piazzale Loreto.

Where to stay in Milan, Porta Venezia


Luxury & boutique hotels


Baglioni Hotel Carlton – a 5-star hotel, perfect for both leisure and business trips.
8.8/10 Rating – See reviews and images of the hotel


Four Seasons Hotel Milano – a 5-star chic luxury hotel.
9.1/10 Rating – See reviews and images of the hotel


Mid-range hotels


Hotel Teco – a 3-star hotel in the famous shopping area, Corso Buenos Aires.
9.2/10 Rating – See reviews and images of the hotel


Senato Hotel Milano – a boutique hotel in former elegant private house.
9.0/10 Rating – See reviews and images of the hotel


The best place to stay in Milan for nightlife

Navigli
Navigli

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. The 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.

Check out hotels in Navigli

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.

Check out hotels in Corso Sempione


Where to stay in Milan for one night

If you are in Milan 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 Milan 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.

Check out hotels near Corso Buenos Aires


Where I stayed

During my trip, I stayed near Corso Buenos Aires. I didn’t stay here for the shopping (although I didn’t miss to check out 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 Milan (there is a metro station only 300m away).


The best neighbourhoods in Milan – map

Around the Duomo

Milan Cathedral

The Milan Cathedral, better known as the Duomo, is in the heart 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.

Milan 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 few minutes’ walk away.

Choose the area

If you want to be at a walking distance from the main landmarks.

Highlights

  • Most of the tourist sites are here: Milan 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.

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. Brera is a great place to wander and get lost in the charm of the city.

Choose the area

If you want to feel the artistic atmosphere of the city.

Highlights

  • 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.

Where to stay in Brera


Luxury & boutique hotels


Mandarin Oriental Milan – oriental luxury hotel in elegant 18th-century building steps away from La Scala.
9.3/10 Rating – See reviews and images of the hotel


Bulgari Hotel Milano – a 5-star hotel, housed in the renovated 18th-century Milanese palazzo.
9.1/10 Rating – See reviews and images of the hotel


Mid-range hotels


Hotel Clerici – a boutique hotel in an ancient mansion just behind the Opera House La Scala.
8.8/10 Rating – See reviews and images of the hotel


Hotel Milano Scala – an elegant hotel in the heart of the Brera district, a few steps from Piazza della Scala.
8.9/10 Rating – See reviews and images of the hotel


Apartments


Fifty Eight Suite Milan – nice apartments only 600m away from the Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper.
9.5/10 Rating – See reviews and images of the apartments


Porta Venezia

Porta Venezia

The area around Porta Venezia is the best place to stay in Milan for shopping. The longest shopping street in Milan, Corso Buenos Aires, will satisfy even the biggest shopping fans. For high-end designers visit Quadrilatero della moda. The area is also full of cheap local restaurants.

Choose the area

If you’re heading to Milan for shopping.

Highlights

  • 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 Milan is here.

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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


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).

Milan–Malpensa Airport is located about 50km from the city centre of Milan. The easiest and the cheapest way to get to the Central train station from the airport is by using 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. The easiest way to reach it is again by using shuttle buses.


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