Baglioni Hotel Carlton
What We Love
- Unbeatable location in the heart of Milan’s Quadrilatero, with a discreet entrance flanked by luxe boutiques
- Home to one of Milan’s top restaurants, Il Baretto
- An extremely courteous and helpful staff
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What To Know
- A city tax of approximately $7 per person, per night, will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- Free WiFi
- It's a 10-minute taxi ride from Milano Centrale train station
- The small gym is open 24 hours
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
In the Quadrilatero della Moda (Milan’s fashion district), the Baglioni Hotel Carlton is an elegant five-star sleep set in a classically styled mansion. Two separate entrances are located on two of the city’s hottest shopping streets, and both lead to a grand marble-floored lobby decorated with oil paintings and Chesterfield sofas. In the Caffè Baglioni, a hip hub designed by Milanese atelier Rebosio + Spagnulo, Murano glass chandeliers hang above an impressive piece of wall art that depicts a musical score by composer Daniele Lombardi made from copper yarn.
Bed and Bath
The 87 guestrooms and suites are dressed in a creamy palette, with fabric-covered walls, dark wood floors and leather finishes. Modern light fixtures add an edge to the classic decor. Tactile fabrics (rich brocade, silk linens and velvet cushions) are featured throughout, and most of the rooms overlook the boutique-lined Via Senato and Via della Spiga (or the internal courtyard). The bathrooms have heated black marble floors, spacious rain showers, wonderfully soft his-and-hers bathrobes and custom-made fig-scented toiletries by Ortigia.
The hotel’s restaurant, Il Baretto, first opened as an American Bar in 1962 and attracted a creative crowd including Italian poet Eugenio Montale. It’s one of Milan’s finest eateries (and a see-and-be-seen spot) and serves a menu described as “Milanese light” alongside an impressive wine list. The Spiga 8 Spa (named for the private entrance on posh Via della Spiga) is a collaboration between the hotel and spa guru Laura Elos; it has a Turkish bath and experience showers, and it offers a range of holistic treatments. Each morning breakfast is a delicious spread of Italian pastries and savory options including eggs, meats and cheeses served by the attentive staff at Caffè Baglioni.
In the Area
Start the day (window) shopping on the impossibly posh Via Montenapoleone, and stop for a cappuccino and pastry at the historic Sant Ambroeus. A five-minute stroll through Corso Vittorio Emanuele takes you to the Duomo, Milan’s famous cathedral, built between the 15th and 18th centuries. If the day is clear it’s worth climbing to the top to enjoy sweeping views of the city and surrounding countryside. For lunch head to the lovely district of Brera, which is dotted with restaurants, wine bars and art galleries and is home to the Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan’s most famous museum. End your day with a well-deserved aperitivo at the wildly popular N’ombra de Vin, which serves an impressive selection of Italy’s finest wines.
How to Get There
Rooms are generously proportioned, bathrooms are lovely, amenities are what you would expect for a luxury 5 star hotel. Its location is excellent. The restaurant is lovely, traditional, elegant, with good food and a decent wine list. Do book it if you want to eat there, to avoid disappointment. In the heart of Milan’s upmarket shopping district, it gives an air of understated elegance. We enjoyed it very much.
After having stayed in some really lovely hotels in the Baglioni chain, this hotel was a disappointment. In what I hope is the true spirit of TripAdvisor which is not to punish a hospitality service provider but to inform the travelling community, this hotel has a real problem. The smoking areas are not kept apart from non smoking areas.
If you are sensitive to the smell of cigarettes this is not the place for you. The smoking terrace is actually the breakfast room and separated from the bar lounge/cafe by glass doors that run the length of the room and are constantly in use.
What a shame because the staff is wonderful, the food good (though I abandoned my meal half way through because of the stench ) the rooms large and very comfortable, and the location good.
We booked three rooms for two nights and each was disappointed. There was no tea or coffee facility. The air conditioning didn’t work in any of the rooms and the rooms were unbearably hot. Even after complaining, the only respite was to open the window to the noisy central corredor. Breakfast was poor where the buffet scrambled eggs were hard and old. I was particularly disappointed that the reception staff didn’t even ask if the stay was ok. The location is excellent which is a saving grace but there are better alternative hotel options nearby.