Boscolo Milano, Autograph Collection
What We Love
- Access to the spa and a welcome drink are included in the Jetsetter rate
- Prime location in Milan’s fashion district
- Bold, colorful design
- Spa has a Turkish bath, sauna and heated swimming pool
- Oltremare restaurant serves fresh Italian fare
- READ MORE: 72 Hours in Milan
What To Know
- A city tax of approximately $6 per person, per night will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- If you don’t like futuristic design, this isn’t the place for you
- Large rooms for a downtown hotel; some have a view of the Duomo
- Service can be inconsistent
- Small pets are allowed at no extra fee
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
In 2009, Milanese architect Italo Rota (whose résumé includes the renovation of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris) transformed a 1920s bank building into his first hotel project: the Boscolo Milano. A gray stone façade belies a dramatic interior, which features a lipstick-red entrance (inspired by the nearby La Scala opera house) that opens onto a white-on-white entrance hall with a Carrara marble floor. Ahead, giant tubular metal sculptures draw attention to twin staircases that lead down to the reception area and modest art gallery. In the public spaces, more than 4,000 LEDs change color and intensity depending on the season and time of day. British lighting designer Tom Dixon contributed many of the unusual fixtures; Rota has also placed his own disarmingly comfortable custom-made works — a bulbous pink-and-lime chair, a triangular pink velour settee — throughout the property.
Bed and Bath
The imaginative vibe carries through to the guestrooms. Large by Milan standards, the 154 rooms and suites come with oversize windows, and many have views of the Duomo. All are streamlined, with bright white bedding, patterned wallpaper, neon accents (lime-green throw rugs and chairs), black-and-white recliners, shiny black stools, and giant light fixtures on the ceiling courtesy of Tom Dixon. Marble-clad bathrooms have huge rain showers, large backlit mirrors and a colorful range of toiletries displayed in test tube–like containers.
Come evening, Boscolo’s black-and-white Oltremare restaurant serves seafood dishes made from local ingredients. Grab some predinner bubbly at the Arlecchino Lounge’s tiny champagnerie, where bottles are arranged on white Corian shelves (padded with leather and speckled with Swarovski crystals), and a few are placed on ice in the curvaceous “champagne sink” before serving. The on-site Atomic Spa Suisse is cavernous but manages to feel pleasantly cocoonish, not claustrophobic. Reflective silver hemispheres that resemble bubbles hang over the heated swimming pool. Mod “bubble beds” adjust to the contours of your body. There’s also a Turkish bath and a long menu of services available in the funky treatment rooms.
How to Get There
This hotel is very UN_Marriott!!! It is very modern and as a road warrior, I did not love this hotel. It is near all the expensive shopping and near the Duomo, so the location is very good. I did not love the hotel and would not stay there again. I would want a more traditional hotel, but that is personal taste.
One other thing, there were only 3 English TV stations. CNN, Euronews, and BBC. The hotel should bring in additional English speaking and sports channels.
This hotel does not feel 5 star. The people although polite do not appear happy and that translates to a lack of warmth especially the front desk. They required copies of passports and large pre charge which made me feel like a criminal or likely to do a runner. The nicest person we met was the doorman genuinely seemed happy to be there. The room was nice, good bed and spa bath. Visited the spa which is nice, quite quirky. Deep tissue massage was ok but very pricey. Breakfast ok. Location great. Believe you could find much better value elsewhere.
I stay at Marriotts all over the world, but this hotel is not up to Marriott standards. Front-desk staff insists on photographing passport at check-in and insist that this is standard practice in Europe: this was standard practice 30 years ago, but is no longer, and Marriott in France does not do this. It is a recipe for identity theft. There is no breakfast included, which is actually standard at quality European hotels. The windows in the rooms are locked shut and the curtains do not stay open; they apparently want you to be isolated from the outdoors completely. The furniture in the room (including the chair and the headboard) are made out of uncomfortable plastic. The room has nothing that a business traveler needs, from an iron and ironing board to a basic desk. Most strangely, the toilet is separate from the shower room, something that is no longer standard in any modern European renovated property. That would be fine, except for the wall separating the toilet room from the shower room is made of glass, so anyone using the shower can see anyone using the toilet, so what is the point of the separation? There is no door at all between the shower room and the bedroom, obviously uncomfortable for anyone staying with their children. Hotel would be OK with a complete redesign of the rooms -- plenty of space in the room, but used very poorly. Billing practices are weird -- insist on big deposit for "extras" every night, not done at Marriott in France the same week.