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
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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
- 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 was the most interesting hotel out of our trip. Overall the service and the staff are exceptional as very helpful. The concierge took the time to help us get express tickets for the Duomo on the night before. Overall a great crew, that were very personable.
I really wasn’t impressed with the room. Very small and quite funky for my taste. It was clean, but for some reason had an unusual smell which I couldn’t pinpoint. It would hit you when you first walk in. Not sure what it was. Although the rooms were small they fit the bill. Ours had a small walkout that faced the back of the hotel.
The pool/sauna were an added touch. I ventured down and used them both. Found it to be quite relaxing. Still an unusual decor down there. Kids are allowed only for a few hours during the day.
My favorite was the rooftop dining area. Incredible views up there. We enjoyed some drinks in the after before venturing to dinner. Really cool spot!
This is one of the coolest decorated Hotels that I have ever stayed in! All the fashion forwardness and edginess that you would expect in Milan is showcased at Palazzo Matteotti. The location was also excellent! We were just a few minutes walk from the Duoma di Milano and the central shopping district. The rooftop bar was fun and overlooked the backside of the Duomo. If I ever have the privilege of returning to Milan, I will undoubtedly choose this hotel again!
I stayed two nights in this hotel. I came early in the morning and they found a way to allow me an early check in which was great so I can leave my luggage in my room. The room was nice, and wide. The breakfast are pretty good and so is the spa area with pool, sauna and steam bath. The fitness room is a little bit small but ok.
Nice place to stay!
As Marriott members, we found this hotel through their website. The prices were reasonable, and location perfect, so we selected it. Reviews are mixed in general, and as such we'll touch on some highlights and low lights, Location: awesome; staff: great; air-conditioning: amazing; spa and pool: great. price: reasonable; modern amenities: yep. Downsides - don't go to this hotel expecting a five star experience; at best it is four stars, but pretty solid at that rating. Food was ok. Decor is really bizarre. Rooms had a "cloud" hanging over the bed. Huge, green, vinyl chair was useless and took up a lot of room - and was really ugly (and I used to work in a modern art museum, so I appreciate avant garde). Closets are designed as lockers, and difficult to even figure out, frankly. Bookkeeping - seems like an area of less competence. There wound up being several charges long after I checked out - like 10 days. When questioned, they removed one, but kept the other. It seems odd they could not figure out there was a mini-bar charge before ten days post check-out. Most of the staff were friendly and helpful, with special kudos going to the concierges, both females. We enjoyed the somewhat surreal pool. In short, keep expectations modest, and enjoy not paying $1,000 per night while situated five minutes from the Duomo. And enjoy the over-airconditioned hotel in 105 degree Milan in July and August.
Stayed here with my boyfriend for a long weekend. Great service through the hotel.
Great sized room overlooking the Dumon.
Lovely top roof terrace.
Walking distance location to the main shopping, dining and sightseeing.
Staff recommended us to eat at a local pizza restaurant, at least half hour que to get it which we where warned about, it was fabulous and would defiantly be back!