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
We found palazzo Matteotti, The Dedica Anthology, to be a really excellent place to stay while in Milan. The decor, yes, is a bit kitschy but Milan is the creative capital of Italy, yes? The room was very comfortable; the breakfast was a perfect mix of light fruit and yogurt and full-on sausage and eggs; the staff always kind and patient; and the spa was such a welcome respite from the fatigue of travel and site-seeing. The only problem (which we also experienced at the hotel we stayed at in London) is the room temperature was impossible to adjust to a cooler sleeping level. We opened our window one night, which was great, but then welcomed biting insects (Europeans do not believe in screens apparently). All in all, we would definitely stay here again.
The hotel is located around the corner from the Duomo. The rooms and bathroom are specious with lots of light, the bed very comfortable and there is a spa on site. You can see the Duomo from the rooftop restaurant which is lovely and highly recommend for drinks or a light meal. Breakfast and room service are very good. Attentive, English speaking staff. The decor is very modern and not for everyone's taste,
No one can deny that you cannot really find a much better location to stay in Milan. The service is also quite good and the rooms spacious. On the other hand, a lot of furnitures in my room were worn out, which is pretty much inexcusable if you consider the high rates and in addition my room was very noisy. I could easily hear the car exhausts very late in the evening and very early in the morning... Btw, when we first got into our room, there were several hairs in the bathroom, probably coming from the previous visitor...