What We Love
- The hotel’s jewel box aesthetic ensures that guests will have an experience, not just a stay
- The service is lovely, confident, and most of all accommodating, even to the point of opening the gym after hours
- It's a Relais & Chateaux property, and the cuisine is top-notch
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What To Know
- A city tax per person per night will be collected by the hotel at check out
- If you don’t like color, don’t stay here: The hotel is dipped in every shade in the crayon box, with an emphasis on purple
- Modernists who prefer a clean, minimalistic style might be put off by the quirky decor
- If the name failed to tip you off, the atmosphere doesn’t exactly scream Italy
- Make sure you book cheese and wine tasting at Cella di Bacco in advance
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Housed in a corner building designed by Milanese architect Paolo Mezzanotte in 1903, this urban chateau is set in a leafy residential area of Milan, within easy reach of major sights, including the Duomo, La Scala and countless high-end boutiques. The interiors come courtesy of hip design agency FZI Interiors, and every meticulously contrived corner of this postmodern property, from the plush multicolored lobby to the spa pool, which can be seen through a window in the gym, is a conversation-starter. Motifs of butterflies, owls and flower petals recur on the walls, headboards and showers stalls.
Bed and Bath
All 77 guestrooms (including three Junior Suites and five Suites) are lavishly and fancifully decorated. Wow factors include headboards that run up the walls and curve parallel to the ceilings (the decor varies from giant hibiscus flowers to intricate mirror designs, and some suites have four-poster beds with canopies), leather divans and stenciled-glass-enclosed showers equipped with privacy curtains. The bathrooms are supplied with the hotel’s proprietary line of products. As befitting a sleek design hotel, the technology is state-of-the-art.
Culinary excellence distinguishes the Relais & Chateaux brand. Though most R&C properties are French, and this hotel shares a name with a village in the south of France, local produce features heavily on the menu. Rubacuori offers high-style Italian favorites; the Milanese tasting menu includes risotto with soft cheese, peas and prawns, and there are gluten-free options such as tagliatelle with cardoncelli mushrooms and crispy bacon. In the Cella di Bacco wine bar, guests can enjoy charcuterie and cheeses or book a candlelit dinner under the vaulted red brick ceiling. The sultry Amore & Psiche spa is home to a sauna, a Turkish bath and a saline swimming pool.
In the Area
Milan is a world capital of fashion and design, and the numerous expos and fair locations can be easily reached by taxi or subway via the Porta Venezia station, a short walk from Chateau Monfort. In addition to the Duomo, which is surrounded by alfresco eateries (and the fantastic Gelateria Odeon), the hotel is convenient for the Giardini Pubblici, the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory, and Palazzo Serbelloni. Isola dei Sapori is wildly popular for its Sardinian-influenced seafood (such as the octopus with potatoes) and pastas.
How to Get There
Stayed for 4 nights in January for a family big birthday celebration. The hotel and facilities were incredible as well as the staff who could not help enough. The spa was great and so relaxing. Breakfast was super.
Wonderful, friendly welcome and helpful service. We had a quiet room on the third floor facing the courtyard. The breakfast buffet was also excellent. The staff were all superb and we wouldn't hesitate to stay there again. Highly recommended.
We were pleasantly surprised by this hotel. Everything about it was great and we wished we had more time here. Room was full of extras and extremely clean. The staff was incredibly helpful and eager to please. We even had extra assistance sending out some post cards last minute which the hotel went a little out of its way to do for us. It also smelled very nice as soon as you walk in which goes a long way towards first impressions. I would highly recommend this place.
This Hotel is just wonderful in every way. The ambiance, food, style, cleanliness and service is optimum. The staff is very hardworking and eager to please.
Their warmth and attitude is truly lovely.
I love staying here.
A little away from the shopping area, this hotel makes a real effort. A little unusual as you start to think you are in the middle of an alice in wonderland themed bar. Nice spa to relax after a long day.