Grand Hotel et de Milan
What We Love
- Cocktails at Gerry’s Bar feels like stepping back in time to a bygone era
- Guiseppe Verdi lived at the hotel for 27 years and composed Othello and The Falstaff in Suite 105
- The beautiful original wood paneled Stigler hydraulic lift is still in use
- Free WiFi
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What To Know
- A $3 per person, per night city tax will be collected by the hotel at checkou?t
- Vittorio de Sica shot scenes of Il Viaggio here with Sophia Loren
- Drinks in Gerry’s Bar are pricey
- There's a small fitness room with floor-to-ceiling windows
- Don Carlos restaurant closes every year between July 1 and August 31
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Steps from La Scala, the Grand Hotel et de Milan has been the toast of the town since it opened in 1863. Privately owned for over four generations, it’s a striking example of Gothic Revival architecture and is filled with antiques. The glittering guestbook confirms its position as one of Milan’s cultural fixtures; Richard Wagner, Maria Callas and Tamara di Lempicka were all regular guests and Italian composer Guiseppe Verdi lived in one of the suites for 27 years. Everything about the hotel is grand, from its sweeping staircases, to the enormous fireplace hall with its marble floors, mirror clad walls, velvet chaise lounges and Queen Elizabeth chairs. Over the years the refined Gerry’s Bar has served as a high society hotspot. If only the walls could talk.
Bed and Bath
The 95 rooms and eight suites are divided into five subtle color themes: cherry red, mustard, egg plant, sugar paper and cocoa. Each is individually designed but many feature high white corniced ceilings, wooden sleigh beds, parquet floors, walnut cabinets, decorative vintage wardrobes and tapestry rugs. Marble clad bathrooms are stocked with Etro products and most come with bathtubs. The Verdi Suite (105) is filled with chandeliers and velvet fabrics (woven on a loom using the ancient technique of jacquard); the composer spent 27 years of his life (including his last) in this very room.
Caruso Restaurant is decorated with beautiful 1920s Murano glass chandeliers and an installation made from old soup tureen lids. Dine inside or out in the winter garden with its mismatched chairs and vintage lampshades. For a post-theatre candlelit supper, dine at Don Carlos, an intimate restaurant with walls full of paintings and sketches of La Scala; it’s hosted composers, directors and musicians for years. Head downstairs to taste wine in the cellar and see some of the defense walls built by Emperor Maximian in 250 AD; they were discovered and carefully restored during the hotel’s renovation. A stay isn’t complete without a cocktail at Gerry’s Bar to gawk at its enormous leaded, glass-domed ceiling.
In the Area
Given the hotel’s historical links with the nearby Teatro alla Scala, pop in for a performance or book a tailor-made guided tour to go behind the scenes. If you’ve come to Milano to shop, then well-heeled Via Manzoni is jam-packed with every designer store you could wish for. The Armani superstore sits opposite the hotel and the world’s oldest shopping mall, the glass domed Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is across the street. Climb the steps of the awe-inspiring Duomo which took a staggering 500 years to complete, before heading to the trendy Navigli district for aperitivo by the canal.
How to Get There
“+” - Cozy hotel feels like grandmas home. Perfect location just 2 min away from La Scala and 4 min away from Duomo. To reach via Montenapoleone you have just cross the street. The metro station is also right there.
Lovely rooms, bed with very good pillows and soft sheets. Bathroom equipped with Etro cosmetics.
Nice breakfast with good choice of coffee and hot dishes.
Perfect lobby and cozy common room with the bar and snacks.
“-“ - the bar waiters are a bit slow, but quite nice if you’re lucky to attract their attention.
The hotel has a top location in the middle of the vibrant city center of Milano. The rooms are clean. Beside that it is relatively old and only recommendable if you like very classic hotels.
The bathrooms have no separate shower but only a shower in the bathtub, the bar is boring and featured rather unmotivated bartenders and the gym has the oldest gym equipment i have seen in the last twenty years.
If you are fine with super location and charme of another century then this hotel is absolutely fine.
The hotel is conveniently located and the staff was extremely pleasant and helpful. Our room was spacious and clean. If you like to stay at hotels with a lot of character you will not be disappointed.
This was our first visit to Milan. It was our wedding anniversary and although we had told the hotel we didn't expect anything because it is unusual but they remembered the date and in our room was a complimentary bottle of Proseco, Strawberries dipped in Chocolate and flowers - it was so thoughtful and really made us feel special - we could complain about nothing - the food was delicious, the service amazing and the room lovely - we would go back time and time again
As soon as you enter the doors to this hotel the staff makes you
Feel as you´re the most important person around, without being overbearing. We asked for a Nespresso coffee machine
And it was in our room in an instant. The maids that do the room leave it organized and sparkling. My toothbrush, hair brush, shaver, etc. Were so organized that i took a picture just so I can organize them in my bathroom when we get back home to Miami. Nowhere else I´d rather stay when away from home.