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
What an experience, the service was outstanding and the cleanliness and room housekeeping was the best I've ever experienced. Just to add, i left my wallet in the taxi at midnight after a long journey, and the concierge managed the communication between all taxi companies superbly and 2 hrs later my wallet was returned, i was extremely lucky but the expertise in handling this wee crisis was handled with respect and a huge amount of caring, couldn't have asked for more.
Great stay indeed although it was short and for a business purposes I actually have managed to relax.
This hotel not only had nice rooms it has a soul - small things make it just different. A personal touch from the team, comfortable pillows and traditional key...
The Staffs was friendly. The location was perfect. We take Metro from train central to reach it easier. It only take 10-15 mins walk to Duomo Church & shopping area. The room was clean with comfort bed but only bathtub seem was narrow & small !
I chose this hotel simply because of the location which is easily accessible to both shopping and sigh-seeings (all within walking distance.) What a lovely surprise with the excellent services provided in all aspects. Its not a cheap hotel but its worth of every single dollar paid. Highly recommend.
This hotel is incredible. We stayed in two different rooms, and each were decorated in the way I wish my home was. Warm and elegant. I would not even research another hotel for my next trip to Milan. The staff was incredibly kind and attentive, I cannot highlight that enough. They gave great recommendations and made reservations for us, too. Each time we stepped back into the opulent lobby and walked into the bar, that felt like our ideal living room, we were happy to be "home". I would absolutely stay here again. The food at both the hotel restaurant (we had lunch, it was exquisite) and Don Carlos was amazing. I think I had one of the best meals of my life at Don Carlos.