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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Hotel is very well located near luxury shopping streets of Milan. 5-7 minute walk to the famous duomo. Location is great. That is the biggest plus. It’s a somehow historic building but needs morevcharm. For example, why doesn’t the hotel put scented candles in the lobby? That would add warmth and aroma to the ambiance which is a bit dull. Why not add some soft classical or soft music to fit with a location near the Milan opera?
We booked two rooms one with a shower as it was for a person with walking disability yet upon arrival the person was given a room with a bath which was a big mess. And the room was too far from the lift which was so inconvenient for that person. The other room was too small and we asked for a better room ( as we were two people in the room). Had to pay an extra 90 euros per night for a bigger room after all the mess and fuss. The least was that the hotel should have done that at no extra charge. The hotel gym has nice energy yet could have a few more machines too eg a bicycle with back support not the regular bicycle without back support. The pillows and duvet in the room are hard and old fashioned. The male greeter at the hotel entrance ( with eye glasses) is dry and never smiles. He is too serious and unwelcoming frankly. Would made a great difference if he was smiling and saying an nice welcome to Milan or whatever. Housekeeping staff are nice and professional. And reception staff were nice. However, we asked hotel reception one evening to noon a table at nobu and they said it’s full. We called from
Our phone immediately and found a table! I see much potential in this hotel so I hope the hotel Improves by having such a review.
The hotel location is central and a 5 min walk to La Scala. The concierge staff is fantastic and emailed with me many times before arrival. The bar and lounge area are quite lovely. Overall the best thing is the service. Our room was lovely and had every amenity possible. The restaurant is not a “hotel restaurant”- don’t miss Don Carlos is a gem! An example of the service is that they keep the restaurant open very late on nights La Scala has performances to accommodate their guests. The opera ended at 11:00 and we had a meal to remember at 11:30!
We will definitely be back!
We stay 2 nights in suites junior Maria Callas, the room are very cleen,with interesant atmosphere, antique furniture . The personal was very friendly and help us with many things. The restaurant Don Carlos was unique experience. Excellent services provided in all aspects.
Fantastic location and service. 5 star treatment. The hotel is traditional and classy. Location wise opposite is all the high brands on a series of interconnecting roads. Turn right takes you into Milan centre and behind tou is the arty area of Brera. We were also a stones throw away from Yhe opera house. I emailed some requests and when I arrived I was happy to see all were done. Hence great service and attention to detail. Staff are super professional and super friendly. It was home from home. I can’t recommend this hotel enough.
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.