Hotel Principe Di Savoia
What We Love
- This landmark hotel attracts fashionistas and film stars
- Free shuttle service to/from Milan's city center
- Excellent aperitivo served at the see-and-be-seen Principe Bar
- 24-hour room service
- It's a 25-minute walk to the shopping and tourist areas, but there are excellent bus and subway options right on the doorstep
What To Know
- A $7 city tax per person, per night, will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- Reservations are recommended at the restaurant, especially if you want to dine alfresco
- The free WiFi can be slow; high-speed WiFi costs an additional $27 per day
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- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Located on Milan’s Piazza della Repubblica, Hotel Principe di Savoia has been a high society hotel since the 1920s. Glamorously old-fashioned, this five-star sleep was revamped in 2009 by lauded architect Thierry Despont, who added a modern update to spaces like Il Salotto, a grand lobby bar where fashionistas and film stars sip drinks on plush highback chairs under crystal chandeliers, and the Principe Bar, a see-and-be-seen spot decorated with handmade velvet fabrics and giant mirrors that serves a rollicking after-work aperitivo hour and is especially popular during Milan Fashion Week.
Bed and Bath
With 301 guestrooms, the hotel offers a range of options, from Classic Rooms to Signature Suites. Even the basic room categories, which are furnished in rich pink, green or red linens, throw pillows, and antique pieces and window treatments, feel posh. The 19th-century-style furniture was inspired by Italian master carpenter Giuseppe Maggiolini; the bathrooms are decked out in rich wood and marble and are stocked with Acqua di Parma products. Deluxe Rooms feature hand-painted wall frescoes, and the Junior Suites come with spacious living areas.
Chef Fabrizio Cadei helms the kitchen at the Acanto restaurant, where you’re more likely to dine with locals than guests. Rooted in traditional Italian cuisine, the menu reads like a culinary tour of the country, though it does showcase a few exotic (by Italian standards) dishes, like spiced spit-roasted shoulder of suckling pork rubbed with Sichuan pepper. The hotel’s top floor is dedicated to Club 10, an assemblage of fitness, well-being and pampering facilities, such as a glass-enclosed heated swimming pool.
In the Area
The nearby Giardini Pubblici Indro Montanelli is a fantastic place for a morning jog or a late evening stroll. Inside the park is the Museo Civico Storico di Storia Naturale, Milan’s natural history museum, which is a great place to visit if you’re traveling with children. Most everything of interest is within walking distance of the hotel, including the Duomo, La Scala and Leonardo’s Last Supper. Design aficionados will appreciate the city’s glut of furniture and home design shops, such as the Nilufar boutique on Via della Spiga, which specializes in intricately woven carpets.
How to Get There
We stayed at the Hotel Principe di Savoia for 3 nights, 2 couples in our party of four. From beginning to end the service was exceptional, from check in to leaving. The rooms and hotel were immaculately kept and serviced and the hotel generally has a luxurious feel. The Aqua Di Palma toiletries in the bathroom smell divine and are of a high quality. Dining in the restaurant was a wonderful experience, with one of the largest wine selections we have come across. The food was also of an extremely high standard, and one of old fashion values where the ladies are presented with a menu omitting prices (I am not a feminist by trait so this may offend those who are?!). I found it a pleasant and sweet touch. The swimming pool was of an adequate size with a small Jacuzzi attached, again all well presented with access through the spa suite. Special thanks to Maximi in the concierge who successfully managed to obtain a booking in a specific out of town Milanese seafood restaurant where I had unsuccessfully tried from the UK for weeks. I rang ahead in advance of our arrival to find Maximi had done a superb job and even provided a letter confirming the reservation for us to take with us noting the name if the person taking the booking in the restaurant. As there was little English spoken at the restaurant this was a great help. We spent most evenings having a late drink in the beautiful bar area before retiring and again found the staff welcoming and professional. We even got used to the ritual sniffing of the cork from the wine bottles opened which initially caused mild amusement. Great service, great hotel!!
We visited Milan for a 3 night stay and enjoyed a perfect stay at the Principe di Savoia. The room was large, the bed was generously proportioned and exceptionally comfortable. The staff were incredibly helpful, knowledgeable and friendly. The accent was on service and everything was designed to seamlessly ensure that any need or query was dealt with almost before it was raised. The buffet breakfast was wide ranging and delicious. Cleanliness was spot on. We also used the swimming pool and I was impressed by the cleanliness and order of the gym changing rooms. The location of the hotel means that it's extremely convenient as it's only 5 minutes walk from the train station and only a 15 minute walk at most to the cathedral and is sited near tram and metro connections.
We stayed at the hotel for three nights at the end of July and it was absolutely, one of the best, if not the best hotel experience we have ever had.
The room was absolutely gorgeous. Out of all luxury hotels we have stayed in, this was by far the largest and utterly luxurious. The bathroom was spectacular and Acqua di Parma cosmetics were absolutely glorious. We are huge fans of the scent and to have those as bathing products was simply amazing.
The staff were so warm, welcoming and professional, especially Azlan (please forgive us if we misspelled the name), Francesco and Vanessa who were so knowledgeable and welcoming.
The breakfast was absolutely amazing, quality and choice of products were out of this world.
As for the bar- there is not a better place for classic cocktails than the chic interior of the Principe bar.
We do hope to stay there again very soon.