What We Love
- The constantly-changing roster of artwork adorning the hotel’s walls
- High-tech rooms, featuring satellite TVs, free WiFi and “color therapy” showers
- The glass ceiling, billowing curtains and conversation-starting light fixtures in the café/restaurant
What To Know
- The Navigli neighborhood isn’t in the city center, so be prepared to use public transportation or cabs
- Children two and under stay free
- Reservations are required for spa treatments
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The quirk factor is high in this artsy 246-room hotel, housed in a former industrial building in the charming-if-a-little-scruffy Navigli neighborhood, southwest of Milan’s historic center. From the dramatic lobby, with its revolving roster of high-concept artwork, to the black corridors to the vibrant splashes of red in the hyper-modern guestrooms, the vibe is youthful and experimental. Join the neighborhood’s many creative types at cafes and bars, or just stroll the historic canals that characterize the area.
In the Area
Rummage for vintage treasures at the bustling Naviglio Market, an antiques showcase held on the last Sunday of each month by the grand canal. Or catch some jazz at one of the lively canal-side bars, like Scimmie, housed on a converted barge. Feel smarter with a visit to the Leonardo da Vinci Museum of Science and Technology, which features models of futuristic machines inspired by the maestro’s original drawings, then settle into a leather Chesterfield with an aperitivo or dance the night away at hip club Bobino.
How to Get There
I stayed in nhow for the second time (Berlin) before - and like the concept a lot.
Luckily we had a great deal supporting our spontaneous trip to Milan (check secret escapes - had a 105€/room rate vs 180€ at its best).
The hotel is fancy and full of design. The contemporary exhibition was fascinating and did fit well to the overall concept.
The hotel is created in a former industrial building and perfectly integrated among the steel, long corridors and high roof rooms.
The breakfast is great, service very friendly, the parking is safe, the tram to the duomo in 5 mins walking distance and Navigli can be reached by foot. There are bicycles but they weren’t prepared for a ride unfortunately.
Thanks again to the staff who stored our luggage a whole day and let us leave the car on their parking until late in the evening. In this way we could enjoy two full days of fancy and beautiful Milan.
Loved the quirkiness of this hotel....lots of very strange works of art and sharks head bins! The decor was interesting to say the least! I have to agree with a previous comment that you do feel like you're walking into an underground carpark ( not a particularly welcoming front entrance) and we found it rather difficult to find if walking from the Pta Genova underground station - top tip: come out of the Via Tortona exit, walk straight ahead of you across the little square with taxis and tram stops and take the little road to the very far left and there is a cutting across the railway tracks that has replaced the green bridge which is blocked off. We didn't realise this and walked all the way round. Once on Via Tortona it is still a bit off a walk and its location, I would say, is the only reason I haven't given it 5 stars. However there are lots of very traditional and very Italian bistros and osterias in this area and most of the time we were the only tourists in them....BelleDonne Bistrot/Osteria and Boccino were particularly good and Boccino has a lovely roof terrace.
Getting back to the hotel, there was a fantastic section for breakfast and the option to have eggs cooked how you liked. There was even prosecco for those who want bubbles for breakfast. What we really loved was the little paper bags that you could actually take a croissant or muffin out with you for lunch! Lovely touch! However we were always so full after our breakfast that we never wanted much for lunch! Given that breakfast was so varied and good we were a bit surprised that the restaurant had such an uninviting menu....we had wanted to try it out but on investigation we decided to go to the local restaurants instead. Our room (249) didn't have the best of views out onto the carpark but it was huge with a massive bed, lovely powerful shower and nice toiletries. They could do with a few hooks in the bathroom but there was plenty of space for toilet bags. Although we personally found the bed a little soft and bouncy we definitely slept well and there was no other noise from the corridor/other rooms or outside even with the window open. I would highly recommend if you don't mind a walk!
We‘ve booked the hotel just spontaneously for one night. We knew already the hotel from last year and also last year was it great. This time it was even better! The hotel is situated in a modern part of Milano with lots of art buildings and restaurants where the locals go, the center is just 15 minutes with the tram to the Dome and Galleria in Milano ( you have to walk 10min. from the hotel to the tram station). If you want to experience not just touristic mashup of restaurants, then the Hotel is perfect! The Via Tortona is filled with beautiful new and modern restaurant with a lot of varieties of cousine.
The hotel itselft is a design hotel. From the entrance, to the reception, breakfast room and the hall to the rooms-everything is done with details to art! And they change the exhibitions regularly.
Big thanks to Jenny and the whole Team! We feel like home in this hotel, everybody is friendly and helpful, they‘ve recommended us some restaurant, booked for us the restaurants, planned our trip and made the stay unforgettable. We have got a big suite with a bathtub, shower, double bed. An upgrade from the hotel to make their guests happy. Thank you very much again!
As we have arrived in the morning, they have already cleaned and prepared our room and gave us complimentary breakfast so we can get some power for the day! Again a big thanks to Jenny and the staff who has organized this for us!
We will definitely recommend this hotel to everybody who wants to visit Milano! Everything was perfect and the service is one of the best that I have experienced until now. I will definitely come back here!!! Thank you again!
This hotel was perfect, as our son is studying design at uni. We had a quadruple room which was very spacious, spotlessly clean and had everything you need in a hotel room.
The breakfast was excellent too.....
Our first time in a nhow hotel but would definitely stop in another!!!
If you’re in Milano for business reasons or for leisure, and you’re looking for a cool, different, but peaceful and moreover resting place to stay, for one night or a couple, this is the place to stay.
The rooms are big and pleasant. The bathroom is huge -almost suite like - even for a standard-type of room. Very clean, nicely taken care of, with details that only picky eyes catch. Design and ambiance are not only trendy but also restful. The atmosphere is cosy even in the hotel hallways and ways to the rooms. Breakfast buffet is gorgeous, almost as good as in the best 5-stars US hotels. Front desk is very professional and attentive.
This is the place to stay, whether you’re working like a dog all day (like me this time) or shopping like crazy for a few days, or just enjoying the special and pleasant atmosphere of this North-Italian city.
Just enjoy it as good as it gets.