Rosa Grand Milano – Starhotels Collezione
What We Love
- Killer location within strolling distance of the Duomo, La Scala and Via Montenapoleone
- Spacious, well-designed bathrooms for indulgent pampering
- Ample garage and valet parking — virtually unheard of in downtown Milan
- The Wellness Center has its own Turkish bath
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What To Know
- A city tax of approximately $7 per person, per night, will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- Quaint and cozy the Rosa Grand is not: The lobby area teems with guests all day long
- The hotel's restaurants (by Eataly) can get busy
- It's surrounded by buildings, so most rooms don't come with a view
- Free WiFi
- Breakfast is an additional $27 per person, per day
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Designed by lauded Milanese architecture studio Ara Associati, Starhotels Rosa Grand is a sleek sleep in Italy’s fashion capital. Decked out with acres of marble, polished metal, parquet floors and plenty of gold accents, it manages to showcase typically Italian design elements without being ostentatious. Gold-glazed ceramic “flying disc” sculptures by Francesco Faravelli enliven the public spaces, and during the day the main entrance is flooded with natural light from a giant glass-encased courtyard. Open every day from 7am to 11 pm, the Wellness Center offers state-of- the-art equipment, Turkish bath and Solarium. Personal trainers (booking required) are available on request.
Bed and Bath
Dressed in muted tones with a hint of bling, the guestrooms feel spacious despite the square footage (Superior and Deluxe Rooms are 215 and 236 square feet, respectively). Parquet flooring (in Deluxe Rooms), light wood furniture and fresh flowers keep things light and bright, and creature comforts come in the form of pillow menus, goose down Starbeds and plush throws. Dressed in earthy and creamy tones, the marble bathrooms are a pleasure for the senses with cascade-style showers and chic Etro lotions, soaps and creams.
There are several wining and dining options, including Roses by Eataly, an intimate dining spot for typical Milanese fare (such as risotto with saffron and parmesan), Sfizio by Eataly for light bites overlooking the city’s oldest fountain, in Piazza Fontana, and the Grand Bar & Lounge by Eataly for cocktails under striking chandeliers. Hit the bar at happy hour for a flute of prosecco served with pineapple and prosciutto skewers.
In the Area
The hotel sits in the shadow of the Duomo, Milan’s famous cathedral, and is a five-minute stroll from many of the city’s main attractions, including La Scala and Castello Sforzesco. If you feel like a meal outside the hotel, try famous Milano mainstays like Bice or Da Giacomo. Be sure to stop for an espresso and pastry at Sant’Ambroeus, and if the weather cooperates catch a sunset over the Duomo while sipping a cocktail at the rooftop bar above La Rinascente, an upscale eight-floor department store.
How to Get There
The location of this hotel is excellent - just steps away from the Cathedral.
I stayed in the Ivory deluxe suite which was spacious quiet calm and newly renovated with a large walk in shower and bathtub. There was also a large outside terrace area. You don’t get a cathedral view but personally I would rather have more room in a more recently refurbished room.
The service was generally excellent.
I also saw the conference facilities which were very good. The largest room comfortably accommodated 300 guests. The food offer and AV were great.
I’m only knocking a star for the poor quality room service both for supper (very indifferent spaghetti aglio e olio which should be simple to prepare) and breakfast which was literally burnt. They hid the burnt bit of the crepe inside the fold! Not sure why they didn’t just make a new one. Either way it was quite poor.
First, the location of this hotel is great. You can walk everywhere. But the rooms are your average cheap hotel (despite the price), the breakfast buffet is standard fare, and the lobby is an odd layout that lacks any warmth. The first person you see is the concierge, when he's actually there, and he was hostile to any question from the start. Apparently he has no idea what a concierge actually is. You have to maneuver past his ill will to the front desk which should be called the back desk, given its location. Preparing to leave, we were waiting for our luggage which was being brought up to a set of lobby chairs where we waited and where the concierge was actually standing, and suddenly my husband's Tumi backpack was stolen. It's his briefcase. When asked, the concierge barked he hadn't seen a thing and left and we literally never saw him again (and staff couldn't find him) in the following hour while we searched for the bag. In the end, and despite cameras which the staff said they couldn't access, we left after a truly awful experience with a very bad taste in our mouths.
Location, Location, Location. This hotel is one building away from the Duomo and most of the way is on a covered walkway. Reception staff is excellent and will try to honor room requests if it is possible.
I had two check-ins, the first first for four nights and I had room 511. It might be a little smaller that the rest of the rooms in that section, but it has a magnificent view of the Cathedral rooftop from its one window. The roof is lit up at night and is spectacular.
The bathroom looks upgraded and has lots of room, excellent lighting, a tub/rainshower combo, and everything else that is needed Linens are high quality and plentiful.
I would say that the room is decorated in a more classic style.
I was especially impressed with the Concierge services of this hotel. With very little notice Fabio Neri, head concierge arranged a private tour of the Duomo, including main building, crypt, rooftop and archaeological area; and also a guide for a custom designed “Leonardo” tour of Milan. I already had a ticket to the Last Supper. I later hired the same guide to tour two additional museums
The buffet breakfast in the lobby’s Rose Restaurant is managed and catered by Eataly and is excellent. There are several stations so make sure you walk around and visit each one. There are specialty eggs at extra cost. You can ask waiters for espresso, cappuchino, coffee latte, etc., though regular coffee is self-service.
Housekeeping for room 511was a little sloppy my first night -- no replacement of the complimentary water nor coffee creamer. They did do a towel change however. I tracked down another housekeeper later that evening and she brought me 2 waters. Housekeeping was very good after that.
The hotel was a full capacity during my visit and wi-fi was sometimes difficult to access or dropped off.
My second check-in was a week later and I had room 448 for two nights. It was clearly a rennovated room and power outlets everywhere, clean and sleek decor. There is a small balcony (no furniture o it), and the view was of a side street, where I noticed a Mango store, one of my favorites in Europe. Housekeeping was excellent in this section.
The hotel was not so fully booked on my second visit,so wi-fi was fast and stable.
Anything a traveler needs is close to the hotel. There are ATM’s inside a bank (not on the street) across the small square in front of the hotel. A pharmacy and a small but well-stocked Carrefour Express (market) is a block away.
There are hotels that you almost cry as you leave as you are treated with such kindness, respect and regarded as a valued person. This is one of them.
I would stay here again in a heartbeat.