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
Parking on site
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Elegant Milanese stalwart and high society hotspot stuffed with antiques and frequented by opera stars
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.
Grand Hotel et de Milan
Via Manzoni 29
How to Get There
The preferred airport for Grand Hotel Et De Milan is Milan (LIN-Linate) - 6.8 km / 4.2 mi. Distances are calculated in a straight line from the property's location to the point of interest or airport and may not reflect actual travel distance. Distances are displayed to the nearest 0.1 mile and kilometre.