A city tax of approximately $6 per person, per night will be collected by the hotel at checkout
If you don’t like futuristic design, this isn’t the place for you
Large rooms for a downtown hotel; some have a view of the Duomo
Service can be inconsistent
Small pets are allowed at no extra fee
Parking on site
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Former bank turned futuristic design hotel with a champagne bar and hip spa in Milan's fashion district
In 2009, Milanese architect Italo Rota (whose résumé includes the renovation of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris) transformed a 1920s bank building into his first hotel project: the Boscolo Milano. A gray stone façade belies a dramatic interior, which features a lipstick-red entrance (inspired by the nearby La Scala opera house) that opens onto a white-on-white entrance hall with a Carrara marble floor. Ahead, giant tubular metal sculptures draw attention to twin staircases that lead down to the reception area and modest art gallery. In the public spaces, more than 4,000 LEDs change color and intensity depending on the season and time of day. British lighting designer Tom Dixon contributed many of the unusual fixtures; Rota has also placed his own disarmingly comfortable custom-made works — a bulbous pink-and-lime chair, a triangular pink velour settee — throughout the property.
Bed and Bath
The imaginative vibe carries through to the guestrooms. Large by Milan standards, the 154 rooms and suites come with oversize windows, and many have views of the Duomo. All are streamlined, with bright white bedding, patterned wallpaper, neon accents (lime-green throw rugs and chairs), black-and-white recliners, shiny black stools, and giant light fixtures on the ceiling courtesy of Tom Dixon. Marble-clad bathrooms have huge rain showers, large backlit mirrors and a colorful range of toiletries displayed in test tube–like containers.
Come evening, Boscolo’s black-and-white Oltremare restaurant serves seafood dishes made from local ingredients. Grab some predinner bubbly at the Arlecchino Lounge’s tiny champagnerie, where bottles are arranged on white Corian shelves (padded with leather and speckled with Swarovski crystals), and a few are placed on ice in the curvaceous “champagne sink” before serving. The on-site Atomic Spa Suisse is cavernous but manages to feel pleasantly cocoonish, not claustrophobic. Reflective silver hemispheres that resemble bubbles hang over the heated swimming pool. Mod “bubble beds” adjust to the contours of your body. There’s also a Turkish bath and a long menu of services available in the funky treatment rooms.