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The Best Design Hotels in Milan

by Giulia Minero
Boscolo Hotel

City of fashion, of innovation, a hub for new trends and creativity... Milan features thousands of facets! Most of all, as the capital of design. While strolling in Milan design can be found anywhere, in art galleries, in museums, in the open air and in restaurants. Creativity-enthusiasts can even live in design, deciding to opt for one of the renowned design hotels in the city, featuring each one a distinctive soul. Check our selection of design hotels to get to know which one reflects your personality better!

A map of these venues follows

1. Boscolo Milano - design in the Fashion Quad

Located in the heart of the city, just steps away from the Fashion Quad, behind a bright scarlet red facade the five-star Boscolo Milano conjures up design and luxury by Italian creative minds. From the entrance to the hotel up to its rooms and suites, different styles merge together to create a unique setting featuring mosaics by the Vicenza-based brand Bisazza, lighting systems by Artemide, furnishing by Driade and bright green creative seats by Meritalia. Design can also be found in the hotel’s SPA born from a project by architect Simone Micheli to create a special haven where creativity and relaxation meet. Both in the swimming pool area, in the Turkish bath and Finnish sauna, pure optical white walls featuring curvy irregular shapes are intertwined by metal bubbly elements reflecting the natural light of the ambience and engaging the five senses in a regenerating wellness experience (see main picture).

Address: Corso G. Matteotti, 4/6

GPS: 45.46676, 9.19429

Phone: 02 77679611

Public Transport: M1 (red line) San Babila

milano.boscolohotels.com

2. NHOW Milano - in the heart of Tortona District

Nestled in one of the most renowned design districts – Tortona Design District – amidst showrooms and contemporary exhibition spaces, the four-star NHOW Milano is located in a post-industrial building transformed into a luxury and unconventional hotel. Here design can be found anywhere right from the entrance hall, with distinctive orange chandeliers and geometrical armchairs in complementary colours. From the nhow bar, the brainchild of designer Karim Rashid up to the rooms and junior suites, walls in pastel colours are enhanced by contrasting elements – both in shades and shapes – including furnishing by Poltrona Frau, Knoll and Moroso as well as lighting fixture by Catellani & Smith. The penthouse designed by Matteo Thun is a not-to-be-missed destination: an open space with adjustable walls spread over different levels and featuring geometric chairs, kaleidoscopic lighting, portholes to provide the necessary light and a 360-degree transparent bath overlooking the living room.

Address: Via Tortona, 35

GPS: 45.45041, 9.1606

Phone: 02 4898861

Public Transport: M2 (green line) Porta Genova F.S

www.nhow-milan.com

3. NYX Milan - the first graffiti hotel

Those wishing to plunge into design straight at their arrival in the city can enjoy an amusing stay at the four-star hotel NYX Milan, a viby and trendy destination near Centrale Railway station. Impressive murals and graffiti adorning the walls and doors work as a fil rouge embellishing all common spaces within the hotel, providing it with the flare of a modern art museum rather than a hotel. Each floor is decorated in a different way and reflects the creativity of various street art gurus from the Milanese scene. The rooms feature an elegant and discreet design, providing a striking contrast with the corridors and staircase areas, while the lobby and the hotel restaurant Clash are filled with colour, lights and furnishing mixing and matching straw details with comfortable seats.

Address: Piazza IV Novembre, 3

GPS: 45.48686, 9.20179

Phone: 02 22177500

Public Transport: M2 (green line) – M3 (yellow line) Centrale F.S.

www.nyx-hotels.it/milan

4. Savona 18 Suites - innovative suites

A new addition to Tortona District, the four-star Savona 18 Suites features an accurate and well-balanced mix between elements from the past and new trends from the world of design. Based on an idea by designer Aldo Cibic, the hotel features the retrò structure of the traditional Milanese houses of early 1900 whose inner spaces are furnished in a minimal yet creative style, with graphics on the walls and the use of different materials such as wood and tiles. Rooms and suites all feature a different furnishing and boast a selection of vintage objects unique in their genre selected with a painstaking attention from the best vintage stores in Italy and worldwide. Moreover, the communal areas are embellished by the unmistakable Tablejoy sets by brand Paola C, which can be assembled or undone in myriad ways, to better reflect the personality of the guests.

Address: Via Savona, 18

GPS: 45.4553, 9.1676

Phone: 02 2555201

Public Transport: M2 (green line) Sant’Agostino

www.savona18suites.it

5. Barcelò - design close to the fairgrounds

Located halfway from Fieramilano city and Rho Fiera Milano fairground, the place to be for the Salone del Mobile, the four-star superior hotel Barcelò can be described as a tranquil retreat fully devoted to design. The features of the hotel have been designed by architect Simone Micheli according to the functional and stylistic principles of the avant-garde movement which result in a creative attire, in the use of cutting-edge technologies together with natural materials. Both the lobby and the rooms feature natural wood floors, wraparound pure white furnishing offering a contrast with the bright colours of the lilac walls and of the lime green closets. The bright colours – based on the principles of colour therapy and the disposition of objects in the room typical of Feng Shui – are a recurring element throughout the hotel, covering also the SPA area.

Address:  Via Stephenson, 55

GPS: 45.51152, 9.12413

Phone: 02 33286111

Public transport: Train station Milano Certosa

www.barcelo.com

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