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Milan is an exciting city full of culture, fun and fashion.
Many people go to the northern Italian city to see the incredible cathedral, shop in the famous fashion district and of course view Da Vinci’s Last Supper masterpiece.
If you want to do the same we have found best places to stay in Milan by area.
From refined neighbourhoods to those with vibrant nightlife, there is a district in Milan for every kind of traveler.
This is our guide to the best hotels in Milan Italy.
What's in this article
- 1 Where to stay in Milan by neighbourhood
- 2 Centro Storico | Central Milan
- 3 Navigli | Porta Genova
- 4 Brera
- 5 Central Station | Milano Centrale
- 6 Castello | Corso Magenta
- 7 Italy resources
Where to stay in Milan by neighbourhood
Here is a summary of the best accommodation in Milan by district. Read the article for more details on the best area to stay in Milan and things to do in each district.
|Area||Best choice for a short stay to see the sights||Nightlife and fun in the canal district||Elegant and arty area close to the centre||Stay here to be near intercity transit routes||Close to the Last Supper, restaurants and centre|
|Luxury||Baglioni Hotel Carlton||Hotel Magna Pars||Bulgari||Hotel Principe di Savoia||Hotel Milano Scala|
|Boutique||Room Mate Giulia||The Yard Milano||Palazzo Segreti||NYX Milano||Hotel Milano Castello|
|Value / Family||Hotel Romana Residence||Art Hotel Navigli||Hotel Manzoni||Glam Milano||Una Hotel Cusani|
|Apartment||Suite Milano Duomo||Mila Apartments Via Savona||Brera Loft||Heart Milan Apartments||Camperio House Suites & Apartments|
Centro Storico | Central Milan
Hotels in Milan city centre are the perfect choice if you are visiting the city on a quick trip to see the city’s popular highlights – the Milan Duomo and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.
If you are in Milan to shop this is also the place to be. The Fashion District is right in the heart of the city centre.
Recommended accommodation and hotels in central Milan
Luxury – Baglioni Hotel Carlton
Make sure to have your morning coffee at renowned Caffè Baglioni.
Boutique – Room Mate Giulia
Well known for friendly and professional staff, this hotel has a fitness room and hammam.
Value / Family friendly – Hotel Romana Residence
With larger family rooms and a central location this hotel is a great value choice for families wanting to stay in central Milan. The hotel serves an American style breakfast each morning.
Apartment – Suite Milano Duomo
Choose from a range of apartments with kitchenette close to the Duomo and Milan shopping district. Prices include daily maid service.
Attractions and things to do in Centro Storico Milan
Many visitors to Milan never get further than the centre and it is easy to see why. With grand buildings, some of the world’s best shopping and countless cafes and restaurants, it’s the perfect location to get a taste of the city.
- Admire the stunning architecture of Duomo and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
- Take a tour to the top of the Duomo – click here for ticket info
- Shop til you drop at the Galleries and boutiques – Via Monte Napoleone is the heart of the Italian fashion scene
- Enjoy aperitivo at Terraza Aperol Spritz overlooking the Duomo
- Go to an opera at Milan’s famous La Scala theatre
- Eat at famed restaurant – Paper Moon – Via Bagutta 1, Milan | +39 02 796 083
One of the oldest districts in Milan, Navigli (Italian for canal) is known for its series of canals, great restaurants and nightlife and fabulous antique market. From here you reach the city’s major attractions by tram or metro.
Navigli is a fun place to stay if you are visiting on a Milan city break and want to soak up the city’s atmosphere.
Luxury – Hotel Magna Pars
Staying at Magna Pars is a unique and luxurious experience. Make sure to enjoy aperitivo on the terrace.
Boutique – The Yard Milano
Yard Milano is a pet friendly hotel that has a private cinema room. Rates include a continental breakfast.
Value / Family friendly – Art Hotel Navigli
Metro and tram stops to central Milan are a few minutes walk from the hotel and there is paid parking on site.
Apartment – Mila Apartments Via Savona
Access to central Milan is by tram and there are plenty of bars and restaurants nearby.
Eating out is one of the best things to do in Navigli. The area comes alive at night with locals and tourists visiting the restaurants and bars along the canals.
During the day, explore the area’s unique character, art, vintage and design stores.
- Learn about the area’s history on a walking tour – >click for more info
- Visit Basilica di San Lorenzo dating from the 4th century
- Browse the famous antique market – held on the last Sunday of the month
- Relax in Parco delle Basiliche
- Join a Navigli wine tour – >click for more info
Lovers of art and design will enjoy staying in the Brera district just north of the city centre. Home to dozens of galleries and design houses, Brera is also the place to stroll down cobbled streets in search of hidden bars.
If your shopping style is browsing boutiques for unique gifts and clothing, there are hundreds in Brera.
Luxury – Bulgari
Make sure to spend some time in the elegant aperitivo bar.
Boutique – Palazzo Segreti
The friendly staff are happy to recommend the best of the many local restaurants.
Value / Family friendly – Hotel Manzoni
It is a short walk to the Duomo via the fashion district from Hotel Manzoni.
Apartment – Brera Loft
Tip – Explore the many cafes and restaurants close by or shop at the local providores.
Attractions and things to do near and in Brera
Elegant Brera is close to many of Milan’s best attractions as well as many boutiques and galleries.
- Visit Castello Sforzesco to admire works by Da Vinci and Michelangelo
- Go shopping at shoe mecca Guja | Via San Giovanni Sul Muro 13
- Take a stroll in beautiful Sempione Park
- Visit the Pinacoteca di Brera gallery to see paintings by Raphael and Caravaggio
- Take a Milan food tour and discover the local cuisine – >click for more info
- Cheese lovers should stop by the Obicà mozzarella bar | Via Mercato 28
Central Station | Milano Centrale
Staying close to Milan’s central station is a good idea if you are planning to use the city as a base to visit Lake Como or you are traveling by train to other destinations in Italy.
The station is to the north of the historical centre which is a short metro ride away.
Recommended accommodation and hotels near Milan station
Luxury – Hotel Principe di Savoia
Part of the Dorchester Collection of hotels, the Hotel Principe di Savoia epitomises old world luxury.
Boutique – NYX Milano
Tip – head to one of three rooftop bars to enjoy views of the city.
Value / Family friendly – Glam Milano
There are several suites suitable for family groups.
Apartment – Heart Milan Apartments
Attractions Sforzesco Castle and Milan’s fashion district are close by
Attractions and things to do near Milan central station
Milano Centrale station itself is worth taking some time to explore
This area of Milan is largely a transit zone and is well served by excellent transport links.
The Duomo is 3 stops by Metro while the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie where you can view Da Vinci’s Last Supper is 20 minutes travel on Metro line 2.
Castello | Corso Magenta
The area around Castello Sforzesco and Corso Magenta is close to the city centre, has excellent transport links and a relaxed yet sophisticated vibe. Hotels in Castello offer better value than those in the historic centre.
Castello is the place to stay if seeing Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper is one of your main reasons for visiting Milan. The church where the painting is found is in this area.
Luxury – Hotel Milano Scala
Have a drink at the Sky Terrace on the 8th floor and enjoy views over Milan’s historical centre
Boutique – Hotel Milano Castello
It is an easy walk from Hotel Milano Castello to the Cairoli Metro and Milan’s main attractions.
Value / Family friendly – Una Hotel Cusani
Una Hotel Cusani has a 24-hour reception and private parking is available on site.
Apartment – Camperio House Suites & Apartments
Daily cleaning and linen changes are included in the room rate.
Attractions and things to do in Castello
The main attraction in Castello is of course Da Vinci’s Last Supper at the Renaissance church Santa Maria delle Grazie.
But there is plenty to do here if you are interested in discovering more of Da Vinci’s Milan and the local food scene.
- View The Last Supper – only 1075 tickets are issued each day and you must book well in advance – >click here for tickets
- Explore Da Vinci’s vineyard in beautiful Casa della Atellani opposite Santa Maria delle Grazie
- Visit Sforzesco Castle and discover the life and treasures of Milan’s most important family
- Dine at Ristorante la Brisa – modern Italian cuisine at its best
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