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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, go to a football match 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 Milan airport hotels
- 8 Milan and 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
Overlooking Milan’s famous shopping street Via della Spiga, it’s the place to stay if you want to soak up the city’s fashion forward vibes. Make sure to have your morning coffee at renowned Caffè Baglioni.
Boutique – Room Mate Giulia
The generous sized rooms include a coffee machine and slippers and are perfect for lounging in after day of sightseeing.
Well known for friendly and professional staff, this hotel also 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 and is close to Crocetta metro station and a tram stop.
The Duomo and historic center are a short walk from the hotel.
Apartment – Suite Milano Duomo
Choose from a range of apartments with kitchenette close to the Duomo and Milan shopping district.
Some apartments have a washing machine for your convenience and prices include daily maid service. Luggage storage also available
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 monthly 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. Thanks to the many bars and restaurants lining the canals, it is the best area to stay in Milan for nightlife.
Luxury – Hotel Magna Pars
Housed in a former perfume factory, Magna Pars suites is in the heart of Milan’s creative district. Conveniently located just a short walk from Porta Genova station, the hotel is renowned for its impeccable design and modern spa.
Elegant and roomy suites overlook a serene central courtyard and modern furnishings and amenities.
Staying at Magna Pars is a unique and luxurious experience. Make sure to enjoy aperitivo on the terrace.
Boutique – The Yard Milano
Guests enjoy the warm, and personalized service, a late check out of 12pm and take advantage the hotel’s packing and unpacking services.
The hotel bar is a favorite place to relax over a drink at the end of the day close to the Naviglio Grande.
Yard Milano is a pet friendly hotel that also has a private cinema room. Rates include a continental breakfast.
Value / Family friendly – Art Hotel Navigli
Art Hotel Navigli is a good option for families wishing to stay in the Navigli area. The hotel offers several large room types that feature fluffy bathrobes and slippers and a coffee machine.
An American style buffet breakfast is served daily. There is also a gym on site.
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
Furnishings are modern and tasteful and the apartment has a flat screen tv and airconditioning.
There is a small supermarket and wine shop close by so you can stock up on essentials.
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 Navigli 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 Hotel Milano
Bulgari Hotel Milano takes its design cues from the fashion house of the same name.
Sleek, modern and impeccably designed, this is the hotel to be seen in during Milan’s signature fashion and design events.
Rooms overlook the hotel garden or peaceful courtyard and feature walk in closets and Travertine marble bathrooms.
Make sure to spend some time in the elegant aperitivo bar.
Boutique – Palazzo Segreti
This charming hotel has comfortable and stylish rooms featuring modern design elements and a convenient location near Cairoli Metro stop.
The friendly staff are happy to recommend the best of the many local restaurants.
Value / Family friendly – Hotel Manzoni
Parquet floors, marble bathrooms and comfortable beds are features of the hotel’s rooms. Suites at the hotel are suitable for families and kids under 5 stay free.
Onsite restaurant Don Rodrigo features Milanese dishes
It is a just short walk to the Duomo via the fashion district from Hotel Manzoni.
Apartment – Brera Loft
Found in a great location in downtown Milan, the apartment is close to Sempione Park and Sforzesco Castle.
A kitchenette and washing machine are provided for your convenience.
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
With classic style in keeping with its 1920s heritage, this 5 star hotel also boasts an indoor pool and spa.
Rooms are decorated in classical elegant style and you will find Acqua di Parma toileteries in your bathroom.
Part of the Dorchester Collection of hotels, the Hotel Principe di Savoia epitomises old world luxury.
Boutique – NYX Milano
Rooms have a sleek and modern design and all have soundproofing, air conditioning and flat screen televisions.
A generous breakfast buffet is served daily and service at the hotel is attentive thanks to the friendly staff.
Tip – head to one of three rooftop bars to enjoy views of the city.
Value / Family friendly – Glam Milano
Rooms at Glam Milano are spacious and soundproofed. Some have balconies with views of the beautiful Milan Centrale building. There are several suites suitable for family groups.
You’re only a short walk from the station making this hotel one of the best places to stay in Milan if you’re only spending a short time in the city.
Apartment – Heart Milan Apartments
The apartment is decorated in modern and elegant style and has a washing machine and kitchen with a dishwasher and oven.
Milan attractions including Sforzesco Castle and the 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. One of Europe’s largest train stations, hundreds of thousands of passengers transfer through the station every day.
This area of Milan is largely a transit zone and is well served by excellent transport links. It is not known for great restaurants or nightlife. There are several decent take away outlets and a pharmacy inside the station.
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 making this area one of the best places to stay in Milan.
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 – Santa Maria della Grazie – is in this area.
Luxury – Hotel Milano Scala
Hung with rich drapes, rooms have an opulent feel and have all the modern conveniences you expect at a 4 star hotel.
The hotel is close to La Scala theater, a 5 minute walk from Cairoli Castello Metro and a short walk to the Duomo.
Have a drink at the Sky Terrace on the 8th floor and enjoy views over Milan’s historical centre
Boutique – Hotel Milano Castello
The hotel has large modern rooms and a private garden where guests can relax. Evening drinks and a light buffet are served in the bar each evening.
It is an easy walk from Hotel Milano Castello to the Cairoli Metro and Milan’s main attractions.
Value / Family friendly – Una Hotel Cusani
Rooms are decorated in modern classic style and are comfortable with free toiletries and bathrobes provided. Some have views of the castle.
Una Hotel Cusani has a 24-hour reception and private parking is available on site.
Apartment – Camperio House Suites & Apartments
Camperio House has a range of stylish apartments and suites to suit parties of 2 to 4 people. The apartments are close to La Scala and Milan’s shopping district.
Suites have a kitchen if you wish to self cater or you can take advantage of the daily breakfast buffet and hotel restaurant.
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
Milan airport hotels
Need an airport hotel in Milan? If you are flying in or out of Malpensa airport this is a good option if you are arriving late or departing early in the morning. The airport is 50 kilometers from central Milan and the roads are often heavily congested.
- Holiday Inn Express – offers modern, comfortable rooms, buffet breakfast and an airport shuttle
- Best Western Cavalieri – has soundproofed rooms, free airport shuttle and breakfast from 4.00am
Milan and Italy resources
If you are staying in Milan for a day or two, check out our Milan city guide for itineraries and things to do.Traveling beyond Milan to the rest of Italy? Here are our top articles on making the most of your trip.
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