A posh palazzo in fashionable Milan
Since 1962, Italian style, culture and tradition have been preserved at Baglioni Hotel Carlton, a five-story boutique hotel that was once a mansion and has hosted high-profile guests, including the Dalai Lama, Jennifer Lopez and George Clooney.
Located in the heart of Milan’s fashion district, the 18th-century palazzo is the only Milan hotel to boast a discreet doorway onto Via della Spiga, a historic, cobblestone shopping street in the heart of the chic Quadrilatero.
The family-owned Baglioni Hotels Group’s Milan hotel incorporates Italian hospitality through intimate touches, such as the antique furniture in suites and common areas, which has been curated from the personal collection of the hotel’s founder and president, Roberto Polito.
While the Milan hotel rooms vary in décor, expect classic, modernized luxury — think plush drapes and wood floors. Some have creamy palettes with contemporary leather details, dark woods and fabric-covered walls, while others are more traditional.
Bathrooms are black marble retreats with walk-in travertine showers and Fico d'India beauty products by Ortigia Sicilia. At 1,938 square feet, the Montenapoleone Terrace Suite boasts a walk-in closet, a live-in marble bathroom with a Jacuzzi, and a large flowering terrace arranged with lounge furniture and tents.
Lit by Murano glass chandeliers, Caffè Baglioni is a sophisticated, recently redesigned space open from early morning to late at night. Here you’ll find dynamic menus in the café, the light-filled terrace and the outdoor lounge. The breakfast menu was created by the University of Gastronomic Sciences, and offers fair-trade food in buffets and à la carte — a treat featuring Italian pastries you won’t want to skip.
For lunch and dinner, Terrazza Baglioni provides a healthy menu with vegetarian and pork-free options designed by Sweet Elephant gourmands, such smoked salmon, avocado and yogurt pinzimonio (vegetable dip). The popular Milanese aperitivo begins at 7 p.m. For an authentic Italian cocktail hour experience, go for its most-requested drink, the Aperol Spritz, a mix of Aperol bitters, prosecco and a dash of soda.
In English clubhouse style with rich wainscoting, Scottish carpets, horse-and-hound oil paintings and a smoking room, Baretto al Baglioni, one of the most popular restaurants in the city, seats 75 diners and serves traditional Milanese plates — cotoletta alla Milanese veal cutlet and the saffron-flavored risotto Milanese — by chef Tiziano Capon.
The luxury hotel’s subterranean Spiga 8 Spa offers 30-, 60- or 90-minute holistic therapies across five treatment rooms, including a couples suite. Select from a wide range of treatments (facials, scrubs, massages) and beauty services (manicures, pedicures, eyebrow shaping). A sauna, a Turkish bath, a relaxation room and changing rooms are available, too.
Spanish beauty brand Natura Bissé is reserved for its most popular treatments, such a 60-minute depigmenting treatment, which aims to reduce the look of age spots and illuminate the face. The popular C+C Vitamin Line uses high concentrations of vitamin C for the 60-minute Citrus Essence facial that buffs and hydrates skin to bright luminosity.
The 24-hour fitness center houses Technogym cardiovascular and weight training equipment. Personal trainers and yoga instructors are available for private sessions, too.