A Milan icon with unabashed style
301 Rooms / 44 Suites
For nearly a century, the neoclassical Hotel Principe di Savoia has been the benchmark hotel for all of Milan. Elegantly decorated in late-19th-century finery of lavish damasks, rich colors and collectors’ antiques in marbles and woods, the Principe is also wholly 21st century with an eye for technology and a “your wish is our command” concierge team. If the Principe’s unabashed style makes it the landmark destination for fashion royalty, its rooftop spa, hush-hush vibe and enviable address (out of the center traffic and just a 10-minute drive, vintage tram ride or metro trip to the fashion capital’s epicenter, via Monte Napoleone) create the perfect getaway for a very private affair.
In spite of its large size (10 floors, 301 rooms and suites), the Principe has the atmosphere of a boutique hotel — intimate, personal and private. Royal treatment is top priority for all hotel staff, from the present and precise doormen to the all-knowing, well-connected concierge team ready to share behind-the-scenes itineraries, sneak you into the Last Supper and satisfy all hearts’ desires. But honestly, staying in might be the best option. You can curl up for afternoon tea, cookies and people-watching at the pastel-hued ground floor lounge Il Salotto and later hold court at the Principe Bar, the hotel’s newly renovated cocktail bar, a hot spot for Fashion Week’s royal entourage as well as the local Milanese weekender.
Hungry? The acclaimed Acanto restaurant has an incredible breakfast buffet (sweet and savory) and in the evening, it is open well into the wee hours. The icing on the cake is the in-room dining, in particular, the lobster club from the Taste of the Dorchester menu, which features signature dishes from all of the brand’s hotels (this specific sandwich comes from Le Meurice in Paris).
For freshening up, the rooftop Club 10 spa has beauty treatments, saunas, a heated swimming pool, treatment rooms, a gym and panoramic views of the city. Children are spoiled with specially catered menus, private swimming lessons, babysitting and games and activities upon request. Small pets are welcome as one of the family. All guests may enjoy complimentary car service for transport to the city center.
Jewel-tone hues run rampant in all 257 rooms and 44 suites, tastefully decorated in the fin de siècle style of soft velvet and damask fabrics, antique wood and marble furniture pieces and original 19th-century oil paintings, while the Milan hotel’s princely suites have hand-painted frescoes. You’ll have a hard time getting out of the Principe’s beds, cozy creations of soporific pillows, exceptionally soft linens and delicious cashmere throws. Once you do, take time to investigate the luminous white marble bathrooms — the pale granite counter has a cornucopia of coveted Acqua di Parma toiletries. Look out for the great hair dryer hidden in the inset armoire, a fete accompli in Italy.