Elizabeth Lifestyle Hotel Milan
Corso Italia, 11/a
The hotel has a prime city-centre location in the peaceful Carrobbio neighbourhood, a five-minute walk from the Duomo and many other cultural calling cards.
Most major airlines fly to Linate Airport, which is seven kilometres away (a half-hour drive).
Central Station is just 15 minutes from the hotel by car, with services connecting to other Italian cities.
If you’re coming with wheels, the closest public parking spaces are 700 metres from the hotel (a hefty €25 daily); drop your luggage off first. Milan’s historic city centre is pleasingly compact and the trains are excellent, so you might be better off sans vehicle.
Hop on the Metro from the train station – and jump off at the Missori stop on the yellow line, going towards San Donato.
Worth getting out of bed for
Kick back and relax at boutique basecamp – perhaps with a drink from the honesty bar in the reception area, where you can also befriend staff and fellow guests if you’re feeling sociable. Rewind several centuries at Castello Sforzesco on Piazza Castello, which is one of Europe’s largest citadels. Following an extensive rebuild in the late 19th century, it now houses several of the city's museums and art collections. Continue your Italianate education at the Leonardo da Vinci National Museum of Science and Technology on Via San Vittore. Sprawling across a vast space (around 40,000sq m to be precise), this museum in downtown Milan charts developments in science and technology from Leonardo’s time onwards.. Flex your plastic at Milan’s landmark Galleria Vittorio Emanuele: Italy’s most iconic shopping mall, housed within a four-story double arcade in the city centre. Beg, borrow or steal tickets to Teatro alla Scala, the city’s opulent red-and-gold opera house, where some of the world’s best sopranos, tenors, contraltos, etc, have raised their voices to the heavens.
Grab a coffee from the view-toting rooftop terrace at La Rinascente department store, which reckons it’s the best in the world (you’ll need a caffeinated pit stop after all that shopping.) Londoners may already have visited Princi in Oxford Circus; now try its original Milanese incarnation, with outposts at Via Speronari, Piazza Venticinque Aprile, Via Ponte Vetero and more.
Take your chicest swimwear, gymwear and sunnies with you to Ceresio 7, Pool Restaurant on Via Ceresio. This fashion-pack hangout spans a gym, two pools, two lounges and a ravishing restaurant.