Milan, Italy

ME Milan il Duca

Rates from (ex tax)$238.85

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR244.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Fashion House

Setting

Towering above Porta Nuova

Aldo Rossi-designed luxury hotel ME Milan il Duca is where denizens of the fashion world retire to for a restive city break, post embedment in Milan Fashion Week. Here you can kick off your Louboutins in high-tech rooms – outfitted in creams and taupes – with custom lighting and PlayStations. The hotel’s ‘aura managers’ serve as your PA for your stay and the 10th-floor Radio Bar attracts the well dressed and well connected. Hung with Alberto van Stokkum prints and sporting pieces by Italian design greats, the hotel’s as Vogue ready as its alla moda guests.

Smith Extra

Get this when you book through us:

Early check-in or late check-out (subject to availability), a selection of snacks on arrival and 15 per cent off STK Restaurant. Guests in the Suites and Chic Suites get guaranteed late check-out till 4pm and minibar soft drinks

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

132, including 34 suites.

Rates

Double rooms from $239.58 (€222), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €5.00 per person per night on check-out.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR244.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

The bed and breakfast rate includes a cooked or Continental breakfast for two guests, a room. Additional guests (aged 13 or over) will be charged an extra €30 a day for breakfast.

Also

The ME+ package (for guests staying in Chic Suites and above) streamlines your stay with a private check-in and out service, free packing and repacking, a welcome gift, bespoke bar setup, one item of laundry pressed, and a personalised turn-down. An ‘aura manager’ will be on the case for booking hard-to-get tables, organising lavish shindigs or standing in as a plus one if you’re flying solo in the bar.

At the hotel

Fitness centre, library, free high-speed WiFi throughout. In rooms: 47” LED TV and DVD player, iPod dock, Bluetooth sound bar, minibar and hospitality tray, Nespresso coffee machine, kettle with a selection of teas, custom-controlled atmospheric lighting, Apivita bath products, hangover cures and, ahem, ‘sex kits'. A PlayStation or Nintendo Wii with games is available on request, as are hair straighteners and travel adaptors, and suites have a ‘maxi-bar’ with full-size products.

Our favourite rooms

Suite ME has witnessed many a raucous A-list party, but this sprawling apartment-style stay – spread over a whole floor – can also feel rather serene. A PlayStation and a pool table keep guests entertained, a bespoke in-room bar keeps them merry, and a terrace with space to lounge gives panoramic views of the cityscape. If your ‘make it rain’ is a light drizzle, the Vibe rooms’ curvaceous bath tubs, tech gizmos and tailored interiors are just as chic, for a more prêt-à-porter price.

Spa

There’s no spa, but the hotel can send a therapist to your room to work out your knots, perk up your visage or scrub and polish your skin. For those maintaining a model figure, the 24-hour gym is outfitted with work-out tech: power plates, treadmills, cross trainers, bikes and weights.

Packing tips

Bring a coterie of couture legends in your Vuitton Steamer, or an ensemble outré enough to be hailed as the next runway trend.

Also

All public areas are wheelchair accessible, and the hotel has a lift and nine adapted Aura Rooms (one on each floor) for guests with mobility issues.

Pet‐friendly

Pets under 5kg stay free, but STK restaurant is off limits. The ME+ pet package (€50, or free for guests staying in suites) includes a dog house, blanket, bowls, ball and pet bathrobe. There’s a dedicated doggie-room-service menu too. See more pet-friendly hotels in Milan.

Children

Milan caters to more grown-ups, but kids are welcome at the hotel. Extra beds and baby cots can be added to suites, babysitting or a nanny is available for €30 an hour (two hours’ notice is needed). Radio Bar has highchairs and the kitchen can heat milk.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Radio Bar’s terrace seats overlook delightfully urbane scenery. If you’ve dressed to be seen, strike a pose on one of the covered bar’s stools.

Dress Code

Dress like a dedicated follower of fashion.

Hotel restaurant

Just above the reception, the Milan branch of US-style steakhouse STK has a high-gloss central lounge surrounded by discreet white waltzers and DJs keep the atmosphere charged. The menu pledges allegiance to the Stars and Stripes, with prime USDA beef and southern comfort food (Rice-Krispie-coated shrimp, wagyu sliders and sweetcorn pudding). Radio Bar on the tenth floor has 30 seasonally shifting tapas dishes (ceviches, salads, a corker of a club sandwich) served in two lounges and on two alfresco, city-view terraces. Sunny-side-up breakfasts are served here too, with tasty egg dishes, pancakes, yoghurts, French toast and fresh fruit. 

Hotel bar

Milan’s bright young things preen and pose on Radio Bar’s terraces, poured into straight-from-the-catwalk wares – follow suit by dressing to to dazzle or shock, and nothing less. Champagne and cocktails are downed with abandon, a DJ-spun soundtrack keeps everyone on their toes and views of the Piazza to the Garibaldi Towers are as eye-catching as resident glamourpusses. Table reservations require a minimum spend, and if the bar’s packed guests are prioritised for the first available entry. The quieter, more intimate Il Giardino del Duca is a fairylight-strung bar leading off from the lobby with outdoor seating.  

Last orders

Breakfast is from 7am–11am, then Radio Bar’s light, all-day menu runs from 11.30am–midnight. STK opens for dinner from 6pm–midnight Monday to Wednesday, till 1am from Thursday to Saturday, and 11pm on Sundays.

Room service

Full breakfasts, light meals (soups, burgers, sandwiches pastas, salads, charcuterie platters) and desserts and bar refills can all be ordered to your room.

Location

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Address
ME Milan il Duca
Piazza della Republica, 13
20124
Milan
Italy

Planes

International hub Milan Malpensa is an hour’s drive away from the hotel; Linate Airport is closer, a 25-minute drive away. Easyjet and British Airways fly direct to both from major European cities, Alitalia and Etihad fly from New York. The hotel can arrange private transfers for an extra charge.

Trains

Central Station Milan is a 15-minute walk from the hotel. Frequent TGV Train services arrive direct from Paris, Zurich and Geneva, and within Italy; book tickets through the TGV site or Trenitalia. Piazza della Repubblica Metro stop – a five-minute walk from ME Milan – is connected to six intercity lines.

Automobiles

Milan’s chaotic roads are best tackled by a pro; however, the city is easily navigable on foot. If you do hire some wheels, note that a €5 congestion charge applies in central Milan’s ‘area C’ from 7.30am–7.30pm. Underground parking is available at Garage Duca di Milano, below the hotel, for €35 a day.

Worth getting out of bed for

The architecturally inclined should turn their gaze skywards – leafy Piazza della Repubblica is sheltered by an iconic skyline’s worth of notable high rises. Giovanni Muzio’s soaring Turati Tower, Luigi Mattioni’s slender Breda Tower and the hotel’s Aldo Rossi-conceived shell in the foreground; the Bosco Verticale and the Velasca Tower in the near distance. Aside from a lucrative game of I-Spy for modernists, this superb location is where the city’s pulse quickens, with Milan’s tailored and trendsetting districts close by. The Quadrilatero della Moda – where shifting from window shopping to spree requires a sturdy credit card – is a 15-minute walk away. Hallowed Italian and French names (Cavalli, Fendi, Gucci, Chanel and pals) front boutiques with theatrical window displays, and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II (+39 2 8845 5555) on the Piazza del Duomo, built in the late 19th century, houses Prada’s flagship store. After worshipping the dons of design, pay your respects at the Duomo di Milano. Hidden among the Gothic arches and heavily gilded, late-Renaissance presbytery are curious grotesqueries and more than 3,000 statues, including the gilded Madonnina at its apex. The Teatro alla Scala (+39 2 861 827) is close by, for magical ballets and operas, and the Old Town, Brera district (a 10-minute walk away) has enchanting alleyways to explore. Marvel at the Bellini masterpieces in the Pinacoteca Brera gallery (+39 2 7226 3264) and the cannons in the Museum of the Risorgimento (+39 2 8846 4180). Sforza Castle (+39 2 8846 3700) sits on Piazza Castello, on Brera’s outskirts. Contemporary pieces are shown at HangarBicocca (+39 2 6611 1573), a 20-minute drive north from the hotel, Giò Marconi (+39 2 2940 4373) on Via Alessandro Tadino or on the walls of the Isola neighbourhood: a sprawling canvas for Milanese street artists. The madness of Milan Fashion Week kicks off with menswear in January, womenswear in February and winter collections in June and September. If dashing from show to show makes your head spin, the Indro Montanelli Public Gardens, just a few steps from the hotel, are a peaceful time-out territory.

Local restaurants

Milan’s restaurant scene is a medley of established old-school favourites and modern decadence. A 20-minute taxi ride to an abandoned 1930s sawmill may sound like the start of a horror movie, but it’s actually a worthwhile pilgrimage to Milan’s most dramatic dining experience. Carlo e Camilla in Segheria (+39 2 837 3963) places polished communal tables and chandeliers within a rough industrial shell – the seasonal menus are highly regarded, but the experience goes beyond the culinary. Alla Cucina Delle Langhe (+39 2 655 4279) on Corso Como is more traditional; interiors hark back to the 1930s, and the Piedmontese cuisine tastes like someone’s nonna is directing the kitchen staff. Ribot (+39 2 3300 1646) on Via Marco Cremosano, is an eccentric Milanese institution littered with equestrian paraphernalia. It’s not fashion forward, but after attacking its meat-heavy buffet you won’t be able to fit into sample sizes anyway. 

Local cafés

Just Cavalli Café (+39 2 311 817), bears the hallmark excess of its namesake – pillars are emblazoned with leopard print, and after dark its steel-and-glass structure is bathed in neon light. It’s both café and bar, depending on what time you arrive, but its traditional Mediterranean fare is less frivolous than its appearance. Milan has excellent markets, where locals pop in for an aperitivo or hit of teeth-rattling coffee; the lunch menu at well-established gourmet market Peck (+39 2 802 3161) is liberally sprinkled with white truffle. 

Local bars

Radio Bar’s people watching, superlative spritzes and coolly classic cocktails will beckon you back, but hip sipping spots abound in Milan. Drink from a stylish wellspring in the black-leather-clad Martini Bar at Dolce & Gabbana (+39 2 7601 1154); beware, the boutique’s just next door, and after a few potent slugs the price tags seem perfectly reasonable. Talented barkeep Guglielmo Miriello revives vintage concoctions in Dry (+39 2 6379 3414) on Via Solferino, and cocktails can be ordered by the bottle for groups. Pair with a pizza from their superb menu.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

 
Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this fashion-forward hotel in Piazza della Repubblica and proudly hung their new couture and tailored wares in their wardrobe, a full account of this stylish city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a trend forecast from ME Milan il Duca…
 
The founders of Arassociati architects were given a foundation-shaking task, when asked to revamp the Hotel Duca di Milano before the Melia group moved in: Aldo Rossi, who built the Lombardi-church-inspired high rise, was a former mentor, so updating his monument seemed sacrilegious. However, the firm have revivified its insides with due reverence to Rossi, creating spaces to wow even the snidest fashion columnist. Each floor is dedicated to an Italian design great (Giò Ponti, Guglielmo Ulrich, Marco Zanuso) and the first floor – over which the fabulous Suite ME sprawls – is Rossi’s. Past and future commingle: vintage set pieces complement bespoke furnishings from Molteni & C, and sharp, Latte-hued tailoring throughout appears cut and contoured by the city’s nimblest suit makers. Oscillating wooden walls in reception, a spiralling steel-and-wood staircase and candles strewn over the floors soften its harder edges. The addition of a rooftop bar adheres to the ‘build it and they shall come’ adage, and the Milanese have arrived in droves. The hotel’s fashion cred is evident in the library’s coffee-table tomes, magazines in rooms and its dapper look; but behind its photo-shoot sheen, guests come first: Aura Managers are the ‘no job’s too small’ sorts who’ll make you feel like a star. In fact, you may well be one: the place is crawling with ‘slebs, but everyone’s far too cool to care, of course.   

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in ME Milan il Duca’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The rooms are modern very well appointed and spacious. The staff is very attentive and accommodating. A really good choice.

Don’t expect

A lavish buffet breakfast. It was just ok and not worth the money.

Rating

Stayed on 28 Dec 2016

We loved

The beds are very comfortable, hotel staff very friendly.

Don’t expect

A big bathroom area

Rating

Stayed on 21 Dec 2016

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