Milan, Italy

The Yard Milano

Rates per night from$225.10

Price information

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Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR199.09), via, using today’s exchange rate.


This sporting life


Canalside aperitivi

A stay at boutique hotel The Yard Milano – in the city’s artsy Navigli district of Milan – feels like snooping around a Renaissance man’s retro pad. Proudly displayed vintage trophies, boxing gloves and rowing paddles allude to a sporting side; exquisitely tailored interiors (including a bar outfitted by menswear mogul Ralph Lauren) show an innate sense of style; and it’s the perfect host, with a ‘make yourself at home’ attitude fostered by the incredibly genial owners.   

Smith Extra

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A welcome drink of the guests' choice each and free bike hire for two (usually €10 a day)


Photos The Yard Milano facilities

Need to know


32, including 11 suites.


Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.


Double rooms from $225.10 (€199), 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.

More details

Rates include a Continental breakfast basket for each guest, filled with pastries, home-baked breads, muesli, biscuits, yoghurt and fruit.


Cut out the most laborious bit of travel (especially if you’ve arrived with a raft of garment bags): make use of the hotel’s unpacking and packing service. If you need to while away some time, procure the bar’s backgammon set or play on the vintage arcade machine. If you dig the back-in-the-day design, pick up a few statement pieces (longboards, lamps, chairs…) from the boutique, or ask the owner to name a price: some of the room’s furnishings are for sale.

At the hotel

Private cinema room, lounge and TV room, mini boutique, bikes to borrow, concierge, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, Nespresso machine and kettle, WiFi, minibar, air-conditioning and CO Bigelow Chemists bath products.

Our favourite rooms

The Comte Trossi room, an homage to Italian racecar driver Carlo Felice Trossi, will inspire petrolheads to do some victory laps then jubilantly spray a bottle of champagne. This stylish pit stop has collectible cars and a vintage repair kit, and slick styling keeps it from looking kitsch. The Maisons – the hotel’s apartment-style stays – have a Mad Men air; our pick is the Wicket room, for its 1970s cocktail bar and tweed sofa.

Packing tips

Ensure you arrive with the essential gents' kit: a pair of polished brogues, an elegant belt, cashmere socks, a Mont Blanc ballpoint and linen handkerchiefs.


The concierge (good man) can arrange personal shoppers and trainers, and in-room massages, alongside any grooming you may desire.


Small pets can stay for €15 a day, as long as they get along with beloved resident staffy, Pina. Bowls are provided on request. See more pet-friendly hotels in Milan.


Late nightcaps supercede nappy changes here, but <i>bambini</i> are welcome. A baby cot (free) can be added to all categories, and some Dependance rooms and Maisons have sofa beds (€20 a night for children aged 3–12, €40 a night for guests aged 13 plus).

Food and Drink

Photos The Yard Milano food and drink

Top Table

Arrive early to secure side-by-side seats at the communal table – otherwise, you have your pick of sofas to sink into.

Dress Code

Chaps and chapettes.

Hotel restaurant

The hotel serves informal, street-food-style fare in the Doping Club: bocadillo sandwiches, gourmet burgers, tapas-style seafood dishes, charcuterie platters and caprese salad, with a few sweet picks (rice pudding with caramelised figs puts a sophisticated spin on the nursery classic). Breakfast baskets and a lavish brunch are served at a long wooden table in the lobby.

Hotel bar

The Yard Club is an open-plan space with two bars, a cinema room and a boutique. Follow your wingtips across checkerboard floors to one of two drinking dens: the Doping Club is our preferred kind of pharmacy, where groomed ‘alchemists’ with beards and braces administer ‘dosages’ (super-strong negronis or rum-laced Bergamundi Collins). Mixologists have a taste for theatrics: bottles are juggled and tossed to the crowd’s delight. There’s also the Duke Bar, a smart-casual spot (buffalo check, worn kilim rugs and a mêlée of iconic chairs) that was styled by Ralph Lauren.    

Last orders

Breakfast runs from 7.30am to 11.30am from Monday to Friday, and till noon on weekends. A satisfying brunch is served from noon to 4pm on Sundays.

Room service

During restaurant hours, breakfast and dinner can be brought to guests’ rooms.


Photos The Yard Milano location
The Yard Milano
Piazza XXIV Maggio, 8


Milan has three airports: Linate is a 25-minute drive, and Milan Bergamo and Malpensa are both a 50-minute drive. From Linate, you can board the 73 bus to Piazza San Babila, just a 10-minute walk from the hotel. From Bergamo, take the Terravision express coach, which arrives at Milano Centrale station in an hour (around 10 minutes from the hotel).


There are trains every half hour (till 11pm) from Malpensa Airport to Piazzale Cadorna station, a 10-minute taxi ride from the hotel. The hotel is 20 minutes by car from Milano Centrale, where trains arrive from Italy and beyond. Express trains cost more than the regional equivalents which make more stops; see Trenitalia for details. Milan’s Metro makes traversing the city a doddle; the Port Genova stop is a 10-minute walk.


Italians drivers have a penchant for bravado – this can be daunting for those unacquainted with driving in mainland Europe. We highly recommend pavement pounding or riding the Metro instead. There are car-hire booths at all three airports, and private indoor parking at the hotel (€25 a car, €10 a motorbike, a night). A congestion charge (€5 a car) applies from 7.30am to 7.30pm on weekdays in the restricted zone: the Cerchia dei Bastioni.

Worth getting out of bed for

In the hotel itself, there’s little to do but lounge around, play backgammon in the lounge or PlayStation games and watch sports in the TV room. Bag a bike for exploring the surroundings; developed for a International Competition, the Darsena Promenade celebrates old and new, with neoclassical bridges, Luigi Cagnola’s 17th-century tollhouses and the Naviglio Grande Canal (the city’s oldest, designed by Leonardo da Vinci) within its borders. Those of a bygone persuasion can rummage through the hotel’s boutique for vintage sporting goods, or seek antique treasures at the Navigli flea market, held on the last Sunday of each month along the banks of the canal. One of the few Roman ruins in Milan, the Colonne di San Lorenzo is a 10-minute walk away, close to the Duomo and mediaeval Ticinese Door. Muse on art old and new: San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, a 15-minute walk away, has luminous frescoes by Bernardino Luini; and Museo del Novecento (+39 02 8844 4061) has 20th-century masterpieces by Picasso, Boccioni and Modigliani. Milan’s main shopping arcade, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, is a 25-minute stroll from the hotel; it’s home to Prada’s flagship store and the historic centre’s sights – opera at La Scala, the Brera Art Gallery, Sforza Castle and the buzzy Piazza del Duomo – are easily explored on foot. For a further shopping fix, the Italian greats (Versace, Bottega Veneta, Armani, D&G…) are gathered in the Quadrilatero della Moda to the north east of the city. For more da Vinci magic, head to the Leonardo da Vinci Museum of Science and Technology (+39 02 485 551) on Via San Vittore, and rearrange your wardrobe in time for men’s fashion week from 18 to 21 June. 

Local restaurants

Milan’s model types definitely do eat, and very well; in a city where lavish and inventive dinners are frequently hosted, you’ll be well sated. Cacio e Pepe (+39 02 8324 2509) serves excellent Roman fare, such as saltimbocca, artichokes with egg and its comforting eponymous pasta. Canalside, Al Coniglio Bianco (the white rabbit, +39 02 5810 0910), a traditional tavern with tempting porky dishes and freshly caught fish on its daily-changing menu. If you hunger for dramatic dining venues, Ratanà (+39 02 8712 8855) is a laid-back bistro housed in an elegant former rail house storeroom, and Carlo e Camilla in Segheria (+39 02 837 3963) has long candelabra-lit tables in a 1930s sawmill.  

Local cafés

Deli and restaurant Drogheria Milanese (+39 02 5811 4843) is a stylish bright space with ‘cheesier than your average’ Italian pizzas and gourmet hamburgers with Galician beef on their menu. Their sharing menu for groups of 10 or more is very reasonable. Langosteria bistro and café (+39 02 7601 8167) has light bites and a lively dining bar where guests can pull up a stool – their seafood platter comes garnished with crab’s legs.

Local bars

Keep your palate primed for wine-tasting sessions at La Vinera on Via Casale, an authentic wine cellar with a bar attached. Moodily lit Ugo (+39 02 3981 1557), a bar with imaginative cocktails on Via Corsico, steals a little of the hotel’s hipster cache, with vintage tennis rackets on the walls and mini libraries interspersed with Mad Hatter teapots.  


Photos The Yard Milano reviews
David Weiner

Anonymous review

By David Weiner, Media guy

They say Milan is an ugly city — industrial, dull and grey. But to me, Milan feels… real.

Milan is a rare place in that, unlike so much of Italy, it doesn’t wholly give itself over to tourism and history. It feels alive, modern and – in a word – important. You are not here to be a tourist or a cultural gawker but, like in most great cities, to blend in and try to keep up. And that’s exactly what Mr Smith and I did at the Yard.

After a long day of languidly travelling up the Ligurian coast and through pocket-towns, we arrived in the cuore di Milano, pushing our way through crowds of commuters and visitors alike. Walking along the banks of the Navigli canals and soaking up the sight of young Italian hipsters and students communing, we all but missed the entrance to the hotel.

Hidden away down an alley, the Yard doesn’t make itself particularly easy to find. But once you’re there, it’s almost overwhelming. Walking into the indoor courtyard-cum-lounge feels like stumbling upon a Guy Ritchie film set – it’s the perfect stay if you’re harbouring secret East End-gangland-assassin fantasies. British knick-knacks, antique sportings goods and more reappropriated old suitcases than you’d find in an abandoned train station are dotted around the room: if you’re a Marie Kondo neat freak, you might be best staying elsewhere. But if you like a little drama and pizzazz on your holiday, you’ll feel right at home. Mr Smith and I rested our weary legs in the Doping Club, the lobby bar, where we imbibed some fine aperol spritzes (it being summer in Italy, after all) and then a few gin drinks to fit the scene a bit more.

Such Anglophilia on display in an Italian hotel at first struck me as a bit odd and not in keeping with how one is supposed to experience the country, but that feeling quickly passed as I went down the rabbit hole of history and quirkiness adorning the space. Truly, it’s as if someone unpacked Wes Anderson’s brain and decorated a hotel with every curio he’s ever stored in there, from antique skis to giant globes to – I believe a WWII-era prosthetic limb? For my intellectual ADD, the lobby was more than sufficient.

In keeping with this theme, each room is inspired by a classic sport. Mr Smith and I were given the hockey-themed Puck Room, as well as the boxing-and-Muhammad-Ali Jab Room.

The smaller of the two, the Puck Room was modest but well-appointed. Unlike the lobby, the knick-knacks were limited, with only a couple of pairs of vintage ice skates and a helmet or two. It had a bed, of course, that was as comfortable as any I’ve had in Italy, and a large bathroom with one of the best showers. The windows opened up to a small private terrace that, while lacking much of a view, was a nice option for an evening drink or two.

The Jab Room, on the other hand (or fist, perhaps), was spacious and beautifully outfitted. Unlike the explosion of vintage goods littered throughout the lobby and bar, the room wasn’t too heavy on boxing accessories: a pair of gloves and a heavy bag gave the room a nice frisson of sport, but thankfully didn't make us feel like we were spending a night in the ring.

Mr Smith and I took advantage of this room’s private terrace as it faced the interior courtyard, allowing us to partake in the nightlife without actually having to talk to any of the young scenesters who showed up in the lobby as the night wore on. The shrubs offered a surprising amount of privacy considering the close proximity to the public, and the noise was barely heard from inside the rooms.

The Yard is a decidedly a hotel for night owls, but if you’re a morning person – or at least someone who likes a good breakfast – you’ll be plenty happy here too. The indoor courtyard, showing no signs of hangover or mess from the previous night’s revellers, is a great place to plot the day. Over an assortment of baked goods and fresh fruit, Mr Smith, the hotel’s resident dog (a docile fellow), and I planned a day out to wander to the nearby record and vintage stores just up the road. But the prospect of venturing into the real world called into focus one of the few problems with the Yard: its charming decor, ample places to lounge, and collection of attractive people make it very difficult to leave. 

But you must: you must go out and explore magnificent Milan… I mean, unless you want to hang out at the hotel and pretend you’re a holidaying heavy from a Guy Ritchie film. You really can’t go wrong either way.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel or villa, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in The Yard Milano’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Quirky, eclectic decor. Friendly staff. Fabulous negronis. Yummy brekfast. Great location.

Don’t expect

Wouldn't have thought it was a great place for children.


Stayed on 21 Oct 2018

We loved

The decor and all the features in the bar/lounge area. The themes of each room are really cool. Breakfast was really good, plenty of choice and fresh produce. Restaurant Dorsett just down the road for a nice meal. Would definitely visit La Scala.

Don’t expect

To feel as cool as the locals.


Stayed on 29 Apr 2018

We loved

The service, decoration, breakfast and amazing bar.


Stayed on 16 Feb 2018

We loved

The design of the rooms and lobby. Amazing breakfast.


Stayed on 14 Feb 2018

We loved

The eclectic and rather eccentric interior: gentlemen's club meets steampunk. The restaurants: Osteria Concitta and Sant Eustorgio are both nearby and are excellent.

Don’t expect

It to be family/kid friendly.


Stayed on 9 May 2017

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