Milan, Italy

Vico Milano

Price per night from$267.29

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 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR230.73), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Cool, calm and curated

Setting

Storied centro storico

From da Vinci’s Last Supper to Armani’s first boutique, Milan specialises in inspiring creative masterstrokes; we might just be tempted to add Vico Milano to the list. Tucked between the centro storico and the hip Navigli district, this seven-suite guesthouse has been painstakingly conceived by design-hooked hotelier Neri Baccheschi Berti. Each room is a design geek’s grotto: Moroccan tiles in boiled-sweet hues here, a mirrored wall there, and a minimalist mezzanine floor featuring a bespoke four-poster bed. In the lobby, mid-century armchairs, hard-won at a Milanese auction, lure guests down for Negroni-fuelled evenings at the bar. Throw in impeccable service and lashings of the Baccheschi Berti family’s award-winning wine, and you’ve got a date with a pied-à-terre worth dressing up for.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

Seven.

Check–Out

12pm, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm. If you plan to check in after 8pm, make sure to let the hotel know in advance.

Prices

Double rooms from £213.93 (€254), including tax at 10 per cent.

More details

Rates don’t include breakfast, but a spread of pastries, cold cuts, fresh-pressed juices and more is available for €20 a person.

Also

Watch this wall space: with exclusive exhibitions with local galleries in the works, the hotel’s hefty art collection is set to get even more impressive.

At the hotel

Gym, library, living area, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, Nespresso coffee machine, tea and coffee selection, minibar, Aesop bath products.

Our favourite rooms

From teak floors from Myanmar to jewel-toned tiles from Fez, each of the seven rooms features a mini museum’s worth of globe-trotting treasures. If you’re planning a Pretty Woman-style outfit-changing montage with the bounty from your boutique-shopping spree, go for the Deluxe Suite – it has a separate living room and dressing area.

Spa

There’s no spa, but the gym room is decked out with the full gamut of Technogym equipment.

Packing tips

Leave suitcase space for a bottle (or five) of the Baccheschi Berti family’s award-winning organic wine.

Also

The split-level rooms mean this stay isn’t suitable for wheelchair users.

Children

There’s not much for little Smiths at this grown-up guesthouse, but children of all ages are welcome. A baby cot can be added to rooms on request.

Sustainability efforts

The hotel uses solar panels to reduce non-renewable energy usage. It’s also a plastic bottle-free zone, and fresh produce is sourced straight from suppliers to cut out as much plastic waste as possible.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

If you’re not propped up, aperitivo in hand, at the bar, there’s a bespoke wingback armchair with your name on it.

Dress Code

Slip on some artfully avant-garde vintage threads and you’ll be practically part of the furniture.

Hotel restaurant

The hotel doesn’t have a restaurant, but a breakfast of fresh pastries, Italian cold cuts and more is served in the lobby. There’s also a selection of locally sourced light bites available at the bar, so you won’t be left high and dry if hunger strikes.

Hotel bar

Set against a sultry marble backdrop, the hotel’s sleek bar adds a dash of art-deco allure to the hotel’s lobby and living area. Here, the organic wines from the Castello di Vicarello estate are the main event. Once you’ve sampled them all, there’s a long list of vintages from Veneto, Lombardy and Trentino to try. The bar also serves up a range of classic cocktails and champagne, along with plates of Tuscan salumi and cheeses to stave off the late-night nibbles. Tipple procured, sink into a plush velvet sofa, take your pick of imposing armchairs or kick back in the curated library – at a table designed by Neri himself.

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 7.30am to 10am, and the bar serves drinks and dainty plates from 3pm to 8pm.

Location

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Address
Vico Milano
Corso Genova 11
Milan
80142
Italy

The hotel is on the south-west edge of Milan’s centro storico, right by Basilicas Park and walking distance from the Duomo.

Planes

Milan Malpensa Airport is under an hour’s drive away. The hotel can arrange taxi or limousine transfers.

Trains

The Malpensa express train, which connects the airport with the city centre, stops at Milano Cadorna railway station, a short drive from the hotel. The service also stops at Milano Centrale station, as do high speed services from Italian cities including Rome and Venice, plus cross-border trains from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The hotel can arrange transfers from either station for around €15 each way. Once you’re there, Milan’s zippy metro makes getting around a breeze. Sant’Agostino is the hotel’s nearest stop – it’s on the M2 line, which runs straight to Cadorna and Milano Centrale stations.

Automobiles

The centro storico is eminently strollable and the metro makes light work of longer journeys. If you can, go sans car and save yourself the bother of congestion zones and scarce parking spots.

Other

Milan’s famous yellow trams make a nifty way to nip around the city. There’s a stop on the same road as the hotel; pick up line two there to head straight into the city centre, stopping right outside the Duomo.

Worth getting out of bed for

Who could fail to be lured from their bed by the scent of espresso and fresh-baked pastries? Follow your nose to the lobby and a lazy morning of itinerary-plotting awaits, fuelled by a full Continental spread.

That said, you’ll want to set off sharpish if you’re destined for the Duomo – queues to see inside the Gothic masterpiece grow by the hour. Mingle with the Old Masters at Castello Sforzesco, a sprawling Renaissance citadel now home to an art museum with an allstar collection: Michelangelo, da Vinci, Titian and Tintoretto are just a handful of the headline acts. Parco Sempione, with its collection of sculptures by Arman, Francesco Barzaghi and more, is right next door.

Shopping in Milan needs little introduction. Designer flagships dominate under the glass dome of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, and the chic neoclassical shopfronts of the Quadrilatero della Moda make up one of the world’s foremost shopping districts. If your style skews a little more off-beat, though, Via Giangiacomo Mora may be more your thing. Tucked between two basilicas, the street is home to a bevy of vintage boutiques brimming with high-end finds and curated retro collections.

With the Navigli district in strolling distance from the hotel, after-dark FOMO is a thing of the past. By day, you can cruise the last surviving canals in a city that once had waterways to rival Venice. Come evening, this is where the Milanese cool crowd congregate; if you feel like joining them, wander down and watch the waterfront world  from your pick of stylish aperitivo spots.

Local restaurants

Panino Giusto has been making deep-filled sandwiches an artform since 1979. There’s an impressive menu of combinations, including two masterminded by a Michelin-starred chef, but it’s hard to beat the classic: crusty ciabatta, house-aged parma ham and a generous helping of gooey mozzarella. There are outposts scattered across the city, so you’ll never be far from a reliable lunch.

Spilling out into the Baroque courtyard of Palazzo Recalcati, Dal Bolognese serves up a hearty menu of well-rehearsed Emilian classics. The chefs keep tables stacked with steaming plates of tagliatelle and towering lasagne slices, but the showstopper here is the signature boiled beef drizzled with garlic-laced green sauce.

And no tour of Milan’s haute-cuisine scene is complete without an evening at IYO, Italy’s first Japanese restaurant to score a Michelin star. Between walls of exposed brick and slate-swirled marble, head chef ​​Giampiero Brotzu’s team whip up fine-dining feasts of delicate sashimi stacks, citrusy seafood tempura and the best sushi in the city. There’s plenty to keep carnivores content, too – the wagyu gyoza are something of a speciality. Dinnertime ditherers, let the nine-course seasonal tasting menu make the decisions for you.

Local cafés

Whether you’re in need of a breakfast sugar boost or afternoon espresso and cake, make Pavé your go-to patisserie pitstop. Pull up a vintage chair and pick from a counter full of tarts and pastries so picturesque you’ll almost feel bad for eating them. Almost.

Local bars

Milan has long been a bastion of the avant-garde, and no bar embraces that legacy with more gusto than Nottingham Forest. The interiors might resemble the treasure-lined cabin of a pirate king, but it’s a team of mad-scientist mixologists who rule here. The menu features its fair share of gimmicks – a Negroni with the vodka presented in a test tube, a foaming tipple served in a bathtub, complete with citrus-scented rubber duck – but beneath that, these guys are serious about their science. Pink gin is carefully carbonated in-house, and there’s a martini infused with pine by a laser-wielding bartender. Don’t be deterred, traditionalists – you’ll find the full sweep of classic cocktails too, and without a test tube in sight.

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 design-led hotel near Navigli and unpacked their organic wine and Armani acquisitions, a full account of their Italian city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Vico Milano in Milan…

If a wide-eyed wander around Vico Milano feels like a private viewing of a design addict’s dapper Milanese pad, that’s probably because it’s not far from the truth. The den-like lobby-come-living area pops with mid-century chairs and intricate antique cabinets, Persian rugs and a light installation by legendary Italian studio Flos – all hand-picked by hotelier Neri Baccheschi Berti. It’s an experience made all the more intimate by the fact that Vico is, at heart, a family affair. With Neri flitting between Milan and his family’s award-winning vineyard hotel Castello di Vicarello, this well-dressed guesthouse carries quite the hotelier pedigree. Even the building itself is something of an heirloom – the premises once served as the studio for matriarch Aurora’s fashion label. But that’s not to say this is an exercise in clan-based cliqueness. With just seven rooms and an emphasis on superlative service, every guest is initiated into the inner circle. Ask for dinner recommendations and you’ll get a rundown of the three best bistros in the centro storico, plus what to order at each; stumble in parched after a hard day’s Duomo-gazing and there’ll be a glass of Castello di Vicarello red in your hand before your bags have hit the brushed-velvet sofa. Welcome to the family.

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