The hotel is on the south-west edge of Milan’s centro storico, right by Basilicas Park and walking distance from the Duomo.
Milan Malpensa Airport is under an hour’s drive away. The hotel can arrange taxi or limousine transfers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.