Small cities make me happy. Don’t get me wrong, I also love big cities, but being able to walk almost everywhere I want to when I’m staying smack in the centre of town makes everything that much easier and more explorable.
For starters, I get to know the city better. I see shops and museums I wouldn’t have known existed. Ditto restaurants and cafés, and I also save some pocket change on taxi fares. OK, the weather needs to hold up as well, but I’m sure most people would agree with me.
That’s one reason I love Milan. The compact city centre dazzles no matter where you look. Oozing elegance and style to the core, Milan will beckon you back time and time again. So, too, the Mandarin Oriental Milan, mere steps from the enchanting Brera district, a fashionista’s paradise. I should know, I was here just a few days after the hotel opened (summer 2015) and couldn’t wait to get back to see how it had fared in its first few years. I needn’t have wondered.
The buzz when I walked in said it all. From the concierge desk to the reception and on into the spectacular black-and-white geometrically designed bar, guests, visitors and staff were all engaged in making the weekend happen.
The property occupies four gracious, 18th-century buildings, including an old bank headquarters. There remains little of the bank’s former life, save the original coat of arms (now restored) of each Lombardy commune, made in stone and mounted on the exterior walls of one of the two elegant courtyards of the hotel – something to admire while sipping a drink outside in the warmer months.
One block from the Scala, steps away from Via Monte Napoleone and Via della Spiga, a brisk five minutes’ walk from the Duomo and the Rinascente department store, and moments from fabulous museums and some of the world’s most beautiful pieces of art, there’s nothing not to love about the Mandarin Oriental, Milan.
- Early check-in / Late check-out
- Subject to availability
- Room upgrade upon arrival
- Subject to availability
- Daily breakfast for two
- Continental buffet breakfast
- Hotel credit
- USD100.00 (equivalent in Euros) Food & Beverage or Spa credit, conditions apply (one credit per stay)
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
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