“Hip and classy design hotel tucked away on a quiet side street, slap-bang in the heart of Milan”
The décor in the 18 rooms varies wildly: sleek elegance with petrol-blue walls and contemporary wooden furniture in one, breezy Spartan chic in the next, industrial minimalism with cool-grey concrete in another. There’s even country romance in one of the Junior Suites (12), with antiques, vintage rugs and a four-poster.
All rooms have kingsize or twin beds, WiFi, safe boxes, phones, TVs, minibars and a designer chair or two. Bathrooms (some open-plan) are spacious, bright and ultra-modern, with rain showers, hairdryers, fluffy white cotton towels and fabulous organic toiletries by L'Occitane.
Most rooms fall into the Standard category, and I stayed in one of these: the all-white Room 3, which was very comfortable and zen, with painted floorboards and brick walls. Also lovely is Room 5, which has a small courtyard-facing balcony, and the super-modern grey-and-white Room 4, which is very popular with guests and would definitely be my first choice.
If you can afford to splurge a bit, get one of the 3 Junior Suites or the sole Suite, all a bit larger with separate sitting areas. The all-grey Suite (8) is truly stunning, with dramatic décor and a large Jacuzzi bathtub by the bed, as is the ultra-classy, colourful Junior Suite 18, which has a huge tub in its ensuite. I was less keen on the dark mood of Junior Suite 6 and found its black tub a tad dingy, though its modern four-poster is certainly appealing. Note that Junior Suite 12 has no tub.
Breakfast is included in the room rate. It’s a relatively simple Italian affair with cereal, a range of breads, yoghurts and spreads, fresh fruit, several delicious homemade cakes (almond, apple, raspberry) and savoury tartlets. Cooked options are limited to eggs any style; I had the omelette, which was rich, tasty and served with cherry tomatoes.
No other meals are available at the hotel, but delivery from a nearby restaurant can be arranged on request (except Mondays), and The Winery bar is an excellent place for an aperitivo or nightcap. It carries a selection of fine wines from Tuscany and Sardinia, as well as a few cocktails.
There’s no shortage of great eateries on the doorstep. Pescheria da Claudio (Via Cusani 1) is a casual, very popular fish restaurant a short walk from the hotel; for hearty, traditional Italian food and an old-fashioned atmosphere, head to Emilia & Carlo (Via Guiseppe Sacchi 8) or Trattoria Milanese (Viale Gorizia 30; known for its excellent ossobuco). Truffle lovers should check out Tartufotto (Via Cusani 8), a contemporary truffle bar, restaurant and shop whose products also make great take-home gifts. If a quick sandwich fix is all you’re after, then try De Santis (Corso Magenta 9), a wildly popular hole in the wall with over 200 sandwich concoctions.
The hotel accepts children of all ages, and baby cots and extra beds can be provided in some rooms for an extra charge. However, neither the layout of the rooms nor the tiny stairwell or lift make it particularly suitable for families, and we’d say it’s best suited to couples or friends travelling together.
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available