Experience la dolce vita at one of these beautiful boutique hotels in Italy’s style capital. This is where Michael Knott and Kirsten Galliott recommend... 

Aparthotel Duomo

Aparthotel Duomo is as boutique as boutique gets. The hotel’s five apartments are tucked away on the fourth floor of a quiet mixed-use palatial building and each one is uniquely fitted out and named for a local landmark. The rooms are styled in an elegant minimalist fashion – bright and white without feeling clinical – with high ceilings and designer furnishings. Situated in one of Milan’s best locales, the hotel is just metres from the Duomo, in the cathedral’s pedestrian zone. Just around the corner, the grand 19th- century shopping arcade of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II offers a fantastic passage through to the Teatro alla Scala opera house.  

Hotel Spadari al Duomo

Hotel Spadari al Duomo 40-room hotel, run by the most charming Italian women you could hope to meet, is just a two-minute walk from the Duomo. The rooms aren’t large but they are beautifully appointed and some have a small balcony (if you want to splash out, opt for a rooftop room). Breakfast is included in the rate and is taken in a charming room downstairs. Book well ahead – it’s a popular hotel, particularly during Fashion Week, when fashion editors from around the world base themselves here.

Bulgari Hotel Milan

Looking for a whole lot of luxury? Bulgari Hotel Milan is where the beautiful people stay. The 18th- century palazzo, which is a five-minute walk from Teatro alla Scala, features a 4000-square-metre private garden and offers a level of service we have come to expect from the luxury jewellery brand. The rooms are exquisite – all warm browns and oversized tubs – but at aperitivo hour, you’ll want to be in the bar for some serious people-watching. There’s also an impressive on-site spa with the kind of pool you dream of having all to yourself.

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