Palazzo Parigi Hotel & Grand Spa Milano, where do I begin?
Milan’s newest five-star hotel is possibly one of the most gorgeous hotels you will ever lay eyes on in Italy, let alone Europe. The incredible marble stairway that welcomes you as you enter the property will have you in complete awe.
The gracious hotel has risen on the site of the former circa 1600s Palazzo Cramer in Brera, the fashionable heart of Milan, where in 2008 would under go an enormous makeover by noted construction company, Giambelli S.p.A. The ultimate objective was to blend the style and elegance of two beloved cities – Milan and Paris – while focusing on the warmth of the hotel’s natural environment and the hospitality of an elegant palace. I’m comfortable proclaiming that this was surely achieved!
With Pitti Uomo done and dusted for the season, I was en route to Milan, where I would in fact be stayed at this gorgeous hotel for a few nights as I attend shows, presentations and meetings as part of Milan Fashion Week. Upon arrival, the lovely concierge greeted me with dozens of fashion week invitations in exchange for my luggage as I processed my check in. Darrel and I grabbed a quick coffee as the team prepared our room, before we were escorted to the four floor.
Now that we had settled in, being lazy and all, I ordered some breakfast straight to the room before preparing myself for day one of Milan Fashion Week. Now, a little more about the hotel…
The Milanese style dominates in the large spaces, paying homage to the building’s notable aristocratic past: marble makes a solid statement, partly softened by precious woods; the pink Baveno marble columns, recalling the Scala Theatre, are a reverence to the city; the invaluable parquet of Caffé Parigi and the Lounge Bar have been created with 8 different essences of wood, inspired by the drawing-room in Villa Reale created by Giuseppe Maggiolini, master cabinetmaker; the lobby, with the floor in Venetian mosaic, is the second echo of Villa Reale; the skylight which looms high above is designed in identical shape and size to those in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele.
If you are planning on just a quick trip to Milan, then I recommend either the Deluxe or Executive Rooms. They are spacious, comfortable and bright, feature private balconies or terraces overlooking the hotel garden or Milan’s noblest streets.
However, if you’re heading to the Italian capital to impress your better half, in come the impeccable suites. For basic suits, you have the options of either the Junior, Executive or Deluxe. But hey, you only live once, so I do encourage you to consider the Prestige or Duomo Suites, which of course offer an extra little kick when it comes to the decor, furniture and view than the standard rooms.
I’ll leave the best option till last of course: The Presidential Suite. Elegant space with a surrounding panoramic terrace overlooking the city and the Duomo of Milan. Luxuriously furnished and finely decorated, the Presidential Suite features a large panoramic living room with a comfortable dining area and a separated private kitchen. The suite is entirely furnished with fine details and original masterpieces.
The master bedroom is separated from the living room by a door and has a private access to a large marble bathroom featuring a whirlpool tub and separated shower with Turkish bath facilities. To complete this amazing suite, a large walk-in closet (YES!), in soft colors. The Presidential Suite can also be sold with two bedrooms or three bedrooms, each room with its private bathroom. Upon request, a private butler 24hrs a day available.
Then there’s me and my flowing Pal Zileri scarf on the large terrace of the hotel.
As for the hotel’s facilities, this beautiful indoor poor is bound to relief you from all the day’s stress and tantrum. If you’ve somehow forgotten your swim suit and just after a nice mouthwatering meal, head to the Gastronomic Restaurant right opposite the lobby area for some authentic Italian cuisine.
Last but not least, the bar! The stylish, unique surroundings of Caffé Parigi, already considered among one of the best bars in Milan, are the perfect setting for relaxed business or social meetings.
From the gorgeous architecture and centralised location, to the incredibly hospitable staff and to delicious Italian cuisine, one of my most highly recommended Hotels. Be sure to stay here on your next trip to Milan, and who knows, you might bump into me at the bar!
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On a separate note, if you’re more of a winter person like myself, and would much rather prefer hitting some slopes, take a look at the remarkeble Palace Les Airelles!
Palace Les Airelles, a castle in the heart of the most glamorous of French ski resorts, is renowned as being one the most beautiful alpine Hotels in the world. A five star Palace between mountain peaks and pine trees. Sculpted in the Jardin Alpine’s forest, and decorated with strings of icicle fairy lights, a fairy tale castle appears as if by magic in the crystalline snow. At the edge of Courchevel ski runs, Les Airelles opens the doors to a realm of enchantment.