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Grand Hotel et de Milan: history and luxury in the heart of Milan

  • Travel
  • - 26 November 2014
    In one of Milan’s most symbolic roads, in Via Manzoni, a few steps from La Scala Opera House, is the Hotel et de Milan.This 19th century building, with its classic, warm and inviting setting, is at the corner of the boutique district, the crossroads of history and tradition. Many are the emotions you will feel as you stop and gaze upon it, even before going inside.

    The air is thick with history; you can almost feel the presence of the distinguished individuals who have stayed within its walls since its opening in 1863. Celebrities belonging to the intellectual and cultural worlds: writers, composers, opera singers. And even Presidents of the Italian Republic and rock stars. So, it’s a place full of flair that not only feeds on the past but also the present; it’s still a favourite destination spot for businessmen or ultra-exclusive tourists looking for discreet luxury in the pleasantly retro ambiance of an aristocratic palace in Milan. So, let’s cross the street and go inside. Crossing over the threshold of the Hotel is like leaving the city behind. You enter a cozy, warm and soothing home. Marble and mirrors help to make the lobby even brighter. Grand and majestic, it is truly welcoming.

    Upon entering, the fireplace on the left in Candoglia marble creates the idea of  “home”, despite its large size. The warmth spread throughout this room resembles that of one’s living room. If you like, you can sit by the fireplace while enjoying a drink, or just  a bit further, beyond the columns, is the bar. Gerry’s Bar. Another sitting area with an adjoining, very stylish and discreet bar. Perfect for a very “Italian” cocktail, a quick dinner, or for a drink after the theatre, since it stays open late. Grand Hotel et de Milan is not only a hotel, but it’s also a gourmand enclave of the city.

    It’s a place full of flair that not only feeds on the past but also the present; it’s still a favourite destination spot for businessmen or ultra-exclusive tourists looking for discreet luxury

    As you take in the pleasant homey surroundings of the lobby, you’ll surely end up with a bit of an appetite. Where to go? Just a few steps past the fireplace, heading towards Gerry’s, if you turn to the right you’ll find the “Caruso” restaurant bar. But if you turn to the left, you’ll end up at Don Carlos. Two very different restaurants, depending on what you are looking for. Upon entering Caruso (for Enrico Caruso, tenor of the century, one of the Hotel’s most famous guests), you’ll be welcomed by the elegant yet convivial atmosphere, where you may enjoy local specialties from Milan with a modern and innovative twist. From the indoor dining area, more intimate, you may pass on to the outdoor area, that is the “jardin d’hiver” which overlooks the small Croce Rossa square and remains immersed in green splendour.

    Don Carlos is named after the famous opera composed by Giuseppe Verdi, who was an illustrious guest of the hotel. Don Carlos offers a much more exclusive and personal feel with less “glamour” than that of Caruso’s. The menu includes the traditional Mediterranean flavours of Italian cuisine accompanied by candlelight in an elegant atmosphere complete with paintings, sketches and scenes from the Theater Museum at La Scala. It’s late and it’s time to go up to the bedrooms. The lift in itself is a prelude of the refinement and elegance found in the 95 rooms, including 23 suites/junior suites. Walking along the corridors to reach your own “overnight residence”, you’ll savour the unique atmosphere of the surroundings which have been enriched over time with objects and particular and exclusive furniture, now an integral part of the hotel’s history. The rooms have kept their vintage furniture with individual and precious details, like the hardwood floors and Italian marble covering the large bathrooms. Each room is a chest filled with treasures and history.  




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