Where to stay in Milan

written by Kiki Deere
updated 1/11/2022
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Where to stay in Milan? Italy’s fashion capital and city of designers and global influencers offers an eclectic range of places to stay, from five-star hotels to hostels. Take a look at our Milan accommodation guide to help find your perfect city base. The information in this article is taken from The Rough Guide to Italy your essential guide for visiting Italy.

The verdant Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) © Ivan Kurmyshov / Shutterstock

Where to stay in Milan near the Duomo

The Duomo district is dead centre in Milan and great for sightseeing. It's the area for the cathedral and Museo del Novecento, as well as the Ambrosiana. Busy by day, Duomo is quieter in the evening so it's good for peaceful hotels.

Best designer stay

Just a few steps away from the cathedral, Room Mate Giulia is an ultra-modern boutique hotel furnished in chic designer style. All rooms include flat-screen TVs and mini-bars and several also come with a private, outdoor terrace.

Best laidback stay

Laid-back Hotel Spadari al Duomo is another of the cathedral's near neighbours. The bedroom walls are decorated with works by young Italian artists, WIFI is free and the hotel serves an American-style buffet breakfast.

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Duomo is where to stay in Milan city centre for sightseeing © Boris Stroujko / Shutterstock

Where to stay in Navigli

Stay in the Navigli canal district for nightlife, bars and restaurants. Partly designed by Leonardo Da Vinci, Navigli is historic as well as lively, so be sure to explore its two remaining canals, Naviglio Grande and Naviglio Pavese.

Best boutique stay

Right next to Naviglio Grande, Aethos Milan offers elegant suites and apartments individually designed around vintage sporting themes. Porta Genova, Navigli's main nightlife hub, is just five minutes walk from the hotel.

Best value stay

A fresh, contemporary hostel set into one of Navigli's historic buildings, Combo Milano is a great value base for a budget Milan trip. The large, communal spaces are lovely and you have a choice of dorms or private rooms.

Naviglio Grande one of only two canals left in Milan © Mihai-Bogdan Lazar / Shutterstock

Where to stay in Porta Garibaldi

You only have to look at all the new shops and restaurants in Porta Garibaldi to know this is a district on the rise. But despite the growing popularity, it's still one of the more affordable areas of Milan for hotels.

Plus, Porta Garibaldi is very well connected. Not only are Brera, Corso Garibaldi and Corso Como, close neighbours, there's a major railway station nearby and Milan city centre is only a Metro ride away.

Best value stay

Contemporary architecture is a Porta Garibaldi signature so no surprise to find a wide choice of apartments to rent here. Think about Porta Garibaldi White Flat for sleek, clean style and good rates.

Best laidback stay

Light and airy B&B Porta Garibaldi is more studio apartment than average B&B. The completely self-contained and private space includes a dining and living area, and the host supplies free bikes for guest use.

Urban architecture defines sharp Porta Garibaldi © Shutterstock

Where to stay in Brera

Brera is the artistic Milan neighbourhood known for indie shopping and rising star restaurants. It was originally the city's artisan quarter so there's a lot of history to explore, plus the renowned Pinacoteca di Brera is here.

Best quiet stay

Set on the first and second floor of an elegant 18th century building, Antica locanda dei Mercanti is a good base for exploring the centre of Milan. If you want a terrace with a view, the hotel also has a range of exclusive rooms on its third floor.

Best boutique stay

Locanda Pandenus is right in the heart of Brera, yet only a few Metro stops from the historic centre of Milan. A great choice for food lovers, the hotel's restaurant menus are created by Michelin-starred chef Enrico Bartolini.

Beautiful arches at Brera Palace © Hilda Weges / Shutterstock

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Where to stay in Porta Ticinese

Porta Ticinese is the alternative Milan neighbourhood which stretches from Piazza XXIV Maggio to Colonne di San Lorenzo. The vibe here is eclectic and it's the place for vintage stores and affordable shopping.

Best fun stay

A friendly, laid-back hostel with great outdoor spaces, Ostello Bello offers a choice of dorms or good value private rooms. It's very much part of chilled Porta Ticinese, but only 10 minutes' walk from Milan cathedral.

Best budget stay

Set in Porta Ticinese but close to the lively canal district of Navigli, New Generation Hostel Urban Navigli is a great base for nightlife and exploring historic Milan. It also offers a wide choice of rooms, as well as free WIFI and private parking.

Imposing Porta Ticinese © Claudio Divizia / Shutterstock

Where to stay in the Quadrilatero della Moda

Quadrilatero della Moda is the 'Fashion District' at the heart of Milan. Pretty cobbled streets here are lined with designer stores, even just window shopping is an experience and it's one of the city's most expensive places to stay.

Best boutique stay

The Senato Hotel features a stunning central courtyard overlooked by an elegant lounge bar. All the suites have Carrera marble bathrooms and parquet floors, and several come with their own private sun terrace.

Best decadent stay

Set in a 15th century convent in the heart of Quadrilatero della Moda, Four Seasons Hotel Milano feels like this bustling district's breath of fresh air and is easily one of the most luxurious places to stay in the city centre.

Pretty cobbled street in the Fashion District © Alexandre Rotenberg / Shutterstock

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written by Kiki Deere
updated 1/11/2022
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Raised bilingually in London and Turin, Kiki Deere is a travel writer specialising in Italy. She has seen her work published in a number of magazines and UK broadsheets, including The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and Lonely Planet online. She has completed numerous guidebook writing assignments for Rough Guides that have taken her to far-flung corners of the globe, from the Brazilian Amazon to the remotest province of the Philippines. Follow her @kikideere on Instagram and Twitter.

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