The Principe di Savoia in Milan is a classic. Having first opened its doors in 1927, the infamous 301-room property has hosted royalty, nobility, cultural icons, top businessmen and more. It overlooks the Italian city’s busy railway hub, Stazione Centrale, and is conveniently located in the heart of the northern capital. Promising panoramic views of the city’s Porta Garibaldi financial district (a few minutes’ walk) and a delightful 15-minute saunter past the plastered walls and turreted churches to the Quadrilatero d’Oro, the city’s exclusive shopping district – the sought-after metropolis of Milan is nearby.
Inside, the 10-story property is a haven of enviable tranquility—a world away from the surrounding cobblestone streets and boutiques. The rooms, all 257 and 44 suites, are elegant and sophisticated, combining modern style with classic design and antiques. Rich Italian fabrics sit alongside dark wood furniture and handcrafted fittings.
Many of the rooms have four-poster beds and all have soft, high-thread-count bedding, and all welcome small pets. Star enclaves, such as the Principe’s Presidential Suite, promise sumptuous hand-painted murals and intricately inlaid wooden light fixtures. Thick curtains and sumptuous claret and terracotta colors frame the interiors, lending warmth and comfort.
Throughout, bathrooms are large and bright with large massage shower heads and deep Turkish-style bathtubs. Materials such as Lasa marble and bright variegated tiles elevate the space, as do elegant Acqua di Parma toiletries.
The Grand Dame of the city since its inception, The Principe di Savoia has set the bar as the Milan hotel by which all other Milan hotels are measured. And today, the hotel excels at honoring its history and heritage while embodying everything a guest could dream of in a contemporary five-star property.
Dominating the block, the hotel is a favorite with the fashion crowd and beyond, as is its rooftop spa with heated pool and 5,000-square-foot glass-fronted gym. Offering a vast array of personalized and tried-and-true treatments, the stunning spa caters to both hotel guests and select groups of annual members.
Downstairs, Acanto serves modern Italian for lunch and dinner, as well as an increasingly popular weekend brunch. Young, handsome and talented, chef Alessandro Buffolino has designed an a la carte menu that fits all the classics but promises innovation, creativity and offers a fresh approach to traditional ingredients. And with its elegant marble floors, Murano chandeliers and interior design, menu favorites include cacio e pepe risotto with sea urchin puree. beef Wellington served with Madeira jus; and smoked lobster in spicy yuzu sauce.
Lo and behold, lighter dishes, coffees and afternoon tea are served at Il Salotta, the lobby bar designed by Thierry Despont. With its vibrant furnishings and open style, it’s not hard to see that this is the heart of the hotel. Elsewhere, sip a classic cocktail or a glass of chilled wine in one of the deep armchairs at the Principe Bar.
All in all, with white-glove service, polished silver trays and plenty of Italian charm, it’s no surprise that most diners here are repeat visitors.