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Mandarin Oriental, Milan, Italy
A bastion of Milanese style, this five-star hotel represents everything that's good about the design capital of Italy; whether it's the dramatic black and white marble restaurant, or the embracing curved headboards on the beds, or the incredible Fornasetti suite, which is filled with some of the iconic designer's most in-demand pieces of furniture and decoration. You'll need to book a table in chef Antonio Guida's two-Michelin-starred restaurant Seta, because it's a popular hangout for local gourmands; or else enjoy classic Milanese dishes such as saffron-infused risotto or breaded veal in the bistrot. A couple of courtyards provide space for al fresco drinks and dining in summer and there's a subterranean spa with swimming pool, gym, beauty salon and hairdresser.
Despite being in the heart of everything the hotel is actually hidden down a side street and so it feels quite removed from the crowds.
The hotel is in trendy Montenapoleone, a 10-minute walk from the Duomo di Milano.
By plane: fly to Milan Malpensa from London (1 hour 50 mins) and Manchester (2 hours 5 mins). The hotel is a 50-minute drive from the airport. You can also fly from London to Milan Linate (1 hour 50 mins) and drive 25 minutes from the airport. Parking available for €58 per day. skyscanner.net
Style & Character
Perfect for those who know their Galiano from their Gucci. The walls of the private dining room are decorated with Fornasetti's dome plates, each one depicting the interior of a famous Italian dome.
Service & Facilities
The concierge is on the other end of Whatsapp during your stay - which is handy if you need something while you are out.
- Swimming pool
- Fitness centre
- Private parking
- Free Wi-Fi
The Fornasetti suite is a sight to behold, decorated entirely with the iconic Italian designer's bestselling pieces along with a bespoke cocktail cabinet. The entry-level rooms have some of the best bathrooms though - with grey marble throughout and separate sleek freestanding tubs and walk-in showers.
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Facilities include: ensuite bathroom, luxury toiletries, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
Their minestrone soup with basil oil is a vibrant vegetable soup full of flavour, which is adored by the locals. Don't scrimp on dessert though because the pastry chef is hugely talented.
Seta: 2 Michelin stars, contemporary Italian cuisine. Open Tues-Sat for lunch and dinner. À la carte and tasting menus from €150.
Mandarin Bar & Bistro: Italian dining and cocktails. Dishes include turbot with spinach and lemon and beef fillet with hazelnut cream. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.