Where to stay in Milan

Milan hotels, B&Bs, apartment rentals, and other places to spend the night

Most Milan hotels are oriented toward business types, with precious few left over for the relatively few tourists who don't arrive in Milan, see The Last Supper, then immediately high-tail it for more popular cities such as Venice or Florence

August is low season, and hotels are often willing to bring prices down considerably (though you really don't want to be in Milan then anyway, as much of the city shuts down, including sights), as they will sometimes on slow weekends. Always ask for the lowest possible rate when booking and be prepared to bargain.

Though they won't book a room for you, the tourist office will help you track down hotels within your budget (and, if you go to the main office in person, will even call around for you).

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A bedroom (Photo )
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A classic hotel near the Duomo

 
★★☆
 (Photo )
€€€
Straf Hotel
Milan: Duomo

A designer luxury hotel half a block from the Duomo

 
★★☆
A Deluxe Double with a Galleria view (Photo )
€€€
Sina The Gray
Milan: Duomo

A contemporary luxury hotel just a block from the Duomo

 
★★★
A poster bed in a double with a terrace (Photo )
€€€

Lovely, large, light-filled rooms—many with terraces—on a quiet side street between the Castello and the Duomo

 
★★★
A bedroom (Photo )
€€€

A luxury, two-bedroom flat overlooking Piazza Duomo—like full-on view of the facade—that sleeps up to six

 
★☆☆
A twin room (Photo )
London Hotel
Milan: Duomo

An old-fashioned and cheap hotel in a killer location on a quiet side street between the Duomo and the Castello

 
★★☆
The bedroom of a suite (Photo )
€€€
Hotel Manzoni
Milan: Montenapoleone

A (relatively) cheaper hotel in the chic Quadrilatero d'Oro shopping district

 
★★☆
 (Photo )
€€€
Baglioni Hotel Carlton
Milan: Montenapoleone

A five-star luxury hotel mixing stylishly tradition and contemporary between the shopping district and the Giardini Pubblici

 
★★☆
 (Photo )
€€€
Montenapoleone Suites
Milan: Montenapoleone

A condo hotel with an aggressively modernist decor near the tony shopping streets of the Quadrilatero d'Oro

 
★★★
 (Photo )
€€€
Grand Hotel et de Milan
Milan: Montenapoleone

A classic, intimate luxury hotel between La Scala (Callas often stayed, and Verdi live here) and the Montenapoleone boutiques

 
★★★
A Fresco Suite (Photo )
€€€
Four Seasons Hotel Milano
Milan: Montenapoleone

Milan's most elegant hotel in the heart of the classy Montenapoleone shopping district

 
★★☆
A Deluxe Twin (Photo )
Doria Grand Hotel
Milan: Stazione Centrale

A luxury hotel near the train station

 
★★☆
Panoramic suite (Photo )
€€€
Excelsior Hotel Gallia
Milan: Stazione Centrale

A classic and stunning luxury hotel near the train station

 
☆☆☆
A double room (Photo )
Hotel Kennedy
Milan: Stazione Centrale

My cheap hotel of choice near(ish) the central rail station

 
★★☆
A 4-bed dorm (Photo )
Babila Hostel
Milan: Eastern Milan

Super-friendly modern hostel E of the Duomo in a funky, faux-medieval 19C castle; all 13 4–, 6–, and 8-bed dorms, 3 doubles, and the family suite have private baths

 
★☆☆
 (Photo )
€€
Hotel Pavone
Milan: Eastern Milan

A simple three-star hotel just E of the Duomo

 
☆☆☆
A double (Photo )
Welcome to my house Milano
Milan: Eastern Milan

Great rates on 5 rooms (only one with private bath) with a super-friendly owner (Francesco) in a modern apartment tower just E of the city center

 
★★★
A poster bed in a double with a terrace (Photo )
€€€

Lovely, large, light-filled rooms—many with terraces—on a quiet side street between the Castello and the Duomo

 
★☆☆
A twin room (Photo )
London Hotel
Milan: Duomo

An old-fashioned and cheap hotel in a killer location on a quiet side street between the Duomo and the Castello

 
★☆☆
The living room (Photo )
€€
Parco Sempione Apartments
Milan: Castello / Sempione

A modern apartment near the park

 
★★★
A poster bed in a double with a terrace (Photo )
€€€

Lovely, large, light-filled rooms—many with terraces—on a quiet side street between the Castello and the Duomo

 
★★★
A room (Photo )
€€€

A quirky, artsy, fun hotel in the Brera district

 
★★☆
 (Photo )

A quartet of cheap, comfy flats on an idyllic side street in the Navigli

 
★★☆
 (Photo )
€€
B&B 2 Navigli
Milan: Navigli

Franco and Francesca keep this lovely pair of rooms on one of the city's picturesque Navigli canals

 
★★★
A room (Photo )
€€€

A quirky, artsy, fun hotel in the Brera district

 
☆☆☆
A double room (Photo )
Hotel Kennedy
Milan: Stazione Centrale

My cheap hotel of choice near(ish) the central rail station

 
★☆☆
A Deluxe Double (Photo )
€€
Hotel Ariston
Milan: San Vittore

Milan's first eco-hotel, halfway between the Duomo and the Navigli

 
★★☆
A Deluxe Twin (Photo )
Doria Grand Hotel
Milan: Stazione Centrale

A luxury hotel near the train station

 
★★☆
 (Photo )

A quartet of cheap, comfy flats on an idyllic side street in the Navigli

 
★★☆
A 4-bed dorm (Photo )
Babila Hostel
Milan: Eastern Milan

Super-friendly modern hostel E of the Duomo in a funky, faux-medieval 19C castle; all 13 4–, 6–, and 8-bed dorms, 3 doubles, and the family suite have private baths

 
★☆☆
A twin room (Photo )
London Hotel
Milan: Duomo

An old-fashioned and cheap hotel in a killer location on a quiet side street between the Duomo and the Castello

 
★☆☆
A twin (Photo )

A inexpensive hotel (and families' secret weapon)

 
☆☆☆
A triple (Photo )

A cheap but super-friendly hotel east of the city center

 
☆☆☆
A double room (Photo )
Hotel Kennedy
Milan: Stazione Centrale

My cheap hotel of choice near(ish) the central rail station

 
☆☆☆
A double (Photo )
Welcome to my house Milano
Milan: Eastern Milan

Great rates on 5 rooms (only one with private bath) with a super-friendly owner (Francesco) in a modern apartment tower just E of the city center

 
★★☆
 (Photo )
€€
B&B 2 Navigli
Milan: Navigli

Franco and Francesca keep this lovely pair of rooms on one of the city's picturesque Navigli canals

 
★☆☆
 (Photo )
€€
Hotel Pavone
Milan: Eastern Milan

A simple three-star hotel just E of the Duomo

 
★☆☆
A Deluxe Double (Photo )
€€
Hotel Ariston
Milan: San Vittore

Milan's first eco-hotel, halfway between the Duomo and the Navigli

 
★☆☆
The living room (Photo )
€€
Parco Sempione Apartments
Milan: Castello / Sempione

A modern apartment near the park

 
★★☆
A bedroom (Photo )
€€€

A classic hotel near the Duomo

 
★★☆
The bedroom of a suite (Photo )
€€€
Hotel Manzoni
Milan: Montenapoleone

A (relatively) cheaper hotel in the chic Quadrilatero d'Oro shopping district

 
★★☆
 (Photo )
€€€
Baglioni Hotel Carlton
Milan: Montenapoleone

A five-star luxury hotel mixing stylishly tradition and contemporary between the shopping district and the Giardini Pubblici

 
★★☆
 (Photo )
€€€
Straf Hotel
Milan: Duomo

A designer luxury hotel half a block from the Duomo

 
★★☆
A Deluxe Double with a Galleria view (Photo )
€€€
Sina The Gray
Milan: Duomo

A contemporary luxury hotel just a block from the Duomo

 
★★☆
Panoramic suite (Photo )
€€€
Excelsior Hotel Gallia
Milan: Stazione Centrale

A classic and stunning luxury hotel near the train station

 
★★☆
 (Photo )
€€€
Montenapoleone Suites
Milan: Montenapoleone

A condo hotel with an aggressively modernist decor near the tony shopping streets of the Quadrilatero d'Oro

 
★★★
A poster bed in a double with a terrace (Photo )
€€€

Lovely, large, light-filled rooms—many with terraces—on a quiet side street between the Castello and the Duomo

 
★★★
A room (Photo )
€€€

A quirky, artsy, fun hotel in the Brera district

 
★★★
 (Photo )
€€€
Grand Hotel et de Milan
Milan: Montenapoleone

A classic, intimate luxury hotel between La Scala (Callas often stayed, and Verdi live here) and the Montenapoleone boutiques

 
★★★
A Fresco Suite (Photo )
€€€
Four Seasons Hotel Milano
Milan: Montenapoleone

Milan's most elegant hotel in the heart of the classy Montenapoleone shopping district

 
★★★
A bedroom (Photo )
€€€

A luxury, two-bedroom flat overlooking Piazza Duomo—like full-on view of the facade—that sleeps up to six

 
★★★
A poster bed in a double with a terrace (Photo )
€€€

Lovely, large, light-filled rooms—many with terraces—on a quiet side street between the Castello and the Duomo

 
★★★
A room (Photo )
€€€

A quirky, artsy, fun hotel in the Brera district

 
★★★
 (Photo )
€€€
Grand Hotel et de Milan
Milan: Montenapoleone

A classic, intimate luxury hotel between La Scala (Callas often stayed, and Verdi live here) and the Montenapoleone boutiques

 
★★★
A Fresco Suite (Photo )
€€€
Four Seasons Hotel Milano
Milan: Montenapoleone

Milan's most elegant hotel in the heart of the classy Montenapoleone shopping district

 
★★★
A bedroom (Photo )
€€€

A luxury, two-bedroom flat overlooking Piazza Duomo—like full-on view of the facade—that sleeps up to six

 
★★☆
A Deluxe Twin (Photo )
Doria Grand Hotel
Milan: Stazione Centrale

A luxury hotel near the train station

 
★★☆
 (Photo )

A quartet of cheap, comfy flats on an idyllic side street in the Navigli

 
★★☆
A 4-bed dorm (Photo )
Babila Hostel
Milan: Eastern Milan

Super-friendly modern hostel E of the Duomo in a funky, faux-medieval 19C castle; all 13 4–, 6–, and 8-bed dorms, 3 doubles, and the family suite have private baths

 
★★☆
 (Photo )
€€
B&B 2 Navigli
Milan: Navigli

Franco and Francesca keep this lovely pair of rooms on one of the city's picturesque Navigli canals

 
★★☆
A bedroom (Photo )
€€€

A classic hotel near the Duomo

 
★★☆
The bedroom of a suite (Photo )
€€€
Hotel Manzoni
Milan: Montenapoleone

A (relatively) cheaper hotel in the chic Quadrilatero d'Oro shopping district

 
★★☆
 (Photo )
€€€
Baglioni Hotel Carlton
Milan: Montenapoleone

A five-star luxury hotel mixing stylishly tradition and contemporary between the shopping district and the Giardini Pubblici

 
★★☆
 (Photo )
€€€
Straf Hotel
Milan: Duomo

A designer luxury hotel half a block from the Duomo

 
★★☆
A Deluxe Double with a Galleria view (Photo )
€€€
Sina The Gray
Milan: Duomo

A contemporary luxury hotel just a block from the Duomo

 
★★☆
Panoramic suite (Photo )
€€€
Excelsior Hotel Gallia
Milan: Stazione Centrale

A classic and stunning luxury hotel near the train station

 
★★☆
 (Photo )
€€€
Montenapoleone Suites
Milan: Montenapoleone

A condo hotel with an aggressively modernist decor near the tony shopping streets of the Quadrilatero d'Oro

 
★☆☆
A twin room (Photo )
London Hotel
Milan: Duomo

An old-fashioned and cheap hotel in a killer location on a quiet side street between the Duomo and the Castello

 
★☆☆
A twin (Photo )

A inexpensive hotel (and families' secret weapon)

 
★☆☆
 (Photo )
€€
Hotel Pavone
Milan: Eastern Milan

A simple three-star hotel just E of the Duomo

 
★☆☆
A Deluxe Double (Photo )
€€
Hotel Ariston
Milan: San Vittore

Milan's first eco-hotel, halfway between the Duomo and the Navigli

 
★☆☆
The living room (Photo )
€€
Parco Sempione Apartments
Milan: Castello / Sempione

A modern apartment near the park

 
☆☆☆
A triple (Photo )

A cheap but super-friendly hotel east of the city center

 
☆☆☆
A double room (Photo )
Hotel Kennedy
Milan: Stazione Centrale

My cheap hotel of choice near(ish) the central rail station

 
☆☆☆
A double (Photo )
Welcome to my house Milano
Milan: Eastern Milan

Great rates on 5 rooms (only one with private bath) with a super-friendly owner (Francesco) in a modern apartment tower just E of the city center

 
★★☆
A Deluxe Twin (Photo )
Doria Grand Hotel
Milan: Stazione Centrale

A luxury hotel near the train station

 
★★☆
A bedroom (Photo )
€€€

A classic hotel near the Duomo

 
★★☆
The bedroom of a suite (Photo )
€€€
Hotel Manzoni
Milan: Montenapoleone

A (relatively) cheaper hotel in the chic Quadrilatero d'Oro shopping district

 
★★☆
 (Photo )
€€€
Baglioni Hotel Carlton
Milan: Montenapoleone

A five-star luxury hotel mixing stylishly tradition and contemporary between the shopping district and the Giardini Pubblici

 
★★☆
 (Photo )
€€€
Straf Hotel
Milan: Duomo

A designer luxury hotel half a block from the Duomo

 
★★☆
A Deluxe Double with a Galleria view (Photo )
€€€
Sina The Gray
Milan: Duomo

A contemporary luxury hotel just a block from the Duomo

 
★★☆
Panoramic suite (Photo )
€€€
Excelsior Hotel Gallia
Milan: Stazione Centrale

A classic and stunning luxury hotel near the train station

 
★★★
A poster bed in a double with a terrace (Photo )
€€€

Lovely, large, light-filled rooms—many with terraces—on a quiet side street between the Castello and the Duomo

 
★★★
A room (Photo )
€€€

A quirky, artsy, fun hotel in the Brera district

 
★★★
 (Photo )
€€€
Grand Hotel et de Milan
Milan: Montenapoleone

A classic, intimate luxury hotel between La Scala (Callas often stayed, and Verdi live here) and the Montenapoleone boutiques

 
★★★
A Fresco Suite (Photo )
€€€
Four Seasons Hotel Milano
Milan: Montenapoleone

Milan's most elegant hotel in the heart of the classy Montenapoleone shopping district

 
★☆☆
A twin room (Photo )
London Hotel
Milan: Duomo

An old-fashioned and cheap hotel in a killer location on a quiet side street between the Duomo and the Castello

 
★☆☆
A twin (Photo )

A inexpensive hotel (and families' secret weapon)

 
★☆☆
 (Photo )
€€
Hotel Pavone
Milan: Eastern Milan

A simple three-star hotel just E of the Duomo

 
★☆☆
A Deluxe Double (Photo )
€€
Hotel Ariston
Milan: San Vittore

Milan's first eco-hotel, halfway between the Duomo and the Navigli

 
☆☆☆
A triple (Photo )

A cheap but super-friendly hotel east of the city center

 
☆☆☆
A double room (Photo )
Hotel Kennedy
Milan: Stazione Centrale

My cheap hotel of choice near(ish) the central rail station

 
★★☆
 (Photo )

A quartet of cheap, comfy flats on an idyllic side street in the Navigli

 
★★☆
 (Photo )
€€€
Montenapoleone Suites
Milan: Montenapoleone

A condo hotel with an aggressively modernist decor near the tony shopping streets of the Quadrilatero d'Oro

 
★★★
A bedroom (Photo )
€€€

A luxury, two-bedroom flat overlooking Piazza Duomo—like full-on view of the facade—that sleeps up to six

 
★☆☆
The living room (Photo )
€€
Parco Sempione Apartments
Milan: Castello / Sempione

A modern apartment near the park

 
★★☆
 (Photo )
€€
B&B 2 Navigli
Milan: Navigli

Franco and Francesca keep this lovely pair of rooms on one of the city's picturesque Navigli canals

 
☆☆☆
A double (Photo )
Welcome to my house Milano
Milan: Eastern Milan

Great rates on 5 rooms (only one with private bath) with a super-friendly owner (Francesco) in a modern apartment tower just E of the city center

 
★★☆
A 4-bed dorm (Photo )
Babila Hostel
Milan: Eastern Milan

Super-friendly modern hostel E of the Duomo in a funky, faux-medieval 19C castle; all 13 4–, 6–, and 8-bed dorms, 3 doubles, and the family suite have private baths

 
☆☆☆
A double room (Photo )
Hotel Kennedy
Milan: Stazione Centrale

My cheap hotel of choice near(ish) the central rail station

 
★★☆
 (Photo )
€€€
Montenapoleone Suites
Milan: Montenapoleone

A condo hotel with an aggressively modernist decor near the tony shopping streets of the Quadrilatero d'Oro

 
☆☆☆
A double (Photo )
Welcome to my house Milano
Milan: Eastern Milan

Great rates on 5 rooms (only one with private bath) with a super-friendly owner (Francesco) in a modern apartment tower just E of the city center

 
★★☆
A 4-bed dorm (Photo )
Babila Hostel
Milan: Eastern Milan

Super-friendly modern hostel E of the Duomo in a funky, faux-medieval 19C castle; all 13 4–, 6–, and 8-bed dorms, 3 doubles, and the family suite have private baths

 
★★☆
 (Photo )
€€€
Baglioni Hotel Carlton
Milan: Montenapoleone

A five-star luxury hotel mixing stylishly tradition and contemporary between the shopping district and the Giardini Pubblici

 
★★☆
 (Photo )
€€€
Straf Hotel
Milan: Duomo

A designer luxury hotel half a block from the Duomo

 
★★☆
A Deluxe Double with a Galleria view (Photo )
€€€
Sina The Gray
Milan: Duomo

A contemporary luxury hotel just a block from the Duomo

 
★★☆
Panoramic suite (Photo )
€€€
Excelsior Hotel Gallia
Milan: Stazione Centrale

A classic and stunning luxury hotel near the train station

 
★★☆
 (Photo )
€€€
Montenapoleone Suites
Milan: Montenapoleone

A condo hotel with an aggressively modernist decor near the tony shopping streets of the Quadrilatero d'Oro

 
★★★
A poster bed in a double with a terrace (Photo )
€€€

Lovely, large, light-filled rooms—many with terraces—on a quiet side street between the Castello and the Duomo

 
★★☆
 (Photo )
€€€
Straf Hotel
Milan: Duomo

A designer luxury hotel half a block from the Duomo

 
★★☆
A Deluxe Double with a Galleria view (Photo )
€€€
Sina The Gray
Milan: Duomo

A contemporary luxury hotel just a block from the Duomo

 
★★☆
Panoramic suite (Photo )
€€€
Excelsior Hotel Gallia
Milan: Stazione Centrale

A classic and stunning luxury hotel near the train station

 
★★★
 (Photo )
€€€
Grand Hotel et de Milan
Milan: Montenapoleone

A classic, intimate luxury hotel between La Scala (Callas often stayed, and Verdi live here) and the Montenapoleone boutiques

 
★★★
A Fresco Suite (Photo )
€€€
Four Seasons Hotel Milano
Milan: Montenapoleone

Milan's most elegant hotel in the heart of the classy Montenapoleone shopping district

 
★★☆
 (Photo )
€€€
Baglioni Hotel Carlton
Milan: Montenapoleone

A five-star luxury hotel mixing stylishly tradition and contemporary between the shopping district and the Giardini Pubblici

 
★★★
A poster bed in a double with a terrace (Photo )
€€€

Lovely, large, light-filled rooms—many with terraces—on a quiet side street between the Castello and the Duomo

 
★★★
 (Photo )
€€€
Grand Hotel et de Milan
Milan: Montenapoleone

A classic, intimate luxury hotel between La Scala (Callas often stayed, and Verdi live here) and the Montenapoleone boutiques

 
★★★
A Fresco Suite (Photo )
€€€
Four Seasons Hotel Milano
Milan: Montenapoleone

Milan's most elegant hotel in the heart of the classy Montenapoleone shopping district

 
★★☆
A bedroom (Photo )
€€€

A classic hotel near the Duomo

 
★★☆
 (Photo )
€€€
Baglioni Hotel Carlton
Milan: Montenapoleone

A five-star luxury hotel mixing stylishly tradition and contemporary between the shopping district and the Giardini Pubblici

 
★☆☆
A twin room (Photo )
London Hotel
Milan: Duomo

An old-fashioned and cheap hotel in a killer location on a quiet side street between the Duomo and the Castello

 
★★★
 (Photo )
€€€
Grand Hotel et de Milan
Milan: Montenapoleone

A classic, intimate luxury hotel between La Scala (Callas often stayed, and Verdi live here) and the Montenapoleone boutiques

 
★★★
A Fresco Suite (Photo )
€€€
Four Seasons Hotel Milano
Milan: Montenapoleone

Milan's most elegant hotel in the heart of the classy Montenapoleone shopping district

 
★★★
 (Photo )
€€€
Grand Hotel et de Milan
Milan: Montenapoleone

A classic, intimate luxury hotel between La Scala (Callas often stayed, and Verdi live here) and the Montenapoleone boutiques

 
★★★
A Fresco Suite (Photo )
€€€
Four Seasons Hotel Milano
Milan: Montenapoleone

Milan's most elegant hotel in the heart of the classy Montenapoleone shopping district

 
★★☆
 (Photo )
€€€
Straf Hotel
Milan: Duomo

A designer luxury hotel half a block from the Duomo

 
★★☆
 (Photo )
€€€
Montenapoleone Suites
Milan: Montenapoleone

A condo hotel with an aggressively modernist decor near the tony shopping streets of the Quadrilatero d'Oro

 
★★☆
Panoramic suite (Photo )
€€€
Excelsior Hotel Gallia
Milan: Stazione Centrale

A classic and stunning luxury hotel near the train station

 
★★☆
A 4-bed dorm (Photo )
Babila Hostel
Milan: Eastern Milan

Super-friendly modern hostel E of the Duomo in a funky, faux-medieval 19C castle; all 13 4–, 6–, and 8-bed dorms, 3 doubles, and the family suite have private baths

 

Lodging options in Milan

★★★
A Deluxe Twin
Hotels
Milan

The classic Milan lodging option—generally reliable and familiar, but not always the best bargain

 
An 8-bed dorm room at the Hiphophostel Le Village Montmartre hostel

Go beyond Milan hotels to B&Bs, rental apartments, farm stays—even ways to sleep for free

 
★★★
A double
B&Bs
Milan

Milan B&Bs range from knockabout pensions to classy modern mini-hotels to homey family inns

 

Apartments (rental flats and short-term tourist lets of apartments) in Milan can offer substantial savings, especially for four or more

 
★★☆

A residence or residenza (serviced flat) combines the space and freedom (and kitchenette) of an apartment with some hotel-like serviced (front desk, housekeeping, etc.)

 
An 8-bed dorm room at the Hiphophostel Le Village Montmartre hostel (Photo )
Hostels
Milan

Ostelli (hostels) and other fun, cheap shared dorm lodgings in Milan from €19 per person

 

General Italy Lodgings tips

This Italian hotel is officially five stars deluxe (the "lusso" part). Sounds great, but that doesn't mean it's the best place in town—or the right one for you.

From hotel savings to better booking engines, alternative accommodations to lodging rip-offs, here is the best lodging advice around

 
There are loads of lodging options and alternative accommodations in Italy (Photo courtesy of the properties)

There are dozens of hotel alternatives, from Roman apartments to country villas, farmhouse B&Bs to residences, and campgrounds to castles. Here's how to find the lot of them.

 
 (Photo )

All about how I select hotels and other lodgings for this site

 
An 8-bed dorm room at the Hiphophostel Le Village Montmartre hostel

Go beyond Milan hotels to B&Bs, rental apartments, farm stays—even ways to sleep for free

 
★★☆
A Deluxe Twin (Photo )
Doria Grand Hotel
Milan: Stazione Centrale

A luxury hotel near the train station

 
★★☆
 (Photo )

A quartet of cheap, comfy flats on an idyllic side street in the Navigli

 
★★☆
A 4-bed dorm (Photo )
Babila Hostel
Milan: Eastern Milan

Super-friendly modern hostel E of the Duomo in a funky, faux-medieval 19C castle; all 13 4–, 6–, and 8-bed dorms, 3 doubles, and the family suite have private baths

 
★★☆
 (Photo )
€€
B&B 2 Navigli
Milan: Navigli

Franco and Francesca keep this lovely pair of rooms on one of the city's picturesque Navigli canals

 
★★☆
A bedroom (Photo )
€€€

A classic hotel near the Duomo

 
★★☆
The bedroom of a suite (Photo )
€€€
Hotel Manzoni
Milan: Montenapoleone

A (relatively) cheaper hotel in the chic Quadrilatero d'Oro shopping district

 
★★☆
 (Photo )
€€€
Baglioni Hotel Carlton
Milan: Montenapoleone

A five-star luxury hotel mixing stylishly tradition and contemporary between the shopping district and the Giardini Pubblici

 
★★☆
 (Photo )
€€€
Straf Hotel
Milan: Duomo

A designer luxury hotel half a block from the Duomo

 
★★☆
A Deluxe Double with a Galleria view (Photo )
€€€
Sina The Gray
Milan: Duomo

A contemporary luxury hotel just a block from the Duomo

 
★★☆
Panoramic suite (Photo )
€€€
Excelsior Hotel Gallia
Milan: Stazione Centrale

A classic and stunning luxury hotel near the train station

 
★★☆
 (Photo )
€€€
Montenapoleone Suites
Milan: Montenapoleone

A condo hotel with an aggressively modernist decor near the tony shopping streets of the Quadrilatero d'Oro

 
★★★
A poster bed in a double with a terrace (Photo )
€€€

Lovely, large, light-filled rooms—many with terraces—on a quiet side street between the Castello and the Duomo

 
★★★
A room (Photo )
€€€

A quirky, artsy, fun hotel in the Brera district

 
★★★
 (Photo )
€€€
Grand Hotel et de Milan
Milan: Montenapoleone

A classic, intimate luxury hotel between La Scala (Callas often stayed, and Verdi live here) and the Montenapoleone boutiques

 
★★★
A Fresco Suite (Photo )
€€€
Four Seasons Hotel Milano
Milan: Montenapoleone

Milan's most elegant hotel in the heart of the classy Montenapoleone shopping district

 
★★★
A bedroom (Photo )
€€€

A luxury, two-bedroom flat overlooking Piazza Duomo—like full-on view of the facade—that sleeps up to six

 
★☆☆
A twin room (Photo )
London Hotel
Milan: Duomo

An old-fashioned and cheap hotel in a killer location on a quiet side street between the Duomo and the Castello

 
★☆☆
A twin (Photo )

A inexpensive hotel (and families' secret weapon)

 
★☆☆
 (Photo )
€€
Hotel Pavone
Milan: Eastern Milan

A simple three-star hotel just E of the Duomo

 
★☆☆
A Deluxe Double (Photo )
€€
Hotel Ariston
Milan: San Vittore

Milan's first eco-hotel, halfway between the Duomo and the Navigli

 
★☆☆
The living room (Photo )
€€
Parco Sempione Apartments
Milan: Castello / Sempione

A modern apartment near the park

 
☆☆☆
A triple (Photo )

A cheap but super-friendly hotel east of the city center

 
☆☆☆
A double room (Photo )
Hotel Kennedy
Milan: Stazione Centrale

My cheap hotel of choice near(ish) the central rail station

 
☆☆☆
A double (Photo )
Welcome to my house Milano
Milan: Eastern Milan

Great rates on 5 rooms (only one with private bath) with a super-friendly owner (Francesco) in a modern apartment tower just E of the city center

 
 
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Tips

Where to look for a room in Milan

Milan is one city where there is no real ideal neighborhood to look for. Its major attractions—the Last Supper, the Duomo, the Brera painting gallery, the Castello, the Navigli dining and nightlife district—are pretty spread out, so you will be taking public transit multple times anyway just to link them all together.

In other words, ther's no real single central place in which to base yourself—not that around the Duomo isn't pretty good since it is, indeed, in the center of town, plus you have access to multiple handy Metro and tram lines.

As usual, the cheap hotels tend to cluster around the train station—but that is inconveniently located pretty far north of pretty mich anything you'd like to do.

Money-saving hotel tips

There is an entire page devoted to money-saving hotel tips, but in brief they are:

  • Know where the cheap hotels are
  • Know your travel seasons
  • Shop around
  • Look into lodging alternatives
  • Learn to share the bathroom
  • Avoid paying for breakfast
  • Get a quad rather than two doubles
  • Double beds sometimescost less than two singles
  • Be sure you get price quotes with taxes included
  • Ask for the least expensive room
  • Bargain
  • Offer to pay cash

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What to do about trade fairs

It's difficult to find rooms in any price category when fashion shows and trade fairs are in full swing (dates vary from year to year, but these tend to cluster in groups of 3 days to a week from Oct to Mar).

Many hotels nearly double their prices at these times, too, which is why you’ll often see official rates listing some ludicrous range like “€60 to €220,” in which case it’s a good bet that, outside trade fairs, the highest rates charged are roughly half the listed top price.

I’ll try to indicate the “true” highest rates, generally applied Easter to October (except August) not during trade fairs, and use that figure (and the low season rates) to determine the appropriate price category of each hotel on this site.

About the lodging star ratings (☆☆☆ to ★★★)

You will notice that all hotels, B&Bs, and other lodgingds (as well as sights and restaurants) on this site have a ReidsItaly.com star designation from ☆☆☆ to ★★★.

This merely indicates that I feel these accommodations offer a little something that makes them special (or extra-special, or extra-extra special, etc.).

These star ratings are entirely based on personal opinion, and have nothing to do with the official Italian hotel ratings—which have more to do with quantifiable amenities such as minibars, and not the intangibles that make a hotel truly stand out, like a combination of great location, friendly owners, nice style, and low prices.

In general, a pricier place to stay has to impress me that it is worth the added expense.

This is why I give ★★★ to some (official) "two-star" hotels or B&Bs that happen to provide amazing value for the money—and similarly have ranked a few (official) "four-star" properties just (★★☆).

About the lodging price brackets (€–€€€)

Accommodations rates vary wildly—even at the same hotel or B&B—depending on type of room, number of people in it, and the season.

That's why here at ReidsItaly.com we simply provde a general price range indicating the rough rate you should expect to pay for a standard double room in mid-season.

There are three price ranges, giving you a sense of which lodgings are budget, which are moderate, and which are splurges:

under €100
€€ €100–€200
€€€ over €200
Useful Italian phrases

Useful Italian for lodging

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
Where is? Dov'é doh-VAY
...a hotel un albergo oon al-BEAR-go
...a B&B un bed-and-breakfast oon bet hand BREK-fust
...a rental room un'affittacamera oon ah-feet-ah-CAH-mair-ra
...an apartment for rent un appartamento oon ah-part-tah-MENT-toh
...a farm stay un agriturismo oon ah-gree-tour-EES-moh
...a hostel un ostello oon oh-STEHL-loh
     
How much is...? Quanto costa? KWAN-toh COST-ah
a single room una singola OO-nah SEEN-go-la
double room for single use [will often be offered if singles are unavailable] doppia uso singola DOPE-pee-ya OO-so SEEN-go-la
a double room with two beds una doppia con due letti OO-nah DOPE-pee-ya cone DOO-way LET-tee
a double room with one big bed una matrimoniale OO-nah mat-tree-moan-nee-YAAL-lay
triple room una tripla OO-nah TREE-plah
with private bathroom con bagno cone BAHN-yoh
without private bathroom senza bagno [they might say con bagno in comune—"with a communal bath"] SEN-zah BAHN-yoh
for one night per una notte pair OO-nah NOH-tay
for two nights per due notti pair DOO-way NOH-tee
for three nights per tre notti pair tray NOH-tee
Is breakfast included? É incluso la prima colazione? ay in-CLOO-soh lah PREE-mah coal-laht-zee-YOAN-nay
Is there WiFi? C'é WiFi? chay WHY-fy?
May I see the room? Posso vedere la camera? POH-soh veh-DAIR-eh lah CAH-mair-rah
That's too much É troppo ay TROH-po
Is there a cheaper one? C'é una più economica? chay OO-nah pew eh-ko-NO-mee-kah


 

Basic phrases in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) pro-nun-see-YAY-shun
thank you grazie GRAT-tzee-yay
please per favore pair fa-VOHR-ray
yes si see
no no no
Do you speak English? Parla Inglese? PAR-la een-GLAY-zay
I don't understand Non capisco non ka-PEESK-koh
I'm sorry Mi dispiace mee dees-pee-YAT-chay
How much is it? Quanto costa? KWAN-toh COST-ah
That's too much É troppo ay TROH-po
     
Good day Buon giorno bwohn JOUR-noh
Good evening Buona sera BWOH-nah SAIR-rah
Good night Buona notte BWOH-nah NOTE-tay
Goodbye Arrivederci ah-ree-vah-DAIR-chee
Excuse me (to get attention) Scusi SKOO-zee
Excuse me (to get past someone) Permesso pair-MEH-so
     
Where is? Dov'é doh-VAY
...the bathroom il bagno eel BHAN-yoh
...train station la ferroviaria lah fair-o-vee-YAR-ree-yah
to the right à destra ah DEH-strah
to the left à sinistra ah see-NEEST-trah
straight ahead avanti [or] diritto ah-VAHN-tee [or] dee-REE-toh
information informazione in-for-ma-tzee-OH-nay

Days, months, and other calendar items in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
When is it open? Quando é aperto? KWAN-doh ay ah-PAIR-toh
When does it close? Quando si chiude? KWAN-doh see key-YOU-day
At what time... a che ora a kay O-rah
     
Yesterday ieri ee-YAIR-ee
Today oggi OH-jee
Tomorrow domani doh-MAHN-nee
Day after tomorrow dopo domani DOH-poh doh-MAHN-nee
     
a day un giorno oon je-YOR-no
Monday Lunedí loo-nay-DEE
Tuesday Martedí mar-tay-DEE
Wednesday Mercoledí mair-coh-lay-DEE
Thursday Giovedí jo-vay-DEE
Friday Venerdí ven-nair-DEE
Saturday Sabato SAH-baa-toh
Sunday Domenica doh-MEN-nee-ka
     
Mon-Sat Feriali fair-ee-YAHL-ee
Sun & holidays Festivi feh-STEE-vee
Daily Giornaliere joor-nahl-ee-YAIR-eh
     
a month una mese oon-ah MAY-zay
January gennaio jen-NAI-yo
February febbraio feh-BRI-yo
March marzo MAR-tzoh
April aprile ah-PREEL-ay
May maggio MAH-jee-oh
June giugno JEW-nyoh
July luglio LOO-lyoh
August agosto ah-GO-sto
September settembre set-TEM-bray
October ottobre oh-TOE-bray
November novembre no-VEM-bray
December dicembre de-CHEM-bray

Numbers in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
1 uno OO-no
2 due DOO-way
3 tre tray
4 quattro KWAH-troh
5 cinque CHEEN-kway
6 sei say
7 sette SET-tay
8 otto OH-toh
9 nove NO-vay
10 dieci dee-YAY-chee
11 undici OON-dee-chee
12 dodici DOH-dee-chee
13 tredici TRAY-dee-chee
14 quattordici kwa-TOR-dee-chee
15 quindici KWEEN-dee-chee
16 sedici SAY-dee-chee
17 diciasette dee-chee-ya-SET-tay
18 diciotto dee-CHO-toh
19 diciannove dee-chee-ya-NO-vay
20 venti VENT-tee
21* vent'uno* vent-OO-no
22* venti due* VENT-tee DOO-way
23* venti tre* VENT-tee TRAY
30 trenta TRAYN-tah
40 quaranta kwa-RAHN-tah
50 cinquanta cheen-KWAN-tah
60 sessanta say-SAHN-tah
70 settanta seh-TAHN-tah
80 ottanta oh-TAHN-tah
90 novanta no-VAHN-tah
100 cento CHEN-toh
1,000 mille MEEL-lay
5,000 cinque milla CHEEN-kway MEEL-lah
10,000 dieci milla dee-YAY-chee MEEL-lah


* You can use this formula for all Italian ten-place numbers—so 31 is trent'uno, 32 is trenta due, 33 is trenta tre, etc. Note that—like uno (one), otto (eight) also starts with a vowel—all "-8" numbers are also abbreviated (vent'otto, trent'otto, etc.).