Looking for a great address in Milan for Fashion Week? Palazzo Parigi Hotel & Gran Spa may just be it. From the outside, Palazzo Parigi looks like any of Milan’s modern office buildings — glassy windows, metal frame, business-y. Just take a deep breath and walk inside. Architect and owner Paola Giambelli is about to blow your mind.
Neoclassical luxe with a French twist throughout its ten floors, Palazzo Parigi is cosmpolitan and stylish. All 98 rooms and suites are styled to be mod Milanese or chic Parisian, which means either Italian design touches (dark wood and metal) or French ornamental details accenting the overall neutral tones. Giambelli transforms the Milan greys into bright, airy, and luminous rooms.
I stayed on the fourth floor with a view downtown and a balcony facing the garden. This was perfect. I’m not a fan of the inner courtyard views, though anything above floor six is great. I loved the minibar but was more impressed by the Clarins lineup in the bathroom.
The third floor Grand Spa is wow. Palatial is not enough to describe. I did not have any treatments but its menu looks amazing. Personally, the ground floor is where I could hang out for ever. Lounge bar Caffé Parigi feels like Daddy Warbucks’ study, while the restaurant is a neoclassical homage to a catwalk. The garden is where you want to head to for afternoon/evening cocktails in warmer months.
Eats and Treats Nearby
Location is key. Palazzo Parigi is in the thick of everywhere you want to go in Milan. Turn the corner, and you’re in the Fashion Quadrangle, the very epicenter of Milan’s finest for best shopping and window shopping streets — Via Montenapoleone, Via Pontaccio, Corso Como, and Via Manzoni. It’s an easy to walk to Piazza del Duomo. The hotel is just around the corner from Giardini Pubblici, one of Milan’s large public parks where you can hang out, picnic, work out.
Fishbar de Milan
Via Montebello, 7; +39-02-6208-7748Clever little fish joint whose sister restaurant MeatBar is right around the corner.
Via Solferino, 56; +39-02-659-7758
Artisanal beer and burgers, the sister to the Roman eatery of the same name.
Via Solferino, 25; +39-02-655-1012
Via Solferino, 48; +39-02-9176-5472
Fancy pants bistro.
Via Brera, 23; +39-02-877091
Historic bar, best for people watching.
Galleria Arte Moderna
Via Palestro, 16; +39-02-8844-5947
Villa Necchi Campiglio
Via Mozart, 14; +39-02-7634-0121
Antonio Colombo Galleria Pinacoteca Brera
Via Solferino, 44; +39-02-2906-0171