Where To Stay in Milan, Italy: The Best Hotels and Neighborhoods

Feeling like enjoying a few days in the Italian fashion capital city but still debating about where to stay in Milan? Don’t worry, we have got you covered.

Although it is not as big and confusing as Rome, finding the best place to stay in Milan may be a little tricky. There are plenty of accommodations in Milan that will meet your needs, but in order to find the right one for you, you need to know where you are going.

Keep reading this post and you will discover all about the main districts of this stylish and fashionable city who keeps attracting tourists from all over the world. Milan is a city that must be definitely included in your Italy itinerary.

If you are interested to know where to stay in Milan, we recommend some of the best hotels for different budgets.

Where to Stay in Milan, Italy

After Expo 2015 Milan has changed a lot, with dozens of bars, restaurants, shops and clubs popping up at every corner. Some people say that it will soon become the new London… we don’t know if this is true, but we definitely know that there are so many things to do in Milan that will make you wish could stay longer.

Where to stay in Navigli

If you are into small cafes, bars, and if you don’t mind a little of bustle and hustle at night, this is definitely the best place to stay in Milan.

The Navigli district is a real institution for whoever wants to have a real Milanese aperitivo and enjoy a walk along the canals. The district is crossed by two canals, Naviglio Grande e Naviglio Pavese, which are surrounded by cafes, art galleries, bars, design shops, and much more.

Our Top Pick > Maison Borrella 

Where to Stay in Milan

A lovely boutique hotel right in the heart of the Naviglio.  A simple yet modern style within a “casa di ringhiera” building, a typical Milanese architecture. A romantic place, perfect for enjoying some people watching at the outdoor bar.

The restaurant serves both traditional Milanese and Italian cuisine, as well as homemade cakes for breakfast. A touch of Italian style right in the heart of such a stimulating area. Check the latest price.

Luxury > Magna Pars l’Hotel à Parfum
By far one of the best hotels in Milan where to enjoy a hint of the real Italian essence. Minimal and clean design, spacious and comfy rooms, flowers, trees, a hidden garden, a gym and a Turkish bath. Should we add more? Check the latest price.

Mid-range > Combo Milano 
Very neat and cool place with minimalistic stylish design. It features dormitory rooms (mixed and female), as well as family rooms with private bathrooms. There is a shared lounge and a kitchen. Check the latest price.

Budget > Atmos Luxe Navigli
If you want to find a cheap place to stay in Milan, the Atmos may be exactly what you are looking for. A luxury hostel featuring colorful double, triple guest rooms and dormitory rooms. It is located just a few minutes walking from the Romolo metro station. Check the latest price.

Things to do and see at Navigli

  • Go to the flea market taking place along the canals every last Saturday of the month
  • Enjoy a real Milanese aperitivo at one of the several bars in the area
  • Visit Vicolo dei Lavandai

Don’t forget also to go out of the city. We suggest you some amazing day trips from Milan.

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Where to stay in Porta Romana

A residential and elegant area located just 20 minutes walking from the Duomo cathedral. A great district to experience the Milanese life, right in the city center but still quiet enough to enjoy a good night of sleep. Did I mention that around this area there are several top hand restaurants and boutiques?

Our top pick > Madama Hostel & Bistrot

Where to stay in Milan

Much more than a simple hostel. The Madama Hostel & Bistrot is the perfect place where to stay in Milan if you are on a budget but you still want to enjoy some style.

The hostel is decorated with graffiti, it has a chill out area, a shared kitchen, and a bar/bistrot where to enjoy a drink, an aperitivo or a great burger. It is located just a few minutes away from Lodi Metro Station and Fondazione Prada. During weekends it often organizes vintage and design markets inside the structure. Check the latest price.

Luxury > Grand Visconti Palace
A very elegant and luxury hotel with a garden, a refined wellness area, and a gourmet restaurant. The hotel is located just 4 metro stops from Duomo Cathedral. Check the latest price.

Mid-Range > Hotel Five
A simple yet stylish hotel located in the heart of Porta Romana, a few minutes walking from Bocconi University. Check the latest price.

Budget > Sigieri Residence
A series of modern-style apartments with air-condition, free WiFi and a fully equipped kitchenette, great for those who wish to visit Milan and enjoy the feeling of staying in an apartment. Check the latest price.

Things to do and see in Porta Romana

  • Spend the afternoon at Milano QC Terme
  • Enjoy some art and design at Fondazione Prada
  • Dine in the garden of The Cloisters of St. Barnabas

Where to stay in Stazione Centrale

The Milano Central Station is Italy’s second biggest station, as well as one of the most beautiful monuments of the city. It features a shopping gallery and many restaurants. From here you can pick up the several shuttle buses connecting to Bergamo and Malpensa airports.

Stazione Centrale is the right area if you are catching an early flight or train or if you wish to stay close to public transport.

Our top pick  > Starhotels Echo

best place to stay in MilanLocated just 2 minutes walk from Milano Central Station, the StarHotel Echo is a stylish yet eco facility. All rooms are air-conditioned and have been designed to use energy and water in a sustainable way. Comfy beds and modern furniture. Check the latest price.

Luxury > ME Milan Il Duca
By far one of the best 5 stars hotels in Milan. Enjoy the view above the city from its rooftop terrace. Great style and design, the hotel is newly renovated and offers also the use of a smartphones to its guests. Check the latest price.

Mid-Range > NYX Milan
Located just 4 minutes walk from Milano Central Station, this is the best place to stay in Milan if you are into art. This brand new hotel will make you feel like you are staying inside an art gallery. Check the latest price.

Budget > Ostello Bello Grande
More than just a cheap hotel in Milan, it is a real travel experience. Meet travelers from all over the world, enjoy some relax on the roof top or at the lounge bar, pick a book from the library, play at the pool table, and enjoy the free karaoke or jazz jams at night. The hostel features en suite rooms, shared dormitory  as well as a communal kitchen with complimentary food at guests’ disposal. Check the latest price.

Things to do and see at Central Station

Where to stay in Garibaldi Porta Nuova

Choosing to stay in this area is perfect for those who wish to experience a mix of history and modernity. On the one hand there is the Isola district, famous for being the favorite district of journalists and writers, that will entertain you with its street art and its many restaurants and bars, and on the other side there is the new redeveloped Porta Nuova district, which has changed the face of Milan.

Our top pick  > NH Milano Palazzo Moscova

Where to Stay in MilanElegance, comfort, and luxury are the main characteristics of this five-starts hotel located just 5 minutes walk from the lively Corso Como. The hotel features a wellness center, a cocktail bar and a restaurant. Check the latest price.

Luxury > Hotel Viu Milan
Created by award winning designer Nicola Gallizia, this 5-star hotel is located just a few minutes away from Porta Garibaldi. It was built using eco-friendly materials. Rooms feature modern, elegant and design decor, turning the Viu Hotel into one of the most exclusive hotels in Milan. Enjoy the rooftop pool with a 360° panoramic view. Check the latest price.

Mid-Range > Holiday Inn Milan Garibaldi Station
Located just two stops from Milano Central Station, this hotel offers all the comforts you will need during your stay in Milan. It has a great breakfast buffet with gluten free products. This is the perfect place to stay in Milan if you need a place not too far from Fiera Milano City. Check the latest price.

Budget > Sorry, no budget options in this area. 

Things to do and see in Porta Garibaldi

Where to stay in Parco Sempione

Located between the Duomo and the Brera district, this area is perfect for those who want to go sightseeing around the center of Milan and see some of its main tourist attractions. Parco Sempione is also home to the majestic Sforzesco Castle.

Our top pick  > Room Mate Giulia

best hotels in Milan

This family-friendly Milan inn is situated in the historical district – known landmarks and tourist attractions are just steps away. All their rooms are soundproofed, has WiFi, and pillowtop beds, flat screen TV, Minibar, and premium beddings. The property also boasts a sauna, 24hr health club, has a meeting room and dry cleaning services. Check the latest price.

Luxury > Palazzo Parigi Hotel & Grand Spa – LHW
A luxury solution for those who wish to stay right in the fashion heart of Milan and want to pamper themselves as never before. This five stars hotel features super luxurious suites or double rooms. You have access to their fabulous spa, gym, pool, and try their delicious pastries made right in the hotel. Check the latest price.

Mid-Range > Missori Suites
Very neat and elegant rooms, great location, only 5 minutes walking to Duomo di Milano. Check the latest price.

Budget > Gogol’ Ostello
Modern, friendly, and vibrant, this hostel in Milan has its own literary café where guests and hosts can meet. Private rooms and shared dormitories are bright and colorful. Free Wi-Fi connection throughout the whole structure. Check the latest price.

Things to do and see at Parco Sempione

  • Visit the Sforzesco Castle
  • Pass through the Arco della Pace
  • Take a walk through Sempione Park all the way to Duomo Cathedral

Where to stay in Lambrate

Away from the business of the center of Milan, the Lambrate district is perfect for those who are interested in design. It now became one the coolest and most hipsterish area of the city, attracting young creatives, artists, and designers from all over Europe.

Our top pick > Pattini Guest House by BPF

best hotels in MilanThe perfect option for couples looking for comfort and privacy. Enjoy the delicious Italian breakfast served every morning and the view of the sky line of Milan from the window of your room. The Pattini Guest House is located in a quiet neighborhood, however it is 10 min easy walk away from both Loreto and Piola metro stations, which take you directly to the Duomo in less than 10 minutes. Check the latest price.

Luxury > NU Hotel
Nicely decorated rooms for this modern and design luxury hotel. Great and friendly staff offering the opportunity to have a free parking spot. Comfy beds and very tasty breakfast. Check the latest price.

Mid-Range > Residence Pian Della Nave
Every apartment comes with a TV with media set premium channels plus a fully equipped kitchenette to prepare your own food. Guests can also have a discounted access at the gym in front of the residence. The Politecnico University is 15 minutes away on foot. Check the latest price.

Budget > B&B Aldebaran
Very basic B&B with simple furniture and shared bathroom. There is also equipped kitchen and free tea and coffee. very convenient location, only 10 minutes walking to the central station. Check the latest price.

Things to do and see in Lambrate

  • Visit the nearby Lambrate Brewery
  • Go to the famous Balera dell’Ortica to experience an authentic Milanese night
  • Visit the Botanical Garden

I hope that this little guide on where to stay in Milan will help you choose the accommodation and the area that best meets your needs. Milan is an exciting city and you will find plenty of things to do, see, and there during your stay. Enjoy every second and arrivederci!

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