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.
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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.
Things to do and see in Milan
- Milan Art tour
- Evening Cooking Lesson with Dinner
- Milan Food Walking Tour of Brera
- Vegan Tour of Milan
- Milan Hidden Treasures Bike Tour
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
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 Suites Milano
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, and a Micheline awarded star chef. Should we add more? Check the latest price.
Mid-range > Miloft Guest Rooms and Terrace
A brand new, unconventional hotel located inside a restored historical building of post-industrial architecture. Rooms are spacious and each one has its own luxury minimal style. Check the latest price.
Budget > Atmos Lux Navigli
If you want to find a cheap place to stay in Milan, the Atmos Lux may be exactly what you are looking for. A luxury hostel featuring colorful 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
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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
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.
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
Located 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
- Visit the Albergo Diurno of Porta Venezia
- Stroll around the Indro Montanelli public Gardens
- Go shopping on Corso Buenos Aires
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
Elegance, 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.
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 > Eleganti Suite in Piazzale Lagosta
Who said that cheap hotels in Milan need to be sad and lonely? This hotel is the perfect choice if you are traveling on a budget but you still want to enjoy style and comfort. Every room at this guest house has its own flat screen TV, Wi-Fi connection, and air conditioning. The Suits are located 300 from Isola metro stop, in a street full of bars and restaurants. Check the latest price.
Things to do and see in Porta Garibaldi
- Discover the Street Art of the Isola district
- Visit the world’s famous Bosco Verticale building
- Walk around the futuristic Piazza Gae Aulenti
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 > TownHouse 12
This hotel is located in a tranquil neighborhood full of bars, restaurants, and pubs, just a tram ride away from the historic center of Milan. Rooms are comfortable, stylish and very spacious. Among the available services offered by the hotel, the opportunity to use a local mobile phone to have access to internet while strolling around Milan. Check the latest price.
Luxury > B&B Bonaparte Suites
A luxury solution for those who wish to stay right in the heart of Milan but prefer the coziness of an apartment to the confusion of a big hotel. This five stars B&B is located less than one kilometer away from La Scala Theater and 200 meters from Sforzesco Castle. Check the latest price.
Mid-Range > Adi Hotel Poliziano Fiera
A great breakfast buffet for this comfortable hotel located less than one kilometer away from Fiera Milano City exhibition center. All rooms feature a minibar and hypoallergenic duvet-covers. Check the latest price.
Budget > Gogo l’Ostello & Caffè Letterario
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
The 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 de la Nave
Every apartment comes with a TV with mediaset 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 > New Generation Hostel Urban Città Studio
This hostel has both private and shared dormitories. It is characterized by a mix of modern and antique furnitures. Among its facilities, the New Generation Hostel Urban Città Studi features a games room, a shared kitchen and a 24-hour front desk. 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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