Cities and hotels
Here you can choose from a list of my favourite hotels in Milan and Lugano if you are looking for a place to meet me. My preferred cities for travelling are: Frankfurt, Hamburg, Florence, Rome, London, Paris, Geneva, Monte Carlo, Nice and Zurich.
The Westin Palace Hotel
Piazza della Repubblica 20
Tel. + 39 02 63361
Located in the heart of Milan's business district, The Westin Palace offers tactful, efficient service in an opulent Renaissance setting. It is ideal for business travellers and holidaymakers alike. Discreet with an attentive staff, this hotel provides uncompromising service with class, and lives up to all traveller expectations.
Carlton Hotel Baglioni
Via Senato 5
Tel. + 39 02 77077
Situated in the fashion district, overlooking the Via della Spiga, just a stone's throw from Via Montenapoleone and close to the Duomo and the Teatro alla Scala opera house. A prestigious hotel for guests seeking a refined, elegant and hospitable atmosphere. The facilities are efficient and the service is impeccable. Featuring cosy and warm furnishings with silk brocades, and furniture adorned with rosewood carvings.
Grand Hotel Duomo
Via San Raffaele 1
Tel. + 39 02 8833
The only hotel in Milan to be situated on Duomo Square. 162 rooms (including 20 suites with view of the cathedral). Restaurants: Café des Arts, Ristorante Duomo and L'Orangerie. Spend a dream night in one of the rooms or suites and be inspired by the famous movies “Out of Africa”, “The Great Gatsby”, “The Last Emperor”, “A Passage to India”, “A Year in Provence”, “Casanova” and “Lawrence of Arabia”.
Principe Di Savoia Hotel
Piazza della Repubblica 17
Tel. + 39 02 62301
Located in Milan's business district, the Hotel Principe di Savoia is considered the focal point of the Piazza della Repubblica. Guests will appreciate its charm, personal attention, elegance, privacy and exquisite cuisine. The grand main entrance is a welcoming gateway to its 404 richly-appointed rooms and suites, and to an unforgettable stay in Milan. Recently nominated "Milan's Best Hotel" by "The World’s Best Hotels" and "Best Business Hotel in Milan" by the magazine Travel + Leisure, it was also named to Condé Nast Traveler's 2001 Readers' Choice Awards List and 2002 Gold List.
Grand Hotel et de Milan
Via Manzoni 29
Tel. + 39 02 723141
Ever since its inauguration way back in 1863, the Grand Hotel et de Milan has been the residence of personalities of national and international renown - Maria Callas, Rudolf Nureyev, Luchino Visconti, Ernest Hemingway, Gabriele D'Annunzio, Enrico Caruso and many others. The hotel takes special pride in having been home for several years to the celebrated composer of operas, Giuseppe Verdi. He composed some of his operas in the very suite which now bears his name. Its appeal as an iconic Milanese residence still draws all the big names in show business. The Grand Hotel et de Milan is right in the centre of the city, opposite Via Montenapoleone with its elegant boutiques and a short walk from La Scala and the cathedral. Two years of extensive restructuring and technological innovations have made the Grand Hotel et de Milan the perfect place for business or pleasure, allowing guests to enjoy the age-old appeal of a nineteenth-century noble residence.
Excelsior Hotel Gallia – Le Meridien
Piazza Duca d’Aosta 9
Tel. +39 02 67851
The Le Meridien Gallia has had many celebrated guests pass through its doors, such as Arturo Toscanini, Ernest Hemingway, Albert Sabin, Maria Calla and more recently, Mikhail Gorbachev and Madonna. It is a superbly comfortable hotel with an elegant and traditional atmosphere. The hotel has its own shopping arcade featuring articles by prestigious Italian and international designers. All the rooms have direct dial telephones with lines for a modem, PC and fax.
Hotel Splendide Royal Lugano
Riva Caccia 7
Tel. + 41 91 985 77 11
Today it is known as Lugano's foremost hotel, with 96 guest rooms and a staff of 100 employees providing meticulous personalised service. The influence of Italian culture is quite dominant in the city of Lugano, as the city lies on the shore of Lago di Lugano just across from Italy.
The area is the largest resort in the Swiss canton of Ticino, as well as Switzerland's third-largest banking centre.
Principe Leopoldo & Residence
Via Montalbano 5
Tel. + 41 91 985 88 55
It isn’t difficult to see why this sunny corner in Switzerland is so special, for the ambience is like nowhere else in the country.
Some people call it "The Ticino Touch". And nowhere is this more apparent than in the Villa Principe Leopoldo & Residence, where a historic building and majestic setting are teamed with the very highest standards of accommodation, service, modern facilities and cuisine.
Guests often feel like they are staying in the private princely residence of yore.
An irresistible combination.
Don’t wait to get a taste for this experience and indulge in the gracious living on the "Golden Hill".
Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola
Viale Castagnola 31
Tel. + 41 91 973 25 55
On the shores of Lake Lugano is a property of immense charm near a large private park with subtropical flora and gardens bursting with flowers.
Once the home of a noble Russian family, the impressive mansion was transformed into a hotel in 1885. This intimate, luxurious resort hotel combines the splendour of a bygone era with the warmth of a private home.
The Villa Castagnola is admired for its unique, secluded atmosphere, its perfect harmony between design and tradition, its great attention paid to detail and its friendly, discreet and personalised service. A true oasis of elegance, comfort, privacy and beauty.