In the heart of Italy’s fashion capital, the avant-garde Boscolo Milano pits itself above the style set.
Despite its location in Milan’s historical heart, the former bank is avant-garde in design, making it an ideal hub during Fashion Week, when the hotel comes into its own hosting the lavish, the chic and the powerful.
Located just a mere 10 minutes from the modish haven that is Corso Vittorio Emmanuele and the famous Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele, which is said to be the world’s first shopping mall, Boscolo Milano is where old and new marry. The staff are all to happy to discuss the history of the brand – it’s family-owned for 30 years – and eager to explain the unique modern design, state-of-the art accessories and details that give a whole new meaning to five-star luxury.
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Designed by the architect Simone Micheli, the ultra-futuristic spa is the largest in the city and the only one open until midnight. Silver bubbles line the walls offering an outer space sensation – it certainly feels like you’ve escaped the hustle and bustle of the city.
The spa boasts a waterfall, pool, sauna, Turkish bath, reaction tub and six treatment rooms where every facial and massage you can think of is provided.
Exuberant Italian architect Italo Rota is the brainchild behind the flamboyant interiors. The eight-storey former bank has shed its conservative 1920s coat and is now a beacon of modern design. An entrance hall, with a floor in white Carrara Tuscan marble, leads to a triple-height space dominated by two sculptures made of tubular steel etched in bronze. These ‘nests’, as Italo calls them, sit at the centre of twin helicoid staircases, which lead to the reception, art gallery and restaurants.
Fulfilling owner Roberto Boscolo’s desire for a ‘destination hotel’ feel, the reception is purposely on the lower floor so that guests and casual walk-in visitors would be greeted by staff like a VIP. It’ts hotel-meets-lavish-social-hub.
Of the 154 guest rooms no two are quite alike. There are 84 Superior Rooms, 52 glamorous Deluxe Rooms, eight creative Junior Suites and nine screen-painted theme-based luxury suites. Much like the rest of the hotel, the rooms are all unapologetically extrovert with acute attention to detail. In the bathroom alone picking your cleaning products, from shampoo to body wash and mouthwash, is like picking ingredients for a cocktail such is the array of vibrant options.
One of Boscolo’s very traditional theories includes ‘a grand hotel is also a grand kitchen’, and that’s certainly the case here – hearty food and flowing drinks are very much part of your welcome.
The Oltremare Restaurant is where the fashion crowd eat, or rather graze. All black and grey marble, it’s catwalk perfection. For those wanting a private meal a VIP dining area is available seating 16. Arlecchino Lounge Bar And Meet & Meat is a 24-hour lounge bar with an impressive cold cuts and cheese menu. For decadent sips Champagnerie offers the best bubbles from the region. If you really want to impress take your drinks to the rooftop and enjoy views of the city, including the famous duomo.