Following the success of its inaugural address in Dubai, inside Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, the Armani Hotel in native Milan is set in the heart of the city and has no less grandeur.
The architectural ground on which the Armani Hotel Milano stands is shaped as a colossal “A”, something only visible from above. Be it coincidence or destiny (the palazzo was originally designed in the 1930s), the fact is that “Stay with Armani” is not merely a slogan in the hotel captained by the fashion genius: Giorgio Armani’s unique taste and lifestyle philosophy are imprinted in every detail.
The building is located at Via Manzoni, one of the busiest and most fashionable streets in the city, and, not by chance, within the limits of the “quadrilatero della moda”, which translates to “fashion square” and is a high-class shopping district comprising the world’s major fashion houses. Attuned to what is expected from a haute couture label, the hotel provides an exclusive level of service delivered by the so-called Lifestyle Managers, who are assigned to guests as hosts and have the premise of meeting, with discreet assistance, their every need and wish. “A” class.
From the moment you step into the sleek lobby, you know you are entering somewhere special. Highly polished black marble and backlit onyx features fill the reception, lined with glass cases of Armani handbags and shoes. Above are some of the largest suites in the city. Every element in the 95 guestrooms seems to have been thought of thoroughly.
Ranging from 45 to 200 square meters, they all have their own circular vestibule, a multiuse workstation, and a marble bar. Cupboards that recess into the walls reference Armani’s passion for order and sense of space. In-room iPads control lights, curtains, music, and temperature. The muted hues are in natural nuances of creamy brown. Silk georgette, leather, dark wood, and smooth Asian limestone make for a classy, minimalist look, with just the occasional adornment, such as cushions woven with gold thread.
The bathrooms, with double sinks and large bathtubs, include a shower enclosure with one-way glass, that allows a view from the inside-out only – and, of course, Armani amenities. The public areas are concentrated on the “glass hat” (floors seven and eight), which boasts a dazzling panoramic view encompassing the historic Duomo, Milan’s dramatic Gothic cathedral. On the seventh floor, the Michelin-starred Ristorante draws on the rich traditional local cuisine and offers an extensive wine menu.
Floor-to-ceiling glass panels chequered marble floors and cream leather seating set the slick ambiance. On the opposite side, the Bamboo Bar looks out over the skyline and serves innovative cocktails such as Bloody Marys with mozzarella foam, Martinis with balsamic vinegar and Daiquiris with blue cheese. Relaxing DJ sets are played from Wednesday to Saturday and, on Fridays, good live music can be enjoyed.
The eight-floor is devoted entirely to beauty and wellbeing. The Spa offers six treatment rooms, as well as couples suites, and a range of treatments and therapies, such as four-hand massages and plantar reflexology. Hairdresser services are also available on request. Along with the spa, this space, covering 1000 square meters, offers a climate-controlled pool designed for relaxation, steam and sauna facilities and a 24-hour fitness gym. Also available around the clock is the business center, with a private conference room, various IT resources, remote-controlled lighting, and a kitchen. Whether you are visiting for work or pleasure, it seems that all your needs will be met with a very Armani style, if you know what I mean.
Photos: Courtesy of Armani Hotel Milano