The hotel is in the heart of the Quadrilatero d’Oro, between the Duomo Cathedral and La Scala, overlooking the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. It couldn’t be more convenient for sightseeing or shopping. There’s are a couple of metro and tram stops just around the corner.
Each of the 21 rooms is different, very sleek and very modern, with design varying from a duplex with a metallic staircase through to an all-in-one with the bath open-plan next to the bed, something that I find profoundly disturbing but seems to be increasingly popular. Some even have their own mini-gyms, Turkish baths and Jacuzzis. Materials are opulent, with ostrich skin, ebony, silk and travertine all brought into play.
Designed as much as a meeting place for the Milanese as a hotel, The Gray has a restaurant and lounge bar which spills out onto an open terrace in summer. Decorated in sophisticated beiges and blacks with accent pieces and lighting of sharp colour designed to startle and amuse - from the chandelier made of knives and forks to the magenta swing seat in reception.
Eating and drinking
The GBar is the place to be if you wish to live on cocktails and nibbles. For slightly more, Le Noir Restaurant has Mediterranean meat and fish menus.
With the bubble baths and gym equipment in the rooms, there are no other leisure facilities, although you could take a book out onto the terrace in quieter times and you do get access to the spa at the Hotel de la Ville.
On the whole, service is fine, but a bit lacklustre. As a result, The Grey fails to ignite the same passionate loyalty in its guests that is inspired by so many of the other local hotels.
Who stays there
Like other local design hotels, this is firmly fixed in the fashion field – with plenty of bright young fashionistas and the business entourage that surround them.
There are a number of special offers available including weekend breaks, romantic and art packages and advance booking discounts.
- Business travellers
- Culture vultures
- Celebrity spotting
- People watching
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- The terrace
- Great location
- Breakfast not included in price