The hotel is a little bit out on a limb, in a residential district east of Porta Venezia and the Public Gardens. There is a bus stop next to the hotel, but it’s about a 15 minute walk to the nearest metro. There are some good restaurants nearby.
There are only 17 rooms, divided into standard, deluxe and junior suites. Decorated in calming neutrals with stronger colours as accents, and marble bathrooms, they are pleasing and comfortable without having a real designer ‘wow’ factor.
Architectural Digest editor Ettore Mochetti was responsible for the interior design. If he was restrained in the bedrooms, he allowed himself more of a global sweep with the public areas, with Morrocan-style lattice windows, Mexican cacti, and a tented bar in the garden courtyard and Oriental furniture. It could have been a disastrous mishmash but instead, the cool creams and beiges of the surrounding walls and furnishings allow his concept to flourish; travellers of the world do indeed have the opportunity to unite and talk in peace.
Eating and drinking
Breakfast is continental only, but is a jolly affair, laid out at one large communal table, house-party style. They don’t serve other meals, but are happy to offer suggestions and even to order in for you and provide cutlery.
The courtyard is a great place in which to unwind, but there are no other facilities, such as a gym or spa. However the hotel does have a relationship with the Terme di Milano and can organise treatments for you there.
Guests are encouraged to mingle and the owners are usually around, serving breakfast or offering drinks in the courtyard bar in the evening, helping to stir up a convivial atmosphere. Staff are very friendly and helpful.
Who stays there
The clientele are mainly young with plenty of fashion professionals looking for a slightly less formal environment, along with mainly British, Australian and Italian tourists.
There are various special offers including weekend rates, family packages, and deals for holidays and long stays.
- Business travellers
- Culture vultures
- People watching
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Free WiFi
- The communal breakfast table
- The garden bar
- The location