5 STAR HOTEL
The prestigious 5-star Grand Hotel et de Milan is part of Milanese history. Opened on May 23, 1863, the “Albergo Milano” was built in the very heart of what was even then one of Italy’s largest and most important cities and is today a hub of industry, culture and fashion.
LUXURY HOTEL HISTORY
The Grand Hotel et de Milan, a true masterpiece of 19th century architecture, was built on the centrally located “Corsia del Giardino,” today known as Via Manzoni, across from Via Montenapoleone, famous for its high-fashion boutiques, and not far from the renowned La Scala Theatre and near the Duomo, that jewel of Gothic architecture that symbolises Milan. Also near the hotel, one can visit the “artists’ quarter” and the famous gallery, as well as Milan’s major museums, like the Poldi Pezzoli, the Pinacoteca di Brera, and the Palazzo Reale.
The hotel building was originally more modest in size than it is now, but it was expanded repeatedly, and in 1879 a new floor was added.
In the late 1800’s it became quite important, because it was the only hotel in the city equipped with postal and telegraphic services. This fact made it very popular with diplomats and businessmen. It had some two hundred rooms, a Stigler hydraulic lift (restored in a recent renovation and currently functioning), a winter garden, and sumptuously appointed dining rooms.
Over its long history, this luxury hotel has welcomed many illustrious guests, including Giuseppe Verdi, who spent the last years of his life and died here on January 27, 1901; Gabriele D’Annunzio; the tenor Caruso, Callas, Rudolf Nureyev, Luchino Visconti, and many others, from noble families or from the world of art, culture, sports, music, entertainment, finance and fashion. Some of the rooms and suites in the Grand Hotel et de Milan are dedicated to the famous personages who stayed in them, like Royal Suite 106, dedicated to Giuseppe Verdi; Caruso Restaurant; and the Puccini Room.
Damaged by aerial bombardments, after WWII the hotel was remodelled by architect Giovanni Muzio, and in the 1990’s a complete, precise and meticulous restoration restored the lustre to the antique splendour of this luxury hotel, which today retains the elegant appearance of an aristocratic 19th century palazzo.
Inside, the sumptuous lobby, two restaurants, bar, tearoom, three meeting rooms and the guestrooms are an ultra-refined example of 19th century Art Nouveau, with furnishings in elegant Art Deco style from the 1920’s.
The 95 welcoming and elegant guestrooms and suites of the Grand Hotel et de Milan are luxuriously furnished with Oriental carpets and meticulously restored period furniture; there are parquet floors and spacious bathrooms in prized Italian marble.
Each room has its own unique style, with Art Nouveau, Liberty and Art Deco influences.
Suites have been dedicated to certain illustrious personages like Giuseppe Verdi, Gabriele D'Annunzio, Eleonora Duse, Giacomo Puccini, Umberto Giordano, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, where documents and photos bear witness to their times at the Grand Hotel et de Milan.
But the elegance, refinement and luxury of eras gone by harmonise perfectly with the ultimate in modern comfort. All rooms are equipped with the technology necessary to make any stay extremely comfortable (air conditioning, satellite TV, telephone, modem and fax, minibar, hairdryer, cable radio, VHS player and stereo CD player on request, laundry and room service).
The prestigious Grand Hotel et de Milan offers all its guests the luxury and privilege of staying in exclusive, elegant rooms that are also spacious and comfortable.