The passage of distinguished guests, who have chosen the Grand Hotel et de Milan throughout the years as their “Milanese house”, is celebrated by the dedicated suites. Each of them is characterized by a selection of objects, photos, autographic documents and other memories, belonged to the personage or ascribable to his/her life. Giuseppe Verdi, Gabriele D'Annunzio, Maria Callas, Giorgio Strehler, Enrico Caruso are only some of the personalities to whom the hotel’s Suites and Junior Suites have been named after.
Luchino Visconti - 418
Enrico Caruso - 306
Lucio Dalla - 305
Maria Callas - 114
Luchino Visconti - Superior Suite n.418
Luchino Visconti has always been part of the family at the Grand Hotel et de Milan, which was also at the time a renowned location for business meetings, the ideal place for a rendezvous before the première at La Scala, and then all in line along Via Manzoni towards the Theatre. At the Grand Hotel et de Milan Visconti called the young Danilo Donati, who then became one of the most famous tailors of the theatre world, when he was still taking his first steps in the textile field, working as a delivery boy in a shop of fabrics in Via Montenapoleone. Visconti noticed his talent and proposed him to move to Rome in order to work for a big theatre tailor's shop, setting in this way the basis of a professional and friendly bond that would have lasted all life long.
Maria Callas - Junior Suite n.114
Maria Meneghini Callas was a regular guest at the Grand Hotel et de Milan between 1950 and 1952, on the occasion of plays such as the Aida, I vespri Siciliani, Il ratto del Seraglio, Norma, Macbeth and Gioconda held at the Teatro Alla Scala. She and Meneghini, her first husband, could argue for hours at the reception in front of their open security box over the choice of the jewels to wear. On February 1953 she moved to her new villa in Milan, but she returned to the Grand Hotel et de Milan to meet Luchino Visconti, another frequent customer of the hotel for the plays of the Traviata in 1955.
Giorgio Strehler - Junior Suite n.206
The room 206 is dedicated to Giorgio Strehler, one of the most influential personalities in the Italian and international theatre. He arrived very young in Milan, where he met Franco Parenti and Paolo Grassi, other milestones in the Milanese theatrical scene. Together with Nina Vinchi, the threes founded the Piccolo Teatro della Città di Milano (small theatre of the city of Milan) in 1947, giving life to mise-en-scenes that shaped the history of the theatre, such as the “Albergo dei poveri”by Gorkij and “I giganti della montagna” by Pirandello. Between 1969 and 1971, Strehler left the Piccolo to set up the Gruppo Teatro e Azione, but returned in 1972. A profound institutional crisis inside the Piccolo Teatro forced him to resign in December 1996. His last direction, “Così fan tutte” by Mozart, in the new venue, was interrupted by his death.
Giorgio De Chirico - Deluxe Room n.308
The Grand Hotel et de Milan has always been the “place to be” for several international artists. Giorgio De Chirico as well, maximum representative of the metaphysical painting, chose it as “pied-à-terre” during the Milanese stays in the 1950s. The choice of the Maestro was also due to hotel’s proximity to the art gallery belonging to his friend Jolas, important international collector and expert of art. The gallery, in fact, is located in Via Manzoni, a few steps from the hotel, and became a sort of dependence for the painter. De Chirico often returned to the Grand Hotel et de Milan and his last stay dates back to a few years before his death, on the occasion of the Milan Triennale d'Arte in 1973, for which he designed the famous Mysterious Baths Fountain.
Enrico Caruso - Junior Suite n.306
Among the many anecdotes relating the Grand Hotel et de Milan with great personalities of the Italian Opera, one regards the tenor Enrico Caruso, to whom suite 306 is dedicated. The tenor first visited the hotel on the occasion of your stay in Milan, to perform at the Teatro Alla Scala in a new opera directed by Arturo Toscanini. In the same period, Fred Gaisberg, a pioneer of phonographic recording at the “Voce del Padrone” record label, asked the tenor to record some of the arias of the Opera called “Germania”. Caruso asked the hotel to mount a sort of recording studio: it is exactly here where the recording of the first flat LP in the history of music took place. Gaisberg was so enthused by Caruso's voice that, despite the refusal by the record label to pay the excessive amount of 100 £ requested by the tenor, decided to paid out of his own pocket just to record his voice.
Tamara de Lempicka - Junior Suite n.405
Born in a prosperous family, the beautiful and uninhibited Polish painter met Gabriele D'Annunzio in 1925. The poet indeed, considered among the major representatives of the literature of the 20th century, was a incurable ladies’ man and many letters, written on the hotel letterhead, testify a close and intimate relationship between Tamara and Gabriele. During her Italian stays, Tamara was divided between the Vittoriale (D'Annunzio's residence in Desenzano) and the Grand Hotel et de Milan, his Milanese house, where she was hosted by D'Annunzio himself. Several items related to the Grand Hotel have been found at the Vittoriale, among which various copies of D'Annunzio's guests bills at the Grand Hotel, reporting also the name of Eleonora Duse.
ROOMS AND SUITES
The interiors of the Grand Hotel et de Milan, discreet and refined, conquer with the unique atmosphere of its rooms, enriched over the years with exclusive objects and furniture that are now part of its history. The rooms perfectly preserve the period furniture and details, as well as the parquet floors and the Italian marbles that decorate the spacious bathrooms.
THE VERDI SUITE
The Suite comprises a wide and well-lit living room with original period chimney and furniture, a bedroom and two bathrooms. The lounge has been recently restored and it is today more sophisticated than ever. The bedroom and the sitting room can be reserved separately and the Verdi room can be turned into a wonderful period setting, perfect for a stay, receptions and business meetings in a refined and timeless atmosphere.