Principe di Savoia – Milan, Italy
One of Milan’s historic hotels, Principe di Savoia first opened its doors in 1927 with an imposing neoclassical façade.
Today it’s an airy oasis amongst the urban landscape: the elegant interiors blend classic design with Art Deco features that evoke the hotel’s original character. Crystal chandeliers hang above inlaid wood furniture, with sumptuous silks, velvets and brocades embellishing the opulent interiors.
Black Platinum Gold’s Experience: AMBASSADOR SUITE
Principe di Savoia boasts rooms with fin de siècle furnishings, marble bathrooms and hand-painted frescoes.
The elegant rooms blend 19th-century décor with contemporary touches; rich Italian fabrics, silk carpets , inlaid wooden furniture and prints embellishing the walls.
Sumptuous draperies, low lighting and fabrics in warm tones of mauve, gold and claret add a warm cosy touch.
The contemporary marble and mosaic bathrooms are particularly attractive, featuring an elegant cream and white design and Acqua di Parma amenities.
Rooms and suites are exceptionally quiet thanks to the insulated walls and sound-proof windows; heavy materials such as velvets and rugs further help absorb noise.
Small pets are more than welcome at Principe di Savoia, and this is definitely a major plus: not only they are “tolerated”, they will be pampered by with a luxurious bed, gift, amenities and cuddles by a very caring staff.
Black Platinum Gold’s Experience: Principe Bar
Boasting sleek interiors designed by Thierry Despont, with dramatic 5,000- piece chandelier, Principe Bar is a long-standing favourite among celebrities and locals, with a sculpted crystal bar and back-lit mirrored wall.
You’ll find a warm, inviting atmosphere, colourful cocktails and creative freshly made canapés.
Principe Bar is all about style and impeccable service, an experience not to be missed.
Black Platinum Gold’s Experience: Il Salotto
Black Platinum Gold’s Experience: Acanto
Acanto Restaurant serves Italian cuisine in a refined setting, elegant Milanese design with Murano chandelier; it boasts a veranda overlooking a garden adorned with an 18th-century fountain.
Chef Alessandro Buffolino presents an à la carte menu starring his very personal interpretation of classic Italian dishes with stunning presentation.
Local and seasonal ingredients are used along with innovative techniques, in a perfect bond between tradition and modernity.
WELLNESS & SPA
An attractive heated swimming pool, part of the Club 10 Fitness & Beauty Center, boasts one of the most incredible views across Milan.
You’ll find also a whirlpool tub, sauna, steam room, and five treatment rooms, as well as an outdoor terrace facing the city’s Porta Nuova District.
The large gym with floor-to-ceiling glass windows is equipped with top- range equipment for muscular and cardiovascular training. All the Technogym machines have been recently renovated and the view is truly one of a kind.
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Milan is Italy’s city of the future, a fast-paced metropolis where money talks, creativity is big business and looking good is an art form.
Ruled by the Caesars, Napoléon, the Austro-Hungarians and Mussolini, Milan has an ancient and fascinating history. After the unification of Italy in 1861, it also became an important industrial and cultural centre – a title it still holds today. While it may not have the historic attractions of other Italian cities, it holds its own with art collections old and new, which mark the genius of old masters and provoke new conversations about where the world is headed. Prestigious nights at La Scala, an illustrious literary heritage and a vibrant music scene also do much to debunk the city’s workaholic image.
A Modern Miracle
Since Leonardo da Vinci broke all the rules in his stunning Last Supper, the indefatigably inventive Milanese seem to have skipped straight from the Renaissance to the 1900s. Not only is Milan a treasure trove of 20th-century art, but art deco and rationalist architecture abound. Today the city leads the way with the largest post-war re-development in Italy, impressive, sustainable architecture and a futuristic skyline modelled by Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind and César Pelli. The city is also burgeoning into a hi-tech hub, home to start-ups galore and the likes of Google, Microsoft, Alibaba and Apple.
Living by Design
Though Italian design is world renowned, its roots lie in 1930s Milan – seeing it in a home context offers fresh appreciation. A visit to the Triennale design museum is a wonderful way to pay homage to the work of Italy’s best and brightest. In addition, Milan is home to all the major design showrooms and an endless round of trade fairs, including Salone Internazionale del Mobile and its ever-popular sidekick the free Fuorisalone. Italian fashion houses are also branching out into spas, bars, hotels, galleries and cultural centres all over Milan, which means you can get your style fix pretty much everywhere.
Cucina povera (poor man’s cuisine) may be the cry of the south, but Milanese cooking is the product of a rich urban culture. Just note the golden hue of its quintessential dishes: cotoletta(burnished, buttery veal) and saffron risotto. It was in powerful commercial cities such as Milan that some of Italy’s great cuisines were born, marrying Mediterranean fruits, spices and herbs with cooking methods, pastry techniques and eating styles from France and central Europe. Even today Milan continues to push Italy’s culinary boundaries, making sushi and dim sum its own, and holding the highest number of Michelin stars in the country.