The Travel Cocktail

Rooms with Views: Carlton Baglioni Milan

A stay at the Carlton Baglioni gives you instant access to Milan’s most fashionable district…

Milan is the center of the fashion universe and more specifically the Quadrilatero della Moda. And the Carlton Baglioni has front row access, literally, with a secret back door from the hotel to the famed Via della Spiga. That alone should get one excited about a stay here, but the hotel delivers on many levels with solid Italian design mixed with the pedigree of this classic hotel.

While grand in feel, the hotel is not excessively large and does have an intimate feel to it. The public spaces are not too large and feel relaxed. For example, check-in is a sit down, one on one affair not a queue at a front desk. The bar is a cozy design lounge furnished in blue and black leather with brass accents that gives a slight nod to the Art Deco. It serves excellent cocktails and is a good spot for aperitivo. In the morning the generous breakfast buffet is served here as well. There is a spa as well, in case you need a foot massage from all the walking, and a world class restaurant Il Baretto, a favourite of Prada-heeled locals. A bit of old world Milan right there.

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The rooms vary in size and in design, and not much on views, though really there isn’t much in that department in this part of town besides the street views. My room was an inner courtyard view which I have to say was a bit depressing, but a good size, with in room Nespresso maker and sitting area. The contemporary design of black lacquer with cream leather accents and a whimsical touch of red is part of a recent renovation of some of their rooms. Overall a very agreeable space. And the bed was very comfortable!

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Bathrooms were very luxe in feel with dark marble, a large walk in shower and luxury bath products. I personally like a luxurious bathtub to soak in but I find more and more these days hotels are doing away with tubs which is disappointing -though on trend.

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I had a lovely stay at the hotel and would stay again. The service was very good, and friendly, which isn’t always the case in big city hotels. I found the service at the Carlton Baglioni some of the friendliest in Milan. An excellent location to Milan’s shopping boutiques and a bit of an oasis from it as well.

Please note I paid for my own stay, and this review is based on my own personal experience staying at the hotel.

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