Where to stay in Milan

Where is the best area to stay in Milan?

Milan is famous for being one of the fashion and style capitals of the world, so dress to impress! A chic selection of high end boutiques and designer labels make it an excellent destination for those who love shopping. Besides it’s sartorial appeal, football and opera are big news here. But not everything is modern; this is a city that boasts some rare artistic and historical gems. Visit the Santa Maria delle Grazie and you’ll see one of the world’s most famous paintings, Leonardo da Vinci’s fresco The Last Supper. The Gothic Duomo di Milano cathedral is equally as impressive with high vaults and beautiful arches.


To be in the heart of the action, the best place to stay in Milan is the city centre. Here, you’ll be in close proximity to the major attractions of Duomo di Milano, and the beautiful old shopping arcade the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. You’ll also be close to the fascinating museum and church at the Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore. Besides history, the city centre offers fantastic restaurants with delicious Italian cuisine, as well as plenty of top class designer shopping. At night, the city comes alive with bars and nightclubs to keep you entertained. Getting around is easy with trams, metros and buses.

Hotel   Price per night
Zurigo Hotel
Corso Italia 11
117€ - 131$
Hotel Milano Castello
Via S. Tomaso, 2
199€ - 223$
Genius Hotel Downtown
Via Porlezza 4
220€ - 246$
Hotel   Price per night
STRAF | a Member of Design Hotels
Via San Raffaele 3
296€ - 332$
Rosa Grand Milano
Piazza Fontana 3
315€ - 353$
Hotel   Price per night
Park Hyatt Milano
Via Tommaso Grossi 1
594€ - 665$


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Milan City Centre, the best area to stay in Milan

To experience the heady atmosphere, bright lights and vibrant buzz of Milan, the city centre is definitely the place to stay. This is the very heart of this unique city and will put you within easy reach of many attractions and sights as well as an array of entertainment and facilities. This part of the city is easy to get around both on foot and via public transport, so exploring all that Milan has to offer will never be an issue. You will also find a diverse array of sights and attractions in the city centre area, from modern attractions to richly historic and cultural ones. When you stay in this part of Milan you benefit from an eclectic mix of the modern and the historic, which means that you get the enjoy the best of both worlds.


Many of Milan’s key attractions can be found in the City Centre, which is why so many visitors to this destination decide to stay here. In addition to this, you will find plenty of hotels to choose from so you will be able to select something that is suited to your requirements in terms of comfort, amenities and pricing. If retail therapy is your thing, you will be delighted with the shopping opportunities in this glitzy city. You will also get to benefit from an excellent choice of places to dine out or sample the excitement of Milan’s nightlife.


One of the main attractions in this area is the Milan Duomo, which is the world’s third largest cathedral and a real sight to behold. You can also pay a visit to what was once a historic fortress, Castello Sforzeco, which dates back to the 1360s. If you want to enjoy exploring both history and culture, you will love the famous Teatro alla Scala Opera House, which plays host to some incredible performances. Those into history, architecture and the arts should visit Santa Maria delle Grazie, which was built in the 1460s and is now home to the famous painting ‘The Last Supper’ by Leonardo da Vinci.


You will find yourself within easy reach of many art galleries, museums and elaborate palaces when you stay in the City Centre including the Palazzo Bagatti-Valsecchi and the Civica Galleria d’Arte Moderna. Art lovers should also pay a visit to the Brera Gallery, which is home to one of the most important art collections in the country.

Grand Hotel Milan
Park Hyatt Milan Hotel

Other places to stay in Milan

You may decide that you want to stay in an area that is within easy reach of the city centre along with all of its attractions. You will find a number of other areas you can select from when you are coming to Milan. This includes:


Citta Studi Area:

This district of the city is situated in the Zone 3 area and the name literally translates to ‘City of the Studies’. This is an area that has become an educational hub in Milan and it is home to a number of different educational facilities. This includes the Politecnico technical university and some of the technical and science divisions of the University of Milan. When you stay in this area, you will benefit from easy and convenient access to public transport links as well as to a variety of facilities such as places to shop and eat out. You can also reach the main attractions in the centre of Milan with ease when you stay in this area.


There are a number of places of interest within the immediate area and this includes the East End Studio, which is a popular events venue and holds up to around 9,000 people. This pleasant district is close to the designer shops of Mount Napoleon Street as well as attractions such as the Scala Theatre and Milan Cathedral. You can select from a range of hotels in the area, with options to suit a variety of needs and budgets.


Stazione Centrale Area:

This area can be found in Zone 2 of Milan, and it has been named after Milano Centrale Railway Station, which is one of the main railway stations in the whole of Europe. Situated north east from the city centre, it provides easy and convenient access to Milan’s sights and attractions.


The station is elaborate and grand in terms of architecture while the interior is quite magnificent. Hundreds of trains per day run from this station and huge numbers of passengers pass through each year. Staying in this part of the city means that you will still be close to the City Centre, and will therefore be able to explore the sights with ease.


Fiera Milano City Area:

Another central area of Milan is Fiera Milano City, which is a great place to stay if you want to enjoy convenience, easy access to attractions and events, and a variety of amenities on your doorstep. Fiera Milano is the large exhibition centre in this central area, and each year is plays host to a variety of national and international conventions. You will find a range of hotels that are situated close to the venue, which is ideal if you are attending a convention because it means that you will be close to both the convention venue and the wonderful Milan attractions.