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

(Sightseeing, tourist, shopping, first time visitors, a night, without car, luxury, museums, art, restaurants, luxury dining, nightlife, couples, family)


Milan-City-CentreTo 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.

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:



(Nightlife, sightseeing, tourist, shopping, art, museums, city centre, dining, solo travelers, couples)


BreraBrera is a lively district located right in Milan city centre. It is known for being a small haven in a city known mostly for its pragmatic lifestyle: a web of narrow roads surrounding the ‘Pinacoteca di Brera’ - the state-run academy of fine arts founded in 1776 - populated by artists, students, street performers, and magicians.


Beautiful cobbled pavements and historical buildings add up to the atmosphere, making this enchanted district the perfect place to stay to get a taste of Milan’s bohemian and eccentric side.


Brera never sleeps. During the day the district’s shops - a nice integration of modernity and tradition - and the antiquities market taking place every third Sunday of the month, attract residents and tourists alike. But Brera’s authenticity shines under the moonlight. From happy-hour until nightcap, hundreds of little bars, restaurants, and ice cream shops, will serve excellent cocktails and cuisine, accompanied by the melodic sound of Italian chatter.


Brera is also conveniently positioned. Choosing to stay in this area will place you just a few strides away from ‘Castello Sforzesco’, ‘Teatro alla Scala’, and via Monte Napoleone. Brera is served by Milan’s green (M2) and yellow (M3) Metro lines (‘Lanza’ and ‘Montenapoleone’ stops), a cheap and efficient way to connect with the rest of the city.




(Nightlife, tourist, sightseeing, family, first time visitors, single travelers, restaurants, couples, art, shopping)


NavigliNavigli is a triangular shaped district located south of Milan historical centre. It’s delimited on two sides by 'Naviglio Grande' and 'Naviglio Pavese', part of Milan’s ancient canal system, and by and ‘Darsena’ - an ancient in-city port - on the top side. The Navigli area and its waterways have been renovated, respecting the original aesthetics, as part of Milan’s Expo 2015 project, making this distinctive quarter one of the hippest places to stay for a short city-break as well as for a longer time.


The area is immediately adjacent to Milan historical center, within the second oldest ‘growth-ring’ of the city. The entire district offers hundreds of distinctive architectural features, with many historical buildings and churches waiting to be discovered, especially towards the district's northern side.


When you stay here, do not skip a walk along Naviglio Grande until ‘Vicolo Lavandai’. This narrow road is where Italian grand-grandmothers used to do the laundry, in the open-air and using water from the canal. It is still perfectly preserved: a postcard from a long-gone time.


Navigli’s nightlife has been Milan’s favorite since a few generations. If you stay in this area and plan to enjoy some of the happy-hour and partying, do not worry about the car: Navigli is well-served by Milan public transports with late-runs, taxis, and green line (M2) Metro station ‘Porta Genova’.



City Life (Fiera)

(Business trip, luxury accommodations, sightseeing, shopping, first time visitors, with a car, family, couples, solo travellers)


FieraCityLife with its surroundings is a modern, eco-friendly, high-end district that rose on what used to be Milan’s Trade Fair. Whilst some of the newest buildings are still under construction, CityLife is already a great place to stay to experience Milan’s avant-garde eco-architecture and lifestyle.


CityLife’s green heart is a 170.000mt2 park, thought to be open to all citizens and integrated with a network of pedestrian walks and bicycle lanes. Car access is restricted and limited to underground ways and car parking, and the area is well-served with public transports and the lilac (M5) Metro line.


The quarter’s buildings are signed by some of the greatest contemporary architects. Two skyscrapers - Isozaki tower (nicknamed 'il Dritto' - the Straight One) and Hadid tower ('lo Storto' - the Twisted One) - and a third one to be completed - Libeskind tower ('il Curvo' - the Curved One) oversee the area, complemented by beautiful residential complexes and shopping centers.
The skyscrapers, the new residential complexes, as well as many other buildings in the area sport high-tech features and environmentally sustainable solutions.


CityLife is a residential and business area, frenetic during the day but quiet and livable in the evenings. Italian and international restaurants abound in the area, and for some night-time action a few minutes walking will lead you to ‘Corso Sempione’ and ‘Arco della Pace’, a very lively part of the city especially during the spring and summer months.


The famous ‘Meazza’ stadium, known to the locals just as ‘San Siro’ is located roughly 1km away from CityLife. It is an obligatory stop for all football fans! This is an ideal area to stay if you plan to visit Milan on a business trip: a modern, functional, and ecologically-aware district located north-west of the city centre.



Porta Nuova

(Business trip, luxury accommodations, with a car, shopping, nightlife, family trip, couples, nightclubs, tourist, sightseeing, restaurants)


Porta-Nuova‘Porta Nuova’ area represents Milan’s effort to modernize the city services and transportation hub. This luxurious and cosmopolitan district is located right next to 'Milano Porta Garibaldi' train station, and just a few minutes away from 'Milano Centrale', making it the ideal place to stay if you plan to visit other parts of Italy using the railway system.


The area takes its name from the well-preserved Napoleonic gate, erected in 1810. In the '90s, Porta Nuova was a post-industrial wasteland. A clever requalification project transformed it in less than ten years into the richest district within a European city, home to beautiful parks, buildings, and modern facilities.


The district’s heart is Piazza Gae Aulenti - a beautiful pedestrian area surrounded by curved buildings, and Unicredit tower - Italy’s tallest skyscraper, designed by architect César Pelli.


More than 20 other important buildings among which there are offices, cultural centers, skyscrapers, and urban villas form an impressive display of cutting-edge architecture. Solaria tower - the tallest residential skyscraper in Italy, Diamante tower - sporting a futuristic diamond shape design, and Bosco Verticale - home to a vertical forest with 711 trees, are just some of the features that you can admire during a stay in Porta Nuova area.


From Porta Nuova, head south to ‘Corso Como’. This smart and flashy street is home to some of the most expensive restaurants and nightclubs, and populated with many of Milan’s VIPs and public figures.



Citta Studi Area

(Business trip, luxury accommodations, transportation/connections, car, shopping, nightlife, family trip, couples, nightclubs, tourist, sightseeing, restaurants)


Citta-Studi-AreaThis 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

(Connections/transportation, with a car, business trip, single travelers, shopping, sightseeing)


Stazione-Centrale-AreaThis 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.