About the hotel
What was once a 15th century convent is now a beautiful hotel. You can still feel the history and see it in the architecture with its long hallways and bright cloistered courtyard, and there are original frescoes in the lobby. The hotel is in the centre of the Quadrilatero d’Oro (meaning the Rectangle of Gold), Milan’s fashion hub where all the most famous designers have their boutiques.
There is a consistent focus on Italian products throughout the hotel, from the Fortuny fabrics to the Murano glass lighting. With its quiet gardens and discreet staff, the Four Seasons feels more like a Tuscan villa than a hotel in the centre of Italy’s second largest city. You can even sleep with the windows open.
The suite experience
Almost half of the hotel’s 118 rooms are suites, each one of a kind and some incorporating original frescoes. The high ceilings and large windows give a real feeling of space, and the plush fabrics, custom wood cabinetry and glamorous marble bathrooms make the suite feel like an ultra luxe private home.
Of course, Milan is full of gastronomic delights, but the hotel has a restaurant that will fulfill any food wish. La Veranda, under the guidance of Sardinian chef Sergio Mei, has both fantastic food and a beautiful setting. And, it’s only footsteps back to your room. Il Foyer is a more relaxed option and is in the Camino room where the convent’s church once stood. For something sweet, the hotel opens a themed Chocolate Room each September with chocolate sculptures, paintings and decorations. While you can’t eat the fixtures, on Sundays there are 15 chocolate desserts to choose from.
After all the shopping and walking, a spa is what you need; Four Seasons Milano does not disappoint. The warm cream and wood décor relaxes you as soon as you enter. The salt scrub massage is fantastic. The underground swimming pool is a standout, sitting beneath a vaulted brick ceiling from the 19th century.
If you’d like to upgrade…
In the fashion capital it’s only fitting to stay in the Designer Suite. The interiors are designed by the team behind the boutiques of Italian high-end label Brioni with rich red and purple velvet, hardwood floors and custom loomed carpets. If you’d like some outdoor space choose the slightly smaller – but equally stylish – Fashion Suite, which has a 25 square metre private courtyard with French doors.