A&E Reviews: Mandarin Oriental Milan

Lindsay Judge   |   21 - 07 - 2018

Mandarin Oriental delivers peaceful luxury in the center of Milan.



The Mandarin Oriental is undoubtedly the most fashionable place to stay in Milan. Housed within four 18th century buildings, where the fashion, cultural and financial centres meet, the iconic hotel is situated at one of the most sought after locations in the Italian city with celebrity and fashion guests making it their number one place to stay when visiting Milan.


Overlooking two idyllic streets, the four buildings which house the hotel were originally built as a luxurious manor house and went on to become the city’s tax office and a bank before its restoration as  the hotel in 2015.


The design was imagined and complete by Antoni Citterio Patricia Viel, a Milanese firm of architectural designers with leading architect Antoni Citterio at the helm. The hotel combines the heritage of Milanese design with modern Mandarin Oriental touches to create a unique setting. As well as stunning interiors the hotel features grand inner courtyards behind the elegant façade.


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The design for the hotel’s common areas is inspired by the concept of dimora milanes, meaning ‘Milanese noble residence,’ and has a residential feel with the choice of colour and furnishings. The lobby area is bright and welcoming, resembling a bright and airy living room with a large fireplace and contemporary décor. The hotel is intimate and has a great attention to detail.





The hotel features a modest 70 guestrooms, and 34 suites and junior suites over five floors. Each room has a uniform interior design but a different layout and view over the city, with many rooms overlooking the hotel’s inner courtyards. While the public areas of the hotel are modern and bright, the guest rooms are calm and neutral, designed in classic Milanese style resulting in a homely yet functional feel.


Neutral tones are combined with touches of purple to give the rooms a quiet understated feel, for complete relaxation. Every piece of furniture is custom-made, created according to an original design. The signature style of the rooms mean each bed is embraced by an arched headboard to create an intimate feel. The sofas and armchairs are designed with the same concept. Grand bathroom walls are covered entirely with Italian marble, with patterns varying according to room category.




The hotels’ 34 suites vary in size and design according to guests needs. The presidential suite is distinguished by its high ceilings and large glass doors offering guests a stunning view of the Monte di Pietà. While the speciality suites were created as a tribute to two great Masters of design, Piero Fornasetti and Giò Ponti.




The Spa at The Mandarin Oriental provides an holistic approach to wellness, offering spa-goers relaxation, escape and emotional mental equilibrium.


Each visit to The Spa begins with a traditional welcoming ritual, followed by private consultation with a therapist who will ensure treatments are tailored to the individual needs of each guest. The Spa features six luxurious treatment rooms, which include two single rooms, two double rooms, one Thai massage room and one Spa suite.


Offering a top-class experience, This peaceful haven promotes holistic therapies that will allow guests to escape the hustle and bustle of Milanese life in a peaceful oasis in the middle of the city, while receiving the five-star treatment they expect from the Mandarin Oriental brand.


The fitness centre offers state-of-the-art training equipment and the spa pool encourages guest to relax after their treatment. A hair salon headed by celebrity hairstylist, Massimo Serini, and beauty studio complete the range of services offered at The Spa.





Like many Milanese buildings The Mandarin Oriental features many outdoor courtyards, offering a peaceful oasis within the hotels’ grounds.


The inside, outside atmosphere makes the hotel an attractive location particularly in the summer months. Following traditional Milanese, residential design principles, the architects have used colour to indicate different room functions, giving the hotel a homely feel. Establishing colour themes was particularly popular in Milanese domestic interior design during the 1930s and 40s.


Red, green and yellow pastel colours decorate the hotel entrance, while the bar has a clear black and white theme, and the restaurant’s green tones match the green marble jambs under courtyard windows.





The Mandarin Bar & Bistro is one of the most popular areas of the hotel, with outside and in-house guests visiting regularly. Accessed through the reception the bar and bistro features black and white mosaic patterned walls and a huge U-shaped bar area.


Lunch and dinner menus are design by executive chef Antonio Guida. At night the bar and bistro becomes a vibrant nightspot .






For more upscale dining, Seta restaurant invited in-house and outside guests to savour Antonio Guida’s gastronomy. Awarded with two Michelin Stars the sophisticated and elegant restaurant features its own inner courtyard, with guest able to watch the chefs at work through large glass windows.


The fine dining cuisine combines Antonio Guida’s Southern Italian heritage with the influences of Tuscany and France. The menu offers a unique take on modern Italian cooking using bright and colourful ingredients.


For more information visit www.mandarinoriental.com/milan


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