Walk into a good boutique hotel in Milan and you’ll understand something about the city itself. This is Italy’s financial center, the capital of industry, presiding over one of the largest economies in the EU. It stands to reason that the best hotels in town are a far cry from the romantic waterfront palaces of Venice or the quirky pied-à-terres of Rome. The Milanese ideal is smart and sleek, stylish yet eminently suited for business, and always quietly but forcefully impressive. Senato Hotel Milan is an excellent example — but not in the dark, heavy, masculine manner that’s become something of a Milanese luxury-hotel trademark. It’s located in a historic building, though one that’s practically new by Italian standards: a Neoclassical urban mansion, dating from the early 1900s, once a wealthy family’s private residence. But there’s little nostalgia here for days gone by. Apart from the facade, and structural details from high arching windows to a wrought-iron railing snaking up the rear staircase, there’s little to remind you of the building’s past. Lined with smooth marble, the place is modern and elegant — minimalist with extravagant accents, from the lobby’s glowing lamps, handcrafted in the shape of a ginkgo tree, to its unusual wood furnishings and brass tables, each unique and custom-designed by the Italian architect Alessandro Bianchi. He was the mind behind the entire project, in fact, his visions brought to life by a meticulous team of Italian craftsmen. Upstairs, the 43 guest rooms are spare and silent. The sophistication is in the details, from the Carrara marble bathrooms to the handcrafted brass lamps. In classic Milanese style, the floors are laid with herringbone oak, but the decor is almost entirely white; state-of-the-art soundproofing blocks the noise of the city outside. The result is a space so calm and pristine that you almost feel guilty unpacking your suitcase and disturbing the balance. Some of the better rooms have small private terraces, while spacious Junior Suites have larger garden terraces with views over the Duomo and the city skyline. You’ll sleep surprisingly well here: appropriate, as you, like everybody else, probably have plenty on your Milan agenda. Stop by the Senato Hotel’s buffet breakfast for a pick-me-up caffé — if you’re truly doing as the Milanese do, it’s sure to be one of many. Text Courtesy of Tablet Hotels
Most Recent Articles
The 24 Best Sales to Shop This Memorial Day Weekend
We’ve got the scoop on the top sites to shop for incredible savings on mattresses, home appliances, wall art, and much more.
Save Big With Our 19 Picks From Wayfair's Memorial Day Sale
With prices up to 70% off and free shipping for all orders more than $49, there’s no place like Wayfair for Memorial Day savings.
After a Thousand-Mile Journey, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Mäntylä House Opens to Overnight Guests
Meticulously restored and relocated by the husband-and-wife team behind Polymath Park in Pennsylvania, Mäntylä House opens to tours and overnight stays near Fallingwater.
We Found the Perfect Rain Jacket For Bike Commuters
This Mobile Studio in the Swiss Alps Is an Artist's Dream Come True
Clean lines and practical sustainability define this roving, multipurpose structure.
Tom Dixon and IKEA Are Designing the Future of Urban Farming
Urban farming is about to become easier (and more beautiful) than ever before.
A Sea Ranch Stunner With a Green Roof Asks $1.3M
The Kirkwood House in the celebrated Sea Ranch community along the Californian coast features a sod roof and a sunken courtyard.
7 Must-See Houseboats You Can Buy Right Now
Brace yourself—these floating homes might just make you say goodbye to dry land.
7 Tiny Homes You Can Buy on Amazon
Now you can add a tiny home or cabin kit to your cart.
RM-3 Episode Five: Clams
RM-3 (Raw Materials 3 Ways) returns to investigate the surprising role clams, oysters, and their kin have played in how and what we build.
8 Memorial Day Mattress Sales You Definitely Don’t Want to Sleep On
Save up to $400 this Memorial Day on that new mattress you’ve been eyeing.
A Tiny House Made of Sand and Recycled Materials Lands in Times Square
The 176-square-foot home by Fernando Mastrangelo, built entirely from reclaimed materials, warns against climate change.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pappas House in St. Louis Is Available For the First Time at $1.2M
Built from modular concrete blocks, the Usonian Automatic is one of just two Wright-designed homes in St. Louis—and even comes with the original furniture.
The Best Campers and Trailers For Less Than $40K
These mobile homes offer stylish design and road-ready features at a budget-friendly price point.
A LEGO-Like Home Powered Entirely by the Sun Pops Up in Times Square
Prefabricated, solar-powered, and filled with cutting-edge technology, the FutureHAUS is the smart, sustainable home of tomorrow.
Six Gable Roofs Cap This Brilliantly Bizarre Atlanta Home
One of only two residences in the U.S. made of cross-laminated timber (CLT), Haus Gables experiments with angular spaces and playful, faux finishes.
This Striking Black A-Frame Generates More Energy Than it Uses
Blending low-impact technology with high-impact design, the Solarferienhaus S3 near Salzburg is now available to rent.
Budget Breakdown: A Toronto Home Makes the Most of an Infill Lot For $446K
In Toronto, Atelier RZLBD replaces a nondescript home on an infill lot with a breezy, adaptable dwelling.
Trend Report: Bathroom Fixtures Go Bold in a Rainbow of Retro Hues
We’re loving the recent spate of vintage-inspired, candy-colored bath fixtures.
A Nearby Stream Helps Sculpt This Spectacular Missouri Home