A place rich in atmosphere, full of traces left by the passage of great personalities whose names have shaped history. Opened in 1863, the Grand Hotel et de Milan preserves all the charm of an ancient Milanese "house".
It is still nowadays the favourite hotel of big names of the world of culture, entertainment, fashion, music, national and international business. Located in the heart of the city, just a few steps from the financial district, the Scala Opera House, the Fashion district and the Duomo Cathedral, the Grand Hotel et de Milan with its bars and restaurants, gourmand enclaves of the city, is the perfect place to stay, whether for pleasure or for business. Point of reference for guests in search of luxury, discretion and privacy, set in the cosy and pleasantly retro atmosphere of an aristocratic "old Milan" building. Since three generations, the management of the hotel has been passed on to the Bertazzoni's family that runs it with great passion. Among the many distinguished guests that attend it or stayed here in the past, Maestro Giuseppe Verdi chose the "Milan" for many years: since then the love for music and the Opera has permeated its rooms as a sublime leit motiv.
The interior of the Grand Hotel et de Milan, discreet and refined, conquers with the unique atmosphere of its rooms enriched during the time with exclusive objects and furniture that are now part of its history. The rooms perfectly preserve the period furniture and details, as well as the parquet floors and the Italian marbles that decorate the wide bathrooms.
The recent renewal, entrusted to Dimore Studio of Milan, has given to the various environments a contemporary touch while maintaining at the same time the allure intact, with an intervention that has been focused on fabrics, carpets, colours and decorations.
Every single detail has been conceived paying particular attention to the environment and the chromatic dominant in which is set, linked to the latter with harmonious or in contrast elements.
The passage of distinguished guests that have chosen the Grand Hotel et de Milan throughout the years as their "Milanese house" is celebrated by the dedicated suites. Each of them is characterized by a selection of objects, photos, autographic documents and other memories, belonged to the personage or ascribable to his/her life. Giuseppe Verdi, Gabriele D'Annunzio, Maria Callas, Giorgio Strehler, Enrico Caruso are only some of the personalities to whichhotel suites and junior suites have been named after.
Each room is equipped with air conditioning and central heating, minibar, flat-screen television, radio, security box, wide marble bathrooms with en-suite telephone, exclusive toiletries and cosmetics by Etro, 24-hour room service.
▪ Enrico Caruso - 306 ▪
Among the many anecdotes that link the Grand Hotel et de Milan with great personalities of Italian Opera, one affects tenor Enrico Caruso, to whom suite 306 is dedicated. The tenor,who was in Milan to sing at the Scala Opera Theatre in a new opera directed by Arturo Toscanini, arrived at the hotel. In the same period, Fred Gaisberg, a pioneer of phonographic recording at the “Voce del Padrone” record label, asked the tenor to record some of the arias of the Opera called “Germania”. Caruso asked the hotel to mount a sort of recording studio: it is exactly here where the recording of the first flat LP in the history of music took place.
▪ Tamara de Lempicka - 405 ▪
Born in a well-off family, the beautiful and uninhibited Polish painter met Gabriele D'Annunzio in 1925. The poet indeed, considered among the major representatives of the literature of the 20th century, had a great passion for women and many letters, written on the hotel letterhead, testify a playful and friendly relationship between Tamara and Gabriele. During her Italian stays, Tamara was divided between the Vittoriale (D'Annunzio's residence in Desenzano) and the Grand Hotel et de Milan, his Milanese house, where she was hosted by D'Annunzio himself. A lot of material linked to the Grand Hotel has been found at the Vittoriale, among the other things various copies of D'Annunzio's guests bills at the Gran Hotel, included Eleonora Duse.
▪ Luchino Visconti - 418 ▪
Luchino Visconti has always been one of the family at the Grand Hotel et de Milan. It was the point of reference for business meetings, a place where to meet before going to a première at the Scala Opera Theatre, and then all in line along Via Manzoni towards the Theatre. At the Grand Hotel et de Milan Visconti called young Danilo Donati, who then became one of the most famous tailors of the theatre world, when he was still in his infancy in the textile field, working as a delivery boy in a shop of fabrics in Via Montenapoleone.
▪ Maria Callas - 114 ▪
Maria Meneghini Callas was a regular guest at the Grand Hotel et de Milan between 1950 and 1952, on the occasion of plays such as the Aida, I vespri Siciliani, Il ratto del seraglio, Norma, Macbeth and Gioconda held at the Scala Opera Theatre. She and Meneghini, her first husband, could argue for hours in reception in front of their open security box over the choice of jewels to wear. On February 1953 she moved to her new villa in Milan, but she returned to the Grand Hotel et de Milan to meet Luchino Visconti, another regular of the hotel for the plays of the Traviata in 1955.
▪ Vittorio De Sica - 312 ▪
Vittorio De Sica's first stay at the Grand Hotel et de Milan, according to her wife Maria Mercader, was during the shooting of Miracolo a Milano in 1950, when they moved to the hotel for a long period. The hotel became their home in Milan until 1974 when, in his last film, Il Viaggio, De Sica shot the scene in which the protagonist Cesare, starred by Richard Burton, meets Giacomo Puccini exactly in the hall of the hotel. Maria and her sons, Cristian and Manuel, have always returned to the Grand Hotel even after the death of Vittorio, "as you return to a cosy holiday house".
▪ Giorgio De Chirico - 309 ▪
The Grand Hotel et de Milan has always been a point of reference for many international great artists. Giorgio De Chirico too, maximum representative of the metaphysical painting, chose it as his point of residence during the Milanese stays in the 1950s. The choice of the Maestro was also due to the proximity of the Hotel to friend Jolas's art gallery, important international collector and expert of art. The gallery was infact located in Via Manzoni, a few steps from the hotel, which became a sort of dependence. De Chirico often returned to the Grand Hotel et de Milan and his last stay dates back to few years before his death, on the occasion of the Milan Triennale d'Arte in 1973, for which he designed the famous Mysterious Baths Fountain.
▪ Giorgio Strehler - 206 ▪
Apartment 206 is dedicated to Giorgio Strehler. He arrived very young to Milan where he met Franco Parenti and Paolo Grassi that together with him and Nina Vinchi set up in 1947 the Piccolo Teatro della Città di Milano (small theatre of the city of Milan), giving life to stage fittings that shaped the history of theatre, such as the “Albergo dei poveri by Gorkij and I giganti della montagna by Pirandello.
▪ The Verdi Suite ▪
The Grand Hotel et de Milan Presidential suite is dedicated to Maestro Giuseppe Verdi. The Maestro chose to stay in the suite 105 of the once called "Albergo di Milano", to be able to alternate his city life to the quieter and more relaxing life of his country house of Sant' Agata.
The room is made up of a wide and well-lit room with original period chimney and furniture, a bedroom and two bathrooms. The suite has been recently restored and it is today more elegant than ever. The bedroom and the sitting room can be taken separately and the Verdi room can be turned into a wonderful period setting, perfect for a stay, receptions and business meetings in a refined retro atmosphere.
▪ The Dom Pedro II Suite ▪
▪ Deluxe Oriental Suite ▪
How to reach the hotel
45 km – 45 min. drive
7km – 20 min. drive
Milan Central Station
2 km – 10 min. drive
500 mt – 3 min. walk
La Scala Opera House
300 mt – 2 min- walk
10 mt. from MM Montenapoleone
Bar / Lounge
Breakfast in the Room
Lift / Elevator
Restaurant (Ã la carte)
Safe Deposit Box
▪ Gerry's Bar ▪
A discreet, private and refined lounge in the heart of milan.
Perfect for a cup of tea, an aperitif, a lunch or a dinner, it becomes, together with its american bar, an after-theatre place open until late at night.
Recently refurbished it has been able to maintain its unique atmosphere, where a more “city” clientele meet for the not-to-be-missed aperitif. perfect also for business appointments far from the noise and bustle of the city.
▪ Restaurant & Bar Caruso ▪
The Caruso bar, with its pleasant “jardin d'hiver”, offers a cuisine that reinterprets traditional Milanese dishes in a contemporary key. Inside the delightful veranda set in the green environment of the small square, period furniture “cohabit” with contemporary elements creating a timeless atmosphere that recalls the one of the Parisian bistros. At the beginning of 2011, the inside hall of the restaurant was renovated, leaving anyway untouched the internal structure organized on two levels, the big columns with decorated capitals and the two precious Murano chandeliers dating back to the 1920s
The furniture is a mix of pieces coming from the Grand Hotel et de Milan stocks and of ad hoc design elements, which create a fascinating 1920s-1930s-allure environment. The Caruso bar is a place characterized by a multi-faceted soul, a refined dining room in which the pleasures of food, drink and talk merge together, that turns from breakfast room to restaurant, bar and bistro.
The hall is available for private events.
▪ Don Carlos Restaurant ▪
The Don Carlos pays homage tomaster giuseppe verdi who stayed at the grand hotel et de milan for more than twenty years.
In an intimate and refined setting, re-created by paintings, sketches and scene-paintings from the la scala theatre musuem, the don carlos serves italian traditional cuisine under the light of its antique silver chandeliers.
Chef Angelo Gangemi, in charge of the executive management, interprets with originality and refinement simple menus taken from the flavours and fragrances of the mediterranean tradition.
A traditional cuisine respectful of the seasonality of each ingredient.
Listed in leading guidebooks and reviews as one of the most exclusive restaurants in milan, the don carlos merges a high-level gastronomy with an excellent service in an elegant atmosphere. In the cellar, that boasts about 200 labels, you can find a the remains of an old roman wall that emperor massimiliano ordered to build in 250 ad to protect the city.
In the warm season it is possible to eat outside.
On the occasion of major performances at the Scala Opera theatre THE RESTAURANT IS OPEN even AFTER THE THEATRE.
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