Where to stay in Milan? The best areas and places to stay


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Where to Stay in Milan: My Selection of the Best Accommodations

Wondering where to stay in Milan? Looking for the best areas and districts?

You’re at the right place!

As I know Milan very well, I have created this guide of:

  • Milan’s best areas for your stay (with details about the best places to visit and nearby attractions)
  • For each area and district, the best hotels depending on your budget

Let’s find your dream hotel now!

My Favorite Hotels in Milan

Here’s a brief summary of my favorite hotels for a stay in Milan, if you don’t have time to read my detailed article.

Simply click on the hotel name to find out more about the details and rates:

In the Historic Duomo District

The Duomo district is the historic center of Milan. Every respectable tourist should indeed visit the famous Milan Cathedral, which gave its name to the district.

I recommend this neighborhood for staying in Milan:

  • If you want to sleep in the city center of Milan
  • To discover the main historical monuments, including the famous cathedral
  • If you’re short on time, you’ll be right in the heart of the action
  • As a starting point for exploring Milan on foot

On the downside, the city center of Milan is the area with the most expensive hotels.

The district is the ideal place to discover:

  • The Duomo (Milan Cathedral), as impressive outside as it is inside
  • Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II housing boutiques from major fashion houses
  • La Scala in Milan, the famous opera house.

If you have the budget, the Duomo area is the best neighborhood to stay in Milan.

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There are often long waiting times at Milan Cathedral for example, so it’s the best way to save time!

You can also opt for a full guided tour of the city (including the Duomo and The Last Supper by Da Vinci). It’s truly the ideal way to discover Milan with a passionate guide!

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Here is my selection of the best hotels in central Milan

Hemeras Boutique House Piazza Duomo – from 190€

Ideally located less than 100 meters from the Duomo, in the historical heart of Milan, for this price, you even get an entire apartment instead of a double room!

The apartments are modern, elegant and all include a fully equipped kitchen. Perfect if you don’t fancy going out to find a restaurant in the evening after a long day of sightseeing. Personally, I often opt for this type of accommodation with a kitchen in Italy, a country known for its excellent charcuterie and cheeses. Ideal for an evening picnic with your loved one!

It’s clearly my top pick for its value for money in the Duomo district.

This is my insider tip for where to stay in Milan for exploring on foot!

Historic district Hemeras Boutique
Historic district Hemeras Boutique

Hotel Spadari Al Duomo – from 270€

Hotel Spadari Al Duomo is located only 150 meters from Milan’s Duomo, offering the perfect location to visit this neighborhood of Milan. Plus, you can sleep soundly as it’s on a very quiet street.

The rooms are decorated in shades of gray-blue and adorned with paintings by contemporary Italian artists. Some even offer a view of the Duomo’s spire!

The breakfast offered is excellent, with fresh fruit juice (rare enough to be noted). Another rare perk: non-alcoholic drinks from the mini-bar are available for free.

This is the best place to stay in Milan for a weekend visit.

Historic district Hotel Spadari
Historic district Hotel Spadari

Suite Milano Duomo – from 325€

Suite Milano is ideally located for getting to Milan Cathedral. It’s only a 5-minute walk away!

The rooms are spacious and stylish. They are all located on the top floor of the building, so no noisy upstairs neighbors and you’ll enjoy peace and quiet.

Additionally, you’ll have an unobstructed view of all Milan. And, on a very personal note, I appreciate the presence of shutters (extremely rare outside France) which allow you to sleep in!

This is the best place for a romantic city center stay in Milan.

Historic district Suite Milano Duomo
Historic district Suite Milano Duomo

In Brera Neighborhood

The Brera neighborhood is north of the historic Duomo district. With the two neighborhoods being adjacent, you’ll be near the city center of Milan, about a ten-minute walk from the Duomo.

I recommend this neighborhood for staying in central Milan:

  • If you want a very lively and vibrant neighborhood with many bars and restaurants
  • For a neighborhood that is very safe
  • To feel truly in Italy with beautiful cobbled streets and old buildings
  • For luxury shopping
  • If you are interested in art

The neighborhood is famous for housing Brera’s Pinacoteca. It includes an impressive collection of art from Italy including the renowned “The Supper at Emmaus” by Caravaggio.

It’s also in the east of the Brera district where you’ll find the Fashion Quadrilateral. A set of streets packed with a myriad of prestigious boutiques: Armani, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana.

Where to Stay in Milan’s Brera District?

Appartamento Milano – Starting at 80€

This accommodation is located just 100 meters from the Pinacoteca di Brera and an 8-minute walk from the Fashion Quadrilateral. It’s the ideal spot to see the main attractions of the district.

The apartment is modern, very clean, and equipped with a kitchenette including a microwave and stovetop for cooking. Note that if you’re visiting as a couple, you’ll need to sleep separately, each in a single bed. Not a bad thing if you’ve had a little disagreement with your significant other who may have spent a bit too much on luxury shopping😅

It offers excellent value for the price. There’s only one, so book it now!

Brera District Appartamento Milano
Brera District Appartamento Milano

Manzoni Studio – Starting at 110€

The studio is a 2-minute walk from the Fashion Quadrilateral and 400 meters from the gallery. You’ll be right next to the kingdom of luxury.

The studio is 50 meters from the nearest metro station for visiting Milan’s more distant districts. The Duomo is about a ten-minute walk away.

The apartment includes a large double bed and a fully equipped kitchen with an oven and even a dishwasher. The decor is successful and the place is particularly cozy.

I highly recommend it, it’s my favorite for its value in Brera district!

It’s the ideal place to stay in Milan for a weekend or for 3 or 4 days.

Brera District Manzoni Studio
Brera District Manzoni Studio

Hotel Manzoni – Starting at 285€

Hotel Manzoni is very well-located between the Fashion Quadrilateral and the gallery, and it’s 200 meters from the metro station. It’s also a 10-minute walk from Milan’s cathedral.

The hotel is beautiful. The rooms are comfortable, spacious, and really quiet (no street noise). The breakfast is delicious and varied. The quality of the service is excellent, and the staff are very pleasant.

The hotel also has a gym, Turkish bath, and jacuzzi.

An excellent choice for a good night’s sleep in Milan!

Brera District Hotel Manzoni
Brera District Hotel Manzoni

Palazzo Parigi Hotel & Grand Spa Milano – Starting at 600€

For a luxury stay in the fashion district, I recommend the Palazzo Parigi.

This 5-star hotel has extremely comfortable and very elegant rooms. You’ll experience the true luxury of a palace: attentive and qualified staff, concierge service, a wellness center, a pool, a spa, fine dining, refined decoration, and an excellent breakfast.

For an indulgent stay in the Italian capital of fashion and luxury, nothing beats a night at Palazzo Parigi.

It’s the best place to stay in Milan for a romantic weekend.

Brera District Palazzo Parigi
Brera District Palazzo Parigi

In Sempione District

The Sempione district lies west of Brera. It’s symbolized by the vast Sempione Park, the green lung of Milan.

I recommend this district for staying in Milan:

  • If you want peace and quiet
  • For a family stay
  • To enjoy the greenery at Sempione Park

This district is ideal if you want to discover:

  • The Sforza Castle, an impressive building housing several varied and interesting museums
  • Sempione Park, the perfect place for a stroll with the kids
  • The Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie famous for housing a masterpiece: “The Last Supper” by Leonardo da Vinci
  • The Leonardo da Vinci Science and Technology Museum

The Best Accommodations in Sempione District

Lancaster Hotel – Starting at 110€

Ideally located, Lancaster Hotel is just steps away from Sempione Park and the Sforza Castle. It’s about a 30-minute walk from the historic center, but you can also take the metro from a station near the hotel.

The rooms are spacious, impeccably clean, and the beds are very comfortable. The decoration might feel a bit old-fashioned with wooden furniture and carpeted floors, which adds to the warmth and welcoming atmosphere. The breakfast is varied and complete.

It’s my favorite for its value in this district. Truly an excellent choice for staying in Milan on a reasonable budget!

Sempione District Hotel Lancaster
Sempione District Hotel Lancaster

Apartamento di Charme – Starting at 160€

The apartment is 100 meters from the Arco della Pace and the entrance to Sempione Park.

The accommodation is modern, comfortable, and very well-equipped. You’ll find a kitchen with an oven, a large fridge, and 4 cooking hob, perfect for preparing meals for the whole family. The apartment is very quiet and has a small balcony.

This is the perfect apartment for families looking to stay in Milan. Make sure to book well in advance!

Sempione District Appartamento
Sempione District Appartamento

UNA Hotel Cusani – Starting from 260€

The hotel is located right across from the Sforza Castle.

The rooms are really beautiful, featuring a designer and minimalist style. They are also spacious as well as the bathroom. The bedding is super comfortable, and the staff are extremely friendly and responsive to requests.

It boasts an ideal location for visiting the numerous museums of the castle and wandering around Sempione Park.

Quartier Sempione UNA
Sempione District UNA

In Navigli District

The Navigli district is located in the southern part of Milan, southeast of Sempione district. It’s the most picturesque area and a great place to stay in Milan.

The Navigli, a system of canals designed by Leonardo da Vinci himself, were used to transport goods to Milan.

You should consider staying in this district:

  • If you want to stay in a trendy area
  • For strolls along the canals
  • If you’re looking to enjoy the nightlife and take advantage of its vibrant atmosphere
  • For having an aperitif in a pleasant setting

Indeed, the Navigli district is known to be the party hub of Milan with plenty of bars, cafés, restaurants, and nightclubs for partying until dawn.
It’s thus a rather young district.

On weekends, you can find a craft market and a flea market.

Staying in Navigli District.

Chromotherapy House – Starting from 85€

The apartment is located right on the edge of Navigli Grande. It is about 2km from the cathedral or 2km from Sforza Castle.

The apartment is comfortable, modern, and carefully furnished. It includes a living area, a bedroom, and a fully equipped kitchen with a dishwasher. There’s also a washing machine. In short, everything you need to feel at home during your stay.

As this apartment is really inexpensive, it’s best to book quickly.

It’s a great budget-friendly accommodation option in Milan.

Navigli District Chromotherapy House
Navigli District Chromotherapy House

Gentil House – Starting from 160€

The accommodation is located right in the heart of the Navigli district.

This 82 m² apartment is spacious, comfortable, and bright. It features a large living area with an open and fully equipped kitchen. The bedroom is spacious and well-lit. Extremely rare and a possible deciding factor for booking is that a free private parking space is provided.

Navigli District Gentil House
Navigli District Gentil House

The Yard Milano – Starting from 195€

The Yard establishment is located close to Navigli Grande. Several tram stops and the metro are easily within walking distance.

You should know straight away that the hotel is decorated in a very unique style, and that’s what gives it all its charm. You won’t find yourself in a typical hotel room. Each room is decorated according to a sporting theme (boxing, tennis) but in a very classy and modern way. They are very inviting and cozy.

I highly recommend a stay in this hotel for its incredible atmosphere and unique ambiance. I am definitely a big fan of the stylish decoration!

It’s the best place to stay in Milan if you’re looking for an original hotel.

Navigli District The Yard Milano
Navigli District The Yard Milano

Hotel Magna Pars – Small Luxury Hotels of the World – Starting from 275€

The hotel is located in Navigli district, 200 meters from Navigli Grande.

Magna Pars is a luxury 5-star establishment. Its rooms are very spacious, modern, and comfortable. You’ll enjoy a peaceful stay with restful nights. The staff is very attentive, and the food quality is excellent, especially for breakfast.

I recommend this hotel if you enjoy grand luxury when looking for a place to stay in Milan.

Navigli District Hotel Magna Pars
Navigli District Hotel Magna Pars

In Porta Romana District

The Porta Romana district is located south of the historic Duomo district and to the east of the Navigli.

It may not be the most popular area among tourists, but it’s definitely a nice place to stay in Milan.

I recommend this district for your stay in Milan:

  • If you like chic neighborhoods
  • If you’re looking for a quiet area
  • For a more peaceful alternative compared to the other previously mentioned districts

In the district, you can notably admire “Porta Romana,” the old city gate, and browse through the small shops of this commercial area. Porta Romana street will lead you directly to the heart of the city.

Where to stay in Milan in Porta Romana district?

Hotel Palladio – Starting from 85€

The hotel is located near a tram stop and is a 10-minute walk from the Porta Romana metro station. The location is thus very well served by public transportation. You can easily reach the historic center.

It offers fairly simple and basic rooms, but they are impeccably clean. You’ll be in a peaceful area, and the staff is very welcoming.

It provides great value for money.

Porta Romana District Hotel Palladio
Porta Romana District Hotel Palladio

Hotel Piacenza – starting from 100€

The hotel is ideally located for visiting Milan. It’s a bit removed from the center for peace and quiet, but still close enough to explore some areas on foot.

The rooms are modern, comfortable, and colorful. The welcome is warm, the staff friendly and competent, and the breakfast varied with local products.

This is my top pick in Porta Romana district for its extraordinary value for money! A great place to stay in Milan.

Porta Romana District Hotel Piacenza
Porta Romana District Hotel Piacenza

UNA Hotel Mediterraneo – starting from 180€

The hotel is very close to the subway and just a 15-minute walk from the Navigli district. The historic center is only 3 subway stops away.

The hotel enjoys an ideal location in this quiet Milano neighborhood.

The rooms are warm and comfortable, decorated in a contemporary style. The breakfast is generous.

This is the perfect hotel for a weekend stay in Milan.

Porta Romana District UNA Mediterraneo
Porta Romana District UNA Mediterraneo

Hotel Five – starting from 220€

This hotel is also located in Porta Romana district, just 50 meters from the metro if you want to get around by public transportation.

The hotel has been completely renovated recently. The rooms are modern, quiet, and air-conditioned. The breakfast buffet is extensive and the staff very friendly. You will not be disappointed with the services offered.

Porta Romana District Hotel Five
Porta Romana District Hotel Five

In Porta Venezia District

The Porta Venezia district is located northeast of the cathedral, between Porta Romana and Brera districts.

I recommend this area if you’re looking for a place to stay in Milan:

  • If you are young and love to party
  • If you enjoy vibrant neighborhoods
  • To visit historic buildings
  • For shopping

In the district, make sure not to miss:

  • The Natural History Museum
  • The Modern Art Gallery
  • Indro Montanelli Park

The best accommodations in Porta Venezia, Milan

My Place in Milan – starting from 100€

The apartment is located close to Indro Park.

It’s been completely renovated in a modern style. It is spacious, clean, and bright. The kitchen is equipped with an oven and a dishwasher. The owner will give you lots of great tips for exploring the city.

Porta Venezia District MyPlace
Porta Venezia District MyPlace

Bixio 29 – starting from 115€

Bixio 29 is located 500 meters from the Natural History Museum and 1.8km from the Duomo.

The apartment is very spacious and bright. It also has a large fully equipped kitchen which makes meal preparation easy.

Venezia District Bixio29
Venezia District Bixio29

Villa Gatti – starting from 145€

This B&B is situated a 10-minute walk from the historic district.

The rooms are spacious and comfortable. Everything is new and the bathrooms are modern and practical. You can enjoy a local breakfast every morning.

Venezia District Villa Gatti
Venezia District Villa Gatti

Château Monfort – Relais & Chateaux – starting from 285€

Château Monfort is ideally located in Porta Venezia district. You can reach the city center in just 10minutes walk.

This 5-star hotel is truly stunning and unique. All rooms are decorated in various themes that reference fairytales, skillfully blending retro style with a modern flair. The ambiance is very special and genuinely warm.

Breakfast is served in a very beautiful room with a glass ceiling. It’s varied, delicious, and beautifully presented.

I highly recommend this hotel for an extraordinary stay in Milan. Be sure to book well in advance!

It’s the best accommodation for a romantic stay in Milan, in the district.

Venezia District Chateau Monfort
Venezia District Chateau Monfort

Where to Stay in Milan on a Budget

As you can see, staying in Milan can still be quite expensive.

Therefore, I’ve also prepared a list of budget-friendly hotels and hostels for you in Milan.

They may not be located in the main districts, which is why they’re more affordable. However, you’ll still be able to easily reach the city center on foot or by public transport.

  • Babila Hostel : The cathedral is only a 10-minute walk away. Dorm bed starting at 30€. All spaces are spacious, bright, modern, and very clean. One of the best hostels in Milan. The hostel also offers double rooms starting from 110€. It’s an excellent budget-friendly option in Milan.
  • Ostello Bello Grande : This hostel is located right next to Milan Central Station. Dorm bed starting at 26€. Both breakfast and dinner are included. The place is very friendly. It’s a good budget place to stay in Milan.
  • Ornato Dependance : The hotel is right by a tram line that takes you to Milan’s city center in 20 minutes. The surroundings are very quiet. Double room starting at 50€ per night, with an extra 6€ for breakfast.
  • Hotel Da Vinci: The hotel is located away from the city center but only a 10-minute walk from a metro station. The double rooms are huge, with modern and bright decor. Starting at only 54€ per night, breakfast included. Strong points: a quiet location, large rooms, free parking, extensive breakfast buffet. Clearly my favorite for its value for money. For me, one of the best hotels in Milan. Book well in advance, as rooms sell out fast!

And if you’re looking to stay in a budget-friendly apartment in Milan, here are my suggestions:

There’s only one apartment of each kind, so you need to book it immediately if it’s available for your dates.

What is the best hotel in Milan?

If you’re looking for the best hotel in Milan, I highly recommend the Palazzo Parigi in Brera district. For me, it’s the finest luxury hotel in the fashion capital!

Where to stay in Milan: A summary table of the best hotels

To give you a better idea of the best hotels to stay in Milan, whether in downtown area or elsewhere, I have prepared a summary table of all the hotels mentioned in this article. You can sort them by price or by district!

Hemeras Boutique HouseCentre historique190€
Hotel SpadariCentre historique270€
Suite MilanoCentre historique325€
Apartamento MilanoBrera80€
Manzoni StudioBrera110€
Hotel ManzoniBrera285€
Palazzo Parigi HotelBrera600€
Lancaster HotelSempione110€
Apartamento di Charme
UNA CusaniSempione260€
Chromotherapy HouseNavigli85€
Gentil House
The YardNavigli195€
Hotel Magna ParsNavigli275€
Hotel PalladioPorta Romana85€
Hotel PiacenzaPorta Romana100€
UNA Hotel MediterraneoPorta Romana180€
Hotel FivePorta Romana220€
My Place in MilanPorta Venezia100€
Bixio 29
Porta Venezia115€
Villa GattiPorta Venezia145€
Château MonfortPorta Venezia285€
Babila HostelCheap Hotel
Ostello Bello GrandeCheap Hotel26€
Ornato Dependance
Cheap Hotel50€
Hotel Da VinciCheap Hotel54€
Apartamento Central StationCheap Hotel50€
Comodo BilocaleCheap Hotel50€
Amazing One bedroom Apartment
Cheap Hotel50€

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