This is Milan's sexiest hotel: Checking in at Armani
Armani Hotel Milano is a unique and ultra stylish property, situated in the heart of Milan. The modern building stands out amongst its antiquated neighbours, and oozes exclusive sophistication. Around the hotel you'll find a labyrinth of fashionable shopping streets, filled with upmarket boutiques and restaurants. Renowned landmarks like the Teatro La Scala, Galleria Vittorio and, of course, the Duomo are all within walking distance too.
When you arrive, exquisitely suited doormen attend to your luggage, and you're whisked away in a mirrored elevator to the lobby. Its dramatic yet minimalistic design is typical of the Armani brand. From the warm, subdued lighting and neutral colour palate, to the smooth background music and distinctive scent, it all creates a sexy sensory impact before you've even checked in...
My suite was compact (as is often the case in Europe), however its clever layout, convenient control technology and bespoke Armani furnishings elevated the space to a level of chic modern luxury. Aside from the welcome note and complimentary wet bar, there was a beautiful fruit bowl as well as Armani pralines waiting for me. Delicious! My favourite part of the space was definitely the bathroom... Gorgeous grey travertine covered all the surfaces, creating a flawless look of simplicity and elegance. I also fell in love with the signature Armani toiletries, which have a decidedly masculine fragrance, created by Giorgio Armani himself.
What makes this hotel even more spectacular is the spa, pool and wellness centre on the top floor. Encased in glass, the heated indoor swimming pool offers 270 degree views of the city. It is surrounded by modern white leather clad loungers, and the area also boasts a dry sauna and steam room. The fitness centre is small, but well stocked with all the latest TechnoGym equipment you may need to work off that Italian dinner from the night before...
I experienced a level of hospitality and assistance from the hotel's staff that was simply splendid. The attractive and youthful looking team (perhaps a result of all that Armani night cream...) seemed to be possessed by a brand uniformity that effortlessly showcased the en vogue style of the place, without being pretentious.
This hotel is undeniably an abode for the modish international jet setters and fans of high-fashion. Every aspect of the property has been meticulously designed, to cater for this kind of clientele. Something else I noticed was the sense of privacy I felt during my stay. Perhaps it's due to the kind of refined and discrete travellers that check in here. Suits me...
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