Planning a trip to Italy? Unless you're lucky enough to have family, you'll have to find accomodations. This series of articles focuses on Milan luxury hotels. On the way we describe multiple tourist attractions in the neighborhood. Each article includes beautiful photos of both a tourist attraction and the reviewed luxury hotels. Each hotel mentioned has a live link (we test them just prior to posting) to its English-language website. Keep coming back, we are adding new destinations all the time. Let's find a Duomo, Milan luxury hotel.
The Duomo (Cathedral) area is central Milan in more ways than one. The Late-Gothic Cathedral was commissioned way back in 1386. It is the fourth largest church in the world. This church is spectacular. Make sure not to miss the neighboring Museo del Duomo or the nearby Castello Sforzesco and its great museums. If the Sala delle Asse hall is not closed for restoration be sure to see Michelangelo’s final, unfinished sculpture, Rondanini Pietà. This Castle is surrounded by the lovely Sempione Park. Milan is Italy's fashion capital and very upscale shopping streets abound in this neighborhood. For a great window-shopping experience, tour the glass roofed late-Nineteenth Century Vittorio Emanuele Arcade. Other neighborhood attractions include the Arco della Pace gate, the Civic Arena, the columns of San Lorenzo (which is Milan’s only monument dating to Ancient Rome), and the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie whose refectory displays Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper. For your convenience we have listed neighborhood hotels in approximate order of cost, starting with the least expensive. We have personally verified all hotel websites making sure that they include English-language pages.
The Grand Hotel Plaza is a four-star property that occupies seven stories. There are 136 recently renovated rooms, each of which is equipped with high-speed Internet. All rooms are decorated in the Imperial style and offer either views of the Duomo or Piazza Diaz. The hotel boasts a three-room conference center with a capacity of 100 guests and first class business facilities including wireless Internet, fax, photocopier and Satellite TV. Other facilities include a bar and a gym. The address is Piazza A. Diaz 3, Milan 20123. The Grand Hotel Plaza website is www.grandhotelplazamilan.com.
The five-star Hotel Excedra belongs to the Boscolo Hotel chain. It is located near the Via Monte Napoleone shopping street and San Bablia Square. The hotel includes 154 rooms. The superior rooms have hardwood floors and marble bathrooms. This hotel has facilities for the disabled. You’ll find four fully-equipped conference rooms that can handle up to 170 delegates with a great view of the cathedral. Other business services include simultaneous translation. The address is Corso Matteotti 46, Milan, 20121. Access the Hotel Excedra website from www.boscolohotels.com and then click on the Boscolo Hotels link at the left of the page.And wherever you go and whatever you do, check out the fine Lombardy or other Italian wines.
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