The hint’s in the name. The Palazzo Parigi, found in Milan’s trendy Brera district, is palatial in its grandeur. Take the lobby: a sweeping collonaded space that, along with a peach blossom marble staircase, draws the eye upwards to the wrought-iron skylight that lets a flood of light rush in. The better to see the decadent sculptures and the glittering chandelier, of course.
In addition to the Italianate influences, there’s a distinctly Parisian edge to Palazzo Parigi’s personality and flair. A by-product, one supposes, of interior design from renowned designer, Pierre-Yves Rochon. The Milan-by-way-of-Paris feel can be felt in everything from the 19th century French oil paintings that hang in the hotel to the afternoon tea “à la française” that’s served at Caffè Parigi and includes Champagne and Ladurée macarons and signature teas. Mais oui, it’s chic.
The accommodations at Palazzo Parigi are sleek and stylish. With 65 rooms and 33 suites to choose from, there’s plenty of luxury on offer. There are some that offer private balconies overlooking the hotel’s private garden courtyard, others that look out over the city. Some have antiques, others sculptures and impressive artwork. Marble abounds in the bathrooms and many rooms even have separate sitting areas. Suites, meanwhile, up balconies to terraces, add to the square footage, and generally lend the guest a feeling of compelling belonging. After all, for a few days, you basically have your own Milanese pied-à-terre. With amenities galore.
In addition to très Parisien afternoon tea, the Caffè Parigi also offers aperitivo and Italian dishes. And the aptly-named Gourmet Restaurant serves traditional, delicious Italian in a dining room designed with Italian neoclassical styles in mind. The Grand Spa, meanwhile, is a destination unto itself. There’s an opulent hammam with its own 6-metre marble swimming pool, seven therapeutic treatment rooms, a healthy bar and restaurant, as well as a fitness area, steam rooms and a sauna.