See the Duomo from Mandarin Oriental’s newest hotel.
Why Go: At Mandarin Oriental, Milan, request a south-facing room on one of the top floors to see the intricate spires of the Duomo; guests wanting to study the famous cathedral more closely can walk to it from the hotel (which opened in August) in under 10 minutes. An even shorter walk is to the fashion capital’s most important shopping street, Via Monte Napoleone, located just around the corner. The boulevard spans the quadrilatero della moda, where fashion’s most important Italian designers and shoemakers operate boutiques.
What to Expect: The sleek 104-room hotel designed by Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel Interiors (who also worked on the Bulgari Hotel across the street) is housed within four 18th-century buildings. Courtyards between the buildings accommodate alfresco dining at the hotel’s two restaurants. The bistro-style Mandarin Bar serves Italian dishes, while the fine-dining menu at Seta by chef Antonio Guida—formerly of Michelin two-starred Il Pellicano—presents flavors from France, Tuscany, and Asia. The hotel’s rooms (from about $825) are the largest in the city, featuring oversize bathrooms swathed in Italian marble. The second-floor Presidential Suite boasts especially high ceilings, a terrace, and large French glass doors with views of Monte di Pieta palace. A Massimo Serini hair salon and a heated indoor pool are located within the six-treatment-room spa.
How to Get There: Milan Linate, the closer of the city’s two airports, is a 20-minute drive away; allow 45 minutes for the drive to Milan-Malpensa Airport. (mandarinoriental.com)