Hotel Rooms: Grand Hotel et de Milan

By Butterboom Writers  /  July 12, 2013

A hotel full of history and charm.

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The Grand Hotel et de Milan is celebrating their 150th year anniversary this year. Opened in 1863, the 18th-century mansion is the oldest hotel in Milan and rich with stories of famous guests and their lives and events that shapes the history of Milan. Located in the heart of Milan on Via Manzoni opposite of  Milan’s fashion street, Via Montenapoleone, the Grand Hotel is within walking distance to the Duomo Cathedral, La Scala Opera House and 15-20 minutes from the Linate airport.

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The 18th-century mansion has hosts famous world leaders, composers, tenors, artists, celebrities old and new. Opera composer Giuseppe Verdi lived in suite 105 from 1872 to 1901 composing the famous opera“Othello” and “The Falstaff” while staying at the hotel. Musicians and artist including Bob Dillon have been known to request specific rooms stayed in by their idols when they stay at the Grand Hotel.  So we think it interesting to do a little – who stayed at which room guide, if you are inspired to do the same. Room 303 is the room that Ernest Hemingway stayed in when he visits Milan and Room 114 is famous suprano singer, Maria Carla’s room.

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The five-storeys hotel offers a total of 95 rooms and still maintains the oldest working elevator in Milan. The hotel still maintains its charming interiors, ornate chandeliers, parquet floors and 18th-century moldings. Half of the guest rooms have been refurbished to offer more contemporary and modern style rooms while the other half features classical interiors.

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Don Carlos, the hotel’s gourmet restaurant is decorated with paintings and sketches of La Scala, is a favourite spot for dinner and post theatre supper. The Caruso restaurant offers al fresco dinning on the veranda overlooking Via Montenapoleone and a great spot for people watching.

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When you are staying at the Grand Hotel, make sure you have a drink at Gerry’s Bar, named after the owner’s brother. The place is set as a smoking room in 1900 and furnished with chaises longues, palm trees. Back in the old days, it was the bar that Giuseppe Verdi, Enrico Caruso, Tamara de Lempika, Hemmingway, Maria Callas and their friends gathered to socialise and have a drink after theatre.

Ask bartender Claudio Pietrucci to make you a Showdebola cocktail made of creme de cassis, fresh lime and orange bitter,  a refreshing summer cocktail.

 The Grand Hotel et de Milan is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World. 

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