On a short weekend shopping break to Milan, I decided to push the boat out and stay at the Mandarin Oriental Milan (MO).
The hotel offers an airport pick up so why would I not arrive in style. Being approximately 4.3 miles from the airport and situated within the Fashion District area.
The MO is less than 900 feet from La Scala, 10 mins walk from the main shopping area, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, and of the Duomo itself. The perfect base and location to explore.
Upon arrival and greeted like a celebrity by the doorman I was ushered seamlessly to reception. The receptionist came out from behind the desk to introduce herself and explain that my room was not quite ready, and they would like to offer me full use of the spa facilities whilst being prepared. I was actually very happy to take up this offer as was planning on using the facilities in any event.
As soon as I opened the door the fragrance hits you and yes it smells like Italy, if you know what I mean? The ambiance of the pool with it low lighting was totally relaxing, and I was informed the largest indoor pool in the city. Facilities also included a sauna, fitness centre and various treatments rooms. All products used were on sale together with testers to these.
Not only were the towels fluffy, but I was given the softest robe ever. I feel this is a common occurrence with the rooms not being ready for arrivals and for the inconvenience I was upgraded so could not have been happier.
The MO is housed within 4 elegant 18th Century building recreating the atmosphere of a Milanese residence full of style and elegance as you would expect. All furnishings have been designed by Antonio Citterio, with wooden floor and pastel walls throughout, very feng shui as you would expect when East meets West.
I read there are 104 rooms and suites set out over 5 floors. Upon arrival at my room not only was there a plate of delicious treats, but also a welcoming handwritten note and gift, a limited-edition piece of artwork showing the skyline of Milan. I am not sure if it was for me, but the note had my name on and thought it may be for the inconvenience caused. I never did find out.
The bed was amazing, the bathroom as you would expect being fashioned from Italian marble and a bonus, Salvatore Ferragamo toiletries. Also, a Nespresso machine, 55in flat screen which connected to my laptop, and I could just about see the dome of Milan’s cathedral from my window.
I decided to explore the hotel before stepping out to see the sights of Milan and was not disappointed.
There are two restaurants in the MO, Seta a 2-star Michelin rated restaurant run by Chef Antonio Guida. Unfortunately, I did not have time to eat here but did go inside to have a look around and it was beautiful and elegant, with glass windows down one side bringing the outside in. During the summer months and good weather, you can dine outside in one of the two courtyards. There is an open kitchen, and the menu is a fusion of traditional and gastronomy which Chef is renowned for.
I opted for the Mandarin Gardens where breakfast was served. Lunch and dinner can also be taken here or in the garden courtyard which was beautifully tended by the MO gardeners and a small oasis in the centre of a city. Of course, whilst in Italy it would be rude to turn down an aperitivo or two in the garden and after dinner later in the evening, the MO Garden turns into a cocktail bar with live music until late with some of the most beautiful people you have ever seen.
My 2 days at MO were perfect although I was out most of the day, it was nice to come back for a good night’s sleep, my pillow chosen from the menu and bed turned down.