A sojourn at The Dorchester's Principe di Savoia is an undeniable item on many a traveller's bucket list, and rightfully so. This isn't just a hotel; it's a Milanese masterpiece. Since its grand unveiling in 1927, this illustrious 301-room establishment has stood as a haven for royalty, cultural luminaries, leading entrepreneurs, and those with an eye for refined travel. Nestled conveniently close to the lively Stazione Centrale railway hub and graced with panoramic vistas of the Porta Garibaldi financial district, the Principe di Savoia seamlessly entwines a rich history, opulence, and an enviable location.
The hotel's distinctive setting not only places guests within a stone's throw of Milan's vibrant Brera district, a haven of art studios, unique boutiques, and galleries, but it also encapsulates a legacy that dates back to its inception. It swiftly became a sanctuary for artists performing at La Scala, celebrities seeking respite, and international royalty, with a presidential suite so regal it's fit for a literal king or queen.
Once greeted by refined doormen ready to help on the enchanting drive ( reminiscent of a fairytale), you are immediately immersed in a world of tranquillity within the 10-storey haven, where the communal areas, the rooms and 44 suites redefine elegance. Blending modern styles with classical designs and antiques, each space is a testament to refinement.
The heartbeat of sophistication, the lobby at The Principe di Savoia stands as a testament to Milanese grandeur. Beyond its revolving doors lies an expanse of luxury, a haven of iridescent marble that effortlessly captures the essence of the city's signature aesthetic. The lobby, a symphony of sumptuous design and architectural splendour, invites guests into a world where every detail speaks of timeless elegance.
The high ceilings soar above, accentuating the feeling of spaciousness and providing a canvas for intricate Murano glass chandeliers that cast a soft, enchanting glow.
As your gaze wanders, the lobby further reveals a curated collection of objets d'art that showcases the hotel's commitment to refined living. Each piece is a statement of artistry, from intricate antiquities, and ready-to-wear collections to captivating artworks, each seamlessly blending with the lavish surroundings.
Fine garments from the world's leading fashion maisons grace the space, reminding visitors that they are indeed in one of the world's fashion capitals.
The Presidential Suite is the jewel of the crown, offering an experience that feels straight out of a fairy tale. This haven is nothing short of palatial. As you step into the suite, you are immediately greeted by the breathtaking sight of Murano glass chandeliers, each a masterpiece in itself, casting a warm and inviting glow across the space.
The centrepiece of this regal retreat is the private pool, a radiant centrepiece of Milanese-inspired artistry. The pool area is a visual feast, adorned with meticulously curated artwork that pays homage to the city's rich cultural heritage. Every stroke of the brush and every piece of décor tells a story, creating an immersive experience where you feel part of the heavenly canvas.
The suite's design artfully blends classical opulence with modern sophistication. Rich hues of claret and terracotta frame the interiors, creating an ambience of warmth and comfort. The draperies, thick and luxurious, add to the overall sense of indulgence. The four-poster bed, a signature feature of many rooms in the hotel, invites you to sink into its soft linens with high-thread-count sheets, ensuring a night of unparalleled comfort.
The bathroom is a grande sanctuary of relaxation, with its oversized massaging shower heads, and deep Turkish-style tubs. Lasa marble and brilliant variegated tiles elevate the space, while chic Acqua di Parma toiletries provide a touch of Italian luxury.
The Grand Dame of Milan, this iconic suite truly sets the standard for modern luxury while honouring its storied history.
As a favourite among the fashion elite, the hotel dominates the block with its rooftop spa, heated swimming pool, and glass-fronted 5,000-square-foot gym. The spa, a haven for hotel guests and annual members, offers bespoke and expert-approved treatments.
Perched high above the Milanese skyline, the gym is a haven for wellness enthusiasts seeking a workout experience with a breathtaking backdrop. Picture yourself running on a treadmill, surrounded by panoramic views of the majestic Alps on one side and the vibrant, bustling cityscape on the other. It's not just a workout; it's a visual journey that invigorates the senses.
From tranquil massages that transport you to a realm of utter serenity to specialised services designed with guests' well-being at the heart, it would be a mistake to not indulge in a treatment even with a busy itinerary - we highly recommend the 90-minute relaxing massage which will leave you feeling rejuvenated.
The spa has personally curated a selection of SENSAI and Comfort Zone products, including cosmetics. Picture an afternoon dedicated to sheer self-indulgence, where you can rejuvenate your body and soul and get ready conveniently in the spa since everything is at your fingertips - the perfect prelude to an evening of fine dining.
On the ground floor, you will find restaurant Acanto, led by Chef Alessandro Buffolino, serving modern Italian cuisine with a creative twist. From cacao e pepe risotto with sea urchin pulp to smoked lobster in a tangy yuzu sauce, the menu delights the palate.
Il Salotto, the Thierry Despont-designed lobby bar, is a place to see and be seen. Vibrant furnishings and an open design make it the heart of the hotel. For a classic cocktail or a glass of chilled wine, Principe Bar is the perfect retreat, with its deep-seated armchairs exuding sophistication.
A stay at Principe di Savoia is an unforgettable experience where you can look back at fond memories, evident in the repeat visits of most guests.
Principe di Savoia
Piazza della Repubblica, 17, 20124 Milano MI, Italy
Phone +39 02 62301
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Photographer Arabella Itani
Words by Jheanelle Feanny