During our stay in Milan we had the chance to visit “Palazzo Parigi“, a glamorous five-star hotel opened in September 2013. It is situated in the heart of Brera, just a few steps away from Via Manzoni. On entering the Palazzo we stepped into one of the most marvelous entrance halls we have ever seen! It’s a typical neoclassic Milanese style. A Venetian staircase with peach blossom marble steps and a skylight reminded us of the one in Galleria Vittorio Emanuelle II. The exterior of the Palazzo was completely redefined, as it used to be a bank in its earler days. It was a majestic project that lasted five years in total. Today, this is one of the most sophisticated hotels the city has to offer, comprising of 98 spacious guest rooms decorated by world-famous interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon (who stands behind the design of some of the most luxurious chains, such as Ritz-Carlton Hotels & Resorts or Sofitel Hotels & Resorts) and hotel’s owner Paola Giambelli.
Paola Giambelli’s successful family business revolves around civil and industrial constructions, building apartments, offices, commercial complexes, sports centers, etc. The architect and businesswoman wanted to blend two cultures, Italian and French, or to be more precise Milanese and Parisien. She combined two metropoles in one, defining on the one hand more minimalistic interior for Milan and on the other a more refined and romantic decor for Paris. The massive palazzo overlooks a private garden with centuries-old trees, extending to the gourmet restaurant and bar area that features warm wood paneling and is decorated with handselected artwork. Throughout the hotel one can find precious and rare materials: from marble, rich woods to different fabrics. Further highlights are the roof garden with a 360 degrees garden and the grand ballroom (said to be the largest in Milan) with windows stretching from floor to ceiling, meant for large-scale public and private events.
Plans for this year are the opening of the Grand Spa, a future palace of beauty comprising of 1400 m2 and the presidential suite covering 227 m2, intended to impose new standards on Milanese hospitality. We are anxious to see the results! 🙂