Four Seasons Hotel Milano: Modern meets classical at this sophisticated five-star stay. Set in a 15th-century convent, fragments of stunning frescos peek through the walls, a contrast to the hotel’s modern decor. Located in the heart of Milan, it’s the preferred hotel of many top international politicians and businessmen. Via Gesu, 8; (39-02) 77088; rooms from $450.
Grand Hotel et de Milan: This very pleasant centuries-old hotel is situated at the end of superfashionable via Montenapoleone and close to Armani’s new three-story center. Rooms and suites are unique, each appointed in elegant period style ranging from 19th century to art nouveau and art deco. Composer Giuseppe Verdi lived and died here, and the hotel still maintains a fin de siecle atmosphere. Via Manzoni, 29; (39-02) 723141or http://www.grandhoteletdemilan.it; superior rooms start at $255.
Grand Hotel Duomo: Tucked away on a narrow street opposite the Duomo, this five-star hotel is close to everything including La Scala and Milan’s domed shopping gallery, as well as Giorgio Armani’s three-story emporium. Via San Raffaele, 1; (39-02) 8833 or http://www.grandhotelduomo.com; double rooms in high season, $333.
Pierre Milano: The smallest deluxe hotel in town was radically renovated in 1997. Quiet and centrally located, it’s close to Middle Ages churches of Saint Ambrogio and Santa Maria Delle Grazie, which features Da Vinci’s fresco “The Last Supper.” Also close to the metro station. Via E. De Amicis, 32; (39-02) 72000581 or http://www.hotelpierremilano.it; doubles start at $218.
Principe Di Savoia: Since it opened in 1927, the hotel has attracted international celebrities, including Argentine first lady Evita Peron and the actress who brought Evita to the screen, Madonna. The opulent hotel’s 299 rooms each have a distinct look, from the baroque to the Spartan. The crown jewel: the three-bedroom presidential suite with Pompeian-style pool, sauna and Turkish bath. Piazza della Repubblica, 17; (39-02) 62301 or firstname.lastname@example.org; singles start at $300.
Antica Locanda Solferino: Understated and charming, this small two-star situated in Brera, Milan’s artist district, was loved by Federico Fellini and Marcello Mastroianni (who was a habitue of room 10). Today, it’s the preferred hotel of Calvin Klein and Valentino. All rooms are differently furnished, and feature antiques and art nouveau. Via Castelfidardo, 2; (39-02) 6570129 or http://www.anticalocandasolferino.it; rates begin at $130.
Una Hotel Tocq: Formerly the Corso Como Hotel, it’s the most high-tech sleep in town. This four-star features a minimalist lobby and modern architecture. Located in a chic part of town, it’s no wonder fashionistas have long preferred it. Sophisticated and quiet, famous for its brunch. Via Alexis di Toqueville, 7/D; (39-02) 62071 or email@example.com; rooms begin at $237.
Hotel Ariston: Billed as the first completely ecological hotel in Italy, this three-star was restructured using bio-architectural principals and everything from wall paint to bed sheets is made of natural, nontoxic materials. Guests enjoy an environmentally friendly, pollution-reducing stay complete with purified air, water and a breakfast buffet that uses only organic products. Very near to Duomo, guests enjoy complimentary bicycles as well. Largo Carrobbio, 2; (39-02) 72000556 or http://www.aristonhotel.com; doubles start at $158.
Antica Locanda dei Mercanti: This charming three-star is one of Milan’s best-kept secrets. Though located in the historic center of Milan, few know of it as the hotel neither advertises nor has a sign in front. The hotel features 14 nicely decorated rooms, all with marble-tile bathrooms. Books and magazines replace TV sets, which are available on request. Reserve in advance. Via San Tomaso, 6; (39-02) 8054080 or http://www.locanda.it; rooms start at $116.