Town House Galleria, Milan $$$$
Tel: 39 02 701 56
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
The Town House Galleria aims for "seven star" status—whatever that means—and despite the stiff rates, the hotel certainly scores high for an unparalleled location inside the city's iconic Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. A doorman at the discreet entrance of this 1860s palazzo allows only registered guests upstairs to the 24 suites, most of them duplexes. The decor is unexpectedly restrained, with taupe walls, original oak-parquet floors, and great photos of old Milan; the focus is on the double-height windows that look out into the historic shopping arcade. But the level of service is the true standout. Your dedicated butler expertly handles everything from preparing customized business cards and brewing tea before bed to putting away your purchases while you're at dinner (the best table is booked for you, of course). He can even arrange airport pickup in a Bentley or the loan of a Damiani necklace, should you wish it. You might never have considered needing a butler, but by the time you check outwith all your clothes neatly packed in tissue paperyou'll wonder how you ever managed to live without one.2007 Hot List
When to go: In late May, Milan's fog lifts and days grow brighter.
Which room to book: The Vivaldi suite has a lovely frescoed ceiling.
Amenities: 24-hour Room ServiceSubscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›
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