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Resentin, Milan 

24 Via Mercato
Italy 20121
Tel: 39 380 4666 659
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When historic grapperia (grappa bar) Resentin was reopened as a restaurant and aperitivo bar in September 2008 by pop star Eros Ramazzotti and a business partner, regulars (who have included Umberto Eco and Domenico Dolce) were relieved to find that the sober mahogany decor had been preserved, and that the cuisine was trad rather than rad. The big change was upstairs, where four charming guestrooms have been created, adding Resentin to Milan's growing list of small but charming contemporary locande. Stairs lead down to the bar-restaurant, but there's external access, too. Rooms are done up in soft beiges, browns, and creams, in a pleasing modern-retro idiom straight out of the pages of a home decorating magazine. There's satellite TV, free Wi-Fi, and Acqua di Parma beauty products in the bathrooms. A breakfast featuring plenty of fresh fruit and just-baked brioches is served in the bar. At a starting price of around €290 ($375) for a double, Resentin is not as cheap as some other new-wave guesthouses—but you're very in with the in crowd here, and the location, halfway between the Duomo and Corso Como, could hardly be better.

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