Park Hyatt Milan, understated luxury and timeless contemporary design

Housed in a palatial, gothic masterpiece building that dates back from 1870, the Park Hyatt Milan features a unique location in the heart of the city, within steps from most important landmarks, both for business travellers (Milan’s Stock Exchange and several important office buildings and banks) and leisure travellers – the very best of luxury shopping, steps from: the famous La Rinascente department store, Excelsior - Italy’s leading contemporary luxur concept store (opened 2011),  the adjacent Galleria, which houses Prada‘s very first store, as well as other major flagship stores such as Louis Vuitton and Tod’s.

La Rinascente has undergone major renovations in the past two years resulting in a higher end, luxury positioning, the brand mix including today all major international luxury brands, with dedicated shop in shops, each with their own store concept. Milan’s fashion district, also known as ”Quadrilatero” which is made up of Montenapoleone, Via Spiga, Via Sant Andrea streets is within 5 minutes walk from the hotel. To mark the importance of Milan as a worldwide luxury shopping hub, the top international luxury brands have recently renovated and enlarged their flagship stores in Via Montenapoleone, their stores featuring today, the latest store concepts – the most recent such openings include Cartier, Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton and Burberry. The male guests of the Park Hyatt Milan can take advantage of the specialist Acqua di Parma shave ritual, complimentary.

But Milan is not only about its fantastic shopping but also about culture and arts. Within walking distance, guests can visit as well as experience a classic opera or ballet experience at the Teatro Alla Scalla, one of the most famous stages of the world. Other nearby attractions include the Duomo, Milan’s iconic cathedral and the Palazzo Reale Museum, which currently has on show a Picasso exhibition. For contemporary art lovers, the new Novocento Museum displays more than 400 pieces of contemporary art.

The architecture of the hotel which is dominated by simple lines and abundant day light is signed by Ed Tuttle who also designed Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme but also several iconic ultra luxury Aman resorts.  Tuttle’s vision was to create a feeling of tranquillity, luxury and dignity throughout the hotel, the sense of space being widely present – the hotel’s high ceilings and large spaces. His muted colour palette, use of luxury fabrics and generous use of travertine stone, all contribute to the sense of timeless, gracious simplicity throughout Park Hyatt Milan. Thick wool carpets, rich silk wallpapers and the wealth of wooden furnishings and decorations also create a sense of warmth and cozyness.

The 30 feet glass cupola lounge with a giant sculpture of the head of Medusa is one of the highlights of the hotel, especially for the Sunday Brunch. Despite the high ceiling and the impressive chandelier, every single detail is a feast for the eyes, achieving a spectacular level of tranquility, without any hint of being intimidating or ”over the top”.

Finished in pastel Venetian stucco, the newly renovated spa which resembles a sanctuary, has a tall green glass whirlpool as its centrepiece. I had a wonderful relaxing massage in a private SPA room, equipped with steam room (sromatherapy diffusion) and a sensory shower, with an special feature releasing cold mist combined with eucalyptus essence. A blissful experience after a busy day, sightseeing and shopping.

While at the Park Hyatt Milan, the Vun Restaurant is a a must ! Among the finest restaurants in Milan, the Vun has recently been awarded a Michelin Star. Born in Naples, the 35-year-old Executive Chef Andrea Aprea has been succceeding with a relatively simple strategy: technique, innovation and respect for the Italian gastronomic tradition. Prepare to be surprised by simplicity and sophistication, at the same time! – not to mention the beautiful views of Galleria and Duomo.

Rooms and suites and huge by any standards, probably among the largest in Milan. All feature immense travertin bathrooms, with oversized separate showers and bathtubs. Wardrobe space is huge and beautiful details include: Laura Tonatto amenities (paraben free) with a scent especially created for the scent, Pedersoli bathrobes and towels. My suite has a huge shower with the latest touch screen control of water pressure and temperature. The same touch pad controls have been introduced in bedrooms to control lighting and DND. The suites are also equipped with the latest state of the art Lowe LCD TVs and a large built in travertin working desk. High speed wi fi internet is available complimentary. As for room-service, make sure you try one of the healthy living smoothies menu, created by a renowned nutritionist, to prevent and treat stress, tiredness or jet-lag.

When it comes to service, the Park Hyatt Milan excells throughout all departments, especially front office, guest relations and concierge. Staff are incredibly friendly and at the same time respectful, striving for  maximum efficiency and to anticipate every need. The Concierge can work magic for booking you a show ticket or a table, when it all seems impossible. The arrival is swift and with the small street makes for a special, private experience.

My admiration goes for all the staff for their continued passion and effforts which have maintained the Park Hyatt as the leading luxury hotel in Milan, despite several new openings in the past years !

Oliver Petcu in Milan