Palazzo Segreti – A chic townhouse where every room offers a unique experience.
Palazzo Segreti is ideally placed to explore Milan, wedged in between the Duomo and Castello Sforzesco. The architect-owners, who spearheaded the renovation of the characterful old building, have transformed the rooms using contemporary styling and inventive uses of light and dark to give each room its own micro-climate and create this ‘palace of secrets’. What it lacks in facilities – it has just one common area that serves as reception, breakfast room, and bar – it makes up for with stylish yet comfortable rooms, a delectable breakfast, and exceptional staff, who make sure they get to know their guests well enough to make them feel at home.
The owners also have a set of seven self-catering apartments in the trendy Porta Garibaldi area of Milan.
Palazzo Segreti – Location
- Address: Via San Tomaso 8, 20121, Milan.
- Nearest Metro: The Cairoli Castello Metro station is a 2-minute walk (0.1 mile), Cordusio is a 3-minute walk (0.2 mile), and Cadorna is an 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Area: Prime location just off the Via Dante, a major thoroughfare that runs between the Duomo and the Castello Sforzesco (which sits in the glorious Parco Sempione). Surrounded by great restaurants and shopping and just 2 minutes’ walk (0.1 mile) from the nearest Metro station.
- How to Get There: From Malpensa airport, it’s around 50 minutes (30 miles) by taxi. On public transport, get the express train to Milano Cadorna station, from where it’s a 10-minute walk (0.5 mile) or short taxi ride to the hotel.
- Handy to: The Duomo, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Castello Sforzesco.
Palazzo Segreti – The Basics
- Ages: The hotel is not strictly adults only, but there are no specific amenities for children. The concierge can arrange cots or babysitting services if required.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: The Unique Design Suite features a spa tub.
- Kitchen: None of the rooms at Palazzo Segreti have their own kitchens, but Le Suite apartments do.
- Extras: Drinks on arrival, turn-down service, concierge service, and free newspapers.
- When to Book: Reserve as far ahead as possible if you’re coming during the fashion or design weeks (February, April, or September).
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates. Also for the apartments.
- Phone: +39 02 4952 9250
- Email: [email protected] / [email protected]
- Website: palazzosegreti.com / suitepalazzosegreti.com
Palazzo Segreti – Amenities
- Pool: No pool.
- Spa: No spa.
- Fitness Center: No fitness center.
- Laundry: Hotel laundry service available (extra charge).
- For Disabled Guests: Small cage elevator.
Palazzo Segreti – Food and Drink
- Restaurant: No restaurant.
- Lounge/Bar: The bar in the reception has an excellent wine selection and is available to guests 24 hours.
- Breakfast: An excellent buffet-style breakfast is included, showcasing local, organic produce and a selection of breads and pastries baked in-house. Available 7-10:30 am.
- Room Service: Drinks and snack menu available 24 hours.
Palazzo Segreti – Rooms
- Room Types: Superior Design Room • Junior Design Suite • Unique Design Suite • Le Suite apartments (off-site) • List of all Rooms
- Smoking Rooms: Rooms are non-smoking, but some have terraces.
- Best Room: In theory, the Superior Design Suite is the largest and most luxurious, featuring a spa tub and balcony, but it’s worth discussing your requirements with the team, as every room has a different configuration and feel. The hotel also has seven apartments, with kitchens and living rooms, in the trendy Corso Como/Porta Garibaldi area of the city, under the name of Le Suite di Palazzo Segreti.
- For Families: Le Suite will offer the most flexibility and space for families, although it is further away from the city center.
Palazzo Segreti – Local Transport
- Walking: Milan’s center is surprisingly walkable. Most sights, including the Quadrilatero d’Oro, Duomo, and Sforza Castle are within a 10-minute walk. Within 30 minutes (1.5 miles), you can be in the Navigli Canal district, where much of the city’s nightlife is.
- Metro and Bus: Milan’s Metro is very easy to navigate, with just 5 lines. The hotel is nearest to Cairoli Castello Metro station (0.1 mile), on the M1 (red) line which runs east-west. There are a good tram system and an excellent network of shared transport systems, including electric bikes, scooters, mopeds, and even cars that only need quick signup in an app.
- Taxis, Uber, Lyft: City taxis are white and can be hailed from the street. Ubers are widely available.
Palazzo Segreti – What’s Nearby?
Recommended Nearby Tours
- Segway Tours – You’ll see lots of people whizzing around on Segway tours; they allow you to cover more ground. There are several reputable companies, but this one is a 1-minute walk (25m) from the hotel.
- Free Walking Tour – Look out for the yellow umbrella in front of the Museo del Novecento (just by the Duomo) at 10 am every morning. An excellent free walking tour that takes in most of the main sights in 2-3 hours. It’s best to reserve your place online. (0.5 mile).
- Fashion Tour – A well-established outfit (pun intended) with a mission to help you understand this fashion-obsessed town. The same company also runs perfume tours and offers personal shopping services. The classic tour starts in Via Montenapoleone. (0.5 mile).
Best Nearby Restaurants
Many Milanese restaurants have good-value lunch (pranzo) deals. Dinner doesn’t usually start until at least 8 pm; go for an aperitivo first.
- Da Rita e Antonio – Locals will tell you this is the best pizzeria in the city. Serves delectable meat and seafood dishes, too. (0.2 mile).
- T’a Milano – A chocolate shop, bar, restaurant, and boutique – this place has it all. Try the award-winning white chocolate bar with caramel and Hawaiian sea salt. (0.2 mile).
- La Brisa – Romantic vibe, serving excellent Italian food and wine, and loved by locals. Cozy interior with a secret walled garden, near the Roman ruins. (0.3 mile).
- Seta – Outstanding Michelin 2-star contemporary Italian restaurant from Chef Antonio Guida in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Book ahead. Strict dress code. (0.4 mile).
- Spazio – Run by pupils of Niko Romito (of the Michelin 3-starred Reale restaurant), this ‘space’ at the top of the Mercato del Duomo gives you a taste of excellence for a fraction of the price. (0.4 mile).
- Rovello 18 – Simple, quality, characterful, and recommended, with a great wine list. (0.4 mile).
- L’Orto di Brera – Brera’s ‘vegetable garden’ serves an exquisite vegetarian lunch served around a central table surrounded by fresh produce. (0.4 mile).
- Cracco – A Michelin star, superb wine cellar (over 2,000 labels), cafe food, and haute cuisine, all in the Galleria. What’s not to love? (0.4 mile).
- Gino Sorbrillo – Italian mini-chain – with an international branch in NYC – serving reliably fantastic and inventive Neapolitan-style pizzas. (0.4 mile).
- Giacomo Arengario – At the top of the Museo del Novecento and overlooking the Duomo. Avant-garde fine dining as well as more casual lunch options for museum-goers. (0.5 mile).
- Corsia del Giardino – Simple but elegant cafe – think high-class burgers and club sandwiches – tucked into a courtyard in the Quad. (0.5 mile).
- A Santa Lucia – Classic restaurant from the 1930s, filled with photos of celebrities who have dined here, including many a Hollywood legend. (0.7 mile).
Best Nearby Cafes
- De Santis – Hundreds of cool panini combinations have made this cafe legendary. Try to go to the original outlet on Corso Magenta to get a real flavor for it. (0.3 mile).
- Pasticceria Marchesi – Historic patisserie, now owned by Prada. Visit the original 1824 store on Via Santa Maria della Porta (0.2 mile), or the sumptuous green cafe above the Prada store in the Galleria (0.4 mile).
- Luini – It’s worth braving the queues to get your hands on Luini’s authentic Pugliese panzerotti (empanada/pasty). A cheap and delicious fuel (or sweet treat) on the fly. (0.4 mile).
Best Nearby Bars and Breweries
Milan’s version of the happy hour is the famous aperitivo: cocktails served with ‘free’ tapas-style appetizers. Every bar offers it in some form and is a great way to keep yourself going until dinner, which doesn’t usually start before 8 or 9 pm.
- Camparino – Camparino is a thoroughly Italian liquor whose inventor started this bar in 1867. Go for an evening Negroni or Americano aperitivo and drench yourself in Italian history and tradition. (0.4 mile).
- Terraza Aperol – Try-hard trendy bar owned by the eponymous and ubiquitous liquor brand of ‘spritz’ fame with a great terrace overlooking the main square. Enter through the Mercato del Duomo. (0.4 mile).
- B Cafe – The bare brick walls and quirky decor give this place a hipster vibe, but the staff is welcoming and cocktails are cheap. There’s often live jazz both here and at the sister B Restaurant around the corner. (0.4 mile).
- Bar Straf – Immensely popular hotel bar that locals love for its outdoor seating, good aperitivo buffet, and central location. (0.5 mile).
- Bar Magenta – An art nouveau wonder and total Milanese institution, serving good meals and cheap drinks. Open 7:30 am-2 am (or later). (0.5 mile).
Nearby Shopping & Cool Shops
- Matia’s Fashion Outlet/DMAG – If you’re dismayed by designer prices, but can’t get out to one of the outlet villages, it might be worth seeking out one of the many outlet stores in town. Matia’s and DMAG each have several convenient central locations.
- Pettinaroli – Historic luxury stationers for handmade paper and leather-bound notebooks. Also has a great selection of globes and antique maps. (0.3 mile).
- Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II – As far as Milanese experiences go, strolling through the Galleria, which runs between La Scala and the Duomo, is a must. Find the worn spot in the mosaic floor where Italians spin around for good luck. Visit eminent Italian designers, have a pastry and an espresso at Pasticceria Marchesi (above Prada) or an aperitivo at Camparino, and simply soak in one of the world’s oldest malls. (0.3 mile).
- Il Cirmolo – Vintage and retro curio emporium. An excellent selection of Disney collectibles, especially. (0.4 mile).
- La Rinascente – One of the best and biggest department stores in the world. The top floor is a food court and deli selling the best Italian produce. Look out for money-off coupons on free tourist maps. (0.5 mile).
- Wait and See – A hip lifestyle concept store selling women’s wear and accessories. (0.5 mile).
- One Block Down – Mainstream and cult streetwear brands with innovative displays, a block from the Duomo. Small cafe inside sells healthy food bowls. (0.5 mile).
- Libreria Internazionale Hoepli – Big bookstore with a great selection of books in English and other languages. (0.5 mile).
- Quadrilatero d’Oro – The ‘golden quad’ refers to the 4 streets – Via Montenapoleone, Via Manzoni, Corso Venezia, and Via della Spiga – that bound some of the best designer shopping in the world. Everyone who’s anyone has a store here. (0.7 mile).
- Borsalino – Make like Humphrey Bogart and head for this luxury hat-maker, whose name has long been shorthand for a felt fedora. 0.3 mile to the Galleria store or 0.8 mile to the main shop in the Quad.
Milan’s museums have variable opening hours throughout the week and many will have reduced rates or free entry on certain days; it’s always worth checking their websites before heading out. It’s also a great idea to buy a Milano Card, starting at just €11 for unlimited access to some of the city’s top museums and attractions, as well as public transport.
- Piazza della Scala – One of central Milan’s main squares, with a statue of Leonardo da Vinci and several sights of note: the Scala opera house and museum, one of the entrances to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping arcade (see shopping section), the important Gallerie d’Italia art gallery, and the tourist information office. (0.3 mile).
- Ambrosiana – Grand library and art gallery featuring many great Old Masters, including da Vinci, Titian, Raphael, Botticelli, etc. Helpful website. Closed on Mondays. (0.3 mile).
- Castello Sforzesco – Dramatic fort at the top of Via Dante, leading to Parco Sempione. Built by the all-powerful Visconti (later Sforza) family in the 1360s, it now houses several museums, including cool stuff for kids. Closed Mondays. (0.3 mile).
- Teatro alla Scala – The world’s most famous opera house, set in a beautiful plaza. If you can’t see a show, go on a tour via the adjacent museum. (0.3 mile).
- Gallerie d’Italia – In a historic stately home. Some of the best 19th-century Lombardian art, including by ground-breaking futurist Umberto Boccioni. Closed on Mondays, and open until 10:30 pm on Thursdays. (0.3 mile).
- Duomo – Gothic cathedral whose construction started in 1386. Love it or loathe it, the cathedral is the heart of the city. The incredible views from the top over Milan, and as far as the Alps on clear days, are unmissable. (0.4 mile).
- Piazza del Duomo – The city’s main square, which features many of the main sights: the cathedral (Duomo), Museo del Novecento (modern art museum), Palazzo Real (Royal Palace), Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II (see shopping section above), and Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, one of the prime shopping thoroughfares which leads to the Quadrilatero d’Oro. (0.4 mile).
- Museo del Novecento – A huge collection of 20th-century Italian art, featuring a Guggenheim-like spiral ramp with great views over the main square and the Duomo. (0.5 mile).
- Parco Sempione – A wonderful park that houses the Sforza Castle, Peace Arch (Arco della Pace), rolling gardens set around lakes, Triennale design museum, a cool viewing tower, and some great al fresco cafes and bars. (0.5 mile).
- Pinacoteca di Brera – Set in the traditional artists’ quarter of Brera in the 17th-century Palazzo Brera. Houses some of Italy’s most important works, including Rafael’s The Marriage of the Virgin. Closed Mondays. (0.5 mile).
- Palazzo Reale – Tour the royal palace to get to grips with the various rulers of this part of Italy, which has been held by the Spanish, French, Viscontis, Sforzas, Habsburgs, and others. (0.5 mile).
- The Last Supper at the Basilica di Santa Maria delle Grazie – One of Milan’s biggest draws. Book months ahead if you want to go as an individual or use a tour company like City Sightseeing, whose ticket price includes access to hop on-hop off bus tours. (0.8 mile).
Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores
Milan has around 100 specialty/local markets.
- Peck – This is no ordinary deli, but a self-declared ‘temple of gastronomy’. The counters display all kinds of delicacies made on-site, the incredible wine cellar has over 3,000 wines and liquors, and the restaurant does an elegant lunch. (0.3 mile).
- Carrefour Express – Several outlets dotted around the city. The closest one isn’t far from the Duomo and is open 24 hours. (0.8 mile).
- Eataly – Three-story Italian food emporium with every gourmet and regional specialty food you could ever need. Features the Michelin-starred VIVA restaurant, as well as fantastic pizza and pasta cafes. Definitely worth the trip outside the center. 1 mile to the Smeraldo branch.
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