Aethos – A feast for the senses that infuses old-time glamor with modern comforts.
Aethos is much more than just a bar-restaurant with rooms. The word eclectic doesn’t begin to do the decor justice. Trying to capture its ‘more is more’ aesthetic in a phrase might look something like opulent art deco/faded Victoriana/rock-n-roll/shabby-chic/arty/retro-sporty with a dash of mid-century modern and a twist of Oriental glamor. Once you get over the wow-factor of the curios covering every surface (most are for sale), the hotel’s chops as a substantial boutique B&B shine through. Comfortable and cozy rooms, excellent service, and great food and drinks make for an excellent base to explore Milan, especially for those interested in exploring the world of bars, restaurants, independent stores, and markets along Navigli’s canals. Navigli is an unforgettable Milanese neighborhood, and Aethos is an unforgettable Milanese experience.
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Aethos – Location
- Address: Piazza Ventiquattro Maggio 8 (sometimes written as Piazza XXIV Maggio). The Piazza spans both sides of the Darsena (dock). The hotel is on the north-westernmost edge, just before the road becomes Viale Gabriele D’Annunzio, behind the green buildings of the Mercato Comunale.
- Nearest Metro: Porto Genova Metro station, an 11-minute walk (0.6 mile) away, is on the M2 line (green), from where you can get to Central Station or the Duomo (change to the M1 at Cadorna) in 15 minutes. Many tram lines and buses are available in the Piazza Ventiquattro Maggio, a 2-minute walk (0.1 mile) from the hotel; the number 3 tram will get you to the Duomo in around 10 minutes.
- Area: Aethos Milan is in the Navigli neighborhood, an area famous for its nightlife, with most of the city’s hippest bars and clubs clustered here. Navigli is named for the canals winding through the district, which are filled with quirky shops, chic boutiques, artist studios, and markets, and are great to wander around (don’t forget the insect repellant).
- How to Get There: From Malpensa airport, it takes around 45 minutes (30 miles) to get to The Aethos by taxi. By public transport, it takes around 1 hour 15 minutes; take the express train to Cadorna Station, then take the M2 Metro line 2 stops to Porta Genova, from where it’s a 10-minute walk (0.6 mile or 1 stop on the tram) to the hotel. From Central Station, it’s 25 minutes via the M2 (8 stops) with the walk from Porta Genova, or 40 minutes on the number 9 tram, which goes door-to-door.
- Handy to: Navigli’s canals, markets, and nightlife. Sant’Eustorgio and San Lorenzo basilicas. Museo delle Culture (MUDEC).
Aethos – The Basics
- Ages: Guests tend to be hip couples or groups of friends. All ages are welcome and cribs are available upon request, but there are no specific amenities offered for children. Bar is 18+.
- View: One of the Maison Suites has a beautiful view of the city skyline.
- Kitchen: One of the Maison Suites has its own kitchen.
- Parking: Available in private garage for €30 per day.
- Extras: Evening entertainment (live music, movie screenings), board games, pet bowls and beds, library, bicycles (€10 per day or free when booking certain packages).
- 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.
- Phone: +39 02 8941 5901
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: aethoshotels.com
Aethos – Amenities
- Pool: No pool.
- Spa: No spa. The concierge can arrange in-room treatments on request.
- Fitness Center: No fitness center.
- Laundry: Laundry service available (extra charge).
- For Disabled Guests: The hotel does not have an elevator, but one room has been made fully accessible for wheelchair users.
- For Families: Interconnected rooms and toys are available. Extra beds, babysitting services, and special menus can be arranged on request.
- Activities: Aperitivo hour, evening entertainment (live music), board games.
Aethos – Food and Drink
- Restaurant: Aethos Kitchen – Contemporary restaurant serving modern international dishes. Don’t miss the Sunday brunch.
- Lounge/Bar: The Doping Bar sprawls over the hotel’s impressive courtyard and across most of the ground floor. In the evenings, the place comes alive with hip locals dressed to impress (luckily, the rooms, a few of which are situated around the courtyard, have soundproofing). Mixologists and waiters are proudly dressed like dandies: impeccably groomed, with aprons and waistcoats. Cocktails are inventive and classy (a strict “no Mojitos, Long Island Iced Teas, or energy drinks” policy is maintained). The bar is open to guests 7:30 am-1 am (2 am Friday-Saturday), but only opens to the public from 6 pm. Live Jazz Sunday Brunch: 12 pm-4 pm.
- Breakfast: Complimentary buffet breakfast served 7:30-11 am. Additionally, on Sundays, The Doping Bar opens noon-4 pm for a set brunch menu with live jazz (additional charge).
- Room Service: Available 7:30 am-1 am (same hours as the bar) from the bar menu, which includes pizzas, tapas, and Gipsy’s menu when the restaurant is open.
Aethos – Rooms
- Room Types: Aethos Suite • Suite • Junior Suite • Aethos Deluxe • The Loft • Band Suite • List of all Rooms
- Smoking Rooms: Rooms are 100% non-smoking, but smoking is permitted in the courtyard and terraces.
- Best Room: All rooms are decorated differently, most with a sporting theme ranging from cars to surfing, so that’s one way of picking the one you want. Otherwise, for luxury, the Maison Suites are the biggest rooms, all with clever partitioning to create living areas replete with huge, sumptuous sofas. Choose according to your needs – Maison Inning has a kitchen while Maison Stars and Stripes has a terrace with city views. All 5 Maison Suites are designed very luxuriously.
- For Families: The best rooms for families are the Dependance or Maison Suites, which are all big enough for extra beds. Some of the Junior Suites and Suites have interconnections. Regardless of which room you pick, the sports themes are sure to please kids.
Aethos – Local Transport
- Walking: Everything in Navigli is easily walkable, and the Duomo is a 25-minute walk (1 mile). You’re also well-placed here to explore the down-at-heel but trendy Zona Tortona, as well as the Porta Romana neighborhood, where all the major interior designers have their studios.
- Metro and Bus: Porto Genova Metro station, an 11-minute walk (0.6 mile) away, is on the M2 line (green), from where you can get to either Central Station (direct) or the Duomo (change to the M1 at Cadorna) in 15 minutes. Additionally, many tram lines and buses are available in Piazza Ventiquattro Maggio (0.1 mile): the number 3 will get you to the Duomo in around 10 minutes.
- Taxis, Uber, Lyft: City taxis are white and can be hailed from the street. Ubers are widely available.
Aethos – What’s Nearby?
Recommended Nearby Tours
- Canal Boat Tours – See Navigli from the water with a Navigazione Navigli guided cruise. The boat is easy to find. Simply head south from the dock (Darsena) down Naviglio Grande along the right-hand towpath and you’ll see the company’s jetty as soon as you get down to the water level. (0.3 mile).
- Segway Tour Milan – This company’s 2-hour tour covers all of Milan’s main sights, as well as Navigli. The tour starts from Via Rovello 1/A at 11.30 am every day. (1.5 miles) by tram #3.
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.
- Sixième Bistrò – Tucked away down a side street, the Six Gallery provides this top-end restaurant with one of the most beautiful and romantic gastronomic settings in the city. (0.2 mile).
- Mieru Mieru – Beautiful family-run Pugliese restaurant that many locals will tell you does the best seafood in Milan. Reservations needed. (0.3 mile).
- Al Coniglio Bianco – Cozy and friendly traditional Italian restaurant that comes highly recommended by locals. 20% discount if you sign up for their newsletter. (0.3 mile).
- Restaurante da Giordano Il Bolognese – A place where time has stood still since the 1950s, but the food is fresh. Offers Bolognese specialties. (0.4 mile).
- 28 Posti – This intimate place focuses all its attention on simple, high-quality cooking for its ‘28 seats’. Recommended by Michelin. Reservations advised. (0.4 mile).
- Tokuyoshi – Michelin-starred Italo-Japanese fusion haute cuisine by Yoji Tokuyoshi. (0.5 mile).
Best Nearby Cafes
- GUD Milano – As the names suggests, this is good food, focusing on fresh ingredients and healthy eating (as well as some alcoholic beverages). This outpost on the Darsena has fabulous views. Open daily 9 am-2 am. (75m).
- Pasticceria Gattullo – A beautifully preserved 1960s patisserie that has stayed true to its family values and has great offerings for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and happy hour. (0.4 mile).
- LatteNeve – Gelato with amazing flavor combos like poppy seeds, cardamom, and peanuts. Lots of milk-free options. (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.
- La Bodeguita del Medio – The Latin American food can be hit or miss, but if you love rum and Cuban music, you’ll have a good time. (0.2 mile).
- El Brellin – Picturesque bar-restaurant in an 18th-century building, next to a little canal off the Naviglio Grande where washerwomen used to congregate. (0.3 mile).
- Mag Cafe – Exquisite, well-thought-out cocktails in an eclectic vintage bar. Canal-side. (0.4 mile).
- Ugo – Quirky bar that has the feel of a historic English country home with delicious circus-themed cocktails. (0.4 mile).
- Tongs – Popular and fun bar with books hanging from the ceiling. (0.4 mile).
- Le Biciclette – Long-established bike-themed, art-obsessed bistro-bar with specialty burgers. (0.4 mile).
- Tutti Fritti – Craft beer and fried food in a quirky, grungy-camp bar with plenty of strange objects to gaze at. (0.4 mile).
- RAL Cocktail Bar – New York-inspired cocktail bar with a record store featuring a live DJ and radio station. (0.4 mile).
- Bodega del Tasca – Spanish tapas bar-restaurant that heaves with locals for the aperitivo. (0.5 mile).
Nearby Shopping & Cool Shops
- Stiu – On-trend womens’ shoes in Milan. (0.2 mile).
- Wok – Concept store seamlessly blending art and fashion. (0.2 mile).
- Mercato dell’Antiquariato – Huge retro goods and antiques market on the last Sunday of the month. (0.3 mile).
- Pourquoi Moi Vintage – Outstanding selection of vintage clothes. (0.3 mile).
- Dictionary – Carefully selected streetwear from cult labels for men and women. (0.3 mile).
- Dischivolanti – Great vinyl store along the Naviglio Grande. (0.4 mile).
- Brandstorming – Next door to RAL Cocktail Bar, this great space is filled with quirky, handmade jewelry, ceramics, and home ware. (0.4 mile).
- Frip – Very cool clothes store, gathering together some of the most fashion-forward cult European labels. (0.5 mile).
- Biffi – Still ahead of the trends some 50 years since they burst onto the scene, the Biffi sisters have an undeniable eye for great clothing for men and women. Their flagship store is just 10 minutes (0.5 mile) away.
- SuperGulp – An epic selection of comics, anime, cult movies, and collectibles. (0.5 mile).
- Mercato Papiniato – Milan’s best known flea market pops up on Tuesday mornings and Saturday all day. (0.7 mile).
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.
- Basilicas – A pleasant park connects the important churches of Sant’Eustorgio and San Lorenzo Maggiore nearby. The former has a decent museum set around a beautiful cloistered courtyard with a bistrot, while the latter has dramatic columns and dates back to the 4th century. 0.1 mile to Sant’Eustorgio and 0.4 mile to San Lorenzo.
- Ambrosiana – Grand library and art gallery featuring many great Old Masters, including da Vinci, Titian, Raphael, Botticelli, etc. Helpful website. Closed on Mondays. (1 mile).
- Museo delle Culture – Many visitors who stick to central Milan might miss this gem of a museum in Zona Tortona. It’s one of the only museums in Milan open on a Monday and features permanent and temporary world-class exhibitions, as well as Enrico Bartolini’s Michelin 2-Star restaurant. (1 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. Everything here is approximately a mile away.
- 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. (1 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. (1 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. (1 mile).
- 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. (1.5 miles).
- 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. (1.5 miles).
- 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. (1.5 miles).
- 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. (1.5 miles).
- 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. (2 miles).
- 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. (1.5 miles).
Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores
Milan has around 100 specialty/local markets.
- Mercato Comunale – Community market with fresh produce and lots of Latino grocery stalls. Opposite the hotel. (25m).
- Carrefour Express – 24-7 mini-mart. (0.2 mile).
Aethos – The Hotel
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