Planning a trip to Milan and not sure where to stay? Each neighbourhood in Milan has its own character, and depending on where you choose to stay it will give your trip a slightly different feel, from staying right in the heart of Milan in Centro Storico, to somewhere with a more local vibe. So where to stay in Milan? We’ve put together our Milan accommodation guide to help you choose from the best hotels in Milan and what area of Milan to stay.
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Where To Stay In Milan? Milan Neighbourhood Guide
So what is the best area to stay in Milan Italy? There are so many great Milan neighbourhoods, and each has there own pros and cons. The main areas include Centro Storico, Brera district, Navigli, Porta Romana, Porta Nuova and Stazione Central. Here are some of our favourite neighbourhoods in Milan and reasons why you might want to stay in these areas.
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Staying the Centro Storico means you will be in the heart of Milan with some of the most iconic Milan attractions at your doorstep. Most things to do in Milan will be walkable, like seeing the Milan Duomo or visiting the beautiful Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. But, as to be expected, staying here will mean more crowds and generally speaking, higher prices. The Centro Storico our pick for where to stay in Milan for one night or for two nights, and Milan hotels near the Duomo.
The Brera district is still extremely central, not too far from the Duomo. This area has world-renowned art galleries like the Pinacoteca di Brera and small luxury boutiques, shops and bars. It’s a charming high-end neighbourhood. The Brera district is our pick for where to stay in Milan for location and charm.
Navigli (Porta Genova)
The Naviglio Grande Canal is the heart of the Navigli District in Porta Genova. The canal is lined with unique shops, restaurants and bars, and is always busy with people giving it a great energy. You can still walk to the city centre if you love walking like us, otherwise, you can always get public transport or an Uber. Navigli is our pick for where to stay in Milan for nightlife.
Although not right in the city centre, you can still walk from here to Centro Storico and the Navigli district. Porta Romana is a predominantly residential neighbourhood with some restaurants and bars. It’s also a good pick for Airbnb and apartments on Booking.com. Porta Romana is our pick for where to stay in Milan with family, value for money and a local feel.
Porta Nuova and Porta Garibaldi
Porta Nuova is the main business district of Milan. Here you will find a mix of old and new, with historical buildings amongst modern skyscrapers. Around this area, you will find Corso Como, a street lined with shops, restaurants and bars, and one of my guilty pleasures, a giant Eataly. Our pick for where to stay in Milan for a unique area that’s still central and near Garibaldi Train station.
Staying near Milan Central Station is obviously convenient, especially if you intend to do day trips from Milan. I wouldn’t say that it’s an unsafe area, but if you’re number one criteria for choosing a hotel is a safe area to stay in Milan, then you have better options. It’s also not as close to the main attractions, you can walk if you enjoy walking, or you can get public transport or Uber. Stazione Central is our pick for where to stay in Milan for day trips.
Porta Venezia & Citta Studi
Porta Venezia and Citta Studi neighbour Stazione Central, and are known for inexpensive shopping and student life, due to the Universities in the area.
Booking Accommodation In Milan
When booking accommodation in Milan, there are two main websites that I use.
Booking.com has some of the best prices and a large number of accommodation options available. We love using it for our travels.
I love seeing what’s available from Airbnb in Milan, from getting to stay with a local host or having your own place to yourself, there’s something for everyone.
Milan Accommodation Guides
We have put together a guide of our favourite accommodation in Milan from our experience of our time there and research. This includes 5 star and luxury hotels in Milan, boutique hotels in Milan and the best hotels in Milan centre.
Please note: Prices below were based on peak season, per night and are in Australian Dollars. Prices were correct at the time of publishing this article.
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We will continually update this post to make sure we’re recommending the best Milan Accommodation, to help you choose where to stay in Milan.
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