Location: Milan, Italy
Overall Rating: 10/10
Quick summary: Very luxurious, spacious, modern room with a large and lavish bathroom. The location in Milan is unbeatable.
After having a fantastic stay at the Hyatt Palais de la Méditerranée just a few days prior, I was really looking forward to our single night at the Park Hyatt Milan during our trip to Europe this past summer. We used the last of our 4 Hyatt free night certificates for the stay and paid a mere $11 in taxes. The going rate? Over €500 for a standard room.
My wife and I arrived in Milan by train and took the yellow line metro from Milano Centrale to the Duomo stop. From there it is a very short walk to the Park Hyatt.
The exterior of the hotel is attractive, but not overstated. You could easily walk right by it, especially with the impressive Galleria Vittorio Emanuele right next to it. The main entrance is on the north side. We were greeted warmly by the doorman who took our luggage and ushered us to the check-in desk.
The lobby and atrium restaurant were impressive. I knew that without Hyatt Diamond status, though, we would not be spending any real time in either. Price for breakfast? Don’t ask. It was ridiculous.
The front desk clerk was very kind, and graciously gave us two complimentary vouchers for a free glass of champagne at the bar. I politely accepted, even though I knew we wouldn’t be visiting.
I was surprised to only see two check-in desks. The Park Hyatt only has 106 rooms, however, so maybe this is fairly typical for the size of the hotel.
After check-in we were personally escorted to our room by one of the staff. Similar treatment during our previous stay at the Intercontinental Carlton Cannes had broken the ice for us, but it still felt new and a little odd.
We were in room 304. The room numbers are literally engraved into the stone alongside the door. As with virtually every other hotel at which we stayed while in Europe, this one required a key card for the lights and climate control to operate.
The room itself was spectacular. I had been impressed by the Hyatt in Nice, but the Park Hyatt Milan took things to an entirely new level. I found that I overwhelmingly prefer this modern luxury style over the more ornate style of older hotels. The room was plenty spacious at over 400 square feet, and had a nice desk and sitting area.
The bed was heavenly. There are few hotel beds that have been as comfortable as either this one or the one at the Hyatt in Nice. We had a good rest after our long day on the train.
Unlike the Hyatt in Nice, the Park Hyatt actually had good in-room coffee. It was Illy brand, and actually the best in-room coffee I have ever had.
We could only book a standard room with the free night certificate, and this is what we got. With only Hyatt Platinum status (courtesy of the Chase card), I didn’t expect an upgrade, and we didn’t receive one. Thus, we got an interior facing room with a view of the atrium. But I honestly didn’t care. The standard room was fantastic, and we were only here for one night.
The bathroom was most impressive, and hands-down the most luxurious I have ever used.
The tub and shower were both extremely nice, tiled with stone all around. Showering in the morning is an enjoyment to me, rather than a chore, and the deluge of water that the Park Hyatt shower can output is ridiculous. It was like a mini waterfall. I must have spent close to 20 minutes basking under it.
I am not prone to taking hotel toiletries, but I may have taken a couple bottles of shampoo from the stash. There was an entire set in the shower, another next to the bath, and a third next to the sink.
It took us a little time to find the minibar, which is located underneath the sink in the bathroom. The space available for personal items is extremely minimal.
The Park Hyatt provided us with two bottles of water and a small box of chocolates. There were additional bottles and other refreshments in the minibar, but I didn’t feel like paying €10 each.
After relaxing in our room for a while, my wife and I decided to head out and find some food. Both the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele and the Duomo di Milano are just steps from the hotel. The cathedral is exquisite. We spent a little a little over an hour wandering around.
Later, after returning to the hotel, we were offered turndown service by housekeeping. I still don’t understand the desire to have someone come in and “prepare the bed for sleeping” for you. Apparently it’s the fancy thing to do. What we did accept was the box of chocolates offered as part of the service.
The next morning we headed out to quickly visit the terraces of the Duomo di Milano. Not only did we get up close and personal with the architecture, but we had great views of the rooftops of the city.
Returning to the Park Hyatt, it was sadly time to leave. But not before I had a final cup of Illy coffee.
We enjoyed our stay immensely, and I would be eager to stay here again should we ever return to Milan and have either the points or certificates to burn on a fancy stay like this.
I can’t think of a single critical thing to say about the Park Hyatt Milan. It truly was superb, and the first 10 out of 10 rating I have given any hotel reviewed. Even without Hyatt Diamond status, it was an fantastic treat. All for $11.