Milan

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The Gray

Address: Via San Raffaele, 6

Neighborhood: Centro Storico

City: Milan

Phone: 011-39-02-72-08-951

Website: www.hotelthegray.com

Expert Review

This decidedly posh 21-room boutique hotel was a trendsetter when it opened in 2003, and it still turns heads with things like a two-toned fuchsia daybed in the lobby that's suspended by ropes over the gleaming black macassar floor. The high stylings, by Guido Ciompi of Gucci boutique renown, extend to the guestrooms where exotic materials like white ostrich leather, crocodile and travertine add panache. Bathrooms are curvaceous beauties (some have Jacuzzis equipped with mini plasma TVs); two rooms have private gyms. There's a hip restaurant with special meat and fish menus called Le Noir on the mezzanine level (and plenty of more casual options in the vicinity). Just beyond the quiet lobby, major sights like the Duomo and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele beckon.

Tags: luxury | boutique hotel | smart splurge | design | trendy | hotel restaurant | jim's pick

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