Milan’s new hotel, ME by Meliá, is located in the popular Brera’s Piazza della Repubblica at the edge of the city’s fashion and design district. Originally designed by late architect Aldo Rossi the building – the former l’Hotel Duca di Milano – was characterised by its large Carrara marble columns, green Mergano stone and expansive windows. Now, it’s just as noteworthy for its reworked interiors by Mortini’s Studio, who have provided a balanced mix of traditional and contemporary Italian design. The 132 guests rooms; each a serene medley of muted tones — soft greys, golden beiges and creamy taupes — are unified by luxe textures. Room and public spaces are bound together with furniture designed by Gio Ponti and Luca Meda in collaboration with Rossi, which sit side by side with lamps by industrial designer Achille Castiglioni and bespoke art by local artisans and fashion photographer Alberto Van Stokkum.
Driving the property’s popularity with both visiting and local fashion crowds is Italy’s first outpost of STK steak restaurant, and the Radio Rooftop Bar, offering tapas and cocktails against awe-inspiring panoramas of the cities expanding skyline, and premium views of new architecture in the nearby Garibaldi district.