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A great location for gay visitors. This central area includes Via Sammartini, the only ‘gay street’ in Italy, and Corso Buenos Aires, the most important shopping street in Milan. Transport links at the station provide easy access to other areas.
Via Melchiorre Gioia 73 , Milan | map
Why this hotel: Near the gay nightlife. Great facilities. Very modern.
The modern, centrally located Crowne Plaza Milan City is located next door to the Sondrio metro station, making this an excellent base for exploring the city’s attractions and shops. Cruising Canyon and gay bars Lelephant, Mono and After Line are all within walking distance.
The contemporary-styled, soundproof rooms feature satellite TV, a flat screen TV, air conditioning and marble bathrooms. WiFi is available for a fee.The Crowne Plaza’s breakfast buffet has good choice of menu including freshly made Italian cakes and pastries. The restaurant serves international cuisine.
Before heading out in the in the evening, enjoy a cocktail in the lounge terrace. The hotel also has a gym and and spa with Turkish bath and sauna.
Via Spallanzani 40 , Milan | map
Why this hotel: Best seller. Great for shopping & sightseeing.
A comfortable and very good-value hotel located close to Milan’s Corso Buenos Aires shopping district. This lively area has a great selection of restaurants, theatres and bars (both gay and straight).
The rooms vary in size, from a small 17m² to a decent-sized 33 m² suites. Features include air conditioning, minibar and satellite TV. Free WiFi is available for a limited period in public areas and premium rooms & suites.
Starhotel Ritz has a wellness area that includes a sauna, Turkish bath and Finnish shower.
There is another excellent branch in central Milan – Starhotels Echo.
Via Napo Torriani 18 , Milan | map
Why this hotel: Popular choice. Fabulous bar. Near the gay scene.
A little bit of Switzerland in the heart of Milan. This excellent value for money 4-star hotel offers the sort of professional, welcoming and efficient service that other hotels only dream of.
The comfortable rooms feature free WiFi, individual thermostat-controlled heating and a complimentary non-alcoholic minibar (refilled daily). A fabulous breakfast and free coffee is available all day in the lobby.
Piazza Luigi di Savoia , Milan | map
Why this hotel: Excellent value. Good breakfast. Close to the nightlife.
Hotel Michelangelo’s excellent location, close to the Central Railway Station, makes it the perfect point from which to navigate around Milan.
Da Vinci’s Last Supper and the famous Duomo are close. Many of the most popular gay night-time venues are within walking distance, including Cruising Canyon, and popular gay bars Lelephant and Afterline.
The air-conditioned rooms are relatively simply furnished but comfortable and soundproof. Each room has a free minibar and whirlpool bath.
Great value for money option with regular special promotions and offers.
Via Melchiorre Gioia 6 , Milan | map
Why this hotel: Spacious rooms. Excellent dining. Near metro station.
A very good-value, modern hotel offering unusually spacious rooms and suites (even the standard rooms are 34 m²).
Guest rooms at the NH Grand have a king-sized bed (or two double beds), air conditioning, free WiFi, satellite TV and soundproof windows.
Located close to the Gioia metro station, with easy access to other parts of Milan.
Via Napo Torriani 21 , Milan | map
Why this hotel: Smart value. Convenient location. Near metro & gay scene.
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A smart value option. Hotel Garda is very centrally located, just a 5-minute walk from the Central Station and within easy access to the main sights and shopping areas. Local gay bars Lelephant and Afterline are within walking distance.
All guest rooms are air-conditioned and feature satellite TV, minibar, safe, en-suite bathroom with a bathtub or shower. WiFi is available for a fee. Reception is open 24 hours a day and a continental breakfast is served each morning.
Via Antonio Da Recanate 2 , Milan | map
Why this hotel: New budget hotel. Contemporary design. Great location.
Located opposite the Central Station and just a short walk from the gay bars on Via Sammartini street, this new budget hotel offers contemporary-designed rooms with free WiFi, flat screen TV and air conditioning.
Some rooms have views of Piazza Duca d’Aosta. Reception and room service are available 24 hours a day.
Klick Hotel is a 5-minute walk from the popular shopping street Corso Buenos Aires. The Milan Cathedral (Duomo) is 4 metro stops away.
Radiating from the Duomo, Milan’s impressive gothic Cathedral, are streets filled with numerous historical sights and museums. Nearby, the Quadrilatero della Moda (the ‘fashion quadrilateral’) is home to some of the world’s most famous luxury brands.
Via San Spirito 20 , Milan | map
Why this hotel: Great for shopping. Boutique classic. Top-rated.
Classic boutique hotel located in the heart of Milan’s Via Monte Napoleone fashion district. The rooms at Hotel Manzoni are elegant and feature wooden floors, a LCD TV, minibar and free WiFi. Onsite facilities include a restaurant that serves Italian and international menu and a wellness centre with a gym, spa and massage service.
The Duomo is a 10-minute walk away from the hotel. Great location from which to explore the city.
Via Spadari 11 , Milan | map
Why this hotel: Boutique choice. Large balcony. Top-rated.
Fabulous boutique hotel located just a few steps from Piazza del Duomo and Milan Cathedral. The Hotel Spadari offers stylishly designed guest rooms decorated with original artworks and paintings, free WiFi, flat screen TV and high quality bathroom products. Some rooms have a large balcony with views of the city.
Hotel Spadari is renowned for its excellent service and helpful staff. The location is great – close to some of Milan’s best shops and restaurants and just a short walk to Duomo metro station which gives easy access to the gay nightlife.
Via Giuseppe Mazzini 4 , Milan | map
Why this hotel: Elegant rooms. Good for shopping. Near metro station and Duomo.
Elegant boutique hotel housed in a 20th-century building around the corner from the Milan Cathedral. UNA Maison Milan features stylish and spacious rooms equipped with flat screen satellite TV and WiFi (charges apply). DVD player and iPod docking stations are available upon request. Most rooms have a balcony.
Location-wise, UNA Maison is next to Duomo metro station and close to many shops and restaurants and La Scala Theatre. The gay nightlife on Via Sammartini can be reached within 15 minutes.
Corso Italia 11 , Milan | map
Why this hotel: Excellent location. Near metro station & Duomo. Good breakfast.
Zurigo Hotel is in Milan’s historic centre, just a 10-minute walk from the Cathedral and close to the Italia Missori Metro Station and a number of popular gay venues including One Way Club and G-Lounge.
The comfortable rooms feature a TV, air conditioning and safe. WiFi is available at an extra cost. A varied and large breakfast buffet is offered and you are welcome to eat a self-service lunch in the café. The staff speak good English and will help you plan your stay with restaurant recommendations and tourist tips.
Via Santa Sofia 16 , Milan | map
Why this hotel: Convenient location. Modern rooms. Great value.
Great value for money, centrally located hotel, close to the Crocetta metro station (just two metro stops from the Duomo) and the main shopping district.
The modern air-conditioned rooms feature an LCD TV and minibar. Guests enjoy free WiFi access, and the reception is open 24 hours a day. A varied Continental breakfast is served in the hotel’s dining room.
Via Settala 76 , Milan | map
Why this hotel: Great value. Quiet location. Near several gay venues.
Hotel Charly is tucked away off the main shopping street in a peaceful and tranquil garden setting, just a few minutes from the Central Station. A wonderful location for those who want to explore the city and enjoy the peace and quiet. Just around the corner is the Cruising Canyon, and gay bars Lelephant and Afterline.
Charly has 20 air-conditioned rooms decorated in an original Italian style, some with a balcony overlooking the garden. Each room has a shower, hair dryer, safe and LCD digital TV. There is free WiFi and a 24-hour serviced reception.
For gay travellers who wish to explore other options in central Milan, we recommend the following well-rated hotels.
Via Stamira d'Ancona 27 , Milan | map
Why this hotel: Modern rooms. Near metro station and gay cruise clubs.
The modern Ramada Plaza Milano is located close to the city centre and just a two-minute walk from Turro Metro Station (from which you can easily access all the historical sights and shopping areas).
The colours and fabrics give the air-conditioned guest rooms a slightly retro feel but combined with the latest technology and a very comfortable bed. Room features include free WiFi, a minibar, safe, coffee maker, and LCD TV and satellite TV. The Ramada Plaza is located within a couple of minutes’ walk of two of Milan’s largest cruising clubs: Depot and Flexo Club.
Corso Lodi 4 Angolo Via Salmini , Milan | map
Why this hotel: Gay-popular. Great value. Excellent service.
Good value hotel near Porta Romana metro station with easy access to Milan city centre. The modern guest rooms at Hotel Five are air conditioned and feature satellite TV and free WiFi. A complimentary breakfast is served daily. Staff are helpful and friendly.
Hotel Five is is within walking distance to several restaurants, clubs and gay nightlife venues including The FARM.