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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.
8.3 Very Good based on 26 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Near the gay nightlife. Great facilities. Very modern.
The modern, centrally located Crowne Plaza is located next door to the Sondrio metro station, making this hotel an excellent base for exploring Milan’s attractions and shops.
The soundproof guest rooms feature satellite TV, flat screen TV, air conditioning and marble bathrooms. The hotel’s breakfast buffet has good choice of menu including freshly made Italian cakes and pastries.
The onsite restaurant serves international cuisine. And before heading out in the in the evening, you can enjoy a cocktail in the lounge terrace. The hotel also has a gym and and spa with Turkish bath and sauna.
8.2 Very Good based on 92 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Best seller. Great for shopping & sightseeing.
A very comfortable and 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 centre that includes a sauna, Turkish bath and Finnish shower.
There is another excellent branch in central Milan – Starhotels Echo.
8.8 Very Good based on 101 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Popular choice. Fabulous bar. Near the gay scene.
A little bit of Switzerland in the heart of Milan. This excellent-value 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.
8.0 Good based on 89 Agoda reviews
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 Lelephant and Afterline gay bars.
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.
7.8 Good based on 77 Agoda reviews
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.
Why this hotel: Top 50 hotels Central location. Excellent value.
This stylish budget hotel has 439 soundproof, air-conditioned rooms, with free WiFi, flat screen TV and private bathroom.
There is a restaurant and lounge bar that is open 24 hours a day. Vending machines selling drinks and snarks are also provided. Breakfast is served from 4am-noon.
The hotel also features a 24-hour front desk, laundry service, luggage storage and a business centre.
7.8 Good based on 10 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Smart value. Convenient location. Near metro & gay scene.
The smart-value Hotel Garda enjoys a very central location just a 5-minute walk from the Central Station and within easy access to the main sights and shopping areas. Local gay bar 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.
7.7 Good based on 52 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: New budget hotel. Contemporary design. Great location.
Located opposite the Central Station and a short walk from the gay bars on Via Sammartini street, this modern budget hotel offers stylish 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 historical sights and museums. Nearby, the Quadrilatero della Moda (Fashion Quadrilateral) is home to some of the world’s most famous luxury brands.
9.2 Fantastic based on 6 Agoda reviews
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, 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.
9.2 Fantastic based on 12 Agoda reviews
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, spacious rooms with flat screen satellite TV and WiFi (charges apply). DVD player and iPod docks are available upon request. Most rooms have a balcony.
The hotel is located next to Duomo metro station and close to many shops, restaurants and La Scala Theatre. The gay nightlife on Via Sammartini can be reached within 15 minutes.
Why this hotel: Boutique choice. Large balcony. Top-rated.
Fabulous boutique hotel located just a few steps from Piazza del Duomo and the iconic Milan Cathedral.
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 city views.
The hotel is renowned for excellent service and 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.
Why this hotel: Excellent location. Near metro station & Duomo. Good breakfast.
The comfortable rooms feature a TV, air conditioning and safe. A varied and large breakfast buffet is offered, and you are welcome to enjoy a self-service lunch in the café.
The staff speak good English and will help you plan your stay, with tourist tips and restaurant recommendations.
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 LCD TV, minibar and free WiFi. The reception is open 24 hours a day, and a Continental breakfast is served in the hotel’s dining room.
Why this hotel: Great value. Quiet location. Near several gay venues.
Tucked away off the main shopping street, Hotel Charly is just a few minutes from the Central Station. A great place if you want to explore the city while enjoying the peace and quiet.
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.
8.0 Good based on 147 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Modern rooms. Near metro station & gay cruise clubs.
The modern Ramada Plaza Milano is located close to the city centre and just a 2-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 guest rooms a slightly retro feel that blends well with the latest technology. Room features include free WiFi, minibar, safe, coffee maker, and LCD TV and satellite TV.
Why this hotel: Gay-popular. Great value. Close to metro station.
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 and gay venues including Milan’s hottest gay dance club, The FARM.