For any design-loving guest who has already seen the world, Leonardo Ferragamo’s newly opened design hotel The Portrait Milano still has surprising elements that will delight the eye and the mind.
The third hotel by Leonardo Ferragamo is the most prestigious and daring new stay for the city’s satorialists. Located in one of the seminaries, it represents the new dynamism of Milan in terms of design.
Once a grey industrial site, Milan is now the place to be for the latest design, just think of the upcoming Salone del Mobile and the new hotels that are giving the northern city a new glamour and aesthetic.
This baroque religious college, tucked away in the lauded Fashion Quadrilateral, is a place for Italian fashion, a spa and restaurants.
The hotel is influenced by the city’s golden age – think Piero Portaluppi, whose work reshaped post-war Milan, and architect and design legend Gio Ponti.
The hotel’s lobby and library are framed by the square stone arches of the nearby Villa Necchi Campiglio, designed by Portaluppi in 1935, which also forms the heart of the hotel and is filled with books on design and art.
Sleeping well at The Portrait is also an art of hospitality. Tailored with seven different types of pillow, including ‘temperature and moisture regulating’, it is quite an offer.
Eating and drinking is a must, as Ferragamo has tapped new talent to run The Portrait’s restaurants. Star chefs have been sidelined in favour of Alberto Quadrio, a 32-year-old alumnus of Barcelona’s Disfrutar and Copenhagen’s Geranium, who has been mentored by the cardinals of cooking, Alain Ducasse and Milanese legend Gualtiero Marchesi.
You can start your day at the 10_11 restaurant with a breakfast buffet of Franciacorta Prosecco, spremuta, eggs and freshly baked Veneziane alla crema muffins, before taking a stroll around the Golden Triangle and returning for lunch at the national debut of Riccardo Giardo’s Beefbar, what more could you want?
Of course, the perfect spa, the pioneering bio-hacking anti-aging clinic co-founded by cardiologist Dr Massimo Gualerzi, the perfect post-shopping relaxation or perhaps just a dip in the pool.
You don’t even have to leave the hotel to shop, because ANTONIA, the hotel shop, is carefully curated with the latest must-haves from Jil Sander and Loewe, as well as emerging talents such as Jordanian-Romanian shoemaker Amina Muaddi or the first store of Leonardo Ferragamo’s daughter Maria Sole Ferragamo’s SO-LE Studio, which showcases her sculptural, organic-shaped jewellery.
If you want to indulge in Milanese chic, this is definitely the place to be.
The stay has been made possible by The Leading Hotels of the World and The Portrait Milano.