As its name suggests, stepping from the streets of Milan into the Château Monfort feels more like entering the Palace of Versailles than an urban Italian hotel.
Which is not to say that this Relais & Chateaux property is an entirely traditional place. In fact, it has a distinctly whimsical and fairytale feel to it, with flowers and butterflies decorating many of the pastel-coloured walls, and an atmosphere of romance throughout.
The hotel occupies an Art Nouveau mansion from the early 20th century in the Monforte district of Milan, still just a few minutes’ walk from the city centre and the main shopping streets.
From the spectacular frescoes in The Hall, a vast marble staircase leads up to 77 guest bedrooms. Château Monfort is among the smaller and more intimate city hotels in Milan, which is one of the reasons why we like it.
Château Monfort’s main restaurant, the Rubacuori, has three separate dining areas and a spectacular tea room straight out of Alice in Wonderland. Whether you choose the heart-shaped chairs of the Sala del Rubacuori, the retro sofas in the Room of Mirrors or the hunting-lodge style of the Trophy Room, you’ll be served traditional Italian gourmet dishes, with a tasting menu available.
The Mezzanotte Lounge Bar is ornate and beautiful, and the ideal spot for breakfast, afternoon tea or aperitivos.
The Château Monfort’s spa has a Turkish bath, sauna and swimming pool, and there is also small but perfectly-formed gym.
Chateau Monfort Information
- Location:Milan, 10 mins drive to Linate Airport, 55 mins drive to Malpensa Airport
- Accommodation:77 Rooms and Suites
- Facilities:Restaurants, wine bar, lounge bar, “Amore & Psiche” Spa including turkish bath, sauna, swimming pool with salin water and emotiional showers, fitness centre, meeting and event rooms
- Activities:Visit attractions such as the Duomo and La Scala Opera House, shop at Montenapoleone
- Weather:Mild winters and warm and humid summers. July and August are the hottest months while October and November see the most rain.
- Children:Welcome. Babysitting services available.