I’m gonna start this review by shocking a lot of you out there as I know many of you feel quite the contrary, but I have to admit I don’t like Milan. At all. The city that is. Milan for me is strictly business and I’m here for work. Many of you may be like “what?!?” out there, but that’s just my opinion. There’s a beautiful and quite stunning historical center with the Duomo and The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II which is one of the world’s oldest shopping malls, but that’s about it. And yes, to those offended, I’ve seen quite a lot of Milan, but the charm is just not there. However, I just mentioned the parts that are worth seeing and am grateful my hotel was located in close proximity to the Duomo, so why not make the best out of your stay? The Square Milano Duomo is located in a prestigious historical building designed in the forties. Renovated and upgraded in its entirety the hotel boasts with 4 stars (well-earned) and a rooftop bar and restaurant with great views.
The room itself is minimalistic in its design, but that’s what I like about hotels like these. They’re like a safe haven and a place to get back to and relax at when you’ve had a tough day of fashion shows and events. You really only need your bed and a TV, or at least that is applicable when it comes to me. This room offered more than that however with a Nespresso machine to wake people up and they even had decaf capsules for people like me who don’t drink caffeine. I’d say that’s not usual at all, especially not in the coffee drinking mecca Italy is claimed to be.
As always, I bought some things to make my stay a bit homier. I’m not implying the room would smell bad or anything, but I felt I needed the comfort of the Durance scented sticks which spread a wonderful aroma throughout the entire room and the Holy Basil candle from Rituals to make my nights cozier. All the glamour of fashion week and 4 and 5 star hotels aside, a hotel room can be quite a lonely place to spend the night and a candle does help. Trust me.
The bathroom was a gorgeous space covered in marble from floor to ceiling and of course it had a bidé in it. We’re in Italy after all. If someone who actually uses one of those could tell me why I’d want to flush my behind in one of those, please feel free to express your opinions in the comment field, but thus far I haven’t really understood what I’d need it for to be honest.
Anyway, still in Italy, I brought a different set of El Capitano toothpaste with me to Milan. The brand itself I wrote a bit about in my hotel review from Florence, but I forgot to mention it’s paraben free and I must say I liked this green retro packaging better than the red one due to the mint/herbal flavor.
In addition to that I had a whole range of Moroccan Oil products with me. I truly like their knew packaging, leaving the white/turquoise and experimenting with colors like pink for the shampoo and conditioner and blue for the dry shampoo. I’m quite a dry shampoo addict and the one from Moroccan Oil is perfect as it comes in different versions depending on what hair color you have and this “dark brown” was perfect for me as it didn’t make my hair grey as many other dry shampoos would. And trust me, I’ve tried them all.
I did mention the rooftop bar and restaurant in the beginning, but it’s quite remarkable really. On my first night I ordered a virgin Mojito and before I got my drink I got both nuts and other salty things which you’d expect with a drink, but also a whole plate of appetizers which I wasn’t expecting at all. Then again, when thinking about how much the drink cost, there was plenty of space for some appetizers in there as well. The service was genuinely friendly and I felt well taken care of up there enjoying the views.
I’m wearing the Le Coq Sportif sweater just because I want to feel at home when I stay at a hotel. So, there I was in my shorts and sweater with all guests to the restaurant who were dressed up to their teeth, but still got the best service possible. Why? I’ll just stick to what I always say: Dress codes are there for a reason. Once you’ve figured the reason out, you don’t have to give a flying duck about them. Until you’ve figured out the reason, please do follow the dress codes.
The Square Milano Duomo is a hotel I will return to on my next trip to Milan for sure as it was close to absolutely everything, including the subway, which I didn’t use however. This hotel is rated 4 stars which I’d make 4,5 stars though as it exceeded my expectations of being yet another boring hotel. And oh, kids, don’t try peeping out from the 6th floor window at home. This is just because my photographer Reuben dared me and uh let’s just pretend there were safety wires attached to my legs at the point and that I wasn’t scared. At all.