Agoda in the News recommends great hotels in Milan for a refreshing winter holiday

SINGAPORE (January 8, 2014), Asia’s leading hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq:PCLN), has made a list of amazing hotels in Milan, Italy, that are perfect for a winter holiday in a city known throughout the world as a hub of global fashion and Italian culture.

Among Italy’s many great cities, Milan stands out as one of the most dynamic. As the country’s second-largest after Rome, Milan is also known as a major cultural center, and a hub for industry, transport, and finance. In winter, the temperature averages just above freezing, which is not terribly cold, but cool enough to ensure a nice winter chill and snow-covered peaks nearby, which are great for skiing. Milan has plenty of indoor attractions as well, ensuring that plenty of sightseeing can be done away from the winter weather.

Among these are Milan’s many famous museums, including the Pinacoteca di Brera and its world-class collection of Italian paintings; the Sforzesco Castle with Michaelangelo’s final sculpture Rondanini Pietà; and the Santa Maria delle Grazie, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that also houses Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper. Milan’s beautiful architecture, too numerous to mention in its entirety here, deserves a mention as well. Standouts include the Duomo di Milano, a stunning Gothic cathedral with room for 40,000 people that took 600 years to finish; and the Cimitero Monumentale, which many name as the world’s most beautiful cemetery.

If you want to get out of town for a few days and carve up the powder on skis or a snowboard, there are over 150 resorts within 3 hours of the city. The magnificent Aosta Valley to the west is home to several famous ski centers, such as Courmayeur, La Thuile, and Gressoney, while to the north and northeast other favorites include Foppolo and Carona, with others dotted around Lake Como and the rest of Milan’s alpine surroundings.

And of course, what would Milan be without a nod to its legendary reputation for cutting edge fashion? The Milano Moda Uomo takes place from 11-14 January and offers over 100 fashion shows and presentations with some of the world’s biggest names in men’s clothing. Most of the shows sell out months in advance, but tickets for smaller shows can often still be found. At the very least, it ensures that the city will be buzzing with models, designers and fashionistas from around the world.

With all of these sights and events to choose from, it’s likely that any visit to Milan this winter will be a busy one indeed. Get your winter gear ready and see below for more details on these great hotels.

Magna Pars Suites Milano, 5*
Newly-renovated and located right in the city center. Hip, modern, and clean.
Customers say: “Attentive staff, chic & stylish design, fabulous cuisine.” – Jennifer, UK

Chateau Monfort Hotel, 5*
Gorgeous colors, an incredible attention to detail, and stunning design and decoration.
Customers say: “Great stay, superb hotel. Its reputation was so high that taxi drivers showed more respect after hearing we were heading there!” – Shunan, China

Hotel Pierre Milano, 5*
Easy access to transport, food, and shopping, lushly decorated, and close to many top attractions.
Customers say: “Fantastic! Easy to find, close to all attractions and shopping, close to trams, trains and metro. Amazing yummy breakfast buffet!” – Annabel, Australia

NH President, 4*
Slick, modern design close to transport and right in Milan’s city center.
Customers say: “Excellent value for money. Very close to Duomo and public transport. Many restaurants around. Ideal for both tourists and business.” – Varun

Starhotels Rosa Grand, 4*
Quiet luxury just steps away from Milan’s most iconic sights, attractions, and shopping.
Customers say: “I would recommend friends to this hotel as it's right behind Duomo and great location for all shopping areas. The underground is right outside the hotel too.” – Ee, Malaysia

Best Western Premier Hotel Cristoforo Colombo, 4*
Stylish Milanese hotel dating to the 19th century, and close to all major attractions.
Customers say: “I love this hotel! All the staff were very professional yet warm and friendly. Efficient and knowledgeable when enquiring on directions to some of the places in Milan.” – Valedline, Singapore

Hotel Cavour, 4*
Elegant decoration and recently remodeled with an eye to modern design.
Customers say: “The staff were professional, kind and very helpful. Breakfast was good with a lot of choices from the buffet table. The room was well lit and clean, and the bed so comfortable.” – Reynaldo, Philippines

Hotel Mennini, 3*
Clean and cozy, close to notable museums, train stations and many attractions.
Customers say: “Good value for the money, great location, helpful and kind staff.” – Veselin, Bulgaria

Idea Hotel Milano Centrale, 3*
Clean and modern, great for those visiting on business as well as pleasure.
Customers say: “Hotel design is good and location is great. It is easy to find, close to the train terminal and metro station.” Pik, Macau

Mokinba Hotels Cristallo, 3*
A compact, clean place with easy access to train stations and many attractions.
Customers say: “Great place for the price. Very close to subways and right next to the train station, perfect location! Hotel is a nice size and clean too.” – Remy, France

To connect with and learn about special deals and promotions on hotels worldwide, like us on Facebook or follow us on Google+, Instagram, or Pinterest.