All you need to know about Milan

Internationally renowned as a global capital of fashion and design, Milan is a richly cultural Italian city with a long-standing heritage. Not only does Milan stand as one of the fashion greats, the city is also a vital European economic hub boasting the second largest economy of EU cities behind Paris. When planning a solo or group business trip to this European powerhouse, selecting a suitable serviced apartment is imperative in ensuring a successful and comfortable stay. 

Offering a seamless 24-hour service with five offices across the globe, the dedicated team of friendly staff at SilverDoor Apartments is always on hand to assist with any booking. Having built the industry’s largest portfolio of accommodation in over 100 countries worldwide, working with a selection of the world’s top property providers, with whom we have strengthened our relationship for 20 years in industry, no unique guest requirement is out of the question. Committed to providing the very best service from enquiry to after-care, your business trip to Milan is guaranteed to be spent within an apartment that perfectly suits your needs.

Why choose a SilverDoor Milan apartment? 

Whether you’re one of our longest-standing clients from some of the largest corporations in the world, or if it’s your very first booking with us, every enquiry is handled with the upmost level of duty of care, quality assurance and efficiency. Not only does booking with SilverDoor Apartments eliminate the stress of sourcing your own accommodation in an unfamiliar destination, it also offers a wide range of benefits including:

Unmatched service. With a Trustpilot score of 4.9/5, we are the highest rated company within the serviced accommodation sector. Our teams are not just fantastic at what they do, but they more importantly love what they do; something that always comes across throughout the booking process. Whether you have a family of five to relocate with you, or two dogs that cannot be left behind, we can work with our trusted property partners to ensure these needs are met and exceeded.

Insider industry intelligence. Priding ourselves on quality assurance means we have a strict set of quality guidelines that we make a special effort to personally ensure are met. Visiting many of our accommodation options means we get a first-hand understanding of the quality of the space, as well as local knowledge of the city or town. If you’re ever in need of a personal recommendation for where to take colleagues for dinner, or how to navigate the city’s public transport, just give us a call any time for advice.

What is a serviced apartment? 

Serviced apartments are the undeniable top choice for business travellers; providing the privacy, flexibility, style and comfort often not associated with hotels in the area. Like for like, serviced accommodation is more affordable than hotel rooms, not to mention the tax discount received on extended stays, meaning if you’re relocating to Milan and awaiting permanent residence, a serviced apartment is the only option. Additional benefits of serviced accommodation include:

Space. When travelling for business, it is likely that your living space will become your working, hosting and exercising space, too, which is why a hotel room simply won’t cut it. Choose serviced accommodation and enjoy an entire apartment to yourself; with separate living, kitchen, dining and sleeping areas and regular housekeeping to keep things tidy. 

On-site amenities. Many apartment buildings and apart-hotels feature an impressive range of on-site amenities for guests to enjoy; from gyms and swimming pools, to spa treatments and dry cleaning services. Business trips can be busy, so it is important to relax and unwind – let our booking team know what on-site amenities would improve your stay and we will always select options that suit you best.

What do I need to know about staying in Milan? 

Outside of your busy schedule of corporate commitments, your Milan serviced apartment provides a great base from which to explore the highlights of the city. 

Cuisine

Milan holds the title for the most Michelin-starred restaurants in Italy and, like the rest of the country, food is an important part of Milanese culture. Unlike traditional Italian cuisine, dishes in Milan are less tomato based and more hearty; think stew, meat and rice. Often compared to German cuisine, Ossobuco perfectly encompasses all common components: slow simmered veal shanks in a red wine broth, served on a bed of polenta or risotto.

Art

Boasting an extensive collection of masterpieces, Milan is renowned for its rich artistic heritage. Pinacoteca di Brera holds an impressive portfolio of works with an overarching religious theme, many of which were once looted from churches, with free admission on the first Sunday of every month. One of Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous pieces is also hidden away in a Milanese convent. The Last Supper depicts an iconic religious scene and is such a popular attraction that a maximum of 30 visitors are permitted to enter every 15 minutes.

Architecture 

A treasure trove of architectural wonders, the streets of Milan are full of buildings that mirror the intricate design and beauty of many of the designs in Milan’s most famous fashion houses. It goes without saying that a trip to Duomo di Milano is a must when visiting the city: a white marble façade and thousands of spires and statues make up this dramatic cathedral that is certainly a sight to behold.

Layout 

Milan has an unusual concentric layout with every street leading to the Duomo. The streets were built around Milan’s ancient interconnected canal system, Navigli, and, although most have now been covered, you can still cruise part of the Navigli canals today.