This week I went back home to Milan, this was the first time I had to book an hotel in the city … and it was not easy. I ended up staying at the Palazzo Parigi and I could not be happier. Palazzo Parigi is located on the site of the historical Palazzo Kramer, which was destroyed during the Second World War. The hotel is well situated in a high end and quiet area of Milan, near to everything but away from the tourist hordes. This luxurious hotel is characterised by a tasteful blend of Milanese and Parisian design; all areas are nicely decorated in a classical and elegant style.
At my arrival the suite was prepared with complementary Champaign and strawberry with chocolate. I stayed in the deluxe corner room on the 6th floor, and it exceeded all my expectations. The room has floor to ceiling windows on both sides that open to balconies overlooking the city. The bed was huge and extremely comfortable that I didn’t even realize I was not in my bed. Wonderful blackout curtains, controlled from the bed, seal off the windows. This room was of the quietest I ever been: I did not hear any sound from another room or a cart rolling down the hall. The bathroom is fully stocked of Clarins products and has both a tub and walk in rain shower. The Moroccan style spa is on the third floor and has a covered swimming pool as well as private pool that can be booked in advance.
Palazzo Parigi provided an heavenly oasis: it is elegant and homelike at the same time.
Le Gabriel is located in the Hotel La Reserve, just a step away from the Champs Élysée. The decor is very rich with dark wood and gold accents. The dining room is intimate, with a small number of tables that create a very calm and pleasant atmosphere. Perfect also the table set up with elegant porcelain and cutlery, Le Gabriel is the personification of elegant. Formal as one would expect, but the well trained and sophisticated servers ensure your comfort without feeling like they were even in the room. Having rather limited French I was glad to find a very international team fluent in English.
Le Gabriel is a two Michelin star restaurant with a chef who is not afraid to blend various styles and cultures into his dishes. We opted for the seven course menu and we were blown away: caviar, scallops, mackerel, salmon, artichokes, every plate was thoroughly thought bold and delicious. The seven-course menu is more like an eleven courses as they bring out a “welcome” course (amuse bouche) and few extra treats at the end of the dinner.
This is a formal high-end place and jackets are required for gentlemen even for lunch, however if you forgot yours, they have jackets that can be borrowed. 42 avenue Gabriel – Hôtel La Réserve, Paris – France
Brown’s Hotel is located in the very nice neighbourhood of Mayfair near the theater district and historical parts of London; it is also in a great high end shopping area. Brown’s was established in 1837, and keeps its old and elegant England atmosphere. This small size hotel is charming and exclusive without being stuffy or arrogant; its size gives a homey feeling although the amenities offered can be compared to the one of a larger hotel.
At my arrival I found fruit and pastry in the room that were replenished during my stay according to what I had eaten. Breakfast was included in the price of the room and the waiter remembered my first order and asked if I wanted the usual.The concierge crew were outstanding finding what ever I was looking for. Albemarle St, Mayfair, London – UK
Ten Trinity Square is a magnificent historic building completely renovated with great attention to details, a blend of contemporary sophistication and neo-classical charm. This hotel is superbly located and enhanced with outstanding service; I felt like the staff were really looking after my needs and making my stay easy. The room had a large bath with walk-in rain shower and a cloud like bed.
There is a house car available to guests on a first come first serve basis although I used the tube for most of my travels. The hotel is very close to Tower Hill tube station, outside the standard tourist district but close to the major attractions. After a long day sightseeing, it was nice to return to a quite neighbourhood with a park across the street and many non touristy restaurants. 10 Trinity Square, London – UK
I came across Jansz while walking around the Nine Streets area. The entrance caught my attention because it was different from the other restaurants; I later discovered that the storefront belonged to a pharmacy and the restaurant chose to keep as it was. Jansz, situated within the Pulitzer hotel, mixes Dutch elements with modern comfort; the atmosphere is elegant and easygoing with marble tables and gray wainscoting.
The window street facing tables are great if you want to enjoy Amsterdam’s street life while dining on delicious food. Do try the oysters and don’t miss the cheese and port. I enjoyed the selection of wines by the glass and the very attentive staff who helped me to pick the right wine to match the dinner. Jansz is an effortless excellent dining experience; everything is prepared with care and special requests are happily accommodated. Reestraat 8, 1016 DN Amsterdam, Netherlands.
The Clove is nestled into the old Shoreditch Town Hall and it has a very casual vibe for a Michelin star restaurants: rustic wood floors & tables and open kitchen, which fit with the laidback Shoreditch vibe. Usually I am not a big fan of tasting menus but this time I was happy to change my mind because it gave me the opportunity to try many things I would not normally order but I was so glad I did. All the flavors melded together perfectly to provide a truly memorable experience.
My major complaint when travelling abroad is bad service. I feel that in the States customer experience is the most important customer service goal, while abroad that is not always true but here they were extremely gracious and accommodating. Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old St, London, UK
Staying at The Merchant feels like staying at a friend’s home. Staff is relaxed and friendly and their attention to every detail made my stay memorable. The interior decor is truly unique: it combines the traditional 18th century architecture with bold colors and warm fabrics. The fireplace together with the heated bathroom floors create a welcoming and cozy environment which was perfect for the cold January’s weather.
The amenities in this inn surpass some chain hotels. At The Merchant guests have 24-hour access to a pantry filled with coffee, tea as well as sodas and snacks. The common area is also very inviting and relaxing; a nice place where you can strike up a conversation with the other guests. George Washington himself stayed here (there’s a George Washington Suite) in 1789. If you miss the big city, The Merchant is an easy 30 minutes commuter train ride into Boston. 148 Washington St, Salem, MA – USA
Campbell Apartment is an historic cocktail bar located in Grand Central’s southwest corner. The main entrance for the Campbell is actually outside of the Station on Vanderbilt Avenue. The space is named after John W. Campbell, a financier who used the space as an office.
We stopped at Campbell Apartment for post dinner cocktails and had a wonderful time. The server kindly arranged for us to have a table in the mezzanine area; he gave us a little tour of the space and pointed out some of the amazing architectural details. The ambience is very dark almost prohibition style; you are surrounded by leaded glass windows and rich wood trim. The interiors, teamed with a dark atmosphere, create a quiet and intimate space in the middle of the Grand Central. A great place to enjoy an extremely well prepared drink and find some peace in the hustle and bustle of NYC. 15 Vanderbilt Ave, New York, NY – USA
The Nolinski is moments away from the Louvre and the shopping district, just above the Pyramides metro station. Although on a main road, it is super quiet and private windows are soundproofed so you’re able to sleep peacefully. The interior design of the hotel is fabulous, from the Carrara marble in the lobby to Art Deco inspired pieces and plush velvet curtains, guests move through an elegant environment.
The staff is on point, every step of the way; they all went out of their way to ensure my stay was perfect. In the room was a handwritten note from the general manager along with a bottle of wine and opera cakes. The hotel and the rooms have so many little touches and nuances that make your stay special. Nolinski also has a great spa & pool area opened to guests 24 hours a day. The spa environment itself is wonderful; it has a warm swimming pool, comfortable seating areas, sauna, and steam room. 16 Avenue de l’Opéra, Paris – France
Typing Room is located in the Town Hall Hotel and is named for the building’s original typing room. Built in 1910, the newly designed space has a retro minimalist decor with high ceilings, marble tables and low lighting. Dinner is offered only as a fixed course; the food is very visually attractive and clearly shows the effort that goes into each dish. The quality is also amazing and the chef caters to dietary requirements seamlessly. The Typing Room definitely fits the bill for a really special occasion. Town Hall Hotel, Patriot Square, London – UK
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