Work takes us to Milan on a regular basis and we are always on the lookout for a true #hotelswelove. Readers rejoice, we think we may have just stumbled across it.
The one thing we love about Milan is that quintessential retro fifties feel that still permeates the city where contemporary design shops coexist next to ‘old school’ pasticceria, panetteria or meccanico with their classic 50’s signage. Typography lovers like us can never get enough of it. So it’s great to have finally found a place to stay in Milan whose design ethos echoes the city’s idiosyncrasies.
Hosted in a classic 19th century Milanese building that used to house the Zucca wine family and factory, LaFavia four rooms guesthouse is first and foremost an excuse to experience what it’d feel to live in grand Milanese apartment. Decorated with taste and a spectacular attention to detail the first two rooms are housed on the building’s first floor, in the main residential flat. Walking into the apartment at the end of the day feels great – you are welcomed by some grand oil painting portrait, wonderful lighting and great color combinations on the walls and ceilings. Inside the room, everything, from the bed to the bathroom, has been perfectly thought out and we loved the handmade Sicilian tiles in the bathroom.
The apartment is encircled by a classic Milanese veranda, where breakfast is served during the winter months. Unexpectedly the verandah leads onto two massive rooftops. One is the perfect summer hang-out; where breakfast is served when the sun shines. The other hosts the old factory’s 50’s laundry which the owners Fabio and Marco have now converted into two more bedrooms with kitchen. The old laundry building is an intriguing, classic 50’s gem, with metallic louvre windows and Fabio and Marco have painstakingly preserved its original features.
Located in between busy and touristy Corso Como and the indie neighbourhood of Isola, the guesthouse couldn’t be more conveniently located – just a stones’ throw away from the Garibaldi train station. Milan is not NYC, but we arrived very late and at midnight there were still a few late night diner options nearby. While it’s central, the rooms themselves are fairly quiet as most of them face the internal courtyard. At night you mostly hear the distinct rattle of the nearby tram, but we find this delightful (it reminds us of home).
What We Love
We loved everything about this place in particular the attention to detail that has been put into this project, with the careful mix of fifties vintage furniture pieces with the flat’s more traditional features and a touch of personal style. Each of the four rooms evokes a place – India, Barcelona, Mexico, Palermo – but the travel theme is extremely subtle and the result is an invigorating and stimulating experience for people like us who love both travel and design.
Needless to say it’s run like a perfectly oiled machine, with friendly service as a bonus. And last but not least, we adored the price – which at 100 Euros per night (90 for single occupancy) including breakfast is extremely reasonable for the experience.
LaFavia4rooms only accepts cash and paypal payments, but there’s an ATM just across the street.