Built in the 15th century as a convent and surrounding a colonnaded cloister, this luxurious retreat is often cited as Milan's best hotel, and it certainly exudes a feeling that is anything but urban. In the heart of Milan's upscale shopping district, this hotel is the perfect location for serious shoppers. Parts of the original frescoes can still be seen in the lobby and lounge, and some rooms have balconies looking onto a glassed-in courtyard. The Theater restaurant
has some of Milan's best hotel dining, and it serves a Sunday brunch that is worth the high price tag. Ask about the "Chocolate Room" when it is time for dessert.