TownHouse Galleria: Chic and Sleek in Milan
First of all, there is the location. Not just close to the famous and fabulous Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele at the heart of Milan, but actually inside it. Then there is the technology. There are no keys at TownHouse Galleria; locks are opened by a code of your choosing established on arrival. The juxtaposition of ultracontemporary decor within the TownHouse and traditional architectural details of the Galleria just outside the windows is a wonderful combination of visual sensations. The hotel’s suites are more like loft apartments, with separate sitting and sleeping areas, plus upstairs mezzanines adding another level―literally―of accommodation under the 4m-high ceilings. The high-tech lighting system with rotating lights to angle them just the way you want is a simple yet effective way to personalise your private space.
The TownHouse Galleria’s public rooms are intimate spaces where voluminous coffee-table books may be perused at leisure among the collection of artsy tomes lining the walls of this establishment located in one of the fashion capitals of the world. Personal service are the bywords here in a place where private butlers are always on call to attend to your needs and bring the world to you and your Louis Vuitton; services outside the Townhouse are all easily arranged by the staff, who seem to know no bounds in their ability not only to satisfy expectation, but anticipate them. Personalised printed business cards await in your suite and come in handy for business meetings or blossoming romances in this most dramatically romantic of accommodation options. In the bar, a pianist can be hired to play the songs you wish to hear.
Most people don’t spend more than a few days in Milan on their way to Venice, Florence or one of Italy’s innumerable other appealing destinations, so it makes sense to stay in a central location and be close to everything, including the hot chocolate and pastries of the Sant Ambroeus café just a short stroll away. The Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele, which is flanked to the north by the Teatro Alla Scala opera house and to the south by Milan’s extraordinary cathedral, is also near the fashion boutiques on Via della Spiga and Via Montenapoleone. Hotels don’t come more central than TownHouse Galleria…and from the number of looks cast upward by the passing parade of pedestrians below, hotel guests looking out their windows into one of Italy’s most famous attractions is itself an uncommon sight.