Excelsior Hotel Gallia
A Luxury Collection Hotel
What it is
A contemporary design fantasy that integrates cutting-edge interiors within a grand Liberty-style shell.
What it isn't
In the heart of town. But don’t worry—the hotel’s Maserati will ferry you whenever you desire.
What we think
The Gallia’s glitzy makeover in 2015 is still the talk of a town obsessed with design. Architect Marco Piva transformed the 1932 icon into one of Milan’s sleekest and sexiest hotels, with an interior linked to the city’s aesthetic history. Rooms and public spaces are fitted with custom pieces by Milanese design houses—among them B&B Italia, Fendi Casa, Poltrona Frau and Cassina—and five specialty suites are devoted to interiors icons like Gio Ponti and Franco Albini. The property glows with light, both natural and emanating from bespoke installations—of special note are the soaring Murano glass chandelier in the stairwell and the unique effects that adorn the 10,000-square-foot Shiseido Spa. Bars and restaurants recreate the vibrancy of 1930s nightlife; standouts are Terrazza Gallia, the rooftop restaurant with contemporary Italian cuisine, and the adjacent bar manned by cutting-edge mixologists.
You're here because
Your sofa is Piero Lissoni, your kitchen is Boffi, and you want to stay in a fever dream of high-end Italian design.
The hotel’s landmark façade lights up just as the house Maserati drops you off from your shopping jaunt in the Quadrilatero. You ascend the Space Age elevator and open the leather- and chrome-clad door to your room, throwing your shopping bags on the tufted leather sofa. Design heaven!
Restaurants & Bars
The destination roof-top bar and signature restaurant on the seventh floor will soon offer a stunning panoramic view of the city alongside remarkable epicurean experiences and classic Italian hospitality. The restaurant and bar on the ground floor is designed in a contemporary reinterpretation of the 1930s. The hotel also features a sophisticated wine cellar ideal for an intimate lunch, aperitif or show cooking for small groups.
The historic Piazza Duca d’Aosta, in Milan’s northwest. The Milano Centrale train station is just across the street, the Duomo about a 15-minute drive.