Approaching the Duomo, Milan’s exquisite cathedral, your eyes are drawn from the protruding rooftop pinnacles and spires down towards the intricate stonework, comprising carved pillars and curious statues.
An artistic masterpiece, the Duomo pulls people towards the dynamic centre of Milan.
The cathedral opens onto the expansive Piazza del Duomo, the main square popular with locals and visitors, a place to linger, eat, drink and importantly to savour a gelato.
It’s perfect for people watching, it’s home to regular events and occasional demonstrations.
The adjacent Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is the original shopping arcade, now the primary address of upscale retail and dining experiences.
From here you can take one of the narrow cobblestone side streets or a grand boulevard towards museums, galleries, theatres, parks, palaces and castles.
Sustainable Hotels in Milan
One of Italy’s great cities, Milan has everything, including a strong movement towards sustainability.
Milan is leading the way in Italy by taking action against climate change and improving the health and wellbeing of its citizens.
Unfortunately, the tourism sector is slow to follow, especially in the hotel sector where few hotels use renewable energy sources or have a commitment to zero waste or a circular economy.
Sustainable hotels in Milan should use 100% renewable energy as their electricity source as a bare minimum of sustainability measures.
We recommend the following hotels that are either dedicated to energy conservation, support local enterprises, avoid single-use plastic or implement water saving measures.
Few of Milan’s hotels, aside from our top pick, meet all these criteria.
Top PickRoom Mate Giulia*
Silvio Pellico 4,
Milan City Centre, Italy
Located minutes from Piazza del Duomo, the Room Mate Giulia hotel is a modern, minimalist design hotel situated within a beautiful historic building. Easily the best sustainable hotel in Milan, sustainability initiatives include the use of 100% renewable electricity throughout the hotel. All windows are double-glazed and energy-efficient LED lights are used in the rooms and common areas, important measures to conserve energy. With respect to waste, all single-use plastic is avoided including no plastic straws or water bottles. They take social responsibility seriously by investing in community projects and they work with local guides to help you experience the best of Milan. This hotel is highly rated and strongly recommended for a short or long stay in Milan.Check Availability*
Unfortunately, the Room Mate Giulia won’t suit everyone’s budget. The following hotels have some sustainability measures and are well-located and well-rated.
iQ Hotel Milano*
Considerably more affordable and well located near Milano Centrale (the main train station), the iQ gets excellent reviews, particularly around cleanliness and helpfulness of staff. Although they don’t use renewable energy at this time, they do implement energy conservation measures and offset a portion of their carbon footprint. They avoid all single-use plastics and limit their food waste. Food served at the hotel is mostly locally sourced and organic and as a guest, you have access to green spaces within the hotel. The iQ Hotel is transparent about its sustainability and openly share knowledge with guests regarding the local environment, ecosystems and culture.
21WOL Milano Centro*
If you’re looking for a younger vibe and don’t mind being a little bit further out from the centre, 21WOL Milano Centro is a new, modern hotel with clean lines and simple furniture. The hotel is close to Corso Buenos Aires, a long casual shopping street, and Porta Venezia, one of the city gates. You have a few different metro stations within walking distance meaning you can quickly and efficiently get to anywhere in the city. The hotel implements some energy conservation and water efficiency measures as well as a recycling program. There is a nice green space to provide closeness to nature and if you don’t want to use public transport there is bike rental and parking available. This hotel provides excellent value for money in what is a very expensive city.
We hope that as time goes on, Milan will further push its businesses to act sustainably, particular to assist the transition to using renewable energy.
This may come in the form of government grants or tax incentives to switch energy sources but we as consumers can do our part by prioritising our stays in sustainable hotels while in Milan and elsewhere.
Milan is a wonderful city with incredible museums and artwork like the Last Supper, the city is filled with historic architure including palaces and the famous Castello Sforzesco, a 15th century fortress.
As far as food goes, you can’t go wrong.
Milan is famous for specialties like risotto alla Milanese, ossobuco, minestrone and costoletta alla Milanese amongst so many other meals and desserts.
As the city of Milan implements its urban greening program the city will become cooler and more liveable for all.