Four years of renovation and the Portrait Milano is now open to guests in the ground of one of Europe’s oldest seminaries.
Following an extensive four year renovation, The Ferragamo family (yes, we’re talking about the same masterminds behind the red-sand courtyard runway back in September), has finally opened its doors to their latest hospitality venture; Portrait Milano. With this, the Italian fashion house joins a myriad of other luxury labels venturing into the world of hospitality, such as Dior or Versace.
We’d already seen glimpses of it. That fashion show in September was conveniently located in its main courtyard, at the time tinged in the luxury house’s signature colour red. Now, a few months down the line, it opens its doors as part of the Ferragamo hotel portfolio, which has been increasing steadily in the last few years. With a baroque gateway leading the guest straight from one Milan’s Corso Venezia (which may ring a bell since its steps away from some of Milan’s best shopping), Portrait hosts 73 luxury suites designed by Michele Bönan. As well as that, it is home to an exceptional casual dining experience, indoor swimming pool and a dream-like spa service.
1565 is the year this Archiepiscopal Seminary was built, home to a library, printing shop and school. Later down the line from 1980-1990, it became the grounds for notorious Italian Architect Mario Bellini‘s studio. What is one of Europe’s oldest seminaries has now been given a new lease on life as a hotel under the reigns of the Ferragamo.
The spaces are timelessly elegant in their interior design, making use of wooden framing and textures in a contemporary Lombardian decor. Red, of course, seeps into the most meticulous details; curtain linings, pillows, flowers and carpet details. The bathrooms are fitted with striped marble, the fancier suites equipped with standalone bathtubs.
As for the food, the restaurant’s casual dining option conveniently named 10_11, offers a memorable Italian dining experience, drawing inspiration from home-cooked classics and celebratory family dinners. Led by Chef Alberto Quadrio, known for his highly technical and equally spontaneous cuisine, the dining experience is held in the Portrait Milano’s intimate restaurant, designed with intricate wooden walls and patterned carpets.
Rooms start at 225EUR per night, per person.