My 100th review of 2014:
OMG...everything about this hotel is Manifico!
I love the four seasons!! the only problem with me is that every four seasons I go to are all surrounded by expensive stores, I'm not going to name drop all the non-italian brands so I'm going with the Prada, Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo just to name a few (RAWR) I just love it but I ended up getting a Louis anyways (just because taxes are so much better in Italy! - i actually saved $150 bucks with taxes and the whole exchange rate thing and I swear it's much cheaper)
Though situated in the most expensive or glamorous place in Milano you're not far from the center which is the Duomo. Although Milano is just an awesome town it's pretty small, but this isn't a review of Milano but the Four Seasons.
Did you know? That this four seasons used to hold a convent? Read it in their magazine or history. (man that sounded a lot like Hogwarts, the history lol) It's so peaceful until you have thunderstorms in the middle of the night (which was so weird but I was so tired that I woke up and fell back asleep).
The people there are so nice. The employees are really helpful. When we checked in the Front Desk person who was clearly french from her accent was really really nice. She walked us to our room and even explained every single detail. Helped us how to get to and from everywhere. She was really friendly! I've been to other Four Seasons, and it's usually the bell boy that does that, but an actually person from the front desk!
They still had welcome drinks and welcome desserts! They also have fruit that they replenish every day and free water. I've been to other Four Seasons and this was the first time on the welcome drinks and desserts...usually it's just the fruit and the water.
We had breakfast at the at the Main Dining room in the Front. There wasn't much...I mean you got the usuals, Yogurt - they had Yakult too couldn't help but take some to go lol - where was my manners lol, pastries, cereal, nothing hot but it was all you can eat! and they replace it every time some one takes something it was unbelievable. All the hot items you had to order but it was all you can eat too...i felt uncomfortable asking for eggs, hash browns, pancakes, etc...that was kind of rude but when in ...oh wrong city...hahah
Best Brunch in Italy and Possibly the World - il Teatro at Four Seasons Hotel (Milan, Italy)
These steps lead you to the best brunch in Italy and possibly the world! We are not exaggerating! We almost lost our minds at il Teatro's Sunday Brunch at Four Seasons Milan.
I really didn't expect the Four Season's Brunch to be so fun, relaxed and whimsical but it was! I loved how everyone from the toddlers to the more mature group were DRESSED! Seriously, I saw an eighty-plus year old woman rocking a badass Gucci ensemble with fishnets and cute booties--and they were from this season! I mean, we are in Milano.
Once you reach the bottom of the stairs you are greeted by one of the lovely il Teatro "guides" and they will take you on a little journey around the restaurant so you can get your bearings and create your tactile plan of action! Here is our version of the tour:
THE MAIN DINING ROOM
In the main dining room you can visit the egg station or the raw bar for oysters. There also isn't a shortage of Prosecco. We just let the cocktails keep on flowing, but please note that you pay for every single one--our cocktail bill was more than the brunch!
This is where the magic happens! This is not just a working kitchen; there is a full buffet inside with some fantastic food options as well as two chef's tables! Other than the Chocolate Room, I think the kitchen is my favorite! They have so many options:
- Carving Station
- And so much more!
THE CHOCOLATE ROOM
The "Chic"olate Room is everything and more. We dedicated an entire post to it. This year's theme was inspired by Milan's Fashion Week.
THE BOTTOM OF THE STAIRS (FOYER)
Before you can even reach the restaurant there are all kinds of goodies for you from sweets to savory meats. It was really hard to figure out where to start.
Cheese & Bread
I totally missed this section until the end of the meal! I was far too distracted by the desserts!
No words can describe how good this all is. I am glad we were able to go and walk all 250 steps at the Duomo afterwards to burn off the calories!
Besides the fantastic food and service Four Seasons Milan has to offer; you can also enjoy the beautiful architecture of the property. Originally a convent dating back to the 15th century, the building is now a gorgeous hotel where Dr. J, my sister and I have all decided to hold some portion of each of our weddings here!
I am pretty sure my rehearsal dinner will be here.
If you get a chance you HAVE to visit the Four Seasons in Milan. It is only a short train ride away from Venice and other popular destinations. You will not regret it, we promise!
I would recommend stay away from this hotel. There are so many great hotels in Milan. This really was the worse hotel experience I've ever had. The water in the shower had sand in it. When I try to take a bath in the room, the water came out to be yellow. After the 5th time and many housekeeping calls later, the same issue persist in the room we were offered and in other rooms as well. The housekeeper took us by surprise when she let herself into the room when we were in the room relaxing. The left over tea bags were left in the room uncleaned into the next day (after the house keeping cleaned the rest of the room, we even left a 5 Euro tip). There are also quite a few flys and mosquitoes around the property (even when we are on the 2nd floor). The food was below average and the service was bad. I would also pay attention to the bill because they add service charge to everything without telling you. The pool was hot and humid with bad air circulation. You really can't swim in it. It's over 30 degree C (maybe winter but it doesn't make sense to me in the summer). It's more like a big public bath tub. Appearances is very deceiving. I had great experiences at other Four Seasons but this one is definitely out there. Consider yourself warned.
Gorgeous rooms and a beautiful hotel.
Relax in the bar with a glass of wine enjoying the historic frescos on the wall.
Service is top notch
Bathroom floors are heated
Central courtyard helps you escape the hectic streets outside.
Close to the Duomo and awesome shopping!
This Four Seasons is charming. Walking distance to the Duomo and high-end boutiques. Our room was spacious, quiet and included a gorgeous full-size bathroom and closet which is not easy to find in Europe. Staff was friendly, courteous and patient with our broken Italian. The business center had updated office equipment and was quiet, the restaurant had terrific food and cappuccinos. I will absolutely stay here again on our next trip to Italy. Less importantly, the Wi Fi didn't work and the television didn't quite work.
best place to stay i love the service. i had a great vacation here with my wife and son
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