I just wrapped up my first ever stay at the Park Hyatt Milan. As much as I’ve been loyal to Hyatt for many years and have stayed at quite a few Park Hyatt properties, I’ve done surprisingly few of their European properties. There are eight Park Hyatts in Europe, and prior to this year I’ve only stayed at the properties in Istanbul, Vienna, and Zurich.
Then earlier this year I stayed at the Park Hyatt Paris for the first time, which exceeded my expectations. Now I just wrapped up a stay at the Park Hyatt Milan, which I had also heard great things about.
This is a Category 7 World of Hyatt hotel, so a free night stay cost 30,000 points per night. You can earn these points in several ways:
I used points for our stay, and then used a Globalist Suite Upgrade to confirm an upgrade to a suite at the time of booking. The fact that the World of Hyatt program lets you use suite upgrades on award stays is one of my favorite features, since it means you can confirm suites on the stays that matter most to you. For what it’s worth, the paid rate for a base room would have been around 600EUR per night.
There are different standards of “good” hotels. Some hotels are good after factoring in that you can redeem points at them, while some hotels are objectively excellent, regardless of whether you’re paying points or cash. This hotel definitely fits into the latter category.
In many ways I found the Park Hyatt Milan to be very similar to the Park Hyatt Paris in terms of the rooms, design, and service.
The hotel has an unbeatable location if sightseeing. It’s immediately next to the Galleria, and just a very short walk from the Duomo. This allowed us to do all of our sightseeing by foot.
Our suite upgrade confirmed into a Park Suite, which was a good size, though was a single room. I loved the design of the room — it felt luxurious and modern while still doing justice to the building it was in. The room had a comfortable king size bed, and then a large seating area. The bathroom was huge as well.
Possibly the greatest treat of our stay was breakfast. Thanks to my Globalist status we received complimentary breakfast in the hotel’s restaurant every morning. This is a beautiful setting, and has a glass dome for lots of natural light.
This may just be my favorite Globalist breakfast offered at any Hyatt hotel in the world. The restaurant has an excellent buffet that was exceptionally high quality (a great selection of fruit, balik salmon, etc.). You can select whatever you want from the buffet, and then you can also order whatever else you want off the menu. You can order as much or as little as you want. This include a lobster omelet with caviar, an avocado and ricotta cheese sandwich on walnut bread, etc.
The service was excellent, and the server recommended we order multiple things. She almost seemed disappointed when we didn’t want to order waffles or pancakes for dessert.
Since this is a smaller city hotel, there aren’t too many other amenities. There’s a decent enough gym, as well as a spa on the basement level. We didn’t use the spa, though access is free for all guests, and Globalist members even get a 20% discount on treatments.
My one (very) mild criticism of the hotel is that it doesn’t really have any public spaces where you can sit (other than the three benches in the below picture). I totally get space is limited in hotels and this is pretty common in Europe, but when jetlagged it’s nice to sometimes have somewhere to sit at 3AM where I can work, while Ford is still sleeping. The only public spaces at this hotel are the restaurants, and those are closed at that hour.
All things considered I can’t recommend the Park Hyatt Milan enough — the rooms, service, location, and breakfast, were all top notch. This is probably one of my five favorite Park Hyatts in the world, and an excellent way to redeem World of Hyatt or Chase Ultimate Rewards points.
If you’ve stayed at the Park Hyatt Milan, what was your experience like?