The Mix Mastery of Palazzo Parigi

Palazzo Parigi

The posh one-year-old Milanese hotel strikes the perfect balance of classic and contemporary styles.

The dapper façade of Palazzo Parigi Hotel & Grand Spa, which opened September 2013 in Milan’s Brera district, recalls the glorious Art Deco frontage of the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris, while inside, Baveno marble columns, Murano chandeliers and classical busts hark back to an age of good taste, rich materials and fine craftsmanship. Sure, the bedrooms are fresh from the hotel’s refurbishment, which introduced an occasional 1950s-retro feel, but the overall effect is of a lovingly tended classic. In its championing of out-and-out opulence, it has seemingly revived a battle against the prevailing modernist idiom that appeared lost when great Italian interior designer Renzo Mongiardino, doyen of the decorative, passed away in 1998. An intimate, statue-lined private garden and a surprisingly fun gourmet restaurant, courtly as a contessa’s salon, conjure an elegant old-world glamour that up to now has been offered only by bona fide Milanese icons like the Hotel Principe di Savoia and the Grand Hotel et de Milan. Rooms start at $590; Corso di Porta Nuova 1; 39-02/625-625;