Lorenzo Soleri is the General Manager at Baglioni Hotel Carlton in Milan.
Lorenzo, can you tell us what makes your hotel exceptional among other luxury hotels in Milan?
Baglioni Hotel Carlton is the only hotel in the city that boasts a pedestrian access from Via della Spiga, the famous luxury shopping street, with the unique opportunity to start your shopping session just crossed the hotel entrance. With this great location in the heart of the fashion district, our guests can enjoy the one-of-a-kind experience of sipping a cocktail on the private terraces of our suites, with views of the most renowned shopping street in the world. In addition to the location I would mention the breakfast at our Caffé Baglioni, where breakfast time have been reinvented offering specialties that mix tradition, local identity and food innovation.
Does the hotel organize any unique experiences for its guests?
Thanks to partnerships with exclusive experience providers, we are able to offer our guests Milanese Signature experiences to discover the city way of life in a unique way. Italian design lovers cannot miss the chance to privately visit one of the most important Italian showrooms in Milan and to enjoy the city under the eye of one of the youngest talented Italian artists. The experience include a visit to some of the city’s treasures and hidden angles with a contemporary eye approach on a tailor-made tour from Renaissance spots to contemporary Milanese Design. At the end, you can sit for a one-of-a kind photo portrait, and enjoy a quit and exclusive dinner in the artist’s studio.
In your opinion, what is the “must see” place in the city?
In addition to the most renowned and traditional places like the Leonardo Last Supper, the Navigli, the Sforzesco Castle or the city panorama from the Duomo Rooftoop, you cannot miss a visit to Quartiere Isola and Porta Nuova. This former working-class neighborhood is now an area full of quirky café and vintage shops, where traditional Milanese banister houses live side by side with the modern Unicredit Tower and the futuristic Gae Aulenti square.
What is your favourite street/place for shopping in this exciting fashion capital?
Milan is home to top designer stores, boutiques and outlets ranging from the high-expensive, to the very affordable. The Quadrilatero d’Oro (Via Montenapoleone, Via della Spiga, Via Manzoni or Via Sant’Andrea) is the best for haute couture, but I think the bohemian Brera district is home to Milan’s best small boutiques offering some of Milan finest Made in Italy fashion.
Which is the best place in Milan for coffee and cake lovers?
Tradition lovers cannot miss the historic pastry shop Cova. Located in Via Montenapoleone, a few steps from Baglioni Hotel Carlton, Cova is a symbol of Made in Italy excellences, appreciated for its elegant atmosphere, its inimitable espresso and recipes in the finest Italian tradition, like the world renowned Panettone, the typical Milanese Christmas cake.