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Milan is northern Italy’s biggest commercial center, big on banking and industry. Until recently many of its hotels have chased expense-account customers to the detriment of tourists and families. The winds of change are blowing, however, and the city is seeing a flowering of cosy, independent locandas and albergos as well as design-conscious and mega-cool boutique hotels to complement the grand old institutions.

 

As Milan is a commercial center, prices are often higher during the week than on the weekend. Room rates soar when the high-fashion bandwagon is in town (late Feb and late Sept) and are also expected to rise during Expo 2015.

Inveterate shoppers will want to stay in the Brera and Magenta neighborhoods, avid sightseers near the Duomo; budgeters will find the most options near the central train station and along Corso Buenos Aires.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.