If Alice had followed that rabbit into an Italian owned Wonderland it would look just like the Chateau Monfort in Milan. There was something about this place that made me smile from ear to ear the moment I entered it. I found myself enchanted by not just the impeccable service and fairytale design but also the extra touches like the serene scent and soothing music that wafts through the corridors. Every detail has been thought about in this new 5 star property from the Planetaria Group – and it shows.
The pastel pink urban Chateau, dating from the early 20th Century and said to be built as a dowry for the daughters of a rich Milanese businessman, is perched to the East of Milan city centre, strategically close to the famed shopping district. Via Montenapoleone and its designer residents are merely a 10 minute walk from the hotel, the iconic sights of the Duomo and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II are just a further 5 minutes walk from there.
If the men reading this think it sounds like a place for women, they’d be right, but every woman deserves to be treated like a princess so keep reading to find out how you can impress yours!
Ladies – the rooms at the Chateau Monfort cannot fail to make you feel just like a Disney Princess. Decorated in pastel colours from the walls to mirrors, chairs and toiletries; I’ll admit when first looking at the website even I feared it could be a little too much.
But it works.
I was absolutely delighted by the retro vanity case style wardrobe and ice cream coloured body and bath lotions. The turquoise tiles in the bathroom are something I would love to see in my house of the future, along with the largest rainforest shower-head I’ve ever laid eyes on. I think I may have actually squealed.
But it was some of the simple things that this hotel had thought of which made my stay so perfect – the complimentary water in the room (hotels note: this is so cheap to do and so sorely missed when forgotten), the tea and coffee making facilities (you would think this was standard but during this same trip to Italy I encountered not 1 but 2 hotels that didn’t include this in the room and left me gasping for a cuppa!) and finally the free wifi. For fear of sounding like a broken record I won’t get into my ‘why hotels are missing a trick when they charge for wifi’ spiel, but when a hotel does include fast wifi with simple passwords that you don’t have to keep putting in every 2 minutes or need to register to access, I am going to praise them – so praise the Chateau Monfort I must.
Breakfast was quite the treat. Served in an intimate dining room where the seats were shaped as hearts and the plates and cutlery decorated the wall, the choice included everything from cupcakes to charcuterie. Although divine looking even I, with a notorious sweet tooth, couldn’t muster the appetite to the try the cupcakes and doughnuts first thing in the morning, but the luxury muesli and fresh fruit smoothies sure went down a treat.
The Chateau Monfort has certainly embraced the Alice in Wonderland theme – their business cards are rabbit shaped and the concierge looked a little like a Mad Hatter – but not to the detriment of the hotel’s overall class. My stay was certainly a 5 star experience but it was also jolly good fun! The Chateau Monfort ticks every box in my book and I won’t be forgetting it for a long while.
I discovered this wonderful place after staying in their sister hotel in Genoa and picking up a leaflet in the hotel reception. But finding the right hotel is not always easy, visit trivago, compare prices and find the right hotel for you, because finding the right hotel makes a big difference to how you feel about a destination.
Thanks very much to the Chateau Monfort who agreed to host my stay after I was intrigued by their website and the concept of the hotel. All words, thoughts and smiles are my own. Please visit their website for further information.