Expo 2015 & The Principe di Savoia, Milan
It is no big secret that I am basically a big fan of just two hotel groups: the Ritz-Carlton Hotels and the Dorchester Collection. It is like a vintage wine. You know the year was great and all wines will be great as well. So it is with the Dorchester Collection. Might it be the iconic Le Meurice in Paris with its vast bathrooms (I won't stay anywhere else just for them!), the Eden Rome with its one-of-a-kind rooftop restaurant serving a cuisine with all the best of Italy, or my favourite city palace: the Principe di Savoia in Milano. Not to mention the Dorchester in London, the Plaza Athenee in Paris or the Le Richemond in Geneva - we haven't stayed there yet but there is always a first time :).
Now there is the question what makes the Principe unique? Well first of all it's their perfect customer service, second the picture perfect rooms (all of their many many rooms are as luxuriously furnished, full of deco details and heavenly beds), third their Limousine shuttle service into town (there are only a handful hotels around the globe to offer this as well), fourth their indoor pool with sweeping city views and last but not least Acqua di Parma toiletries in all rooms - a reason enough to stay there.
Another good point about the Principe di Savoia is that it is not as expensive as its competitors (eg the Baglioni, the Four Seasons or the newly opened Palazzo Parigi - not mentioning the Bulgari and Armani as they are unique in their way and probably worth the splurge!). For 250 euros a night, you really got a bargain - unless you don't arrive by car: Considering 45 euros nightly for a simple parking lot in the garage, we have to admit that even for Milan standards this is slightly too high. Even tough this comes with departure refreshments and a clean front glass plus a nice letter to say good bye!
Having stayed at a luxurious Ambassador Junior Suite at my first stay, this time I wanted to see one of their Mosaic Rooms, which are famous for having one of the most beautiful hotel bathrooms in the world (together with the Raffles Istanbul probably)! After all I just can highly recommend everyone to take a bath with these wonderfully smelling Acqua di Parma bath crystals. The best: the walk-in shower is seperated and not only has a giant shower head, also high pressure. Talking about comfort, I am a lover of the high boxspring beds and Frette sheets - so everything makes me happy at the Principe di Savoia. When I enter my room at arrival, they always have the same melody playing on the TV and then I really know I arrived to a familiar place - being arrived at my Principe!