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Château Monfort

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The new year brought a new luxury hotel to Milan — whether for princesses or their, ahem, frogs. With the idea of recreating a fairy tale mood in a romantic castle, the Château Monfort opened last month.

The hotel, a few steps from the central Piazza San Babila shopping area, is located in a Liberty-style historical building designed by celebrated Italian architect Paolo Mezzanotte, whose blueprint for the stock exchange building stands nearby. The edifice features five levels and 77 rooms, including three junior suites dedicated to lyrical operas “Turandot,”  “La Traviata” and “Madama Butterfly” and suites dedicated to “Cinderella” and “La Bohème.”

Architect Sofia Gioia Vedani, chief executive officer of developer Planetaria Hotels, designed the venue. Vedani also gave the restaurant and the common spaces fairy tale-themed monikers, such as Sala dell’Incantesimo (“Chamber of the Spell”). Guest Rooms mix high-tech and dreamy decorations, like a bed made to look like a hibiscus with wood owls staring behind mirrors and cabinets.

Château Monfort
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