I once had a dream that I lived inside a modern art gallery which is essentially what the Room Mate Giulia Hotel in Milan is, except you don’t find yourself in a college dorm when you wake up. When Room Mate employed designer Patricia Urquiola to dress up the interiors, she took the complete creative freedom to design a different kind of hotel experience. While the hotel is only steps away from the Piazza del Duomo and the Vittorio Emanuele gallery, you don’t need to step outside your room to experience a taste of Milanese culture; it’s right inside.
The same pink marble that’s found in the Duomo of Milan can also be found in the hotel lobby.
The use of terracotta bricks in Milanese architecture is a practice also found in the hotel, except with a cool tridimensional effect. Rich shades in terracotta, blues, greens and pinks exude a warm, welcoming atmosphere. (No snobby attitudes or bland walls here!)
Cassina Contract was asked to custom make all the furniture, including made to measure beds, tables, sofas, desks, bathroom dressers, mirrors and curtains.
Throughout the hotel you can find artwork and photographs from Milanesi artists, photographers, and illustrators, a reflection of the creative culture of the city. Geometric patterns are also a reoccurring motif in the interiors.
What: Room Mate Giulia Hotel
Where: Via Silvio Pellico 4 20121 Milano, Italia
How much?: Rooms and suites start at approximately $208 per night. You can stay in any of the 85 rooms of the hotel, which are divided into four categories: Standard, Premium, Deluxe, and Junior suite.
Highlights: A modern home-away-from-home hotel that reflects the Milanese culture right outside the building
Design draw: Every inch of the hotel has been carefully considered to create an authentic experience, from the materials of the walls to the artwork on the walls.
Book it: Visit Room Mate
Photos by Ricardo Labougle