The perfect spot to lay your head while you’re enjoying the creativity of Milan Fashion Week, Straf is a masterpiece of design. Baroque Travel pays a visit
Milanese architect and fashion designer Vincenco de Cotiis has transformed a 19th century palazzo, into a masterpiece of bold design called Straf – a fitting place to spend your time while you’re enjoying Milan Fashion Week this September, or any other time of year. This gorgeous boutique hotel boasts just 66 rooms and is ideally located just a few steps from Milan’s famous Duomo and the La Scala Opera House. With its bare cement floors and stairs, scratched mirrors, burnished iron and oxidized bronze, dynamic designer de Cotiis has created a work of art that is a joy to spend time in.
Guest rooms are designed with either a dark or light palette, with more than a hint of industrial style but all of the comforts required of a luxury hotel including decadent bathrooms. Seven of the guest rooms also come with a wellbeing corner featuring massage chairs and aromatherapy treatments.
The perfect expression of art, fashion and creativity, Straf is an elegant place to stay with a very distinct ‘green’ focus. Here, plastics are banned to raise environmental awareness, a focus that is also evident in today’s fashion garments, more often than not designed by fashionistas using recyclable textiles.
The hotel was originally called the Grand Hotel, owned by the Bertazzoni family since 1863 and then turned into a hotel. It was then renamed and refurbished by the family and reopened as Straf, a modern luxury property, in 2004. With its ideal location and exquisite setting, the hotel is ideally situated to explore Milan’s historical and cultural gems, cafes and restaurants plus upmarket shops and art galleries. The perfect spot to lay your head after a fun-packed day of runway shows, or just exploring this fascinating modern Italian city.
CREDITS: Design Hotels™