A few weeks ago, my family and I spent a week in Sardinia. Since we were bringing our two toddlers on their first long-haul European flight (which was horrible to say the least – blog post to follow), we decided that treating ourselves to a night in Milan in a “nice” hotel would help everyone adjust to the time difference and recover from jet lag in an extremely comfortable way (especially since our Airbnb in Sardinia was off the grid without TV or wifi).
The Park Hyatt Milan is one of the most “aspirational” properties in the Hyatt portfolio, and it has always been a property I’ve dreamed of visiting, so I was especially excited about my stay.
Free Nights are Possible
Unless you feel like shelling out $750-$1100 per night, you may want to think about using your Hyatt points or free nights to stay here. Most people even choose to use their two free night certificates from the Hyatt Credit card for exceptional value, but the other option is to redeem 30,000 Hyatt points per night. 30,000 points may sound steep, but considering that the base room rate, excluding taxes and fees, starts at $700 per night, you’re getting more than 2 cents per point value with the redemption. Hyatt points can be acquired via 1:1 transfers from Chase Ultimate Rewards.
Can’t Beat The Location
The Park Hyatt Milan is situated right in the heart of Milan, directly outside of the iconic Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II (the world’s oldest and one of the most famous shopping malls) and only steps away from the famous Piazza Duomo where you can catch the metro to Milano Centrale station and other attractions.
Getting Here is Expensive
While public transportation is available from MXP and other neighboring airports, we pretty much had no choice but to travel by taxi (Uber is available too) considering we were traveling with two overly-tired babies, our luggage, and a double stroller. The door-to-door drive from the airport took about an hour and costs 105 Euro (!!).
Diamond Welcome Amenity is Lacking
Normally I opt for the 1,000 bonus points over the welcome amenity when staying at a Hyatt property, but I figured that a higher-end property would provide an exceptional welcome amenity. The Diamond amenity for us was a bottle of red wine and 4 nectarines. Obviously this sounds like the epitome of #firstworldproblems, but I was expecting something a bit more creative. Nevertheless, the fruit was fresh and made a great snack when I found myself up all night (kids too, of course). Reflecting on the horrific flight with my kids, I probably should have downed the bottle of wine as well, but it remained unopened.
To Get Maximum Value, Travel as A Family With Status
Of course, any Hyatt member can stay here on points, cash, or a combination of the two, but the true value lies in the ability to truly maximize the value. If you’re a Hyatt Diamond, the free breakfast benefit at a top property could provide hundreds of dollars in value alone. I’ve stayed in luxury properties alone, and I have felt like it was “wasteful”, so traveling here with my whole family not only gave us an experience to remember, but we also felt that we got our money’s worth.
While award stays generally give you a Park Queen room, we were able to receive a complimentary upgrade to a Park King Deluxe so that the kids had extra room to
tire themselves out roam freely.
Diamond Breakfast is Generous, Flexible, and Out This World
Our fight to Cagliari the next morning was quite early, so I was pretty nervous that we’d be able to enjoy a proper sit down breakfast in the lobby restaurant and then get moving to LIN. Breakfast generally is served downstairs in the lobby, starting at 630 am, but one breakfast feature that saved us was the ability to preorder anything we wanted the night before and choose the time we wanted the food to be delivered to our door.
There is no $$ limit or quantity cap on what you can order for a room-service breakfast for Diamond members. Needless to say, we enjoyed an endless breakfast (and even had some leftover to use as handy snacks for our flight). The breakfast arrived on-time (down to the minute) and was outstanding to say the least. The best part of it all was signing off on a 255 Euro breakfast and having the charge removed at check out!
The Rooms Are Nicely Designed
I really loved our room at the Park Hyatt Milan. The room felt homey, extremely spacious, and my favorite feature was the high-ceilings. The room has a bed (which was two twin beds pushed together), a separate desk, and a lounger couch (that is large enough to serve as an extra bed, if needed). Like most European properties, the beds were on the stiffer side.
The Bathroom is the Size of a Small Village
The bathrooms at the Park Hyatt Milan are pretty exceptional. Our bathroom was beautifully designed with marble all around, mirrors that go on for days, and a large, separate soaking tub. The bath and shower amenities were products by Laura Tonatto, and the bathroom was stocked with plush robes and slippers.
Overall, I was impressed with the Park Hyatt Milan, and I believe it truly is what a luxury property should be from all angles. The service was exceptional, and everything about the stay was seamless – which is what we needed after an extremely draining flight in economy minus.
For 30,000 points, I am happy my family and I got to indulge a bit and truly experience all that the property had to offer.
Have you stayed at the Park Hyatt Milan? If so, how was your experience?