There’s a reason why ‘traveling’ sort of rhymes with ‘tiring': the excitement of pouring yourself into exploring new places, breathing new air and meeting different people can make you quickly feel exhausted. That’s why one the foremost pleasures of the travelling green tourist (or businesswoman/man) is finding and staying in amazing eco-friendly hotels.
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Since I was headed to Milan to prepare an awesome Eco Guide of the City, I took the opportunity to visit the Hotel Milano Scala – a 4 star eco hotel located in Brera, a beautiful, quaint area of Milan (Italy). The location is ideal to explore Milan since it’s in the heart of a city with an unexpected thriving green pulse to it.
Hotel Milano Scala’s mission is to offer their guests a complete eco-friendly experience by combining eco-chic style, the love of classical music, organic green cuisine and amazing views from the terrace overlooking the city. They take care of every detail so that a simple stay becomes a unique, exciting and engaging experience.
Upon entering the hotel I was greeted and welcomed in a very warm way. The check-in and assistance from the front desk was always exceptional. I was helped several times by Riva, the hospitality desk manager. She’s amazing and knows all the cool spots in Milan.
ABOUT HOTEL MILANO SCALA
Since its opening in September 2010, Hotel Milano Scala was one of the first hotels in Milan to truly commit to sustainability and green ethical practices. Hotel Milano Scala is committed to reducing energy consumption and waste without the release of CO2 into the environment by drawing the required energy for underground water heating and cooling.
Their love for the environment goes beyond the walls of the hotel as they are also involved in supporting the activities of AMREF (African Medical & Research Foundation) by helping the construction of a giant well in Kenya.
My room was on the fourth floor facing the inner courtyard of the hotel. It was so relaxing to have a view overlooking the flowing plants from the floors above. Even though the hotel is right in the middle of town, you still feel like you are in a world apart leaving the chaos and noise outside.
The room is well furnished & mine had a huge painting of iconic soprano Maria Callas. (As you have probably gathered by their name, the Hotel is right next to the historical La Scala theatre, home of history’s most famous operas and singers). You get a nice tray with various teas which was great to relax & wind down after a long day of discoveries & exploration.
Breakfast was amazing. You get a selection of pastries, fruits, and… a tiramisu’ in a small glass container. It’s not your average Italian breakfast but I loved the idea and… I indulged.
Dinner at “La Traviata” – the in-house restaurant – was delicious. After the fantastic recommendations by the waiter, Michele, I opted for the buckwheat tagliolini with pieces of potatoes, cheese, savoy cabbage and for dessert chestnut tiramisu. As I was eating my own dinner, I was attracted to all the dishes that were flowing out of the kitchen – all sorts of intriguing colours and smells… The freshness and flavours were just amazing. It felt like eating a plate of genuine Italian pasta from an Italian nonna.
The restaurant uses organic ingredients that come from their herb garden located on the rooftop. Chef Corrado explained to me that during winter they store all the vegetables, fruits and herbs inside a closed terrace and if they don’t have various products they purchase them exclusively from nearby organic local vendors.
At lunch La Traviata offers an open buffet available both to its guests and external visitors (which often includes business people who are looking for a good healthy pranzo). They have the super cool option of offering meal recommendations according to different blood types. Celebrity author Dr. Peter D’Adamo would definitely come here for his meals!
Both lunch and dinner are open to the public. So whether you are staying in the hotel or not I would definitely recommend trying out their fresh organic cuisine.
Don’t forget to check their rooftop garden. One of the best times is at sunset, enjoying metropolitan nature while admiring the view of Milan.
… and if you are in the mood for some exercise check out the gym.
The closest Metro stop is Montenapoleone, just 5 minutes away on foot.
I can honestly say by experience that a sojourn in an eco-friendly establishment, independent of its size (big/small) or location (countryside/city) is always an amazing addition to your holiday: the entity and the people behind it think and act differently, quite like you: they care about the environment, about what they can do differently – from the hotel’s resources down to the basil that ends up in your dinner.
The Hotel Milano Scala proved this to be true yet again: I look forward to returning when I’m back in Milan and I totally recommend it for the amazing service and location. Best of all, they are dedicated to keeping the hotel environmentally safe without forfeiting beauty, taste and luxury.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Susie Pleia is the founder of Oreeko , an Eco directory & Green Lifestyle Blog of worldwide businesses and services. Visitors can use it to find the green alternative to any product or service imaginable. Businesses can use it to get exposure and connect with highly targeted customers. Our mission is to make green-living simple. By creating a centralised, curated and ever-growing online resource, we connect a targeted green-loving audience to your product or service.