International business Travel advice
When I travel for business, one of my favourite moments is when I can kick off my shoes and allow myself to fall onto the bed in my hotel room, feeling a rush of accomplishment running through my body, despite the exhaustion…
This is why the choice of hotel is very important to me. Being the design addict I am, it’s gotta have me some style and at the same time offer ultimate comfort and convenience. Personally, I prefer small to medium sized hotels, hotels with that special something.
One of these hotels is the Park Hyatt Milan. In less than a month the world of design is once again turning their heads towards Milan, with the Salone Internazionale del Mobile (April 8 – 13, 2014) opening its doors. For a design lover like me, it is one of my favourite times of the year, but more about that in a future blog, after the show.
Whether you have been to Milan or not, you may have heard of its landmark, the Duomo. The Cathedral of Milan is a masterpiece of gothic architecture and took nearly six centuries to be completed. Work began in the late 14th century and was completed in 1965. It is the fifth largest cathedral in the world and the largest in Italy. In front of the Duomo you will find an impressive square, the Piazza del Duomo, which is the main piazza of Milan. The piazza marks the center of the city in every sense of the word – from a geographic point of view and because of its importance from an artistic, cultural and social point of view. With an overall area of 17, 000 m2 it is surrounded by some of the most important buildings of Milan, including the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, one of the world’s oldest shopping malls, also referred to as the arcades.
As you walk across the piazza, which is bustling with life, it is hard to imagine that you are only steps away from an oasis of tranquility. So as I stroll across the piazza, after a long day of meetings, I take in the atmosphere of this truly Italian city and head towards the arcades. Leaving behind some of the liveliness and noise of the piazza, I enter into this space that offers a sophisticated allure. Moments after, stepping outside of the arcades, I find myself in front of the Park Hyatt Milan. The porter, wearing an elegant black uniform, opens the doors and greets me with a friendly and cheerful smile. As I enter the lobby, I find it hard to believe that only seconds before I was amidst the hustle and bustle of the piazza, because here I find myself in a sanctuary of classic and modern elegance and serenity.