It’s rare to find a waterside hotel in Milan, which is what makes Maison Borella so special. The hotel is located directly along the canals of the Navigli in a gorgeously renovated eighteenth-century building. Unlike in many of the city’s grand dames, the rooms are cozier and feel almost like apartments rather than hotel quarters, thanks to wood-beamed ceilings, wood double doors, and little balconies with pots of flowers (many of which overlook the canal). And each one is decorated differently, so even after multiple stays, it’s always a pleasant surprise to see what we get.

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