D&G COCKTAIL: Milan designers always complain about the lack of bars and clubs in the city, so now Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are putting their money where their drinks are. The duo recently opened the doors to their Dolce & Gabbana Bar, next to their new men’s store in Corso Venezia. The duo entered a joint deal with Italian spirits company Martini & Rossi. The bar, done up in black marble and steel, is the first of what could eventually become a chain. Already the two-level space is becoming the preferred stop for the fashion flock looking to fuel up on Red Bull and vodka between shopping bursts or to wind down with a Spumante after stores close for the night.

TOWN AND COUNTRY: If the baroque decor of Milan’s Principe Hotel is a bit too stifling and the price tag of the Four Seasons a bit over budget, Town House 31 might be the perfect alternative. Located on Via Goldoni, a 10-minute walk from the city’s center, the 18-room boutique hotel offers travelers a respite with its tranquil beige and cream palette, marble bathrooms, linen sheets and patio bar. Management has even set up room service with 10 of Milan’s top restaurants. Guests can order anything from chicken curry to sushi to a simple dish of pasta. No plastic containers though — hotel staff prepares the presentation of the food before it is delivered to guest rooms. "We’re really trying to promote an anti- jet lag mentality," said Alessandro Rosso, owner and manager of the hotel. "The whole philosophy is about creating a personal space, almost a vacation house for our guests."

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