Much of Milan’s accommodation is geared towards business travellers and, as a result, prices are high, rooms can be characterless and many hotels are booked up all year round. You’d be wise to reserve ahead, especially during the spring (mid-Feb) and autumn (end Sept) fashion weeks and during the Salone del Mobile in April. Hotel prices can more than double during these periods. In August, on the other hand, visitors are so scarce that some hotels shut up shop for the month and those that don’t might be prepared to negotiate over prices.

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