Starhotels E.c.ho.

  • City Breaks, Italy, Milan

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Starhotels E.c.ho is a unique, contemporary property in the heart of Italy’s fashion capital. It’s just 150 metres away from Milan Centrale station, meaning you can easily use the city’s great transportation system to get you to every corner. But stepping into the hotel’s lobby immediately makes you forget about the hustle and bustle of outside. Made to feel like an urban garden, you’ll find hanging plants, natural wooden floors and a tranquil garden. The calming theme continues throughout the hotel with guest rooms finished in natural colours and soft natural lighting.

Milan’s first eco-hotel has partnered with Eataly, a brand dedicated to high-quality Italian food and drink, meaning you’ll find a range of excellent quality, seasonal food at Orto Restaurant. Speciality dishes from some of Italy’s most revered foodie regions are on the menu here including Piedmont’s Fassone beef (a Slow Food product) and cured meats from Emilia Romagna.

Transfer time: approx. 55 mins by private car

  • No. of rooms: 143
  • Official rating: 4


Superior Rooms are finished with sustainable materials that don’t compromise on comfort. Decorated in soft colours, they offer a tranquil space to relax after a busy day sightseeing. They measure 18-21m² and are available with twin or double beds, air conditioning, free wifi, tea and coffee making facilities, minibar, TV, safe, bathrobes, slippers and a pillow menu. All rooms have soft-goose-down Starbeds and ecological mattresses providing guests with a comfortable nights sleep. 

Deluxe Rooms offer a bit more space and are finished in a contemporary style.

  • Lift accessible: Yes
  • Lift serves all floors: Yes
  • Access ramp: Yes

From the architectural grandeur of Milan Cathedral to the high fashion boutiques of Via Monte Napoleone, Milan lives up to its title of the design capital of Italy.

You could explore the 19th-century Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the oldest shopping arcade in the world. Or people-watch from one of the ristorantes that frame Piazza del Duomo. Milan’s aperitivo scene is legendary, with bars as stylish as the fashionistas who lounge in them.

If it’s art you’re after, head for Sforza Castle and its collection of Renaissance masterpieces. Another kind of art awaits you at Teatro alla Scala – a theatre with a programme of Verdi, Puccini and Rossini.


City Tour of Milan (half day)

Take a look at the 70m-tall “Torre del Filarete” medieval Sforza Castle, once residence for the ruling family of Milan. Today it houses several of the city's museums and art collections. Visit the splendid Duomo, one of the world's largest, most striking Gothic cathedrals. Walk inside Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping gallery, a 19th-century glass-vaulted shopping arcade brimming with fashionable shops and cafes. It's often called the ‘salotto di Milano’ or ‘Milan’s drawing room’ for its importance over the years as a common meeting point for the people of Milan. And visit the famous Teatro alla Scala, the city's stunning Opera House. 

Departs: Tue - Sun from 28 Mar – 08 Nov

Price: £45pp includes 24h admission to Teatro alla Scala Museum. Hotel pick up and drop off not included

La Scala Museum & Theatre Tour (1 hour)

La Scala is one of the most famous opera houses in the world and has hosted countless performances from some of the most revered opera singers and composers for more than two centuries. You’ll get to admire the elegant interiors of the theatre on this tour and enjoy entrance to the museum.

Departs: Daily from 28 Mar – 08 Nov

Price: £25pp – includes entrance to the museum. Hotel pick up and drop off is not included.

Football Lovers Tour (half day)

Enjoy entrance to the legendary San Siro Stadium and Casa Milan on this self-guided excursion. Start at San Siro where you can admire the pitch from the stands, visit the press room and walk through the tunnel to the pitch. Your ticket includes entrance to the Inter and Milan museum where you can learn about the history and rivalry of the two teams. Your next stop will be Casa Milan, AC Milan’s headquarters, which has a museum, store and the Cucina Milanello restaurant where a light lunch is included.

Departs: Daily from 01 Apr – 31 Oct

Price: £51pp – included transport by open-top City Sightseeing bus, entrance tickets to San Siro stadium and museum, entrance ticket to Casa Milan and a light lunch. Hotel pick up and drop off is not included.

Prestige Small Group Tour to Lake Como (full day)

This lovely full day excursion will take you to two of the prettiest lakes in Northern Italy and Switzerland. Start in Lake Como, where you’ll enjoy a two hour cruise with a guide. You’ll have plenty of time to take pictures and relax as the guide points out some of the more interesting sights on the lake, including the elegant villas of George Clooney and Richard Branson. After the cruise, you’ll enjoy some free time in Bellagio where you can explore the picturesque streets or grab a bite to eat. Next, you’ll head to Lake Lugano in Switzerland with a scenic drive through the Alps. The town of Lugano is spectacular, with dramatic mountain scenery surrounding the calm lake. You’ll have some free time to shop or enjoy a drink before heading back to Milan in time for dinner.

Departs: Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday from 01 May – 31 Oct (plus Friday from 01 Jun – 30 Sep)

Price: £93pp – includes tickets for Como Lake 2-hour cruise. Hotel pick up and drop off is not included

Milan Open Top Bus Tour (24/48 hours)

Discover Milan on this open top bus tour of the city. The comfortable open top busses have transparent roofs, so you can enjoy the sights whatever the weather. Your ticket is valid on two routes for 24 or 48 hours, allowing you to hop on and off as many times as you like while you visit the monuments, museums and the charming districts of Milan. An audio guide is available on board and the bus is equipped with Wifi and USB charging ports.

Departs: Daily from 01 Apr – 31 Oct 

Price: £23pp/£25pp – Hotel pick up and drop off is not included

Bernina & St. Moritz (full day)

Take a ride on the Bernina train along one of the most beautiful railway routes in the world – on board the Rhaetian Railway panoramic coaches. Begin in Tirano, cross the beautiful viaduct at Buriso, take the Bernina Pass into the Engadin region, before finally reaching St. Moritz. On this 2.5 hour journey you’ll see some of the most enchanting natural scenery. After some free time in St. Moritz begin your rail journey back to Milan.

Please note that panoramic coaches are not guaranteed and a current valid passport is required on the day of travel.

Departs: Daily from 28 Mar – 08 Nov 

Price: £119 – Includes Bernina train ticket. Hotel pick up and drop off is not included

Bookable locally 

Grand Tour of Milan with The Last Supper (half day)

No visit to Milan is complete without seeing one of the most famous works of art in the world, Leonardo da Vinci's 'The Last Supper'. This tour of Milan starts at the medieval Sforza Castel, once a noble residence it now houses several important art collections. The next stop is the splendid Duomo, one of the most striking Gothic cathedrals in the world. Admire its intricate exterior while the guide explains the history behind this beautiful construction. You’ll then go to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, the oldest shopping mall in the world, and La Scala Theatre before ending with a visit to The Last Supper. The famous work of art was completed by Leornardo Da Vinci in 1498 and is one of the most famous paintings in the world.

This excursion is on request, please call to book. Early booking is highly recommended as reservations to see 'The Last Supper' are limited 

Departs: Tue - Sun from 28 Mar – 08 Nov

Price: £83pp – includes admission to Theatro alla Scalla and 'skip the line' admission to Da Vinici's 'The Last Supper'. Hotel pick up and drop off is not included. There will be approximately one hour of walking.


Restaurants and Bars

Orto Green Food & Mood by Eataly Restaurant echoes the hotel's respectful environmental focus. The restaurant offers a wide selection of artisanal dishes produced using carefully sourced ingredients from local producers. The Milanese Chef Alesssandro De Matteis merges his traditional Lombard tradition with inventive street food techniques and international cuisines, whilst retaining the passionate flavours of Italy.  The bright, tranquil environment overlooking the patio is the perfect place to enjoy breakfast (7am - 10.30am), a light lunch (12pm - 12.30pm) or an evening meal (7pm - 10.30pm).

Orto Bar by Eataly has a vast selection of international cocktails made using historic Italian liqueurs, offering a delicious taste of Italy. The extensive wine list includes the best organic Italian wines. Whilst having an evening aperitif, enjoy delicious light snacks such as the grazing board of parma cured hams and cheeses from Alta Langa. 

Happy hour is from 6.30pm - 9pm. The bar is open from 10am - 1am each day. 

General Facilities

  • Free wifi throughout the hotel
  • Fitness centre
  • Room service 
  • Breakfast service:

    A full American Buffet breakfast is served each day with the finest natural ingredients offering options like croissants filled with hazelnut cream, yoghurt served with apple or apricot fruit puree. Guests can also enjoy a selection of cheeses and cured meats. 

    A self service coffee station is available from 6.30am - 7.30am and breakfast is available 7am - 10.30am (Mon-Fri) and 7am - 11am (Sat & Sun) 

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