According to Forbes Life magazine.
Although Dubai’s Burj al-Arab was hailed as the world’s first seven-star hotel, it was in fact never officially rated as such. That honour goes to Milan’s Hotel Seven Stars Galleria, the only one – so far – to be certified by the Swiss SGA organisation.
The news was revealed in the latest edition of Forbes Life, the lifestyle magazine of the US-based Forbes group, arguably best known for its annual classification of the richest people in the world.
The article by Declan Eytan details the services enjoyed by clients of the discreetly hidden establishment high in the Vittorio Emanuele II palace, just across from the Duomo and hosting the recently-restored gallery. For a suite (the hotel has only suites – seven of them) costing up to €15,000 per night, the client is provided with a personal butler (speaking his or her language) and chef.
Private visits to Leonardo’s Last Supper, meetings with the mayor and refuelling the private jet are among the others services the guests can expect. Above all, the privacy of the heads of state, celebrities, and billionaire entrepreneurs who visit the hotel is guaranteed: the establishment is closed to the public – and the press.
Photos: Hotel Seven Stars Galleria