Location: Milan, Italy
Address: Piazza della Repubblica 20
Bond book appearance: Never Send Flowers (1993)
Visited by 007 Travelers: August 2015
A Historic Luxury hotel in Milan traditionally preferred by high society for social events & private celebrations, The Westin Palace Milan since years represents an elegant and sophisticated meeting point for local and international travelers. The 5 star hotel is conveniently located in an up and coming and well connected area of Milan thanks to good access to all the main transportation links.
"So, when they reached the airport and turned in the BMW, she made another call, while Bond got them on to a flight to Milan.
'All set,' Flicka told him. 'We have a booking at the Palace.'
'Oh, you couldn't get us in at the Principe e Savoia?' The Palace in Milan is sister hotel to the Principe, and regarded mainly as a good, but no frills, hotel used by businessmen and provincials in town for one or two nights. The Palace was not noted for being an hotel of the grand school, but a resting place without luxury and with rooms designed in the utilitarian manner.
'I didn't even try the Principe,' she snapped. 'If you want kitsch, overdecorated five-star places, you can go and stay there on your own. Anyway, Bodo will know where to find us.'
'He's repaying your favour?'
'More, he's coming to see us. With information, I hope.'
He did not press for explanations. Already he had learned that Fredericka von Grüsse liked to do things her way, and she would tell him only when she was good and ready. Bond respected that, for he knew it mirrored his own attitude in arcane matters.
They arrived in Milan at a little after six in the evening, and by seven were settled into the Palace, amidst chrome and furnishing which were serviceable, though far from the luxury Bond would have preferred. However, the mini-bar was well stocked, and it was Flicka who suggested that they break out the champagne."
John Gardner: "Never Send Flowers" (1993)
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