The Hotel de la Ville building, opposite Monza's Royal Palace, was already in existence - as the "Ristorante Eden" - in 1800, as evidenced by some end-of the-century postcards belonging to a Monzese collector.
After the assassination of King Umberto I, which took place a few hundred metres away on July 29 1900, the building was renovated and given the name of "Eden Hotel Savoia". It kept this name until the early 1950's, when it became - after further renovation - "Hotel de la Ville".
It was in 1958 that the Nardi family took over the management and running of the hotel and immediately initiated a process of refurbishment and company reorganisation. As a result, the establishment was soon acknowledged as the best of all the accommodation facilities in the northern Milanese area. In the sixties, following major restructuring, Hotel de la Ville featured 55 rooms with private bath and two banqueting rooms, accommodating about 300 people overall. Then in 1987, as a result of continuous improvements to structure and services, the hotel was promoted to the 4 star category. However, the real repositioning of the company took place in the nineties, when - after further huge investment – it became a member of "The Charming Hotels of the World", a prestigious association of independent luxury hotels. Finally, in 2000, after purchasing and carefully restoring a fin-du-siècle aristocratic building adjacent to the hotel, the Nardis opened "La Villa", an exclusive dependance featuring 5 luxury rooms and two suites, definitively establishing themselves on the international circuit of élite tourism.
Today the hotel is highly valued for its strongly individual character – the result of the magnificent upholstery fabric employed, the panelling in oak or mahogany, the collections on display of beautiful objects and ornaments as well as choice pieces of antique furniture.
However, sophisticated touches of technological comfort are not missing either: ranging from an internet access point and wireless connection featured in the common area, to the liquid crystal display TV sets or the Hi-Fi CD player the rooms, all individually styled to high standards of refined elegance.
The ambiance is typically that of a small luxury hotel, full of charm and the pleasing sensation of being in the presence of those standards of service belonging to a vanished age.