Milan Hotel Tips by leics
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It's in the middle!
I only stayed at the Flora for one night, prior to flying out from Malpensa the next day. I wasn't expecting anything much because the area around Milan Centrale can be sketchy and hotels there are often over-priced for what they offer. I was pleasantly surprised by the Flora.
It's quite a small hotel in a modern building, on Via Napo Torriani ..one of the smaller roads which radiate from the vast and busy Piazza Duca d'Aosta in front of Milan Centrale station. Getting to the station on foot takes just a couple of minutes, depending on how long you have to wait to cross the roads. Walking to the Duomo takes around 30 minutes...it's an easy, safe route..but you can equally easily just take the Metro from M Centrale. The area has its homeless and its 'characters,' as do the areas around all large European railway stations, but as long as you are city-smart it's perfectly safe for a solo female traveller. There is a good range of places to eat nearby as well.
Staff were pleasant and efficient, with good English. I was pleased to find that I had free wifi because I'd booked through booking.com (you get it free if you book through the hotel website too, but not otherwise). It worked well initially but there were problems the next morning. Apparently I should have phoned down and asked staff to reboot the modem (?) but I hadn't thought of doing that.
Everywhere in the hotel was very clean indeed and I was pleased to be given a double room, warm and comfortable (it was exceptionally cold that night). The shower was particularly super, with lots of hot water and a 'rain' head as well as an ordinary head. After 3 days of coping with just small linen towels and only one towelling bath towel I was particularly pleased to find plenty of towels in the bathroom. :-)
The bed and pillows were both rather firmer than I personally like but that was ok. My ear plugs ensured I had a good night's sleep though, as my room was at the back, I heard no traffic noise anyway.
There is a lift, but it's pretty small. I used it to get my bag up and down to the second floor but otherwise just used the stairs.
A reasonable range of foods was available for breakfast, including delicious fresh bread rolls, pastries, yoghurts and so on. Good coffee was served by the very chirpy lady who was obviously incredibly happy with her job and who made a great fuss of guests who had been there longer than me.
This is a good value hotel in a city where accommodation is expensive, ideally situated for those who arrive by train or plane and in a good location for exploring Milan either on foot or by Metro.
Address: Via Napo Torriani 23, Milan, Lombardy, 20124, Italy
Comparison: about average
Directions: Via Napo Torriani runs off P Duca L'Aosta, directly in front of M Centrale railway station. Hotel is a a minute or so down the street, on the right.
Phone: +39 02 6698 8242
I particularly looked for a hotel near Milan Centrale station, as I wanted to use Milan as a base for explorations (and it also makes getting to and from the airport so much easier)..
The Club Hotel is within 5 minutes' walk, near enough for convenience but far enough away from the station itself to avoid any unpleasantness. There is a carabinieri station on the street corner. I never felt unsafe in any way whilst wandering around after dark, though of course I did not wander during the early hours of the morning. There were always plenty of people around (many commuters, but many who live in the area as well).
It's only a couple of minutes' walk from Sondrio Metro station, on the M3 direct line to the Duomo.
The hotel is on a quiet-ish street (for central Milan) and has good double-glazing. My single room was very clean indeed with minibar, flatscreen TV and comfortable bed. The water was hot, the shower powerful and the room warm (it was cold weather). The windows also have good solid shutters, useful for keeping out streetlights as well as the sunshine.
The hotel has free wifi in the rooms and free internet access in reception. There is a lift, and there are smoking rooms as well as non-smoking rooms (no smoking in the rest of the hotel, obviously).
Breakfast was good, with warm filled croissants, fresh rolls of several types (including mini-foccaccia), meats, eggs, fruit salad, preserves and so on. Coffee was also good, but no fresh juice...in common with many Italian hotels the 'juice' is actually orange squash.
Staff were efficient and pleasant, with adequate English. the hotel had both business and leisure guests during my stay.
I was very pleased indeed with the hotel itself and with its location. Especially recommended if, like me, you want to use Milan as a base for further explorations.
Address: Via Copernico, 18, Stazione Centrale Milano, 20125 Italy
Comparison: less expensive than average
Directions: Leave Milan Centrale to the right (with trains behind you). Walk across P lV Novembre (bus stops) and turn right along Via Fabio Filzi to come to Via Tonale. Turn left up Via Tonale: Via Copernico is the first on the right.
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Hotel frontage, 6.45 am :-(
A scary emergency landing at Milan Linate meant Easyjet had to find overnight accommodation for 150+ stressed people. And it was this hotel we ended up at (I suspect the returning Japanese Prada/Gucci-shopping guests were a little stunned by the arrival of so many dishevelled people at 9pm!).
I wanted to write a tip, because I was impressed by the way the hotel handled the whole thing. They had no more than an hour or so's notice but check-in was swift, rooms were clean, warm and well-equipped, a meal (with wine, thank goodness!) was provided out of nowhere (not brilliant, but I doubt I could scrape up the makings of a meal for 150+ people with such little notice!), an early-morning wake-up call led us down to an early-morning breakfast with good coffeejuices/cereals/bread etc etc. And everyone was so polite and helpful that it really made what could have been a nightmare scenario into something bearable.
The hotel is clean and pleasantly decorated, in a quiet area well away from traffic noise (I believce there is a fair amount of greenery around, but it was too dark for me to see). If you're happy to be away from the city centre (it takes a while to get there) then I think it would be a good choice.
Unique Qualities: They cope amazingly well with emergencies!
Address: Via Scialoia 3, Milan 20161
Comparison: about average
Directions: It's a long way out from central Milan, so you'll either need a car or be prepared to use the bus then train every day (journey takes about 30 minutes, I believe).
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