Antica Locanda Leonardo
Corso Magenta 78, Milan, Italy, 20123
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Culture vultures, First-time travellers, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Art, Escaping the crowds, No fuss, Relaxation, Sightseeing
Expert review of Antica Locanda Leonardo
If you transplanted an English tearoom to Milan and turned it into a bed and breakfast, it would look like this. It has all the ingredients, from the handmade chocolates to the bowls of fresh flowers, the wrought iron tables on the cobbled courtyard, the Oriental rugs and the draped curtains. The overall effect is utterly charming and not at all Italian.
The hotel is tucked into a residential estate, about a 10 or 15-minute walk west of the Duomo, near the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazia (home of Leonardo’s 'Last Supper'). It’s within walking distance of some historic sights and it’s close to the metro, buses and trams for easy access to the rest. There's free car parking available outside, a real perk in this city or the hotel can arrange a discount in one of the nearby car parks.
The 23 rooms are all decorated differently, some furnished with antiques and some with balconies or terraces opening onto the private courtyard garden. Most are fairly small – this is an old European building – but they don’t feel cluttered. The style varies from room to room but the overall feel combines light coloured walls with opulent fabrics, and touches of gilt for a lush feeling of deft, rather feminine, charm.
So humble from the outside it would be easy to miss it, this charming little hotel is part of a larger apartment complex. The main entrance is nothing to write home about but the courtyard garden is delightful, filled with rambling plants, while the lobby area and breakfast room are as comfy, welcoming and elegant as a posh grandmother. The contemporary art and prints on the walls provide an interesting counterpoint to the very traditional furnishings.
There is an excellent continental breakfast included with coffee, tea, breads and croissants, cereals, fruit and yoghurt. There is a bar in the evening, so you can have an aperitif, but they don’t do other meals, although they are happy to suggest good local restaurants.
The only leisure facility is the garden, a perfect place in which to escape from the rigours of the city. There are some bicycles available for guests brave enough to take on the local traffic.
The staff really go out of their way to help here, creating a warm home away from home.
The hotel has a loyal following of repeat visitors, from English and American tourists to business travellers looking for something a little cosier than a standard business hotel.
The hotel does run special offers from time to time but they don’t always apply to all rooms – premium rooms such as those with balconies and garden access tend to be excluded.
More information on Antica Locanda Leonardo:
- Corso Magenta 78, Milan, Italy, 20123