Best Western Hotel Galles Milan
Piazza Lima 2, Milan, Italy, 20124
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Couples, First-time travellers, Singles, Travellers with pets, People watching, Shopping, Sightseeing
Expert review of Best Western Hotel Galles Milan
One of Milan’s most popular hotels, the Galles is a 19th century palazzo that has been carefully restored and stylishly decorated, offering a good balance between price and luxury. The Best Western tag soothes visiting Americans. All in all, a rock solid reliable choice for a comfortable stay at a relatively affordable price.
The hotel is in the heart of shopping heaven near Corso Buenos Aires, with many shops, cafés and restaurants in the immediate area. It is right next to the metro, and Central Station is within walking distance, so it is easy to get around.
There are 198 rooms. The hotel has recently been refurbished and the rooms are comfortable and well-equipped, with coffee and tea making facilities, a choice of pillows and free WiFi. The wooden and marble floors, soothing blues and golds and classical drapes nod back to the building’s 1880s origins but still have a modern feel. There are classic, executive rooms (singles, doubles, twins and triples) and suites.
There is also a separate building next door - the Galles Residence - offering small self-catering apartments for between one and four people. Guests have the use of facilites within the main hotel.
The interior is classic and elegant, mixing clean lines and light walls with boxy leather chairs and fine art and the occasional antique. There are plenty of seating areas in the lobby, the cigar room if that is your baby, and two American bars. For those who want to relax in the sun, there is a hanging garden on the first floor and a terrace on the 8th floor, from where there are fabulous views across the city. There is parking available (at extra cost).
With free early morning coffee and fruit on the reception counter, the hotel wins brownie points for extra thoughtful touches. There is an excellent hot and cold breakfast buffet, with plenty of choice including fresh fruit, cold meats and cheeses, eggs and croissants. The lobby bar offers snacks and you can get a liqueur or whisky in the hotel’s cigar room, where there are also regular tastings of treats from chocolate to fine wines. But the highlight of the hotel is La Terrazza restaurant, the rooftop restaurant, serving Italian and international specialities with a view.
At the time of writing, the wellness centre was due to reopen in January 2011 after a major refurbishment. It includes a fitness centre, pool, Turkish bath, sauna and spa offering a range of massages.
Service is usually efficient and friendly, but it does occasionally hiccup in busy periods.
The fact that one of the hotel’s websites offers translations in 25 languages from Hungarian to Hebrew is probably a clue that a pretty eclectic mix of people pass through the doors. It also manages to attract a wide range of young and old, singles and couples, business travellers and tourists. Pets are also welcomed as long as they are up to date with their vaccinations.
The price does vary according to demand, so swings wildly. The hotel does a number of special deals throughout the year, most of them connected to events and holidays.
More information on Best Western Hotel Galles Milan:
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- Piazza Lima 2, Milan, Italy, 20124
- Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Pets Allowed, Restaurant, Room Service, Swimming Pool