Antica Locanda dei Mercanti

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Address: Via San Tomaso 6, Milan, 20121, Italy

Star rating:
3 star hotel

4.6

Every tourist's Italian fantasy – that charming flower-filled terrace. Now, where's Romeo?

For Milan, this comfortable little guesthouse is unusually, positively normal – simply charming in a recognisable, bright and airy way. Of course it’s designed – this is Milan, after all, but architect Vittorio Locatelli has used a light touch to create a relaxing home away from home.

Location
4.9
90%
Eating/drinking
3.9
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
3.9
90%
Value for money
4.7
90%
Bedrooms
4.6
90%
Public areas
4.2
90%

Location

The location is excellent, in a small side street, a few minutes’ walk from the Duomo on the edge of the Quadrilatero d’Oro, within walking distance of the main historic sights, many great restaurants and the city’s main fashion and shopping centre. There’s a metro stop just around the corner.

Bedrooms

There are only 14 rooms, each individually decorated. Unbelievably, they’ve managed to create four categories (classic, master, terrace and the top floor suites). Classic rooms don’t have TVs, so if you can’t survive without your fix, these aren’t for you (you get a library of books instead) along with very traditional chintzy furnishings. For families, the suites offer a great solution as they come with rudimentary kitchenette facilities such as a fridge, counter-top cooker and a microwave on request. Infants and rollaway beds are available for children.

For me, the real clincher was that the terrace rooms have terraces - wonderful flower-filled private terraces, perfect for a relaxing bottle of Valpolicella for two. I totally fell in love with the almost Japanese room, with its rush blinds and gauzy four-poster – like something out of an art-house movie.

Public areas

The anonymous doorway offers little clue that there’s a hotel inside the stately 18th century building, with its window boxes of geraniums. It’s fairly easy to go whistling straight past the entrance. Once through the rather forbidding courtyard, the welcome is warm and friendly, the décor light and bright, but there are no public areas other than the reception area – this really is just a very good guesthouse.

Eating and drinking

Breakfast is extra and heftily priced for what it is: a good but basic continental breakfast of coffee and croissant and fresh orange juice, brought to your room. They will also produce light lunches and dinner in your room with advance notice, but realistically, there are so many good restaurants around, why bother?

Leisure facilities

There really aren’t any, apart from a soothing atmosphere in which to relax after a hard day’s sightseeing.

Service

Service is friendly and helpful, but this is a guesthouse, so don’t expect 24 hour attendance.

Who stays there

This really is a tourist hotel. You'll find young Italians in search of romance, American tourists in search of a Room with a View moment, and English families in search of a reasonable rate.

Price advice

Check what the overall price will be including breakfast and taxes before booking.

Amenities

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Families with younger children
  • Mature travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Escaping the crowds
  • Relaxation
  • Romance
  • Sightseeing
  • No fuss

Pros & Cons

  • Free WiFi
  • Great location
  • Private flower-filled terraces in some rooms
  • Breakfast and taxes not included in price
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