Just around the corner from the Piazza Duomo, with a metro stop a few metres away. The location is ideal, within walking distance of the main historic sights, the shopping district of the Quadrilatero d’Oro and many good restaurants.
There are 128 rooms in all with a choice of smoking and non-smoking rooms. There are also refurbished and unrefurbished rooms – with quite a dramatic difference between the two. There are some scary colour schemes, such as a sadly dated 1980s-style peach and grey, and a rather lurid turquoise and red combination, but with the exception of some brick-like pillows, the rooms are comfortable.
The lobby is frightfully grand, with a lavish use of marble for a rather Art Deco feel – black and white chequered floor, pink marble columns, charcoal grey and black marble accents, all with plenty of parlour palms. There are free computers in the lobby for those who need to access their email while the lounge offers a comfortable place to relax with a good book. The Bar dei Cristalli is in the lobby but Le Volte restaurant, used for breakfast as well as in the evening, is in the basement. Neither of them sees much action, so they are lacking in atmosphere.
The hotel doesn’t have its own parking but can arrange parking for you at a nearby underground car park.
Eating and drinking
There is a really good hot and cold breakfast buffet, complete with bacon and eggs. Le Volte restaurant offers a typical Italian menu. The food isn’t bad, but isn’t particularly inspired and the setting is a little soulless, although they’ve done their best to liven it up with friezes of Milan cityscapes. But if you want to eat conveniently, it will do very well. The good news is that they do a three-course menu (including water and a glass of wine) for 30 euros, which is amazing value in Milan!
There are no facilities, other than the lounge and bar.
Most of the staff are really friendly and great at their jobs, but while I had no problems there are reports of off-hand treatment and staff laughing at funny foreigners! The good news is that the hotel offers a couple of perks such as free newspapers and a 2pm checkout.
Who stays there
Visitors include business people on a budget and a cross-section of tourists, from young Japanese and Australian groups to elderly American couples doing the art galleries, along with a smattering of Russians.
The hotel offers an advance payment discount of 15 per cent and there are various other offers available. As with so many of the local hotels, they change their prices according to demand, so costs vary massively.
- Culture vultures
- Families with teenagers
- Mature travellers
- Seasoned travellers
- Chilling out
Pros & Cons
- Great location
- Free internet (wired) in superior rooms
- Can be noisy in the front
- A little tired in places