The hotel is only 300m from the Duomo in the Quadrilatero d’Oro, within walking distance of the main historic sights, many great restaurants and the city’s main fashion and shopping centre. An added bonus is that it’s almost next door to the foodie heaven, Peck. There’s a metro stop close by.
There are 40 rooms in total, all following a similar design theme but with differences. Various different categories allow you to choose the size of your bed and whether you face the main road or the back of the hotel (where it is quieter). You can also opt for a balcony, a smoking or non-smoking room, and whether you have a bath or just a shower. All the rooms are in the same peaceful colour palette of sea blues and creams as the public areas.
The whole hotel has a wonderfully tranquil air, decorated in soothing sea blues that add a touch of serenity to the hectic city. The furnishings are simple but elegant while carefully chosen modern art provides splashes of colour and interest.
Eating and drinking
There is an excellent breakfast which comes with a choice of freshly cooked eggs – the only downside is that the breakfast room is small and you may have to queue before you get to sit down. The hotel has a wonderfully generous policy of free non-alcoholic drinks, which also extends to the odd biscuit, chocolate and bit of fruit if you happen to have the munchies. The American bar does serve snacks including some hot food in-house.
They will also recommend restaurants and if you come back with takeout are quite happy to provide plates and cutlery for you to enjoy your meal in comfort. These are people who understand travellers.
The staff are amazingly friendly and helpful, even giving guests birthday cards and complimentary champagne for a silver wedding, and there are lovely extra touches for ‘normal’ people, such as free non-alcoholic drinks and box breakfasts for those with early flights.
Who stays there
Designers and editors do stay here, but astonishingly, as yet, the hotel hasn’t been overrun by the fashion trade. Many of the guests are couples, young and old, from Britain, Australia and New Zealand, and many return time and again.
The price policy is straightforward with the same pricing year-round. There are no specials.
- Culture vultures
- Mature travellers
- Seasoned travellers
- Escaping the crowds
- No fuss
Pros & Cons
- Free WiFi and non-alcoholic drinks
- Great location
- Charming staff
- Some rooms can be a bit noisy