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Where To Stay in Milan, Italy
Posted By Mattie Bamman On April 25, 2011 @ 9:06 am In Milan | 1 Comment
Because Milan’s city center is relatively small and holds a wealth of hotels at all price points, there is no excuse for staying in a hotel that doesn’t meet your needs and expectations. From budget lodging to five-star apartments, Milan’s hotels are within easy walking distance to its most important sights. Hotel star ratings are determined by a public standard in Italy (as they are in Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, etc.) and are based on objective facts, e.g., whether there is a Jacuzzi in every room. Whereas, hotel star ratings in the United States are determined by independent review companies, such as AAA or Michelin Guide, each with their own rating systems. While star ratings are a good way to gauge a hotel’s quality, they do not reflect more personalized elements, such as charm and ambiance. The star ratings below are the official government ratings. Here’s a list of my favorite accommodations in Milan, from the most luxurious to the most economical.
Grand Hotel Et De Milan 5-star
The timeless décor, featuring precious paintings and dramatic drapes, immediately sweeps you into the luxury of Old World Italy. The document that ended slavery in Brazil was signed here. Regarded as one of the world’s best small hotels, it is located on one of Milan’s most important shopping streets. However, it is not modern, and those looking for contemporary 5-star comfort might want to look elsewhere. Rooms boast balconies, marble baths, fancy woodwork, and well appointed living rooms.
Base Rate: 400 €
Via Manzoni 29
Park Hyatt Milan 5-star
Location and luxury make this hotel, just steps away from the Duomo, one of the best. Rooms are artfully decorated with live orchids and the bathroom is decked out in marble with a Jacuzzi. A first- rate staff makes sure that everything is provided for, including help in planning your travels. This hotel is literally surrounded by Milan’s best shopping is all around you.
Base Rate: 490 €
Via Tommaso Grossi 1
Doria Grand Hotel 4-star
Particularly ideal for business travelers, this hotel features modern comforts at a great price. It is close to the financial district, the central train station, and the Piazza Duomo is just a 15-minute walk. Exceptionally clean rooms and good transportation can make you overlook the slightly disorganized management. It has very high standards for cleanliness. A wide variety of public transportation options are nearby.
Base Price: 91 €
Viale Andrea Doria 22
Hotel Spadari al Duomo 4-star
Modern comfort, including original contemporary artworks, friendly staff, and location make this hotel stand out. Piazza Duomo is just a block away. Some of the rooms are a bit small, so ask for a large room when making your reservation. Rooms include very comfortable beds, a balcony, a flat- screen TV, and free Wi-Fi. Non-smoking rooms are available.
Base Rate: 210 €
Via Spadari 11
Hotel Canada 3-star
This hotel is located near the University of Milan in a hip, young neighborhood filled with bars and great, inexpensive food. Piazza Duomo is a five- to ten-minute walk. The quality of service, cleanliness, and a relaxed atmosphere (it has a trendy bar) makes this feel more like a four-star hotel than a three-star. Parking costs are cheap at 18 € per day.
Base Rate: 129 €
Via Santa Sofia 16
Gran Duca di York 3-Star
This newly renovated hotel is nice in just about every way except for the location, which is exceptional! It is close to Piazza Duomo and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Friendly staff can provide great restaurant recommendations. Free Wi-Fi in lobby only. Nearby parking available for 30 € a night.
Base Rate: 140 €
Via Moneta 1
Hotel 22 Marzo 2-star
A step up in décor from most 2-star hotels, Hotel 22 Marzo is a ten-minute walk from Piazza Duomo and near State University. Rooms and beds are comfortable, though small. Unlike most breakfast-included hotels, this one offers coffee refills and a buffet-style breakfast that includes freshly baked pastries. Guests can also unwind with a refreshing drink in relaxing ambiance of the bar. Air conditioning, Wi-Fi, satellite television and a telephone are included.
Base Rate: 41 €
Piazza Santa Maria del Suffragio 3
Hotel Arno 1-Star
Warm, outgoing, and friendly service makes this hotel stand out: You feel that you are in good hands. A good café is located just across the street. Piazza Duomo is a 15-minute walk; the train station is ten (10) minutes. Private rooms with shared baths are exceptionally cheap. However, there is no Wi-Fi.
Base Rate: 18 €
Via Lazzaretto 17
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