My family took a vacation trip to Northern Italy and we started in Milan and booked this hotel since it was close to the train station since we were taking quite a bit of trains from Cinque Terre, Lake Como..etc.
It's not that hard to go to once you have figure out the direction as we took the train from airport to the central train station and it's literally a straight line down the road and make a right down the block, it's about a 15-20 minutes walk. However, we bought the wrong tickets at the airport for the bus (instead of the train) to go the SAME train station and we end up paying twice since they were checking tickets on the train and the operator told us we have to pay again. He told us to get a refund at the train station but there is NO REFUND in public transportation in Italy so if you are reading this, please make sure you asked twice in Italy before purchasing anything.
The area may not be the best area to stay in since it's near the train station but going to places is actually very manageable since the local metro train is down the street to go into central Milan. The hotel looks sort of run down and old on the outside but it's quite nice and clean on the inside. We booked four rooms for four families. I was going to share a junior suite with my mother-in-law but it was mistakenly sold out and the staff asked if we could split into two rooms without the extra cost and it was fine by us, actually, it was better for us since she was literally down the hall and we still have our privacy.
The room is actually decent size for us with a true king size bed (not two beds pushed together) and plenty of room to roam about with a balcony but my sister and her husband who was supposed to have the same room is half our size without balcony and so is their bathroom which is literally the size of the closet which is why I took one star away from the top. My mother-in-law single bed room actually has a bigger bathroom and shower than my sister's...very weird distribution of room area. My sister check in a day early since she was arriving from a different country and the hotel was fully booked, we didn't complain since it's probably not going to make a difference. Noise control is pretty good too since I have a 2 year old with me and I have been a light sleeper since she was born and usually wake up with the tiniest bit of noise and I was able to sleep through the nights after my 2 year old was done with her jeg-lag from NYC. The rooms are pretty clean and have recycle bins which were really good for us since we tourists probably have the most to recycyle with all the plastics water bottles that we carried around with us and such a great idea to be eco-friendly in this hotel.
Since the hotel included breakfast, we took advantage of it in the morning since it's really not a lot of places to eat in the area and it was more than adequate with hot eggs and sauages in which you don't really find in Europe. Staff in the breakfast area is stern looking and seemed a little grumpy...
Receptionists at the front desk were on the friendly side but since my other sister (there are four sisters with families in this trip) were doing more on the interacting with receptionists so I just did the observing. Since my sister didn't complain at all, they have got to be good as my sister is very detail about everything and we traveled with excel spreadsheet on every day activity to the minutes...
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