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“Do not stay here save yourself the grief.” 1 of 5 bubbles
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OstellOlinda
Ranked #367 of 430 Hotels in Milan
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“Do not stay here save yourself the grief.”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2013

So I booked this hostel simply because it was one of the cheapest that I could find. Trust me its cheap for a reason and you're much better off finding a nicer place to stay than a creepy former mental hospital in the middle of nowhere. The absolute worst hostel I have ever stayed in and it was also on the last night of my trip in Europe so talk about ending on a sour note. So lets get started the bathroom I used to take a shower has a lock that jams and will literally lock you inside the bathroom. I had to climb out the window and buzz the reception to let me back in so less than an hour of being in the hostel things started on shaky ground. The keys that they gave me didn't work so when I returned to the hostel at 10pm I had to buzz the front door and pound on it for 10 minutes but nobody answered I tried the cafe entrance (they have a sign that says to go there for late arrival) and what do you know can't get I'm there either. So once again I had to climb back into the hostel after whih I promptly wrote this review to warn fellow backpackers coming to Milan to think twice about staying here. There reception closes at 8 and the staff is incredibly unhelpful hopefully you find a nicer hostel and enjoy your night in Milan more than I did!

  • Stayed August 2013
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2013 via mobile

This hostel is literally in the middle of nowhere. Its the second last stop on the metro line. It is also not easy to find-hidden in an old hospital complex with no signs!
The rooms are okay, spacious, but youll have staff members walking in and out for no reason and the rooms arent cleaned everyday.
There is a communal kitchen, but you cant leave food in there, even clearly labelled because the staff will eat it.
There is nothing in the area and for the price youre paying it really is not worth it. The building is run down, the gardens unkept, the staff make you feel unwelcome and if you're looking to meet people, find somewhere else. The hostel is empty more often than not.

  • Stayed July 2013
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The beds are old hospital beds. The area is really remote with tons of misquitos. The grounds don't look like that picture. It isn't awful but I am still itching from the experience and I had a private room. Def find another option and use this as a last resort. The people with the 5 stars must be employees because no way would it ever be 5-stars!

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2012

Yes! Finally i find a different place in Milan. Green, with nice people. When i was there in june there are theatre and cinema. 4 beds room very clean, beautiful bathroom near the room. A few minutes from underground yellow line, direct in Duomo and central station. There is a coffee machine in living room but is better the coffee of the tipical restaurant in front of the hostel.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Rome, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2012

Nice hostel just a few stops away from the city center. The staff was kind and most helpful, we asked for some advice on best spots to be visited in Milan and nice pubs and restaurants and the guy at the reception printed out some maps and explained us everything, he was so kind!
The hostel was clean and quite (the showers were excellent!) right atmosphere to chill out and relax, there's even a restaurant at very convenient price for the hostel's guests - we did not have the chance to try it though.
I would definetly come back here!

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank Amina A
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Geneva, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2012

An intimate hostel in a green park, out of the city noise, but very close to subway: only 15 minutes and you are in the centre. Everyone is kind and welcoming. My room was silent, confortable e clean. In addition there's a very good restaurant.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled on business
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2012

10 subway stops away from the center of town, this hostel located inside an old hospital for the mentally ill was the worst stop in the eurotrip me and 2 friends made. First off, if you're looking to have fun, this is the worst option possible for you. The hostel is empty most of the time, most of the staff is mentally challenged, there are no pool tables football tables or games of any kind, there is a living room with a TV that doesn't work except for 5 channels that show cooking shows. Since there was nobody and nothing to do, me and my friends wanted to go out at night. There is no staff left after 8 pm until 10 am in the hostel. If you want an extra towel, tough luck. We left the hostel and were leaving the hospital premises, and the guard at the entrance refused at first to let us out!!, we had to fight him into letting us out and convince him to stay and do his job and open the door at 4 am when we were thinking of returning. He let us out, we got to the subway (that's a long walk) and to our surprise, the subway closes after 11:30 pm, and the taxis from that far from the center cost a fortune, we returned to the hostel defeated. The next day, we asked for our money back for the second night and went to another hostel called "ZEBRA HOSTEL", this is the place to go if you want to have fun. I hope I save someone's trip to Milan with this information, Good Luck!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about OstellOlinda

Property: OstellOlinda
Address: Via Ippocrate 45, 20161 Milan, Italy
Region: Italy > Lombardy > Milan
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #367 of 430 Hotels in Milan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Would you fancy sleeping in a park? Why not booking a hostel plunged in a lush green park and, maybe, having dinner a la carte at Jodok restaurant that suggests Italian dishes such as marinated anchovies, lamb ragout tagliolini, steak tartare, strawberry cheesecake... After dinner...Theatre shows! In June and July from Tuesdays to Sundays "Da Vicino Nessuno e normale" festival offers a review of the best Italian theatre productions: Teatro la Fortezza, Societas Raffaello Sanzio, le Albe... All this in one square mile! Strolling along alleys lit beautifully by garlands of lamps under linden trees, sycamores, centennial oaks... All this is Olinda! But that is not all... Come and meet Maria and Andrea who live all year round at the OstellOlinda and who share their life experiences with backpackers, tourists and actors. This is what we mean by an integrated hostel. A mix of different experiences. Actors, clowns, university students and teachers, adventurous backpackers, refugees and immigrants mingle themselves with persons who have been living in the past in psychiatric structures and who have a deep understanding of life and who gladly share their sympathy (for free!) You can also meet Roberto, Giovanni, Eva, Alessandra, Barbara and Davide of the reception or Pino and Marco of the housekeeping staff, all satisfied workers of "La Fabbrica di Olinda" a social firm that, from 1999 develops production activities and social economic structures to find employement for fragile and disadvantaged people. Besides, every Thursday you can enjoy an excellent aperitif with high quality live music with JODOK STORIES. You can find too a countryside corner in the city wandering about the urban vegetable gardens located in the park; among hens, chickens, rabbits and luxuriant medicinal plants at IL GIARDINO DEGLI AROMI. ... more   less 
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