My wife, grown daughter and I returned about 10 days ago from a Christmas/New Year's trip to London, Rome, and Milan. Milan was the hardest of the three to find a room at what we consider to be a reasonable price and, after having to look long and hard at London accommodation listings, that's saying something! Trip Advisor came in very handy because it was here that I discovered the website for La Casa del Nespolo di Niguarda, a wonderful find. However, all of the reviews I read seemed to be in Italian which none of us speak even though I am of half Italian heritage myself! Nevertheless,there seemed to be lots of exclamation points and "buonos," amongst the reviews, so I decided to investigate. Luckily the website has an English translation or we might have missed out. We had never been to Milan and did not really have any idea how far away Niguarda was from the city center, but that proved to be absolutely no problem as the tram ride was about 15 or so minutes. Giusella, the owner of this B&B, speaks English quite adequately, and we simply emailed her on the hotel website asking how to get from Milan's enormous Stazione Centrale out to her. After jotting down her directions and arriving at the central train station from the airport, (a pretty long drive by shuttle bus), we found the right tram, made one transfer, and ended up with our luggage at the stop where we had been told to get off. After wandering around a little while trying to get our bearings, we asked some people for directions and they pointed out the general direction we were to go. We ended up having to poke around a few places when we came upon a friendly woman who we managed to tell that we were looking for Giusella's place (the lady spoke no English, but after all this was Italy!) Just by luck the lady happened to work in the apartment where Giusella lived and knew that she rented out rooms. She phoned her saying that we were downstairs, tired and a bit uncertain if we were at the right address. Within two or three minutes Giusella appeared and amongst profuse apologies for the confusion, walked us to our room which ended up being about a half a block away. It turned out to be a small apartment and was much more than we were expecting. Consisting of two bedrooms, one for my wife and me with two twin beds pushed together to make a good sized double, the other with a bunk bed where our daughter could get away from the "old folks" for awhile, everything was spotless. There was ample closet space and it was furnished nicely. There was a decent sized bathroom with a shower, sink, and bidet, a fully equipped kitchen, microwave included, and little sitting area. Both bedrooms had small televisions (with Italian programming of course) as well as Internet access. We were informed that there had been a mix up and somebody was in the room we were originally supposed to get, but that this apartment was available for the night. Giusella said she'd move us to the next door apartment the next day when it was vacated. However, we were so impressed with the place we were in (my daughter especially, really enjoying her separate room) that we decided to pay the extra 15 euros (for a total of 100 euros nightly) and just stay there. Giusella told us that the first night would be at the originally quoted price of 85 euros due to the confusion. She was a very nice lady. There was a walk up 3 or 4 short flights of stairs, but like I stated previously everything was spotless, and this place was just perfect for us. The tram did pass by directly under the bedroom windows, so there was some noise, but the windows had shutters and could be closed, making it reasonably quiet. We didn't have any problems sleeping, that's for sure. The neighborhood seemed to be a working class Italian neighborhood and felt safe despite an occasional panhandler, something we saw in all of the three cities we visited. Times are tough all over I guess. There was a large grocery store down the block where we stocked up numerous times on groceries, several bakeries, and a store on the ground floor of the same building the apartment was located where we could buy daily tickets for the tram. We were given plenty of clean towels and Giusella had dishes, plates, eating utensils, dishwashing liquid, sugar, and various staples such as coffee, cappucino, jelly, bread, butter, snack cakes, etc., already there. During the course of our stay she brought us some homemade jam that her husband had made, and a loaf of Panettone for breakfast one morning as well as leaving various breakfast goodies daily. She could not have been nicer or more accommodating, and should we ever happen to be fortunate enough to visit Milan again, we will definitely stay at her wonderful B&B again as well.
Property: B&B La Casa del Nespolo di...NiguardaAddress: Via Fulcieri Paulucci De' Calboli 32, 20162 Milan, Italy
Region: Italy > Lombardy > Milan > Bicocca
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Ranked #44 of 266 B&Bs / Inns in Milan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 3
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The B&B lies in the Noth area of Milan at about 15 minutes from Duomo, which is easily reachable by public trasport. It's also at a short distance(9km) from the New Exhibition Centre of Rho-Pero. Moreover,the Arcinboldi Theatre and Bicocca Univercity are 1km far from the B&B,which is also located near the disco Alcatraz. It's at 5km far from the Stadium. ... more less
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