I read the reviews here, and was in two minds as to what to expect. I very much enjoyed staying in this B&B, principally because I found the atmosphere friendly and the décor beautiful.
Milan is not cheap. This is my third trip, and I was happy to pay 100€ and not get a dirty viscose bed spread and a leaky shower. Here is what to expect:
The owner, Gabriella, does not speak english, and neither does Valentina, the concierge / maid. You have to email and/or call to book, and this I did in French.
The instructions for finding the place and getting in were in Italian - good old google translate and a bit of puzzling revealed that 1) you need to let them know what time you are arriving so that Valentina can be in for you, and 2) when you get there you need to ring the doorbell to be buzzed in. Neither of these presented me with a problem. I was late and called the flat to say so, in broken spanish-italian, I don't know if she understood me, but she was there when I arrived!
You get a key to all the locks (front door and grille etc), but there is no lock on the bedroom doors (two fancy double-double-doors that make you feel like you're in a miniature palace). You are at the mercy of other guests' honesty, but Valentina is there, and I decided to be relaxed about it. I stayed (alone) in a double with private bath. There are only 3 bedrooms, the other two I believe share a bath. The house was clean, as was the private bathroom.
The 'double' is two singles pushed together, which has been the case for every 'double' I have slept in in Milan.
There is a luxuriously decorated sitting / eating area for the guests, which would make a great place for relaxing in between the hectic bustle of the city (next time i'm staying longer and making the most of it). There is supposed to be WiFi, I think, but Valentina and I couldn't communicate well enough for me to work out why it wasn't working.
Milan is noisy, and in a historic building, the glazing is going to be rubbish. I always take earplugs, and slept well on a not-overly-hard bed.
Breakfast was the usual inedible plastic italian brioche and rubbish toast, nicely presented, at a communal table. I will not let me put that off from staying again - Italy isn't really known for its breakfast! I will find a local pasticceria for next time.
I liked this place for the decor, the fantastic 3 m high rooms, the lovely tall windows, the beautiful old wood floor and the overwhelming feeling of elegance and homeliness.
It is 50 m from the Malpensa Express, 3 metro stops from the Duomo, and I loved it. The photos do not do it justice, but it's difficult to get a good angle.