Okay, so this wasn't the Ritz Laguna Beach but for business I was actually pleasantly surprised, given the price etc. So here's the drill: I was here for work and assigned this hotel (as opposed to looking for something). It was interesting in that I felt as if I had been thrown into downtown NYC, not speaking the language, having never been, and having no idea where I was. So I'm looking at a map not knowing if I will be in Times Square or The Bronx. And those are two very different choices, my friends. Add a taxi strike on top of that and for the first time in years I had a bit of trepidation.
First, the hotel. The staff was the friendliest I had run into during a week in Italy. Absolutely first rate, helpful, etc. The hotel itself was very small, very european in that regard. The room itself was two tiny twins pushed together (not unusual for Europe but I typically avoid these). And the room was very small/tight, to include the bathroom> I could barely turn in the shower and I'm a small man. Having said that, it was well kept. I equate it to a very tiny Marriott. Tile and carpets were all extremely well maintained so, while everything was tight, I didn't feel as if I were in a low end hotel at all. So for the money I thought it was a great value.
Now, the location. Lotta graffiti around. Interestingly, there is a Price Waterhouse Coopers across the street so I'm guessing their staff stays here a fair amount. You are only a few blocks from their convention center so that is very convenient if that's why you are in town. You can walk. But only a few restaurants in the area. I would highly recommend Little Havana (or something of that sort) across from PwC building. Food was absolutely outstanding! There is also a place on the other side of the hotel, across from Melia hotel, that was fantastic. But if you walk a few blocks in other directions it gets a little dicey fairly quickly so keep an eye out as you move around. It was not the Bronx by any stretch but it isn't Kansas, either, toto, to pay attention to your surroundings after a few blocks. You can take the train about 15 minutes into the center of Milan for sight seeing and shopping. Only 1.5 Euro, so a bargain at that, via the subway (subway very clean and very safe).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Montebianco Hotel is equipped with every comfort and meeting rooms, a private and secure parking. Healty breakfast Grand Buffet it's the best way to start your day. You will be surprised by the variety of items on the buffet table. No need to get to the Central Station to get to Malpensa airport, a short walk from the hotel to stop Malpensa Shuttle bus takes you directly to the airport . Located in a strategic area, a few steps from the new convention Mico, and only a ten minutes walk from the Stadio San Siro. Coming out of the structure, with just eight metro stops you directly inside the new exhibition center / expo. Nearby you will find restaurants, pizzerias and bars serving local cuisine. The staff will be glad to welcome you with smile. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Montebianco Hotel Milan