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“Excellent modern hotel... Convenient but not nicest neighbourhood” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Starhotels E.c.ho.
Ranked #39 of 430 Hotels in Milan
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144 reviews
51 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Excellent modern hotel... Convenient but not nicest neighbourhood”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2014

This is a very new-looking hotel between the Centrale rail station (and associated metro / bus connections) and Caiazzo (which has metro, bus and tram lines). The area ia perhaps not the nicest, but it is very convenient for arrival from any of the airports and access to the city attractions (100m from either stop). The reception staff are friendly and efficient, though perhaps more orientated to business users than tourists. Nonetheless, they greeted us in English on recognition of this need, provided maps and suggestions to access the city by public transport, in addition to a booklet on shopping at our request.
We got a free room upgrade (though our room was not a suite, still a double of moderate size). We checked in at 1pm, and were offered checkout at 1pm (usually 12pm), since they needed the room vacant by then. No pool I think, and we didn't use the gym.
The breakfast was above average (included) - croissants, some English fried, fruits, yoghurt, juices. Wifi was free at standard speed (adequate for browsing and email) for 24 hours. The bar is quiet, but has lovely deep sofas that are comfortable to sit in, and food that is very good quality (recommend the tomato mozarrello salad).
Room decor is modern and clean. Bathroom similar. TV has USB port to plug in video / pictures, though the remote is not a Philips original and makes using it for this purpose hard to work out. The HDMI port is not accessible for your own device.
If you do go here as a tourist, I would strongly recommend taking Tram 1 from Caiazzo (towards Castillo) into the city (100m from Duomo, but no specific Duomo stop) and past the castle (you will see the new Expo 2015 entrance as you stop in front of it) rather than the metro (which is certainly faster). It is one of the old wooden yellow trams and worth the journey to see the city as you go by. Surprising the reception staff didn't mention it as an option.
Could this hotel be improved? Probably... But not by much.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Paris, France
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24 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2014 via mobile

Location is very convenient as it is close to the train station and all subway lines are going there. You are in duomo square in very few minutes. Inside the hotel everything is well designed from lobby to rooms. Tip: go up to the 7th floor in the fitness room and check the view from the terrace!

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Paris, France
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2014

The hotel is great, within walking distance to Milan Centrale ( well across the street really ). The airport shuttles are all there as well. As Milan was our main hub and we travelled to lake Como, Cinque Terre and Venice it was the perfect location if you are using the Italian rail. It is also located on the main metro line for most of the main attraction in Milan eg. Duomo, The last supper
We had a family room for 2 adults and 3 children. The room was beautiful, modern and spacious.
The entire staff and especially the front desk were great and i could not have asked for any better service!
Breakfast selection was very good. We will be returning to this hotel !

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Peng Sze C
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Johannesburg, South Africa
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2014

A lovely hotel. Great rooms, helpful staff and really close to main (centrale) station. It is however quite far from the centre of town, so guests must be prepared to travel to see the main sights in Milan.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Graeme K
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Zurich area, Switzerland
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76 reviews
55 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2014

Good:
Location is right next to the central station. It takes you 10 min to downtown by tube.
Modern & stylish hotel, clean and well equipped rooms, the lobby is a nice place to read a paper or have a chat.

The gym on the top floor offers you a great view on the Milano roof-landscape.

Breakfast is rich and delicious, excellent coffee, lots of fresh fruits, broad variety of pastries – and most important: The staff in the breakfast restaurant is really friendly and welcomes you into your day :)

Ok:
A purely personal impression: I found the reservation desk – though polite – a tad too professional; could also be the Milanese style of favoring business to hospitality.

Room size is ok for a city hotel, don’t expect a hall, and don’t expect a Deluxe Room to be larger.

To be improved:
Wi-Fi costs extra, per day and per device (!), odd for a four star hotel.

Pricing policy for rooms: The difference between Superior and Deluxe is a balcony (rather a scaffold) and complementary Wi-Fi. Decide by yourself, whether this is worth the premium.

Room Tip: the higher the better, see also my comment on Superior vs. Deluxe rooms
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Dichterdran
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2014

Visited the hotel during April 14' for a business trip, excellent hotel, clean rooms, hotel is fully renovated, location is close to central station gives you good exit in and out of the city.
A little bit far from tourist city center but for business it's great.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Assaffrank
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42 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2014

It was a very good spot if you are there for business as you'll be needing transportation, car, taxi or train in and outside Milan. With car its easy accessible without entering too much to the center. Main Train station is just across the street for train and many taxi right out of the door, you don't have to wait longer than 2 minutes.
There are shops and restaurants in walking distance.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Travelfreak-x
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Property: Starhotels E.c.ho.
Address: Viale Andrea Doria 4, 20124 Milan, Italy
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Region: Italy > Lombardy > Milan > Stazione Centrale
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Green Hotel in Milan
#27 Business Hotel in Milan
#30 Romantic Hotel in Milan
#33 Luxury Hotel in Milan
#47 Family Hotel in Milan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Starhotels E.c.ho. 4*
Number of rooms: 143
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our striking 4 star hotel in Milan is next to the Central railway station, a few minutes from the city centre. Our innovative green hotel in Milan features intelligent design and low energy consumption, so as well as enjoying yourself, you'll know you are helping the environment. The look and feel is natural and elegant, with plenty of natural light everywhere thanks to the ample windows, terraces and other outdoor spaces. The new Starhotels E.C.Ho. Has 143 contemporary rooms and suites, a restaurant and bar (the Partnership with Eataly means new value and uniqueness for Starhotels’ offering.)5 meeting rooms, fitness room and more. ... more   less 
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