We stayed just one night at this lovely hotel before we flew back to Australia and chose the location due to proximity to station & airport buses. Having previously flown into Milan and stayed in another hotel in this area we were very familiar with the area and the fabulous metro trains that can be caught to the cathedral etc. We love this area near Via Buenos Aries.
By city standards the hotel is in a quiet leafy street and our room did not face the street. We loved this older style art deco hotel and the quality of the furnishings. Personally I feel that calling this hotel “dated” is unfair given the quality, style and attention to detail. And yes Australians are used to tea and coffee in the room – but I would much rather go to a café with a giant chandelier! (ie Café Duomo!) for coffee in Italy!
Two lifts service the hotel and luggage can easily be wheeled in with no lifting at all. Front Desk staff were gorgeous! Great English was appreciated as we don’t speak Italian. Initially we were given a room with 2 single beds which was changed immediately to a double when we let them know. Helped us with maps even when I lost it 5 minutes later! Staff clarified directions just off the map to a restaurant for us and happily stored our luggage after check out until we left for the airport. We enjoyed the breakfast buffet and again the staff were charming and efficient.
After encountering “no heating in apartments until November explanations” in other places during the month, it was fantastic to have thermostat controlled central heating in the room plus a window that could be opened.
The mosquito warnings in many trip advisor reports about many hotels (especially in Florence) are valid and most properties do not have fly wire screens on windows as Australians will be used to. We stayed in October (Autumn). If you are a mosquito target, then having a room with aircon/heating so windows can be closed while sleeping is essential in Italy in Summer/Autumn.
The other thing to note about accommodation in Milan is that it does appear to be expensive by comparison. We received a special price on our room but still payed close to $250 AUD. Even in Australia you can expect to be in a 5 Star hotel for this price. This however is the reality of staying in Milan.
If you stay here we recommend walking the few blocks to find L’Enoteca dei Transiti – for great Italian wine and aperitivi!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of Milan's business and shopping district, close to Corso Buenos Aires and Central Station. Nearby the new Porta Nuova district, easily accessible with the three underground lines.Art and cultural events are hosted in the hotel. We are the ideal choice for business travellers and for tourists wishing to enjoy a nice vacation.124 bright and soundproofed rooms, white Carrara Marble bathrooms. Delicious buffet breakfast included. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Doria Grand Milan
- Hotel Doria Grand