We arrived in Milan by air, and like most people we landed at Malpensa. From Malpensa there's a bus service that's very convenient for this hotel. The Malpensa Shuttle takes you from either T1 och T2 to the Central Station (Stazione Centrale) in about an hour. From there it is a pleasant 10 minutes walk to the hotel. Make sure to locate the hotel on a map and you'll be able to navigate quite easily. On arrival we were greeted by a polite and nice man. Check-in was fast and I have absolutely nothing to complain about.
We had reserved a standard double room and we were assigned to room no. 203. I must say it was one of the smallest rooms I have ever stayed in. It didn't bother me very much though as everything else was good. It was clean, had a nice LCD TV (however CNN seemed to be the only English spoken channel working), and well functioning WiFi. I was even able to Skype through my Smartphone using the WiFi (which is free by the way, and you can use it for 10 hours before it expires). The room was cleaned everyday. The shower cabin was indeed very small, buy anyone of a normal size can fit. One thing that kind of disturbed me a little was the thin walls. Generally it was very quite, but around 8:00 am some of the other guests could easily be heard outside, as most people are waking at this hour. So you if you're a light sleeper, you might want to consider this when making a booking.
It wasn't my first trip to Milan so I kind of already knew where I wanted to stay. If money isn't an issue, well then maybe you should consider staying closer to the heart of the city (which in reality is Duomo). If you're like me - on a midrange budget - then the location is superb. First of all, you can reach the city easily by the airport buses (no matter which Milanese airport you'll be arriving at), as the Central Station is a short walk from here. Secondly, you're just 2 minutes away from one of the busiest shopping streets in Europe, Corso Buenos Aires. Here you can find both the clothes you can afford AND the one's you might not. Also, the hotel is located just between to metro stations (Republica and Porta Venezia). If you don't mind walking, you could just stroll down Corso Buenos Aires and eventually you'll reach Duomo (in maybe 20 minutes or so). The surrounding neighborhood is very calm and safe, and you will be able to find a few bars, restaurants and supermarkets in almost every block. If you appreciate the value of a euro, I couldn't think of a better location in Milan.
Breakfast is included in the price. Everyone can probably find something, except maybe if you're on a diet (it isn't very healthy). You can get a capuccino etc. for breakfast which is a nice touch (but also standard in Milan so nothing unique). There's also a bar that's open all day but there isn't anyone attending until after 6:00 pm. However, any of the staff on duty will be happy to serve you before. The patio is quite nice in the afternoon if you just want to chill with a beer or a glass of wine after some hours in the city. One thing that I wasn't very pleased with was the storing of luggage after check out. They do proved a storage room, however you'll have to put it and get it there yourself. This means no identification tags, nor any security. However, as the hotel seemed calm as well as the guests it didn't feel unsafe. Generally, I'm pleased with the visit but keep in mind that we only paied 80 euros per night. I wouldn't pay much more unless something special was added. BW Felice Casati is recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Comfortable hotel in Milan, BEST WESTERN PLUS Hotel Felice Casati is a 4 stars hotel completely renovated and equipped with the most modern facilities. Located in a strategic position, the hotel is half way between the Central Railway Station and Porta Venezia, and at a short walk from Corso Buenos Aires, the main commercial area in Milan. The hotel is close to public means to reach in a few minutes the city's main attractions such us the Duomo, the Castello Sforzesco and the trade fair. Our bar is available with a few hot and cold. 4 Good reasons for choosing this Hotel in Milan: Close to Corso Buenos Aires, the main business and shopping district, and a short distance from the city centre. Quiet and comfortable hotel thanks to its position, 100 meters beside Corso Buenos Aires. ... more less
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