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Ca Bianca Hotel Corte del Naviglio
Ranked #211 of 431 Hotels in Milan
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“Good value, with clean rooms and a great continental breakfast.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2009

Corte del Naviglio is in a working-class area relatively far away from the main points of interest for a tourist. Taking the quaintly bone-shaking linea 2 into the city centre from the terminus next to the hotel costs only €1, but we had to buy the tickets from the local tobacconist’s, which doubled as a bookie’s. The clients left me a little uncomfortable, not least because I was never sure whether they were queuing before me or waiting for a match to end, and the staff there were not always as friendly as those at the hotel itself. However, as Italian public transport operates the continental system of buying a blank ticket and validating it by “clocking on” at the time of use, there is nothing to stop you buying your tickets in bulk, and most tobacconists seem to do them.

While the area is not particularly appealing, the local restaurants are not cheap either (many of them were in any case closed during our stay in August). We found that the cover charges for bread etc. provided at the time food was ordered combined with overpriced soft drinks to make eating out an expensive business. Coperta charges are technically illegal, since they are for something that has not been requested, but we were reluctant to argue the toss. The Italians were generally very friendly, although not the best linguists. They clearly had a particular love of children, and the dishes on offer in restaurants were always good.

The hotel's own restaurant was closed when we were there, but there is a covered picnic area by the fish pond where you can eat your own food. One day we actually went to McDonald’s to save cash. On another occasion, we went to the unglamorous university refectory (mensa), which provided one of the best and cheapest meals we had during our stay. We are in our late 30s and arrived with a toddler, but there were no questions asked about our student status. Apart from the ubiquitous takeaway pizza, which most of the restaurants seem to do, buying one of your meals each day at a local mini- or supermarket is a good way of saving money; the local SMA is also well worth visiting if you have an interest in Italian cuisine. Even the table wine sold in cartons was good compared with much of what passes for wine at home. The connoisseurs among you may wish to pack a bottle-opener.

If you are staying in the hotel during the warmer months of peak season, to avoid raiding the mini-bar you will need to go to the supermarket to buy water. We went through about 1.5 litres each a day. It was very hot during our stay at the end of August and beginning of September, and the air conditioning system was never quite the match of the weather. Another point to remember is that the nearby canal means midges in the evening, and they do bite.

The room we were in was clean and well serviced, and we had no complaints about the all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet that the hotel provided. In layout it was more akin to a motel, with the rooms freely accessible from the street. Despite the proximity of the main road, ours was not noisy, but on one occasion my wife did have a man open the door to our room, apparently because he was looking for the next-door hotel reception. Our suspicions were raised when he asked her in the same breath if she had a husband! It is a good idea to remember the door chain.

Although not one’s typical idea of a four-star hotel, Corte del Naviglio provided good value, with clean rooms and a great continental breakfast.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2008

The hotel was described as being close to the fashionable Navigli canal district, but in fact it was in a low working class area and a good tram ride to the canal district. The hotel staff were rude and unehelpful, the breakfast was horrendous consisting of tinned fruit, packet toast, instant coffee and was served in a room like a cave with no windows and cold and damp. The garden was so overgrown and scruffy, The restaurant and bar are closed on Sundays and there is nowhere else to get food or drink either. The rooms were clean though, but that is the only good thing. The traffic noise is terrible and you are overlooked by tower blocks of poor housing and building sites.

  • Liked — Rooms were clean and comfortable, but awful view
  • Disliked — The location was terrible, and the staff were very rude.
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled with friends
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2008

More like a motel than a hotel. I dont understand why this hotel has 4 stars - it would be hard pushed to get one star. The area is very run down and didnt feel safe. Its on the main road so constant traffic noise kept us awake all night. The hotel is not close to the Navigli canal area but a tram ride away. The gardens are completely overgrown and rubbish strewn. Staff rude and unhelpful. Breakfast consists of packet toast, diluted orange juice and tinned fruit. Restaurant and bar closed Sundays. The only saving grace is that the room was very clean but basic. I wouldnt recommend this hotel to anyone.

  • Liked — clean sheets on the bed
  • Disliked — everything
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2008

I went in Milan for the fair BIT and I thought the city was fully booked.. It was not and the rate I found of 70 euro was very good for a 4****..
When I arrived at the hotel I was surprised since it'a a very particular structure with garden, fountains and very big fishes inside... It seemed to be in the countryside and not in Milan!
The room was ok.. a little old.. the breakfast very good and the location is ok even if it's not really in the Navigli area but 5 Km far circa.. Well, the Naviglio river is just in front of you, but the area around it's not so nice.. anyway in 5 minutes by bus or car you are in the famous hot spot of Milan full of bars and pubs...
Good choiche after all!

  • Liked — lovation
  • Disliked — it's no really a 4 star..
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled on business
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kilsyth
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2007

i stayed at this hotel in march 2007 . It was part of a football trip planned by a friend so I wasnt involved in the planning of the trip or I may have went about it differntly .

The first thjing to note is that we arrived at " Milan" Malpensa airport which is about 35km from Milan . There is a good train service from the airport to Milan centre for about 10 euro but we had to get a taxi for the return flight due to the times which cost around 80 euro and the driver thought he was Mario andretti . There is another airport much closer to the city

I thought the hotel was very comfortable and quite unusually styled which made it quite attarctive once you were in the grounds . The rooms were basic but clean , there was a nice restraunt and the staff couldnt be more friendly or helpful but some of them struggled a bit with english ( maybe it was my strong scottish accent ) . I dont think this hotel could be rated as 4 star .

The only problem with the hotel was the location it was about 6km from the city centre which cost a bit if you were having to travel back by taxi late at night . There is a very cheap bus service running past hotel and also a tram service just along the road .
The nearest subway staion was about a 15minute walk or you could get the bus up to near by .

In terms of places , Milan is not a place i would hurry back to . Its a bustling busy place with horrendous traffic . Other than the area around Duomo and the designer shops , i thought the place looked grimy and run down , it probably didnt help that it was pissing down rain for the whole of my visit however most of my group , many of whom are not known for their architectural appreciation made similar comments which was very unusual The subway system in Milan was excellent and you could travel all round the city for a 2 euro a trip . The lasting memeory I have of the whole trip were the taxi journies paricularly the trip to the airport , there are very few white knuckle rides I have been on that could come close for thrills

  • Liked — price
  • Disliked — location
  • Stayed March 2007, travelled with friends
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Cape Town, South Africa
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2007

Our night in Milan was the last in our two week vacation in Italy. All previous hotels we had stayed in from Rome to Tuscany to Venice were good value and ranged from one to three stars. We were amazed that our travel agent had managed to find us a 4 star hotel at such a reasonable price. However, the accommodation at this hotel is anything but 4 star. It is run-down and in a very dodgy area of town. We were all sorely disappointed and felt conned. We ended our trip with a bitter taste. Perhaps someone in the tourist industry should visit the hotel and review the star rating. If they were advertising themselves as a one or at the most, a two star hotel, it would be acceptable.

  • Disliked — the seedy, run down feeling imparted by the entire hotel and neighbourhood
  • Stayed May 2007, travelled as a couple
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Orlando
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2006

Hotel was highly recommended as a 4 star with price of two star (aprox. 60 Euro/single on Internet).
Firstly the 4 star hotel is very, vey far from Milan centre, in a low income working class neighbourhood. The services are not something special, the personnel is not exactly trained to speak in English. The room is a very common one- with direct access from the out. Nothing very friendly and nothing special.The surprise came the second day when we were booked for 150 Euro/single !!!!!. For what ? Taxi from the railway to the hotel cost minimum 30 Euro, from the hotel to Malpenza airport 100 Euro.
Not worth it.

  • Stayed April 2006, travelled on business
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Property: Ca Bianca Hotel Corte del Naviglio
Address: Via Lodovico Il Moro 117, 20143 Milan, Italy
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Region: Italy > Lombardy > Milan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
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#138 Luxury Hotel in Milan
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Hotel Class:4 star — Ca Bianca Hotel Corte del Naviglio 4*
Number of rooms: 51
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