Having purchased the City break from Groupon, we didn't know what to expect. We arrived at the airport and got the city bus, which are around €7 per person, and then got a taxi to the hotel from the last bus stop which cost €11. It took around 1 1/2 hours travel, but cheaper than getting a taxi straight from the airport, and more convent than the train (as you arrive in T2 and the train leaves from T1).
We arrived at the hotel and were met by two receptionists. They were quick and attentive. We were given the option of 2 rooms, 107 which faced the front, was very large and had a bath, and 108 which was just as large, was inward face (the gardens) and had a shower. We chose the garden view as a tram goes right past the front of the hotel and didn't want to be woken up by this (although we don't know if you could hear it from your room).
The room was big with a king size bed, a wardrobe with a safe in it, which is free to use, as well as two arm chairs, a bench and lounge table as well as a dressing table.
The room was very warm and the air conditioning wasn't switched on during this time, however when you come in at bedtime its just right. You can open the patio door when you get in to allow air to come in and cool down if preferred.
The bathroom had a large sink and mirror, toilet, bidet, and shower. It was in a decent size bathroom.
The room was very clean and presentable. There is a TV in the room. The digital channels are all italian, however if you switch to analogue you can get a snowy CNN UK channel which is bearable to catch up with the news.
There is wifi available in the room and all around the hotel, but there is a charge of around €3 per hour. There are other options available but we choose not to take it out.
Breakfast was acceptable/poor, you have the option of 2 types of cereals, cheese (no ham when we were there) Jams, Honey, Chocolate spread, fresh rolls, fresh croissants (filled with Chocolate, Custard or plain) different biscuits. There is coffee in thermal jugs so you can just help yourself. Or the staff can get you an expresso or cappuccino. (word of warning when out if you want a standard coffee ask for Americano - if not you will get a very string expresso). The breakfast room had 8 'couple' tables and two tables for singles only - thus sometimes there is a queue and people are waiting for others to finish. Breakfast is servers from 0700hrs - 10:30hrs.
The staff are very friendly and can advise on the best places to go and what to see, as well as the cheapest way to get there (The trams are very easy and cheap to use and you can get them from near the hotel).
There is a small (un manned) bar at the hotel. If you want a drink they will come from reception to serve you. They bill this to the room and do not take cash. The drinks are far cheaper in the hotel then outside! I strongly recommend their hot chocolate - its think and rich and tastes devine. They have a table and chairs near the bar, or a group of sofas and chairs over the other side of the reception to the bar - its a very pleasant atmosphere.
There is lots to see in Milan - We recommend booking to see Leonardo's supper before you go (as its always sold out) - I am not an art fan, but is captivating. The church next door (which is free to go in) is also really amazing.
You must go and see Duomo di Milano - its free to go in, and its quite cheap to do the roof walk. We didn't take the lift and took the steps. There are quite a few but worth it as it helps work off all the pizza and pasta you will eat when there!
We took the tour of Teatro all a Scala as well. You have to pay of this €6 per person, but its worth it.
Cimitero Monumentale is also a must see - its their city cemetery - however is amazing. Every family have tried to out do the other with amazing graves, monuments etc. Ornate buildings and structures built for family graves are outstanding.
As our flight was late evening we checked out of the hotel but kept our bags at the hotel - it was all very safe. A taxi to the airport was €90, but luckily we met up with a really nice couple and we shared the ride back, thus half price - it took just over an hour but was really convent after 3 days of solid walking and eating.
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