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“bad choice for anything other than location” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Rovello

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Rovello
Ranked #342 of 430 Hotels in Milan
Cleveland OH
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“bad choice for anything other than location”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2008

This was our last night after a 2 week trip, and we booked this hotel due to Frommers' review - the only almost reasonably priced rooms available in the Brera area. Suffice to say the place was a dump!! The room was very shabby, the decor was ancient Salvation Army style, the bathroom was so dirty and the shower stall so moldy that we refused to use it. To call it "spacious" would be true only if comparing it to the inside of a small closet! The desk clerk couldn't or wouldn't do anything to change our room or make accommodations. And the plug for the telephone would only stay "in" if I wedged it, so we ended up staying awake all night in order not to miss an early morning wake-up call to catch our 4:45 am cab to Malpensa for our flights home. and the price was equally ridiculuos. We've staying in Milan before but were never ripped off as badly as this. Anyone who stays here needs to be warned that this is a VERY bad place and not worth near the price. Proximity to Brera and other surrounding areas is not sufficient to make it ever worth staying here.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — everything else - condition, value-price, service
  • Stayed September 2007, travelled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
Helpful?
4 Thank ClevelandOH-Traveler
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    1.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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New York
Level Contributor
6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2007

This is truly a budget hotel but the price and Frommer's review would suggest otherwise. The rooms are painted a depressing shade of green and if you stay in a room on the street the noise level is high. It's not necessarily high traffic but everything echos loudly. Only plus is that the room is spacious compared to other places but I would not reccomend overall as there are several hotels on Via Rovello that are in the exact same price range and although still of a budget variety at a high price much better looking. The location cannot be beat though as it is near everything. We also stayed at the Hotel London - not a huge improvement over Rovello but definitely better. Julio Cesare across the street was cheaper and better looking than even Hotel London but we did not get a chance to look at the room.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Noisy and overpriced for what it is.
  • Stayed October 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
2 Thank newyorker567
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Baltimore, Md.
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9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2007

We read a review of the Rovello in The Rough Guide and were shocked with the reality we encountered. The rooms were not pleasing. They were underlit and painted a depressing pale green. The lamps were nailed down (as was everything in the room). The first night my husband and I were on the first floor next to the breakfast room. It was noisy at night and noisy in the morning when the room was set up for breakfast around 5:30am. The next day we were moved to a much larger room upstairs where my only criticism could be the sterile institutional "decor", the stain in the middle of the bed covers, and the poor lighting level. After traveling for a month and having eaten many breakfasts, this one was the WORST we had encountered. The hotel staff was helpful to a point. But the night before we were to leave, they said there would be no problem calling for a taxi in the morning. It rained and no taxi could be found. After waiting 20 minutes, we ended up running with our luggage to the metro to get to the train station to head to the airport. Of all of the hotels in which we stayed during our trip, this was the biggest disappointment and biggest waste of money. It felt like a $70 hostel and not a $250 experience. The only good note is the hotel's location.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — noise, lack of ambiance, sterile decor, poor lighting
  • Stayed October 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
1 Thank Elsbeth_h
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13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2007

We booked this hotel following a review in the Frommers guide, it has clearly changed management since the glowing write up that inspired us to stay there. The lift was out of order, the receptionist claimed no knowledge of this mal function, simply shrugged and said we'd have to use the stairs, to our room...... a twin room that certainly didn't live up to the recent refurbishment suggested in the guidebook. It was 70's retro and not in a stylish sense. The beds were narrow, metal framed beds you'd expect in hostel accommodation, not in a hotel claiming to be 3 star in the centre of Milan. The bed side lights didn't work, the water was hot enough for one shower, there was no safe, we didn't even bother with breakfast, the dining area smelt of stale smoke, was pokey and overshadowed by an imposing TV. And all of this for £100? Still the bed bugs came for free - this is no joke.

  • Liked — Location
  • Stayed February 2007, travelled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank Flossie1971
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Morristown, NJ
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118 reviews
63 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2006

We selected the Hotel Rovello for a three night stay in early October based on a description in Frommer's guidebook. The location is fantastic -- just a few minutes walk from the Via Dante pedestrian mall which connects the Duomo and the castle, and walking distance to the train station for the Malpensa express airport train. It is tucked away on a quiet side street, so you avoid the noise of the nearby trams. It has an unusual set-up with no ground floor lobby -- you have to go up to the second floor (European first floor) to a small lobby to check in. Our room was on the floor above the lobby and faced the street. The room was spacious and clean, as was the bathroom. The bathroom had a small stall shower, and was equipped with a hair dryer. There were a few problems with the room -- bedside reading lamps were dim; the TV was not working properly; and although advertised, there was no internet capability. The breakfast room is very small, and offers only a minimal Continental breakfast. The desk staff spoke English, and were helpful with restaurant suggestions (the Rovello restaurant right below the hotel is very good). The 120 Euro/night rate seemed reasonable for a hotel in a prime Milan location. I would recommend this hotel for someone looking for a moderately priced hotel in a great location, who is not as concerned with hotel amenities. For more amenties (probably at double the price), I would try the the Una Hotel Cusani around the corner, which looked very nice from the street.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Hotel amenities
  • Tips/Secrets — Via Dante is great for shopping and sidewalk cafes
  • Stayed September 2006, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
2 Thank C1andG2
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New York, NY
Level Contributor
8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2005

We arrived on a cold rainy September night at midnight. The hotel is lobby is on the second floor of what seems to be an office building. The elevator stank of urine. The front desk guy was perfectly polite, but gave us the creeps. The room was clean but depressing. We were exhausted so we weren't about to find another place in the wee hours in the rain. Fortunately, the hotel is a 10 minute walk to Cardona train station, so the next morning, we took the US$12 train to the airport - a huge savings over a US$95 taxi ride.

  • Stayed September 2005
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
4 Thank NotFred
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A TripAdvisor Member
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2005

If you're looking for a substandard hotel room, this place is for you! If you love bad lighting, sub par bedding and a claustrophobic room...this is the place. Too busy to take a shower on your fun-filled Milan vacation? No worries, the water in the shower works only some days. Can't get enough of the smell of urine? Ride the elevator all day long...you'll have your fill. Hate friendly chitchat with front desk employees? Perfect...the people who work here are completely unburdened by any sense of charm. Note they ask you to pay in advance and they have no plans on refunding your moola if you’re unhappy. So, hang onto your hard earned Euros and stay somewhere else!Robin

  • Stayed September 2005
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
8 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Additional Information about Rovello

Property: Rovello
Address: Via Rovello, 18, 20121 Milan, Italy
Region: Italy > Lombardy > Milan > Brera
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast
Hotel Style:
Ranked #342 of 430 Hotels in Milan
Hotel Class:3 star — Rovello 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Also Known As:
Rovello Hotel Milan

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