I was at the Art Hotel for a few days, a triple suite on the 5th floor.
The location is in the middle of one of the most bustling night areas of Milan, with the good and bad attached. The room, however, was not disturbed by any outside noise, but unfortunately something (probably an elevator engine) was annoyingly making itself heard faintly in the background from about 7:00am. Not too disturbing if you - like me - sleep hard, but definitely a no go if your sleep is light.
The hotel itself has a sort of 70s-revival psychedelic patterns on the carpets, together with some rather pleasant pastel colors on the walls, patches of crocodile-looking leathery wallpaper (color-themed, I understand, depending on the floor you are) and a few actually good touches (the lighting at the doors, for for example) - resulting in a - well, very particular style. The thing's obviously been thought consistently by somebody - no small feat in itself - look at the pictures in the hotel's website to find out if you find the thinking agreeable or not.
There were traces of on-going work on the hotel, with some parts plastered on the way to the elevator, crude wood-framed structures in the hallway to the room, dangling elevator lamps and a few work-in-progress signs (which alarmed me initially) but - apart the glitch of visual ugliness - the room and the overall setting were unaffected. I just hope the thing is temporary.
The room, which follows a similar style as the corridor but translates it better in furniture and fittings, was very good - with a nice, clean and reasonably spaced bathroom (not as big as you'd expect in a suite but in shiny perfect order and with a reasonably size good bathtub), good space for clothes, good-sized and comfortable beds (really nice lighting, down to good individual led reading lights) and even a rather spacious balcony. The furniture was solid and pleasant. The "two" rooms are actually the same room divided by a piece of furniture, but the setting worked just fine for us - it would less if you really wanted a totally separated bed. I asked a couple of services (an additional lamp, a city map, to send a fax) and I was cared for courteously and professionally - so definitely good service from the reception desk.
Breakfast was excellent - with the full complement of Italian style croissant + cappuccino and more English style eggs, fruit, bacon etc. Excellent service even there, a cappuccino was served barely few seconds after asking.
Overall, the hotel is recommendable and more than fit as a base, and a very good one at that - you feel rather well at the prospect of going back to the room when you want to refresh after a trip in the city or when finally calling it a day. The hotel's location is so that you can come and go from the city center quickly to refresh and in the evening just stay in the area - it's practically surrounded by clubs and restaurants. I had rented a car, and the free garage needs mentioning: it was really free (unlike many other over-expensive garage facilities attached to other hotels in the city) and it proved invaluable - especially since in the area - if you have a car - you couldn't survive without.
I had a good deal over the internet, and under the same conditions, I'll be definitely going back there next time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 4 star hotel in the Navigli area with free wi-fi, private garage, Gym, wellness center, roof garden, naturally lit meeting rooms, 200 mt from metro subway station, 2 km from the Milano Duomo and Leonardo's last supper and only 5 minutes from highway. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Art Hotel Milan