I stayed at the hotel for 7 nights, a full week while at a conference. It's about a 25 minute walk from the conference center (once you figure out Milan's streets). There is easy access to a street car that has a straight shot to the Duomo, but no easy way to get to the Metro from the hotel.
The lobby check in/reception area is stylish and when we checked in, a little early, the front desk staff were able to accommodate. I really appreciated that because it gave me a chance to nap after an overnight to Italy.
The room itself was tired. There was a heavy plastic blackout-blind on the outside of the window, and until I figured out how to lift it, it gave the room a really gloomy cast. That said - once I was rested, navigating the window coverings wasn't an issue. The decor was old and shabby, and the floor tiles seemed kind of dingy, but overall I think it was clean but old.
I had a bathroom with a very narrow tub and attached shower head. Showering was a bit awkward, but again, the bathroom was clean and had all the basics covered (plus a bidet and what I think was a heated towel rack). There was sort of WiFi, but it was very spotty, and I essentially behaved as if there wasn't internet at the hotel.
The beds were fine, and I slept well until about 6 am, at which point it sounded like beeping from construction equipment started. This happened every morning, and I never actually slept through to my alarm. On the other hand, I don't think the construction is the hotels fault, and it was easy enough to sleep through the night.
I know other reviews disparaged the breakfast, but I thought it was fine. There were croissants (chocolate croissants if you got up early enough) white bread, nutella, jams, butter, cold cereal, milk, OJ, yogurt, spreadable cheese, and a sandwich grill for toasting the bread. As well there was a made-to-order coffee (espresso, cappuccino, americano, whatever) which spoiled me for Starbucks. It was more than I would have bought for myself for breakfast if I'd had to grab a pastry and coffee on the go, and it was a decent start each day.
The front desk staff was generally very good, but there was a single guy that had either just started (and didn't know a lot about the area) or wasn't much interested in helping. For example, when I asked how the conference center he wasn't much help - although he did eventually pull up a free map for me and leave me to my own devices, which was good enough. The others were helpful when asked, and never made me feel unwelcome.
Serviceable hotel, especially if you're only in the room to sleep. Decent breakfast, generally helpful staff, and fine base of operations from which to go to a conference or tour Milan.
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