The Visconti palace is a comfortable well appointed hotel. As I was there on business I did not have time to check out the Spa facilities, however the rooms ( I had a room overlooking the inner courtyard) are comfortable and well appointed. The bathrooms are lovely, nice big shower, however the hotel lets itself down by providing only one nasty little plastic cup on the coffee making tray. It's a little touch but makes all the difference if you can drink from a proper cup or mug instead of something so cheap. At the time of my stay the hotel was full, which meant at breakfast most of the bread and eggs ran out without being replaced or not during the half hour I was there. For the price ( almost full rate as I booked late) I would have expected better. During the days the hotel was not full , this was not a problem and there was plenty of choice, however that should not make a difference for me as a guest, and I would have expected to have choice and replenishments to happen frequently when your hotel is full of business people all wanting to eat at similar times before going to the office.The rooms was too warm for me to sleep comfortably, but eventhough I tried to turn the heating down in my room every evening, (the temperature gage in the rooms shows that you can turn it down or up) ,the actual temperature remains the same so I guess it is centrally controlled. I prefer my bedroom to be cold, so this together with the breakfast and plastic cup for tea or coffee has prompted me to not score this hotel as very good.
On site parking and Internet is expensive and should be taken into account if you have a budget, as in today's world you can get free wifi internet access in coffee shops, restaurants and much cheaper hotels, it is annoying to see that this hotel ( and others, this is not he only one guilty) still see internet access as a nice little extra earner.
Despite my negative comments, this is a lovely hotel and the rooms and public areas are very nice and if you manage to get a good deal, it will be an excellent choice.
Some other reviewers have commented on the lack of facilities in the surroundings of the hotel, however my colleague and I found some nice restaurants within 5-10 mins walk from the hotel. Taxi fares to the Duomo area vary from 11 euro on the way back to 16 euro to the centre ( I guess this is as the hotel has to ring a taxi and the taxi charges for turning up from around the corner??)
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- Grand Hotel Milan