Where to begin. The room is ultra hip, modern and trendy. There were robes in the room and that was an unexpected surprise. The room was clean, and we got a good nights sleep. In all honesty though, we were exhausted. We drove many many hours from Switzerland and the last hour we had to navigate thru the streets of Milan, where the pedestrians thought they owned the street. Seriously. Unfortunately, the day we arrived there were masses of people on the streets of Milan. Unbelievable amounts of people. Hoards of ‘em. They were walking down the middle of the street, man, woman, and child, dogs and would not move, even if a car was coming.
On the contrary of the sleek ultra hip room is that it is not user friendly. After looking for an outlet for over 30 min we finally gave up and called the front desk. Silly us, there is one in the bathroom! To be fair, there was also one under the sliding door as well. We should have looked there…it’s such a convenient location.
The waste basket is actually a slot cut in the non counter top in the bathroom. After a couple attempts of trying to throw something away, we finally just found a plastic bag and started our own trash.
The included breakfast was high quality and had a bountiful selection of choices. It was actually really very good. BUT although the breakfast was good it is served in a conference room for 15. When we were there, 40 people were crammed inside. There was just no room. No room to walk , no room to move chairs and no room to carry a plate of breakfast without worrying about spilling it on Auntie Rose from London.
The two biggest issues: though are this: Upon arriving to the hotel you encounter a road barrier. The road looks like a dead end due to the obstacle and it appears that you cannot drive to the hotel. People [as mentioned above] are congregated at said barrier. By now frustration is near boiling point. IT IS ONLY those in the know, that know that the hotel front desk can magically push a button to make the barriers sink into the ground so you can pass. YOU must Remember this!!!
AND We booked the executive suite because it advertised a view of the Duomo [spires] from the balcony. I guess If you went out and leaned all the way to the right, you could in fact see the spires…so it wasn’t false advertising. But lets just say it wasn’t what we visualized.
On a positive note, all of the staff were very helpful and seemed genuinely interested. AND the Duomo is right across the square.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel STRAF is located only few steps from the Duomo cathedral, the fashionable Via Montenapoleone and La Scala Theatre. An inspired fusion of Italian fashion, original design and elegance, the STRAF combines minimalist design and classic Italian architecture. The 64 rooms and suites blend design and functionality, maximising comfort. Those seeking a stylish, urban hangout will enjoy the unconventional atmosphere of the STRAF Bar and the cool service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Straf Hotel Milan