We had a really hard time deciding on what hotel to stay on, the more reviews we read, the harder it got. Finally we just decided to base our decision on location, and we are SO glad we did. The Straf Hotel is a stone throw from the duomo (giant church in the center) and right near restaurants and shopping. The hotel staff were really amazing compared to a lot of places we stay. They were friendly, spoke great english and seemed to really care about our happiness. The check-in process is fast and the room was great. Now I should tell you in all fairness, this is a design hotel, therefore it can be a bit 'cold' in appearance, a lot of contrasted colors and cement - but I loved it, it felt so modern and clean. But if you want the comfort of your parents living room, unless they are hipsters, you may not find that here. We got a massage chair in our room and a view of the street. The room has been described as confusing in other reviews, but I disagree - if you don't know what that button does, just push it - something will happen and the mystery will end. The doors to the rooms are hilariously blended into the walls. so at first you may walk right past your room, but once you see how the design works, it will cease to be confusing. The shower was amazing, it is the overhead rain style with great water pressure and plenty of hot water. We had no problems with noise, but if you keep the window open all day, mosquitos will find their way into your room without invitation - but you would find that anywhere in the center of Milan. The bar downstairs is a local hang-out, but don't let that scare you, the crowd it attracts is super stylish and respectful as far as Italians go (that's a joke, we love them!). Breakfast was basic but sufficient. The ONLY thing I wish about this place is that the bed was a bit softer, although I have found this a tough wish to grant outside the 5 star hotel world, at least in Europe. I highly recommend the Straf, it is interesting, clean, quiet and convenient - I couldn't ask for more.
- 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