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Idea Hotel Plus Milano Malpensa Airport
Ranked #7 of 9 Hotels in Somma Lombardo
Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“A basic bed in a box”
Reviewed 29 June 2014

Have to agree with the general consensus on this hotel, it lacks in nearly every area.

We chose a room because it could accommodate three people close to Malpensa airport at reasonable cost....but certainly wouldn't recommend this establishment for anybody expecting "normal" hotel standards.

The location is four and half kilometres from Terminal one, the best deal is twenty five Euro by taxi each way or risk the "morning" shuttle bus service.
As others have mentioned the bus runs in the morning and late afternoon only, possibly following on the traditional Italian custom of afternoon siesta.

There are no alternative food options other than the hotel itself as it is located away from any services, and do not have high expectations of breakfast.

The unnecessarily noisey bell tower at the front serves no real purpose other than an aesthetic addition to a small residential/semi-industrial area. Request a room on the opposite side if you wish to sleep before midnight.
The hotel reception staff are generally quite unfriendly, the whole facility is poor maintained, from filthy seats in the hotel lobby, badly marked walls, dirty floors, and this before you open the hotel room.
The shower head water outlets were so badly calcified, the water was blasting horizontally into the walls and would pool in the shower base due to hair and soap scum in the drain.
Broken light fittings, a power point coming out of the wall, holes in the badly marked walls, but perhaps the most memorable thing was......no mattress protectors, just a sheet on top of the mattress!
The double glazed window would not seal correctly at the top due to a broken fitting, so although away from the bell tower noise, the delivery guys at three in the morning could be heard extremely well.
As previously mentioned the air-conditioning is controlled from the front desk?! The previous control mechanism is still in the wall, not working, but apparently guests can't be trusted to make their own decisions on this matter?

This facility is more back-packer accomodation than hotel.

Room Tip: Opposite side to bell tower, check to make sure the window actually seals correctly.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 June 2014 via mobile

Tempted to say it is a cheap hotel but at E70 plus mini bar at E10 it is not low cost. Wifi Is an extra E7 plus a daily fee for parking. Free Shuttle bus to/from Malpensa works as promised. Breakfast is included and is adequate but it is one of those where you need to keep your eyes peeled on the serving lady as some trays are empty which she eventually refills and then are promptly emptied. Rooms are clean but beat up. Bed ok. Noise not a problem. Bathroom fine and large flat screen tv in front of bed works once you figure out how to turn it on. Has English channels. There must be something better at Maplensa but this hotel is ok for an over nite at airport. But do not look forward to going back.

Stayed June 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 19 June 2014 via mobile

This hotel is rubbish. Service is horrid it's expensive the food tastes like paper the staff is rude. If I burned what I paid for the room to keep me warm as I slept on the street id be much happier. Do not stay here stay anywhere else

Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Draper, Virginia
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Reviewed 19 June 2014

The Hotel Idea was a good idea which suffers from execution. The grounds are unkempt, the fountain is full of algae, the staff appears to do you a favor by allowing you to stay overnight, the walls in the rooms are scuffed and the veneer on the furnishings is pulling away. The shuttle from the terminal runs on a schedule, and if you arrive midday (between 11 am and 6 pm), you have to take a cab. The room is clean and so is the bathroom (but we had to ask for soap). The included breakfast is very good. Internet is free only in the lobby, where they offer keyboards on which the letters have been mostly worn off and computers with seriously outdated programs. One of the best things about this hotel is that is close to a very nice local restaurant (Sanmarcanda, rated separately) where you can enjoy a nice meal and friendly service.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 19 June 2014

This hotel is really good… They deserve very high marks. Rooms, breakfast, service – all is good. Nice people at the front desk ( you are lucky if you meet there Michele or Ennio!).But…
You must be prepared for some unusual trick. The hotel is good – it's one story, but to be sure I am right on that you must get to the hotel from the airport Malpensa. When you read info on the hotel's (or all the others) site you see very comforting words : they have got an airport shuttle. One more BUT: when you book your flight check the time you land at Malpensa, because actually the hotel's airport shuttle works ONLY till 10:30 in the morning and after 6 PM in the evening. It was my experience in May 2014 (room 201).
Try your best to be in Malpensa in the morning or after 6 PM. If you can't make it there is one more problem. The only transportation to the hotel is a taxi cab. The distance is about 3 miles (or 5 km), but sly local taxi drivers know «the shuttle trick» and they will be happy to bring you to the Idea Hotel just for… 60 or 70 euros. Which is more than a rip off.
So, if you want to stay at the decent and very good Idea Hotel, please make a good home work and get there when their shuutle is in service.
alftul

Room Tip: as for me all the rooms are good because of a nice aura...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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Beirut
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

I read some comments about the hotel being within a walking distance to Malpensa! well it's not the case.It stated that you have free internet access but that is only in the lobby and only on the 3desktops they have.The wifi is very costly,especially that I booked that hotel to get some sleep before my next tiring flight. Not worth to pay 7euro for 2hours use! no free water available and every thing in the minibar is overpriced.The room walls were stained.I enjoyed the shower though and had a quiet few hours sleep.My advice is to book this hotel just to get some rest don't expect anything else.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled on business
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Lodi
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

This is probably the closest hotel you can find nearby to both Terminals of Malpensa Airport, except the expensive one located just in front of the hub.
You'll get 7 minutes sharp by car from the hotel to the Terminal 1; they offer also a cheap and convenient "airport taxi service" to go to the airport in case you don't have your car or decide to leave it there.
It is ideal for those who need to stay overnight not far from the hub.
Booking service, checkout and reception desk were excellent and the room was clean and fine.
According to my experience, everything but the noise was ok.
My room was located in fact on the front side of the hotel and every hour the bell of the next-to-the-hotel church woke me up.
What is more, the street ground was not firm and loud every time one car was passing.
My personal advise is asking for one room located on the back side to the reception and not to forget to carry ear caps with you.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
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Property: Idea Hotel Plus Milano Malpensa Airport
Address: Via Della Chiesa, 27 | Fraz. Case Nuove, 21019 Somma Lombardo, Italy
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Region: Italy > Lombardy > Province of Varese > Somma Lombardo
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Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #7 of 9 Hotels in Somma Lombardo
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Hotel Class:4 star — Idea Hotel Plus Milano Malpensa Airport 4*
Number of rooms: 137
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