Gran Duca di York
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... tea. A bit more strolling in the afternoon sun and we met up with Mum and Dad for dinner in the Galleria - this time Risotto Milanesse - delicious.
The kids had a ball in the Piazza Duomo climbing all over the statue, in black marble it was boild hot to touch. We strolled home via a grocery store, and didn't realise it was so late (9:30) until we walked into the foyer of the hotel, this late summer sun is fantastic!
Tomorrow southern Lake Gardia, Verona and ...
... Italian pizza for lunch whilst we waited for the platform to be displayed. Wendy continued her extreme diet - no solids. We boarded and sat opposite each other in quite comfortable seats for about an hour and a half as we both tried not to go to sleep in case we missed our station. John succeeded in staying awake. We alit at Genova station, were met by a man with a sign saying "Pearce" and were then transported in a Mercedes "S" to Monterosso. Our driver told us that he used to ...
... be, Piola. After walking in circles for an hour trying to find our hostel, we realized the street signs were etched into the sides of the buildings (they are VERY hard to make out). Truly enlightening moment! We spent lunch at a small cafe called Caffeteria di via Picini by our hostel. Their version of iced coffee is the most amazing thing I've ever tasted! It is espresso mixed with slushy, sugary ice. We visited the absolutely breathtaking Duomo cathedral (built in the ...
... longer in some places There is lot more to see and do in this lovely place Arrivederci Italy PARIS here we come ( a week in Paris ) Cruising along in the train passing through Italy looking up at the rugged mountains and the green country side then all of a sudden the mountains have snow on them Carol goes what it's summer time people standing out on the platforms with snow jackets on blowing a gale Not sure where but still in Italy been travelling for 2 hrs 40 mins We have ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Gran Duca di York Milan
Nice but noisy
We stayed for two nights. Staff very friendly and very helpful. The hotel is in a good position near the Duomo and is fair value. We had a room at the front on a supposedly quiet street. However, there was traffic noise until the early hours of the morning. Whether this is normal of because of traffic diversions I have no idea, but it is worth checking if noise is an issue. Other than this the hotel is worth considering.
After landing in Milan without our luggage, we were pleasantly surprised by Gran Duca di York's amenities. Our moderately sized room was very clean with simple contemporary decor. The quiet double room paired with the very comfortable bed, made for a much needed good night's sleep. And we started off our day on the right foot with the complimentary breakfast spread which included fresh fruit, sliced prosciutto and salami, hard boiled eggs, cereals, sweet breads, juice and coffee .
Nice stay for two nights in May 2005.Refurbished room,facing side street,on 3rd floor,was very pleasant,and quiet at night (no place is quiet by day!).Staff recomended two good restaurants within 2 blocks.Would recommend this hotel without hesitation.Not luxurious,but what 3 star is? Convenient location to Duomo and Metro.
Big E in NC
Excellent value in superb location
I have given up spending ridiculous sums at 4* establishments when this three-star with superb location (3 mins walk from the Duomo next to the Public Library) offers some very nice recently refurbished rooms for a fraction of the price. Very polite and helpful service. So-so breakfast but that is normal in 3* in Italy.
Top location, comforts, and value
We spent one night here during a recent Italy trip. Our room was spacious, clean, tastefully decorated (modern and stylish), and had a wonderful bath with tub. We had one of the rooms with a balcony, although the weather was too cool to actually use it. The breakfast was simple, but good. The location is top notch.
After traveling long hours by plane, train, and bus, we arrived at the Gran Duca Di York with our reservation confirmation in hand and high expectations. Unfortunately, we were told that there was not a room for us. We had made the reservation two months in advance and had received an email confirmation for our room. We were sent back out onto the streets of Milan on our first night in Italy to search for a hotel with vacancy. The Gran Duca di York could not be bothered with helping us and even after taking down our information and copying our confirmation number, address, and phone number, we have never heard back from them with any explanation or apology. So please beware that your hotel reservation and confirmation may be meaningless.
Great location and price
Stayed here in mid-September. The hotel is your typical three star european hotel with small but clean room and small phone-booth shower stall. However, for the location within Milan you cannot beat the price. Very close to all of the tourist attractions and easy access to the Metro.
Lovely, except for noise
Spent one night here before flying out the next morning. Requested a superior double which cost about 140 Euros, I believe. Staff very friendly and helpful. Enjoyed a relaxing drink at the lobby bar. The Duomo is 5-10 minutes away. Room was great with it's own little terrace. Bath was good, also. Only complaint was that around 4 AM we could hear conversations from the room next door and couldn't go back to sleep.
Don't Be Fooled
Based on Frommer's and some other sources, I stayed here on my honeymoon. It is overrated. The room appeared clean and it is in a decent area, but that's all I can say for the hotel. The room was small and looked like it was last furnished in 1946. The sheets and bedspread were of a similar vintage. The breakfast is terrible, and there are no other food facilities. Perhaps we were just accustomed to the clean and better-priced hotels in Germany and Austria, but for 160 Euros per night, I expect more.
Nice option in Milan near sights
adequate room (more like very small suite, with main door to room and then door to bedroom part) with tiny balcony, good TV, nice bathroom, helpful staff and interesting old area