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... Mulled this over for a while and then looked down at my arms to see 3 more of the blighters enjoying "the full Scottish Breakfast" at my expense. I thought this was a bit rich given the lack of my own breakfast. On a similar theme, at one stage this afternoon I was thrashing about in the vegetation after the path I was following just seemed to disappear. Regained the path and then noticed that there were several ...
We woke up and walked down the street to have a pastry and coffee before leaving for the airport. We are looking forward to the Rick Steve's tour portion of the vacation. Flew to Rome and transferred to a flight to Milan. We made a quick visit to the Duomo (inside and top) and the nearby 1870's shopping galleria. We arrived during Milan's "Fashion Week". We saw red carpets at ...
... tramway to the village of Busate, overlooking Como. It was very steep walking up to a lighthouse(?) in the village and having had very little breakfast again I was ravenous so I decided on a sit down resteurant meal. I came to a little cafe just before 1:00 which was all set up but deserted. I found someone in the kitchen who said they opened in 7 minutes but I could sit down if I wanted to. Not having seen anything else ...
Moved to Como this morning. Mum had been out with the group for dinner last night and was not at all happy. Mum does not drink at all and many of the rest of the group do, so she felt left out of the general jollity and was not in a mood to put ...
I had arranged for a driver to meet us in Milan and I am beyond happy to see him waiting for us and we are soon at our hotel and get settled in. It is certainly an older hotel but it is in a great location and just around the corner from a major pedestrian street. We head out to explore and get something to eat, it has been a long day of traveling and tomorrow is our only full day in Milan and I have lots planned.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Carlyle Brera Milan
After a short stay in Como, We decided to head south for saturday night and stay at the Carlyle Brera. The hotel was a little tricky to find, but the problem on getting there was the parking. We were told by reception that there were only 10 places for guests and that we would have to drive around until we found parking or pay 30 euros for a private car park which we duly did.
My husband and I stayed in this hotel in January 2004.
Nice but expensive
I stayed here for two weeks for work in December 2003. It was a nice place to stay, as the rooms were clean and a reasonable size by Italy standards. The staff were friendly and helpful. The food was excellent and the location was very good. I felt it was a bit expensive for what it was though and, like one of the previous reviewers, a work colleague had a security concern.
Serious Security Problems
This was the only hotel in our three week trip in Italy where there were security cameras everywhere in the common areas. At first we felt reassured by this measure. But our ease lasted little. The first night we came back from dinner and there was this guest in the lobby having a tremendous argument with the night manager over an expensive blouse she alleged was taken from her bedroom. The next night it was our turn, a designer jacket left hanging in a closet was gone after the cleaning of our room. Management denied any responsibility. I do not have any other complaints over the hotel, but clearly, there is so much you can do with a small security box and consequently I would not stay at this hotel ever again.
Good hotel, has the essentials: clean, location, a bit over priced though
We stayed in this hotel one night. The rooms were clean but a bit dark (not because of the windows, but because of the lighting!) which was bit disconcerting. Friendly staff. Good location. A bit over priced for the overall quality of the hotel. The hotel offers free internet for its guests though... that's a plus.
We loved this hotel. Although it was hard to find, as are many hotels when you are driving in Europe, we finally found the motor entrance which is behind and below the hotel.After ringing the hotel entry intercom, a helpful valet came to meet us and help with our bags.The front desk crew was helpful on check in and, in fact, throughout our stay. Their recommendations were always excellent -- from restaurants to walking tours to reservations.One of the treats of this hotel is the "pillow menu." Although not offered to us on check in, we knew of the menu from other reviewers and went down to the front desk to inquire. There were 8 choices and our choices made our recovery from jet lag much shorter. We've never seen such a thing and found it a unique and delightful service.The hotel and our room had a Scandnavian feel to us. The room we were in was a bit on the small size, with a comfortable bed and a small sofa.The satellite TV is adequate, but unfortunately, the air-conditioning was not yet turned on for our late-April visit. Equally unfrotunately, the high was near 80° F, making our room uncomfortably warm and stuffy during the day.However, the window did crack open allowing us to cool the room in the evening. The electronically operated window shade completely darkened the room.The staff allowed us to check in at 10 AM after an all night flight from the US -- which was wonderful.The bathroom was very nice indeed with a great shower with superb water flow and pressure - often a rariety in European hotels. The bath was tiled, had a large single sink, bidet and toilet. The towels were large and fluffy and draped over a heated towell rack, which would have been a luxury, had the weather been chilly.The bathroom amenities included soap, shampoo, tissue, hair dryer, and, surprisingly, extra toothbrushes.The hotel provides complimentary newspapers. We had two English language papers (USA Today and The Herald) to enjoy each day.The hotel also has two complimentary Internet stations in the lobby - although they do not allow you to print or upload/download files.The shocker for us was the morning breakfast, included in our rate. The choice and quality was remarkable for a B&B. Two types of eggs (scrambled and soft boiled), bacon, several choices of fruit and cereals, two milk choices, three juice choices and great coffee and expresso. There were also several types of cookies (biscuits for the Brits) and pastries - as well as a variety of jelly and jams. This was a splendid layout, indeed.A metro stop is steps from the door of the hotel, making the entire city easily accessible. However, the Duomo and Galleria are an easy 5 minute walk. We felt safe even walking it at night, as the walk goes through a lively restaurant and shopping district.In short, we not only highly recommend the hotel, we plan to stay on our next visit.Had the airconditioning been operational, we'd have given it a five star rating for it's class.
Expensive but great location.
Expensive for us -- $200 per night -- but the location is ideal. The room was clean, modern, and the bed very comfortable. But the in the bathroom there were problems. The previous guest's trash had not been removed, including a toothbrush left by the sink. And the sink was plugged up. I mentioned the trash problem to the front desk, but they weren't able/willing to make any sort of concession. The breakfast was excellent and had a large variety of choices. A big plus is that there are 2 computers in the lobby where you can check your email. All in all a very good hotel. But for us $200 a night is way over the top. It was New Year's eve and everything else was booked.
Great hotel. located in the brera district which has fantastic restaurants, shops and places to walk around. Hotel is located at a metro stop and about 15 minutes walk from Duomo and other locations in Milan. Hotel staff was extremely accommodating-- allowed us to check in at 9am after our overnight flight from the US. Staff spoke English fluently and provided superb restaurant selections. Hotel has free internet access for guests. Highly recommend.