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... The massive granite cannon balls used when enemies laid siege were pilled up in the moat, massive things, and you can see the damage the inflicted on the fortifications - but at 6m think and in a cylindrical shape most cannon balls just glanced off the walls. Max was in his element when we got the armory museum, old guns, Knight armor, every scary medieval weapon you could think of, it was gold to him.
We had lunch in a Milan version of the DJs food hall, ...
... and rather like an English seaside town, except that the shops sell foccacias and pizza. Our hotel is half a block from the beach but most of the stoney beach areas require you to pay to get in. You can hire a deck chair too, if you pay. We walked to the "old" town but didn't explore very much more. John picked up a paninni for dinner and sat on the balcony and ate it. What a rough life we lead! We have a tour guide and tour of Cinque Terre tomorrow. Let's hope the sea isn't too ...
... we ended up there after dinner, three subway lines later, for sunset. I learned two important things my first day in Europe: (1) the world is incredibly difficult to navigate without internet access & (2) Kelly & I might as well have a stamp on our forehead that says "American" Overall, I really enjoyed Milan. Getting lost multiple times ended up being a blessing in disguise. We were able to see a lot of the city in the one day we had. Onto the next tomorrow AM, Praha! ...
... Carol) all the pushing and shoving like they got be there before any one else (Michael) towards the finish I was like **** you ya dago prick get out of my way (slight exaggeration). The disappointment of Naples After observing the many statues and paintings of Italy I am convinced that the history shows if they weren't killing one another they were ******* one another depending on what side of the fence you were born Overall we had a wonderful time in Italy wishing we could ...
... the outside anyway! Perhaps it's La Scala's inside that wows?
We sat at the foot of the statue in the centre of huge Piazza Duomo admiring the Palazzo Reale and of course the imposing white statue and spire laden Duomo. Far more impressive than La Scala! After our super early flight that morning, we were both feeling shattered and too tired to appreciate it properly, so we decided to return the next day instead.
Mikey needed a bathroom (quite urgently I ...
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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.
The rooms were well cleaned with modern furniture and and good lighting. Opening the windows let in quite a din from the streets even though we were on the seventh floor, so we kept them closed.
The breakfast on the sunday was served in a bright and airy mezzanine level with a good compliment of breads and pastries as well as eggs and bacon. The restaurant staff were cheerful and helpful and made this probably the best part of the hotel. We were so busy rushing about that we did not get time to use the internet in the main lobby, but there always seemed to be a spare terminal.
In summary the Carlyle is an interesting and well appointed mid budget hotel let down by the parking situation that afflicts Milan in general and maybe a little too far from the Duomo for walking.
Great location, helpfull staff, very good
My husband and I stayed in this hotel in January 2004.
The location is excellent, great for many shops, restaurants, fantastic bakery right across the road, and one of the best Japanese restaurants we ever had in Europe. It is only few doors down from the hotel and is pricey but outstanding. Can walk everywhere from the hotel, it is around 15 minute walk to the "designer quoter". Staff very helpfull and accomodating. Room basic, but has everything needed for the short break, and very clean. The only minus was that it had wooden floors, so we could here people walking in a room above us, but it stopped quickly. Recommended as a good base for Milan, and it is located in a fabulous area, with some great shoe shops and restaurants. And Metro is right in front of the hotel, a big plus.
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.
Excellent Hotel - Fantastic Breakfast
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.