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... led us down and into the Gallaria where Gab purchased her bag last night. Built originally as shopping arcade it's one of the oldest in the world, and has some shops and cafes from the original building time. It's also home of the oldest Prada store. The mosaics on the floor and roof line are beautiful. It was originally build as an arcade from the Duomo through to the opera house alla Scarla. We got a chance to visit the opera house and the boxes the home of society ...
... 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 ...
After a leisurely breakfast we caught a water taxi to the station,much quicker than the ferry, boarded our train and off we went.Arrived in Milan at 1,30 and were at our Hotel Sanpi by 2 pm,had a bit of a rest and went out for lunch and a look around.Found ourselves in the middle of the city where there are lots of old buildings and a statue of Leonardo DeVinci which is right near the beautiful old shopping plaza,pretty spectacular. While we were walking around there were police cars ...
... the Cathedral and saw the amazing stained glass windows - the most detailed I have ever seen! Outside, we wandered through the exclusive shopping mall - Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, a beautiful building with a glass dome ceiling and frescoes. We then browsed the nearby shopping strips and I got some Italian leather sandals :) We crashed after a final Italian dinner at the restaurant next to our hotel, resting up before an early start and travel day ...
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Pleasantly surprised - great location!
Michaelangelo Hotel turned out to be the perfect place from which to travel on the train or metro plus the accommodations were more than adequate. We stayed 3 nights which gave us time to see Milan taking the metro and a day trip to Bologna by train before we left for Venice by train. The bathroom was very nice and clean with sparkling tile and jacuzzi tub. Breakfasts were some of the best we had in Italy. The hotel is across from the train station which is fine during the day but I wouldn't want to be around there at night by myself. The staff at the desk do not speak English very well so that may account for some of the gruffness. We were in and out so much that it didn't matter that we couldn't chat. Excellent place to stay upon arrival and departure to and from Italy.
Ruined by one staff member
We were rebooked to Hotel Michelangelo due to an error from an online booking site. Although we were told Michelangelo had the same ratings as our original hotel, prior to arrival we were worried the quality of Michelangelo was not up to par to our original choice since the online photos of the rooms from our original selection were nicer than those of Michelangelo. We were pleasantly surprise the location (walking distance from main train station) was comparable to our original hotel. Even though the mistake was made by a 3rd party online booking site, upon arrival, one staff member, Simone, was kind enough to acknowledge our requests to have an accommodation for four. As great as the rooms were in cleanliness and spaciousness and as elaborate as the breakfast buffet was, the quality of the hotel was degraded by one staff member, Rino Aquino who appeared to be the manager but had an attitude that needed major adjustment. His lack of customer service made us question how he became manager or if he was just posing because if he was the manager, he definitely lacked the respect from all his staff members. His mannerism was no better than the bums and druggies whole loiter around the nearby train station after hours. We could go on listing all the problems we encounter with this man, but it would only downgrade the hotel. Our advise would be to call ahead to make sure he's not working before you book your stay.
Best hotel room in Italy
Best hotel room we had while in Italy.Free internet.Great breakfast had everything.Next to train station and bus stop from airport.Metro was also at train station.Staff was ok but most didn't speak English.Room was huge for Italy.Bathroom I wanted to bring home.Heated floor and towel rack and large tub with whirlpool jets.Only problem was the area outside train station was hangout for people to drink and trash the place.There was a nice outside cafe just in front of hotel on corner.Wouldn't walk much further at night.
We stayed here for 4 nights and were pleased with our choice. Milan is a great city with plenty to see and do but we wanted to visit Venice (fantastic!) and Lake Como (take the funicular for incredible views!) too. The hotel is perfectly situated for the railway network (clean, efficient and cheap!). There are limited resources and sights in the immediate locale in the way of good restaurants and bars, so a trip on the metro (its 4 stops to Duomo/central) into the main city is recommended. The hotel itself is a 17 storey (great views from the top floor!) modern, concrete building lacking any kind of charm from the outside. However, the rooms are very well appointed (if small), with satellite tv, spa-jet bath, minibar (free!), safe deposit in room, plenty of bathroom toiletries and even electric curtains! You can even see the Alps from your window if on the 6th/7th floor or above. Our only gripe was the bed and pillows which were firm enough to border on the 'rock-like' !! That aside the room was very clean and well appointed. It is essentially a business orientated hotel and has conference facilities in abundance so expect a busy, efficient and somewhat impersonal reception. The bar 'Bar David' downstairs is comfortable if pricey, (Milan is not a cheap city to eat and drink in) and the restaurant too is bright and clean with excellent staff providing a hearty continental or cooked breakfast. All in all, a great place to stay and at a great rate (around 420 euro for 4 nights double room). In summary a great hotel in a perfect location if your aim is to explore the using the rail network.
Good deal for short stay in Milan
Have stayed at the Michelangelo a few times now and even if not the most prestigeous or ultra-modern establishment in Milan it is a steady performer in my mind. The hotel is especially handy for those who are coming into town from Malpensa Airport in the evening, or need to leave to the airport early in the morning as the Malpensa Shuttle (good deal for only 5€/one way) leaves about 200m from the front door of the hotel. Rooms are clean and equipped with neccessary amenities (the bathroom is stylish and definetly above average).The breakfast buffet at the hotel is elaborate and service is friendly. Only downside is that there are less great restaurants immediately around the hotel, mostly pizzerias and other slightly touristy fares, but if that doesn't bother you, the Michelangelo offers good price/performance for Milan. Our latest stay was 110 Euro for a double room with breakfast.
Great find of a hotel
Just stayed in the Michelangelo for 3 nights in a triple room. What a bargain! The hotel was very clean with a high level of service. Reception staff and breakfast staff extremely friendly and helpful. Great buffet breakfast. The room was exceptionally clean and very spacious. Felt comfortable enough to walk around without slippers although they were provided! Only two negative points: air conditioning did not work so the room was too hot from the heating. The other negative point was the bar staff refused to provide ice to take to the room. They told us if we wanted ice then we should order it from room service and would cost 6 euros! Would definitely stay there again and would recommend it to family & friends but would take some ice!!
I got stuck at the Milan train station at midnight and went around each hotel looking for one with vacancy. There was a huge conference in Milan that day and I couldn't find a hotel that was available. My friend and I stumbled upon Michelangelo and they told me that they had only a 2 bedroom suite available, but since it was really late they would give it to me for 200 Euros... It was such a steal! Granted, I was there when the USD was worth more than the Euro. But the rooms were so huge and came 2 bathrooms with jet tubs.
If you are used to staying at 4 Star Grand Hyatt Hotels or Hilton, then stay here with confidence. If you are more of a Four Seasons or The Peninsula type of person and would rather fork out the extra $200 bucks, I'd say, go ahead, but you might be wasting your money. Especially since you'd be spending most of your time outside of the hotel.
The decor is pretty plain, and is a bit late 80's ish - early 90s. But the staff speaks fluent English. When I tried to speak Italian to them, they told me just to speak English (probably it was easier for them becuase my Italian is average). But they have a huge buffet complimentary breakfast with fresh squeezed orange juice. Definitely will stay there again!
The hotel was just perfect, staff was the best.Resturant had orange juice machine, you could put your fresh oranges in and instantly fresh oj.breakfast was overwhelming with all the choices and very tasty selections. Franco,nite manager, was very attentitive to all of our needs. He suggested a wonderful restaurant as we had requested, Brasserie ristorante mediterranea,just a few blocks from hotel.It was a wonderful dining experience.Would go back there again. Also, location was perfect,right by railway station and convenient to everywhere by train or bus.This hotel is a number 10.The staff made the stay perfect and the rooms are of the best.
Wonderful Hotel - Close to Central Station
We just came back from our trip to Europe and we stayed at the Michelangelo Hotel for 1-day en route from Nice to Florence. We wished we could have stayed at this hotel longer. There weren't too many reviews on TripAdvisor about this hotel but I decided to take a chance and book it anyways as we were looking for a hotel close to the central train station.
To our pleasant surprise, this hotel was literally within view from the central train station which came in very handy as it was pouring rain the day we arrived. It is within a 100 metre distance and 5 minute walk.
This was definitely very much a 4-5 star hotel with a large modern lobby area and good service. Our hotel was on the 17th floor with a great view of Milan. We were wonderfully surprised with the size of our room - it was HUGE and definitely of North American proportions (we are from Canada). Solid soundproofing for a comfortable sleep.
The washroom was very large and had a double sink as well as a spa/massaging BATHTUB which was definitely very nice to soak in and massage my very tired feet from all of the walking we had done while sightseeing.
The mini-bar was FREE which was an added bonus. There was a full selection of magazines to read. There were robes and bedroom slippers - we are talking about full amenities.
In the morning, this hotel had the BEST breakfast selection out of all 8 hotels we had stayed on during our European tour - there was a complete hot and cold selection of breakfast foods to eat from. There were alot of fresh fruits and a fresh orange juice machine to make your juice from in addition to a full selectionf of cappucinos and lattes to choose from. We really filled ourselves at breakfast.
We really didn't too much in Milan other than shop during the day we were there. This hotel is about a 10 minute walk from Corso Buenos Aires where there is good shopping (H&M, Zara, etc.).
We just wished that we could have stayed at Michelangelo Hotel longer as we really enjoyed our brief stay.
I stayed here in Early December and enjoyed the hotel. It is located directly across the street from the train station and is maybe a 20 minute walk to the Cathedral and shopping areas.
I had a non smoking room on the 6th floor. The room was very clean, recently remodeled and very well maintained. It was serviced twice a day. The bath included a Jacuzzi and shower plus a heated towel bar...(NICE)!. The size would be considered large by most European standards, but on the small size as compared to most US hotels. The staff was efficient - but not overly friendly. The breakfast (included) was very good and included both hot and cold dishes. There is no restaurant for dinner, but several in the immediate area. The hotel bar was empty - and (although open ) there was no one behind the bar. At a rate of less than 150 euro, I thought it was well worth it.