Hotel Spadari al Duomo
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Travelled by train to the city of Milan, Italy. Stayed 4 nights at the Hotel Spadari al Duomo which, as the name suggests, is close the Piazza del Duomo. At that time it was alive with activities associated with the World Cup - being shown on large screens set up in the Piazza. We did usual tourist things in Milano - shopping, museums, opera, shopping ...
Hello everyone. This is our last blog entry for this trip as we head home today.
First, a little story on Lynda as many of you know her personality so you will get this. Imagine Lynda at 9:00 a.m. in the morning after three shots of espresso. No kidding, she has been having a cappuccino with a double shot of espresso at breakfast and then …
... 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 ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Spadari al Duomo Milan
I have to disagree with the previous review. We stayed at the Spadari al Duomo on October 4th, 2004 and had no problems with noise whatsoever. We had a nice end unit, triple room that overlooked the street and did not notice any noise.
The Spadari although not inexpensive is a good choice in Milan. While Milan is probably my least favorite Italian city, the hotel is a good pick. Rooms are clean and spacious, staff is helpful, the location is great and the breakfast is the best we had.
I was prepared to love this place. And, indeed, when you arrive everything looks and feels great. Then, the noise begins. "Tissue paper walls" never had a true meaning for me until I stayed at this hotel. You can hear EVERYTHING! By this, I mean, if someone sneezed on the fifth floor, you could hear it in the lobby. Obviously, one doesn't go to Milan for the hotel, and, yes I was out every day. But, when I needed to relax and sleep, the noise was unbearable and, I am not exaggerating. During this trip to Europe, I stayed in four hotels. This is the only one where noise was a problem. The staff was nice enough to move me. For one night it was quiet--then, when the hotel filled up, it was noisy again. The Spadara also needs more front desk staff. The breakfast was the BEST I had in Europe. The lobby bar is great, and serves a nice antipasto with a drink. The rooms are large, nicely decorated, and very clean. And, you can't beat the location.
Deserves another star!
We spent two nights here in early September, based on some of the reviews. It lived up to every one of them. The neighborhood is great, you can walk to La Scala, the Duomo, the Galleria and the Armani store! This hotel serves the best breakfast I've ever had in Italy! The staff is very friendly. The rooms are a good size, the curtains have a blackout lining that is so important when you first arrive, and the bathrooms are just beautiful. I would absolutely stay here again.
Stay Here Before They Get Discovered!
We stayed for 2 nights in 9/04 and could not be happier with our choice. The location is perfect right next to Peck which is a gastronomic institution not to be missed. 2 blocks from the Duomo and an easy walk to everything else. The hotel is chic, and comfortable. Our room was exceptional with enclosed shower, big comfy bed, and very quiet location. The staff is outstanding, especially the English speaking ones who are prepared to answer all of your questions. Amazingly, this place has not received a review from the major travel books. so get there and enjoy it before every one else does. Highly recommended.
We stayed here for 3 nights at the end of August and would definitely stay here again. The location is fantastic and the staff are really helpful. They gave us advise on Restaurants, bars, trams, excursions and even looked up the train times for us on the internet.
The room was very spacious and clean with a very nice bathroom. The breakfast here was also the best that we experienced in the 4 hotels that we stayed in on our trip, plenty of choice and any hot items are cooked to order so it was all fresh.
I would definitely recommend this hotel to my friends!
Stayed for 1 night in april -04 thanks for the good reviews on this site. The hotel has a great location. The staff is extremly friendly and very helpfull. They really work with their service. The room was nice. It had seen it's best days but the standard is still high. Good breakfast with fresh fruite included. The hotel has a cool Italian art deco design. Recommended.
Spadari al Duomo is a great value.
We really had a great stay at the Spadari al Duomo. The location can't be beat, the hotel is small and very personal. It's beautifully designed and very comfortable. The staff is extremely helpful and pleasant.There is a subway stop a block away and a taxi stand across the street. Also the tram stops across the street. The specialty food shop, Peck, is next door and their over the top, elegant, expensive and fabulous restaurant, Cracco Peck is across the street. The staff at Spadari al Duomo was able to make a last minute reservation at this usually unavailable restaurant. They also printed out a list of events in Milan, from the internet. I will definitely visit the Spadari al Duomo again.
We thought the Spadari was a delightful hotel, charming in an understated way, with friendly service, spotlessly clean, fabulous breakfast included in the rate. We just can't say enough nice things about it, perhaps most of all that the location is perfect for shopping, sightseeing and roaming the lovely historic district. We'll never stay anywhere else in Milano again!
A Marvelous Find
We go to Milan annually & happened upon the Hotel Spadari upon our frequent walks around the city. It is centrally located, intimate, immaculate & will serve you an American breakfast featuring eggs cooked any way you like (which is unusual for hotels in Italy). It's the only hotel we've been to which served us an omlette cooked to order, & we travel extensively in Italy since my husband's family lives there. The rooms are well appointed with nice bathrooms. We were disappointed the last time we were in Milan to find this hotel closed for rennovations.
Excellent location, friendly staff, & they do not have a lot of fuss & show like some of the others which have the same central location. And needless to say, you'll pay for that fuss & show.
Wonderful little hotel
I can't say enough good things about this hotel. It is lovely, great location, and has a very nice staff. It is small and intimate - so don't expect a large "Four Seasons" type of place. Do expect a great welcome and a lovely stay. If you are going to Milan, stay here. Email them to ask about special rates.