Hotel Spadari al Duomo
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... Sforzesco for a brief walk around - it is huge and beautifully built with rounded brick turrets and huge courtyards. We decided not to catch the metro but walk through the city, it is more interesting that way. We then visited the Duomo for an inside look. We took the audio tour, visited the crypt and found a cardinal Alfredo Ildefonso Schuster who was honoured for his contributions. He might be related! We then decided to go up to the roof of the Duomo ( ... Steps). What ...
... and I soon start drifting off feeling very happy. Who says frequent flyer points don't work.
Alas, all good things come to an end and we land in Milan at 8:30pm to a deserted Milan airport. There is nobody anywhere except two bored Immigration Officers who just stamp the passports without looking at anything, welcome to Italy. So we collect our bags and find our Emirates Limo driver and his new S320 Mercedes Benz and hit the freeway for the 50KM trip ...
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Luckily when we reached Urio the rain let up for a while. The only cafe near the dockside turned out to be a restaurant, despite having "cafe" written ...
Well obviously, if you're going to drive in Italy on the first weekend in August, you need to be going north. That was lucky!
Having finished packing up the car with what seemed to be three times as much as we brought with us - how come it fit getting here, and doesn't on our way back? - we added a trip to a supermarket to fill up with cheap booze and Baci chocolates - ah that explains it!
Marco turned ...
So before we land I find out the airport we flew into is not in Milian but 45 mins away by bus. We get dropped off at the train station and it take us less than 10 mins to get to the hotel. Well job Nina. I pass out immediately. Sadly we had to pay $46 euro more because we had 4 people and I booked a three bedroom room. Luckily we all get to sleep comfortably in a bed. Our train leaves at 8:20 and we are up and ready to go by ...
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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.
Stay here if you have good earplugs.
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.