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Historical Traveler Reviews UNA Hotel Cusani Milan
I'm joining the chorus to recommend the UNA Cusani. The staff is superb.
I've traveled to Milan several times and the Cusani has the best location, especially for travelers going in and out of Malpensa airport via the Malpensa Xpress. In addition, the staff at the Cusani is terrific, doing everything they can to help you find a convenient restaurant for your tastes and making sure you get a taxi when you need one, or a fast breakfast before you head to the airport. The rooms are as quiet as bank vaults, and fitted out with every modern convenience. I wasn't disturbed by any noise whatsoever at this hotel. I should also mention that it's in a great location to enjoy Milan's sophisticated night life and restaurants and many of its sites: It's within easy walking distance of the via Dante, the Corso Magenta and the via Brera, as well as the Sforzeca and the Last Supper. Book through an online hotel booker for the best rates.
Recommended and very well located
This is a good choice in Milan if you happen to get one of the special rates. We paid 110 EURO including breakfast (+10 EURO surcharge for room service). The staff is very friendly, standard rooms are modern and not exciting but offer all necessary comfort and are quite big. The location is top, a mere 5-10 minutes walk to Duomo, Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele and Scala. They have a private garage which is very convenient if you travel by car.
Very good location
I went on holiday to Milan and Lake Maggiorie in May 2005. I stayed in a double room for 4 nights. The soundproofing was good; I didn't hear other guests or the traffic/trams outside. The room was comfortable and had a well stocked mini bar. Another reviewer said you didn't have a kettle in the room, but there was a kettle (+cups) in my room to make your own teas/coffee. The bathroom was spacious and they were generous when it came to the amount of towels provided (unlike some hotels in Italy that I've stayed in). There was plenty of choice at breakfast.
The location is fantastic. It's a nice area and you can feel safe wandering around. You are walking distance to most sites Castello Sforzesco, Duomo, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II; but not the football stadium. There are a lot of very good restaurants/bars 5-10 mins walk away. The hotel bar was good for a nightcap.
There is a metro station near the hotel, if you don't enjoy walking everywhere! The metro system is efficient. I went to the Navigli area (the canal district) which is definitely not walkable from the hotel but has some great bars/restaurants.
If you are planning to see the Last Supper you need to try to book well in advance. The hotel Reception staff were generally very helpful during my visit. There was one exception when one Receptionist said that it would be worth queuing for tickets. You cannot queue - all tickets are by reservation only which the hotel tried but failed to get for me. On my return home I read that the bookings for the Last Supper are full until mid June. Don't believe the guide books when they say you can book a few days ahead!
If you want to see inside La Scala you need to check the times as they do vary from day to day.
Milan does have a lot to offer for a city break (cathedral, museums, shopping, food, wine, etc) it's also very easy to get to Lake Como and Lake Maggiorie by train from Milan and the people are incredibly friendly.
Location, Location, Location
This is a good hotel, especially its perfect location. Not all rooms are huge as one reviewer has said. Suggest you check to see the room first. There is nothing in the room for coffee or tea, so if you are the type of person that does not want to go to the restaurant just for a coffee, or wait 15 minutes for one to be brought up by room service, then bring your own equipment.
It is hard to criticize this hotel in terms of unassuming and efficient service, tastefully decorated throughout.
The trolley buses are noisy at night so if you are a light sleeper get a room away from the trolleys, they do run during the night.
If you are tired and don't want to go on a tour of the Milan restaurants, the hotel restaurant is fine. Please tell the waiter the food is good, even if it isn't, the two regulars seem on the point of breakdown when they serve your meal, looking for that expression on your face that shows approval. The one time I forgot to do this I think the staff looked like the world was going to end...
You must stay here!
We booked this hotel as a special offer on LastMinute for £200 each for 3 nights in a "Superior Double Room" and it was worth every penny. As soon as you step out of the metro the hotel is right in front of you, right beside the Castle so very central.
The staff are really professional and attentive, and all those little "extra touches" are there, like a porter service to take your bags to your room, fluffy bathrobes, loads of really good quality toilettries, magazines and newspapers in the room, free (posh!) snacks with your drinks etc, bowls of sweets in the room...
We ate in the restaurant the first night we stayed there and the food was excellent - the desert trolley was a bit ropey but the rest was fantastically cooked and fresh. Breakfast is buffet style and the choice is not the biggest in the world, but for 10 euros you can eat in your room and choose what you want from a wider range.
All in all we had a FABULOUS trip - the hotel is in walking distance of just about everything in Milan apart from the San Siro Stadium, the staff are really the most helpful I have met and arranged all the extras for us, and the hotel bar is open til midnight if you fancy a nightcap.
I would stay here again at the drop of a hat - this hotel is far better than its 4 stars - the rooms are HUGE, including the luxurious bathrooms, they are TASTEFULLY decorated and we didn't hear one smidgen of noise from any of the other rooms or the corridor (a hotel rarity!) as the soundproofing is so good. A must-stay hotel!
Very good value
Stayed three nights in Sep 2003 at recommendation of Milanese friends.
In a city where luxury rooms trade at 500 euros and up, I was very pleasantly surprised to find a room as comfortable as any and a large marble bath with all bells and whistles, all recently refurbished in a woodsy-marbly soft style. Think of it as a fine business hotel with great rooms. The public rooms are typical of a sleek business hotel and the staff are helpful. If you go, ask for a room facing the square - much nicer view than the streetside rooms. For the dealseeker who wants a luxury room, I highly recommend una cusani.