Travel Blogs from Milan
After a terrible night's sleep, I grabbed a couple of bits of bread, some ham and cheese from the breakfast buffet, and we headed for the underground station. I thought we had the first part sussed, but worried all night about whether we had to "trade in" our paper train tickets to Milan for real tickets. It turned out that no, the old fashioned …
... by Napoleon. Today the golden Madonna on the roof has to be the highest point in the city. To overcome the limitations this places on new buildings, anything higher has a replica of her on their roof.
The terraces are full of ornate statues and buttresses, all built purely with the intention that only god would ever really see them. Artisans donated their time through the centuries to contribute to the Duomo, there is even a Michelangelo amongst the ...
... car drivers to drive. Luckily he drove well as once we left the autostrada, it was very, very windy to get to our hotel. Also Wendy is probably almost cured of her fear of tunnels as we lost count of how many we went through in the almost 90 minutes it took to get to Monterosso. We checked in at Hotel Palme, checked out our fourth storey room with sea view and balcony and went for a quick orientation walk. Apparently we are staying in the "new" town which is very busy, lots ...
... through Galleria Vittorio Emanuele to get to Via Montenapoleone, Milan's upscale shopping street to droll over the designer apparel. We couldn't resist stopping for gelato which was exceptionally delicious! Just when I thought I was getting the hang of the city, we headed to the Navigli area for "apperitivo".... We were completely lost and walking in circles for 3 hours. We ended up at a subpar Italian restaurant, but were happy to be able to sit down. Desperate to actually ...
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 ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsNH President Milan
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I have just returned from a visit to the Jolly Hotel President in Milan and was disgusted at the paucitity of the facilities offered in the Deluxe room allocated to us. I have stayed in many other executive rooms and the room allocated to us compared exceptionally poorly for size and facilities, not to mention that it did not even have many of facilities that were advertised. The website claims that rooms have tea/coffee making facilities, bathrobes and slippers; none of which were present in our room.
Spent 3 nights at the Jolly Hotel President in Milan, Italy 3/4-3/7. This is a business class hotel with all the amenities. The rooms were very nice and upscale. The bathrooms were marble with tub and bidet etc. I had a superior single room and it was huge. THe breakfast buffet was superb. Hot and cold foods, pastries, etc. The service was first class and staff behind the desk were friendly and helpful. I had room 433 and they are apparently working on that side of the building so beware that you will hear loud hammering during the day, which we were not advised of. I would certainly stay here again, but make sure they do not put you near the renovation/work area. The duomo is approximately 2 blocks away, along with the metro station. The Last supper is quite far away, although on the map it looks close. I would defintely recommend using the metro to reach it. The front of the Duomo is under restoration so it is boarded up which was a real disappointment. THe area appeared safe in the evening. Taxi to and from central station and Cardonna station were around 7-8 Euro's.
Jolly good hotel!
Great location! The outside of the hotel isn't very glamorous and the decor inside is fairly dated but it is very clean with large rooms and a great location, only a 5 minute walk from the Duomo, which we could actually see from our room! Staff were helpful & friendly and the continental breakfast was great (and served to 10.30am which is always a bonus!).
This hotel has not been rated in some time, so I was skeptical at best. Upon arrival, our nonsmoking rooms were not ready, so they held our luggage and told us of a great lunch place. It was truly wonderful food and not to expensive. Once we returned, our rooms were ready and were really wonderful. Average size, but for the 149 Euro a night incl breakfast, this was a steal. Close to the Duomo, and a 10 Euro cab ride to the train station. The concierge confirmed our flights home for us, arranged our cab to the airport, and help us with timing for everything. Overall, I would recommend this hotel if you want to be near shopping and the Duomo. Only downside was the airconditioning. Either there was none, or they turn it off in Fall/winter. Not sure, but unseasonable warm for October.
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We stayed at Jolly Hotel President in Milan in August 2004. We paid 129 Euro a night and weren't asked for a credit card number when made a reservation only 2 days in advance. The hotel is very conveniently located in Downtown Milan. It's close to Duomo and stores in famous Montenapoleone area (5-min walk). It's only 10 min or 10 euros taxi ride away from Central or Cardoza train station, Last Supper and Canal. The staff is very helpful, nice and speaks English. We got late checkout without any problems and were provided with maps, phone numbers, etc.
Milan, as lovely as it is, can be a bit grimmy also- just like New York. However, after trying over a dozen hotels we stumbled upon Jolly because the Ibis, next door, hadn't any vacancies. It was our lucky night because I have never seen an Ibis look this great, for that matter most hotels don't look this great. Briefly, hardwood floors; elegant fixtures; spacious rooms; clean and stately hallways; Art Deco furniture; etc. It was quite nice. A full American style breakfast is included. Checkout is at 2:00 so you can stay out late and not be chased away in the morning. We paid 80 Euro a night and we had our Giant Schnauzer, which was too big for the Hilton- the Hilton is three times the cost and not twice as good. The service was professional. It is indeed our place to stay on any visit to Milan. Good luck.
It was great
Ive visited Miloano last summer and stayed at Jolly hotels , the location was excellent also the service was great and the rooms were clean
Myself and my girlfriend visited the Jolly President Hotel in June 03 and it was fantastic. The location was spot on - just a stroll from the Duomo and even though it's quiet there's a taxi's and busses from right outside. Nice clean comfortable & air conditioned rooms, pleasant professional staff and a decent breakfast. We even had a view of the Duomo from our room. Only drawback was 2 singles instead of a double - Great place.