Travel Blogs from Milan
We had a relatively quiet start to this morning as our walking tour did not start until 10.30. This gave us time to shower, pack, breakfast, vibes mums ( mum S was not answering) and Bethany. It is lovely to hear some news from home. We arrived punctually as that's how we roll and the guide did not turn up. A few others were there waiting as well. We gave up and decided to do it ourselves as we really only have a short time until the train leaves at 2 .05 pm. We went to ...
... it, so they recommended a cafe further along the lakeside. 20 minutes walk later, we were sitting there, drinking our coffees and cokes, and watching the swans and ducks on the lake. A short walk further to the next ferry stop - and the heavens opened again, only this time it was torrential. Once on the ferry we could barely see the shore!
Getting back to Como was stopped at a restaurant / gelaterie for a lovely lunch, and by 2:30 we were in the car ready to start the ...
... much to Oliver's delight.
We reached Como at about 5pm, and checked into our hotel. That left us time to walk down to the quay, have a drink at a cafe popular with the local sparrows, and wend our way to a delightful restaurant round the corner from the hotel. A short walk along the lakeside helped us to digest it all, before finishing with a bottle of wine watching the busy Saturday nightlife from our room's ...
Friday was a pretty relaxing day. I slept in pretty late and ate my usual breakfast of ham, turkey and salami on white. I finally got an opportunity to go to a class that is related to what I will be doing for the next 5 weeks. Going to school We already knew where the building was since we ventured over to the university area a few days earlier. On the way, we passed a department store that is ...
... 10 minutes. Well, the bus pulled up and the driver got out and started yelling at the city bus driver- something about being there at the wrong time! It was funny. Upon arriving at the airport, which was about 5:30, we had to wait until 7:55 to even check in. I bought a raw ham and cheese sandwich- YUCK! Well, finally, we checked in. Then we had to wait again to get to our gate. ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Hilton Milan
I've stayed at this hotel for business about 4 times now and it is getting worse. The last time I stayed for 6 days, I got bitten all over. They weren't very sympathetic. It was only when I got back that the doctor told me they were bed bites and not mosquito bites as the hotel said! Beware!
Comfotable typical business hotel
I stay at this hotel very often as it is very confortable and very close to the Milani Centrale. It is a contemporary style hotel with a nice bar and a very large restaurant with good Italian food. Excelent service and the staff are very friendly. I always get an executive room. Some of the executive rooms are very large and on the ninth floor the rooms have a nice terrace. The executive lounge on the eighth floor is excellent. Staff are very polite and they let you alone to relax or watch the TV having a drink.
Great stay in Milan!
We stayed at the Milan Hilton for 2 nights at the beginning of September 2005. If you are arriving by train or plan to take day trips by train to Como for example - it's a great location. If you plan to spend all of your time in the Duomo area then it's not such a great location. The hotel is a 2 minute walk from the Central train Station. It is a good 1/2 hour walk to the Duomo area and the main shopping district. We are good walkers so it didn't bother us a bit. We even walked to see the Last Supper which took us more than an hour because it is totally across town, but we like to walk -it burns off a few of the gelato calories! The hotel is very luxurious and modern. We were traveling with our 3 children so we had to take 2 adjoining rooms. When we arrived it had been noted on the reservation and there already was a rollaway in the room and the door between the rooms was open - great service. Our rate included a buffet breakfast for al 5 of us and it was very varied and delicious. I think it cost 30 Euros per person if it wasn't included - that's a bit steep. We stayed at a rate called "family get-together." We paid 195 Euro for the first room and 1/2 price for the second room for the kids. The rate inluded breakfast and tax - I thought by European standards it was a very good deal. The front desk staff and concierge were VERY nice. The beds were super comfortable with the most delicious down comforters with freshly starched duvet covers. The hotel was first rate. If you stay there make sure to eat in a restaurant that is a 5 minute walk from the hotel called Da Berti. The concierge recommended it and it was such a lovely experience. Outdoor dining in a garden - so wonderful! If you are flying home from Malpensa airport there is shuttle bus called the Malpensa Express that costs 5.50 Euro. It leaves every 20 minutes from the Central Station. You can buy tickets at the newstand in the station. Enjoy!
Business hotel, not for vacation.
We booked the Hilton because we had points for a free stay. It is a lovely hotel for business travelers. It is too far from the center of the city for tourist. It is basically everything you would expect from a Hilton; clean, professional, and familiar, maybe too famaliar for an Italian vacation.
Nice hotel, decent location next to the train station
We booked this hotel as the starting point for a long Italian vacation. We had some trouble getting a room in Milan (be aware of the furniture expos going on during April and other times). As a compromise we settled on the Hilton, since we could not find something closer to the city center.
Location: Milan is kind of large, but most of the sites are centered around the Duomo. If I were to stay in Milan again (on vacation) I would probably choose something a little closer to the action. This hotel worked out nicely for us though, because of its close proximity to the train station and rental car agencies. Be aware that if flying into Malpensa there is a bus for 5 euros that will take you directly, if not quickly (about an hour), to the Central Station. From there, the hotel is about two blocks away. This is an easy safe walk, and the station and surrounding bulidings (Pirelli) are worth seeing. There are plenty of restaurants and other convienient things around the hotel. We did quite a bit of walking around the hotel and found the neigborhood to be very safe and quite nice. A taxi ride downtown is a short 5-10 minute affair and will cost you roughly 8 euros. The metro is very handy and closeby and is a cheaper option. There is a very nice supermarket at the train station.
Hotel/Lobby: From the outside it isnt that pretty but it does have a nice lobby and is overall what I would consider to have a USA 4 star look to it. The lobby isnt posh and its a little tired looking but it gets the job done. There is a bar in the lobby open late and a large dining room. As one reviewer already said, the drink prices are on the high side (10 euros for an orange juice?). The hotel has elevators.
Room: We are Hilton Honors members and I believe the room was an upgrade to a business triple. The room was enormous, with 2 bathrooms and a huge walk in closet the size of most european 1 stars. Like the lobby, the rooms were nice but a bit outdated and plain as far as the design goes, but everything was very clean and nice. Based on the size of the room I would guess that the lesser rooms are probably large by european standards. The bathrooms have showers, hairdryers, and 110 volt shaver outlets. Dont expect good views from the hotel...its not that kind of place. The beds were as hard as a rock, and the pillows inexplicably weighed about 10lbs each (hard as rocks). If you like soft beds, you may have issues.
Other: Internet access is very expensive and requires a credit card to use. I believe it was about 10 bucks for 15 minutes of time. ATM is located right across the street. There is a Europcar rental office in the hotel, and Avis is about 2 minutes away. Others are located at the train station. The buffet style breakfast is very good and probably worth whatever they charge for it (free for business class). There is a gas station right next to the hotel.
Overall: Will not provide a romantic or resort-like feel but it does get the job done. Very nice business hotel and is well placed near the train station. For those starting an Italian vacation in Milan and who need access to trains and cars, this is a very good choice.
If you have any questions you think I might be able to answer email me at tuf at tuf dot net (say it outloud).
We stayed at the Hotel in early December in order to do some Christmas shopping.
We booked the presidential suite at it is luxury indeed.
The staff were friendly and helpful. The executive lounge was excellent.
The Hotel is a little way out of the city centre but an easy taxi ride.
Will be booking again for next year without a doubt.
Nice in general but stinky
The first thing you notice when you enter the hotel is that the lobby is full of tobacco smoke ("the law doesn't require to make it no-smoking") and there is no space where you don't get tobacco smoke. The rooms are slightly above "Hilton standard" but the hotel is located in a rather remote and uninteresting area.
My partner and I stayed at the Milan Hilton for 5 nights during a recent trip to Italy. The sole reason for our chosing the hotel was that I had Hilton points and could get the room for free.I would have liked to stay at a hotel which is closer to the center of Milan; however, the location was decent. If you do not mind taking the Metro which is just 2 blocks away, you can get around the city very easily. Although we took the metro, it would not be too expensive or inconvenient to take a cab to more interesting areas of the city. - We even walked to the duomo area a few times - not a short walk but great for working off all the pastries and gelato we consumed.The service is what you could expect at any big city Hilton Hotel, i.e., very professional and helpful.The hotel building looked pretty bad on the Hilton website, but it turned out to be not as bad as I feared. The rooms were tastefully decorated and the room we had a room on the back side of the hotel was very quiet. If you are bothered by noise, you too may want to request a room on the backside of the hotel.
Nice Hotel, shame about the weather
Stayed in Milan in February. Hotel was nice, staff were friendly. It was a bit out of the centre but handy for both the main train station and tram station. There were no leisure facilities in the hotel which we were disappointed aout as we were staying for five nights. The restaurant was nice but the drink prices were rather steep! Rooms were good. Milan was quite nice but the only day that it didn't snow was the day that it rained!!!