Travel Blogs from Milan
The Duomo of Milan is an amazing sight. Stretching up high above the piazza del Duomo, it's the third largest church in Christendom. A staggering three thousand five hundred statues and one hundred and thirty-five spires adorn the marble structure, which has a Baroque and neo-Gothic fašade, as well as five bronze doors carved by different artists. …
Video Girl and Battery Boy packed again and walked from Hotel Du Lac to the usual sound of luggage wheels rolling and bouncing across the grey cobblestones of Italy. They had decided to take a bus, rather than a boat, back to Como to catch the train to Milan so they could enjoy the views from the elevated roadway of the lake.
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... the Castello Sforzesco, we grabbed a gelato and strolled over in the glorious midday sun. Giacomo explained about how Leonardo had designed the walls of the city with outer brick layers for strength and inner rubble for flexibility. He has explained back at the Duomo that until it was built most of the city was made from brick because there are no rock areas to quary around Milan. The castle was the same with stone reserved for the main fortifications and bricks for ...
After a less than pleasant night, John had a late breakfast and we checked out. Apart from the food episode it was a great place to stay and we would recommend the Grand Imperiale Hotel as a good place to base yourself to see Lake Como (but don't eat at Cafe Bellini - a couple of doors down!) Anyway about 11am we were picked up by our next driver who took us in a Mercedes minibus to Milan Railway station. Boy was the station busy! We arrived with a good hour to spare and John had ...
We had a wonderful flight with Delta! Kelly and I had our own row and were served dinner, snacks, breakfast & even some cheap vino while spending the hours watching free movies on our personal TVs and snoozing with complimentary eye pillows and ear plugs. Our flight touched down at 7:45am, 6 hours past EST. The trip from Malpensa airport into Milan was not quite as smooth. We guessed our way onto the Malpensa Express and green line metro - somehow we ended up in the area we ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Straf Milan
Top notch service
My family and I stayed in the Straf Hotel for a weekend in April, we have stayed in various 4 star Hotels in Europe and have always been generally pleased with the service we have received, our stay at the Straf has been the most memorable.
The room we stayed in were very clean and comfortable the entire Hotel was always very clean and is very well presented and at most we loved the design that make this place unique, great bathrooms but rooms were a bit dingy and dark.
Breakfast service offered by Ms. Raffella was top notch, always smiling, very attentive and fast in serving. All the staff was corteous at reception but Raffella was five stars.
All in all, a great stay!
Really cool hotel, stongly recommend it
This is an extremely chic hotel, just 10 yards from the Piazza del Duomo. We were afraid the design would be over-bearing, but in fact it was excellent. The staff were extremely helpful and never condescending, as they can be in some of the trendy hotels.
One thing that really needs a mention is the sound proofing of the rooms - among the best I've ever experienced. We were there during the annual White Night party (and what a party), but with the windows closed we couldn't hear the nearby rock concert.
Would definitely stay here again.
I stayed at the Straf for a long weekend and my first impressions were great; the place looks good and staff are very friendly.
Once I entered the room I did had some trouble and spent about half an hour figuring out where the light switch for the bathroom was. If you are in this situtation, do not pull
The breakfast is great and staff are always on hand to recommend bars/restaurants/clubs. If you do decide to stay here, don't forget the hotel bar, it's small with a good cocktail list, happy hour from 6.30 until 9 and great for the aperitivo.
The location is perfect as well, close to the Duomo and close as well to the shopping area. Who cares about culture though when Prada and Cavalli are just a stonethrow away?
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We loved the Straf! They've really made an effort to create a unique, design oriented hotel and have succeeded admirably. The room designs highlight textures of concrete and fabrics with creative use of lighting. The effect is simultaneously spartan and warm. The location can't be beat, steps from the Duomo and shopping. Our room was quiet even though it faced the street. It had a balcony that gave us a close up view of the statues on the Duomo. We got a great promotional deal at 162 euros, which included a bottle of champagne and a fruit bowl (after we reminded them that it was promised with the reservation). Breakfast was the best we had in italy, with a full spread. Our one complaint was that the room wasn't ready when we arrived at 11:30am and still wasn't ready until 2:30 in the afternoon.
We stayed at the hotel for 3 nights and the absolutely loved it! The staff are extremely helpful and go out of their way to help you with all our needs. I highly recommend the hotel to others who like minimalistic design. The location of the hotel is just superb, and the breakfast is marvelous.
I loved the hotel but my friend hated it. Too much black and concrete for her. So all a matter of taste. Although we paid 245 euros we certainly didnt get a good room. Make sure you are not near the hotel service entrance ( Room 103) From 5am laundry, bottle glass and bins are emptied. Breakfast is good and the hotel bar is great (buffet v good) Location very good. Staff helpful. Noise terrible
This is a very chic hotel in the most fantastic location. Steps to the Duomo, La Scala, Montenapoleone and the Metro. It is on a very quiet side street. I was on the 2nd floor facing the street and heard nothing.
It is true that the design is very modern and minimalistic. I tend to find the rooms in a lot of these minimalistic boutique hotels disappointing. Lobby areas and public rooms are great but the rooms are tiny and uncomfortable. Certainly, concrete walls and floors may sound cold and off putting to some and I was a little apprehensive when booking. The rooms and the bathroom were a great size - especially by European standards - and I actually found the combinations of materials and textures used to be rather luxurious. The room could easily have served as an Armani or Gucci showroom. Absolutely beautiful!
Staff was friendly. My only complaint was that my room was not ready until 2 and I had requested an early check in given that I was arriving from overseas 1st thing in the morning. The hotel was fully booked and it is small so what can you do. Also, the beds are very firm!
I got a great internet rate directly from the hotel - 150 euros for a king room, which was definitely a bargain for Milan. I would definitely stay there again.
Great location, so-so hotel....
The location is absolutely great, you are just steps from the Duomo. The hotel itself though, isn't worth more than 100Euro per night. The room literally is concrete walls and concrete floors and the shower has a weird design where you'll end up soaking the floor (hopefully by now they've put in shower curtains). The staff were great though. Right down the street is the Gray Hotel, ultra swanky if you want a posh design hotel, or for another great design hotel, the Enterprise Hotel is a new one, though it's location is far from the Duomo and more towards the Fiera. Otherwise if you're into bare minimalism, you'll enjoy the Straf.
Great place, Great Location!
We stayed at the Hotel Straf for a long weekend and found it to be just as i had hoped! The hotel is very tranquil and the staff are extremely helpful!! When we arrived our room was not quite ready, and I was a little dissappointed as I had read on the Internet that it would be available from 1pm. We went and had a drink for an hour and on our return we were told that we had been upgraded to the best room the hotel had to offer, and it was fantastic!
Breakfast was very enjoyable and the location of the hotel, couldn't be any better!!
I would without a doubt recommend this hotel to anyone wanting to stay in the centre of Milan....but get there quickly while the low introductory rates are available!! As i'm sure they won't stay this low for long!
Cool concrete by the Duomo
The Straf is a newly renovated, or rather, totally transformed hotel located in a narrow side street beside the Duomo. Part of the Design Hotels group, the Straf impresses with its cutting edge use of raw materials, notably concrete to create a tranquil, soothing space.
We had a Standard King on the second floor overlooking the street. No exterior noise was apparent - nor interior disturbances due to the thickness of the walls. The bed was big, brand new and super comfortable. The bathroom was funky and functional.
Breakfast was excellent. Staff were fairly young and friendly. A bar should open in the hotel by the end of May 2004.
Overall, a great option in central Milan. Go now while there are opening offers.