Travel Blogs from Milan
Milan was the first leg of our 2008 European journey, and I must admit that I was feeling somewhat apprehensive about this city. I had visited Milan about 10 years ago and thought the city was "all right", but certainly not a place to where I would return. I had found it unexciting and even plain, especially in comparison to more "exciting" cities …
I thought breakfast was being given at 7.30 so I got up at 7 (somewhat reluctantly you understand) but nothing happened at 7.30 at all. Don't know if the message got a bit mixed up in the "translation" or not. Bottom line is I left at 8 with a glass of water in me to last until the first village after 3 hours walking. Noticed a mosquito having a go at my leg this morning. They are meant to be a nuisance amongst the ...
... town and big screens projecting news about the shows. Charlene wowed the crowd with the Kohls Collection and I was rocking the "House of Levi's ". We actually saw a Levi's store and saw my same jeans for 102 Euros. Who knew I was such a fashionista? We had a nice Milanese dinner and ready for Lake Cuomo tomorrow. Favorite food: Osso buco and saffron risotto (specialties of ...
... by bus to pick up the x-ray disc. This was surprisingly easy. There seem to be no counters beyond the front entrance to the hospital, so one just wanders around and grabs anyone with an ID badge and gabble about Mio Madre and her broken arm and wave the paperwork. Eventually somebody went and got somebody who went and got somebody else and they disappeared for a while and bought the disc. An interesting experience.
... it. It took quite a while to calm her down. We walked around the Duomo, Lit a candle, and had tea outside with Mums new shawl to ward off the drafts. We had Pizza for tea which probably wasn't a great choice but the options are fairly limited
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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?
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.
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.