My husband and I are in the process of booking flights for our Best of Italy Tour in September. We're planning to arrive a day early so that we can see a bit of Milan, most important, The Last Supper. I got a couple of suggestions on this forum for good hotels in Milan, and found those mentioned in RS Italy. RS also says that September is a difficult time to find hotels in Milan because of convention traffic. We'll be booking the hotel in the next week, but if any of you have found other good hotels in Milan, or have suggestions for trying to find one at that time of year, I'd love to hear from you!
I am sure these have been mentioned, but Hotel Garda and Hotel Berna are highly recommended. Expect higher prices if a big convention is in town.
We stayed at Hotel Garda last Sept., rooms & bathroom are large, €99. Quiet, clean, safe. Just down the street from central station & subway. Ate breakfast at the station, Time cafe & dinner at Antica Osteria Cavallini. Their osso buco was excellent.
We stayed very near "The Last Supper" in a small hotel with a garden, very quiet. I highly recommend
Antica Locanda Leonardo.
We stayed at Hotel Berna in September 2013. It is very nice. It was larger than most of our rooms on the Best of Italy, 17 day tour. The breakfast was outstanding and had lots of choices. It's a short walk from the metro.
We stayed at the Hotel Windsor while we were in Milan before our tour. It was very nice. You might want to check it out. It is 0.7 miles from the train station and is only 2 blocks from the entrance to the metro. I would request an interior room as the trams run late in the evening and they were a little noisy. You will love the Best of Italy tour. If you click on my profile, I have two, ten minute videos on YouTube from our tour in September 2015. Have they told you who will be your guide? If you have any questions about your tour, you can send me a personal message and I will try and answer them.
If you are staying for a short time, maybe look for something located more in the center. The train station is not far, but if you manage to find something in your budget located in the center it would be great.
I stayed at UNA Maison Milano last year and will be staying there again pre-tour this year. Next to the Duomo, centrally located. Immaculate, beautiful and the staff are extraordinary.
We stayed at the Hotel Berna before a September Best of Italy tour and loved it. It was also significantly less expensive than so many other choices at that time. They were also having the World Expo in Italy, whatever year that was.
It is so close to the train station. The staff could not have been nicer or more helpful. I thought the rooms were large by Italian standards. And that breakfast was an unbelievable spread. They even had these chunks of chocolate to melt in your hot chocolate to turn it almost into a fine dessert. I probably shouldn't have had one of those every morning!
As I recall, with the Hotel Berna, there was some sort of discount related to cash or directly reserving on their website. I don't remember the exact details. But I would recommend going to their direct website first to see if there are better deals there.
Have a great time. We liked Milan, and the Last Supper was so much more impressive than we expected. It is well worth seeing.
I just checked the Hotel Berna website and it was about 238 euros/night for a basic room. That's about double the rates mentioned in RS. Hotel Garda is less - around 170 euros. Marika mentioned 99 euros last Sept. Hotel Garda. That a significant difference.
Yosemite1, I looked at the first of your videos - amazing photos!
I totally agree with the previous poster about Antica Locanda - wonderful hotel we would stay at again in a heartbeat. Perfect location for the Last Supper tour, but all round great hotel with wonderful service and breakfast each morning. Very charming too.
Diane, When we were looking for a hotel in Milan last December, for this coming July, the rates were much lower. I think they were all in the €90 - 100 range.
But as I check my emails from then, they were being pretty cagy about the price. The price offered was never mentioned in the email itself, but either in an attachment, which contained an offer which has since expired, and therefore can't be seen; or, for Hotel Garda, they sent me to their website where I could lock in a rate.
We opted for a different choice, the Lancaster, which was even less expensive (€60 - 70 at the time.) The Trip Advisor reviews looked good, and it had everything we wanted. - interesting location and a good breakfast. If you get a cancellable reservation there, I'll post a review when we get home in mid-July.
You might check the chain hotels, like the UMA mentioned above, and Best Western. The Best Western near the train station is offering 20% off if you sign up for their newsletter. Rates in September are around 200 euros before the discount.
Several months ago I booked a single at Hotel Garda for €100 on booking.com (for next Saturday).