The advertising for these apartments is somewhat misleading and our apartment was on the periphery of Brera which meant much time was spent getting around. Our lodgings were uncomfortable and not suitable for more than 2 people but advertised as accommodation for up to 4 people. The website address for the Brera Apartments is not necessarily where they are all located.
There are other factors that contributed to a negative stay:
1. Management arrange to meet you at your apartment, politely show you around, hand over the keys and bid you farewell. Enjoy Brera and Milan - oh and without a city map. Enjoy that!
2. As a family of 3 adults we thought to book the Garibaldi apartment which is meant to accommodate up to 4 people. The apartment has a bed in an upstairs attic which you access via a tiny spiral staircase. Make sure you walk around hunch back once up there or you will knock yourself out with the low lying attic ceiling. The other bed was a pull out sofa which sits smack bang in the middle of the kitchen/living area. The bed was extremely uncomfortable with springs that could be felt through the mattress. Pillows are long overdue for replacement as are their towels which are paper thin.
3. Between the pull out sofa and our suitcases (which you could not take up to the attic bedroom due to the tiny spiral staircase) we were left with little space or comfort in the living/kitchen area.
Effectively what the apartment does offer is very basic accommodation for 2 people, not in the centre of Brera. At around 200 euros per night this does not add up to value for money. There are hotels in Brera (and indeed Milan) for much less than that and at least you have contact with a front desk person even if all you need are directions to the city centre.
Finally, a few words on the Brera district itself - we felt it had a lovely local Milanese vibe about it and once you get to the true Brera district which is just under a kilometre away from where we stayed, try the Happy Hour deals that many of the cafes and restaurants have on offer. For around 8 euros you get a lovely glass of wine and a huge selection of antipasto appetiser treats.
Also, make time for the Pinacoteca di Brera (The Brera Picture Gallery), this is a must see. The masterpieces in this art gallery are breathtaking.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Brera Apartments are located in beautiful areas in the heart of Milan: in the most peaceful part of the historic Brera district, which the artists of the Academy of Fine Arts, since the nineteenth century, have turned into one of the most characteristics of Milan, or in the most glamour part of the city, dotted with shops and showrooms of the most important names in fashion.Brera Apartments are particularly quiet and silent: located in elegant historic buildings, featuring a typical Milanese style. The atmosphere is welcoming and personalized, stylish with “collection design” furnishing, with parquet floors.Each apartment is divided into the large living room, the kitchen area and the bedroom. All Brera Apartments are equipped with Nespresso coffee machine, pods, teas and herbal teas, a 32-inch high-definition TV with free Sky channels, an extensive DVD collection, Hi-Fi stereo system compatible with iPhone and iPOD Apple, and complete with CDs to set the perfect mood. Free Internet WI-FI connection is also available. ... more less
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