I spent 4 nights there because the hotel was next to the business that I was visiting. I thought the hotel was fairly attractive and clean, the people were friendly (and most spoke English fairly well). I was up on the 8th floor with a view toward the large train station - no noise issues at all - definitely no subway noise. Even sitting in the breakfast room which is below ground the subway wasn't that big a deal.
I thought the rooms were nicely appointed - the size was fairly typical for European hotels (actually larger than some I've been in.) The bathrooms were very nice. There was a nice sized closet with ample hangers, a TV, desk with chair, small table with 2 chairs at the end of the bed, and queen size bed. The mattress was ok but not great (but no worse than other places.) Climate control in the room. I like it cooler - I was able to cool the room down for while I was sitting working, although I didn't seem to be able to get it as cool as I would have liked at night. Maybe because it is not summer yet and outside temps were 60s so the AC may not have been fully enabled. Not sure.
The only comment I'd make on the size or layout is that with the extra flair (the chairs and whatnot), trying to walk in the dark to the bathroom at night was a bit of an obstacle course but that's rather minor.
Located next to the train station it was convenient for what I wanted and when I left to travel back it was handy to just walk across the street and climb in the Malpensa bus to get to the airport. (10 Euro, runs every 20 min).
Was slightly annoyed to have to pay for wireless, but it was only 8 Euro/day (6 Euro for a PDA/tablet). But it worked fine (although not well enough to Skype with video but that might have been a combination of a problem at the other end too.)
On the big plus side, breakfast was included which saves a lot of time if you like breakfast. That said, I didn't find it terribly impressive, primarily because I thought the bread products were all rather poor quality. I expect high quality breads/rolls in Europe. But they had scrambled eggs, good bacon, sausage, generally a couple of cheeses, ham, yogurt, some canned fruit, granola and rice crispies. Tea and a variety of coffees were available. The cappuccino was pretty good. They didn't validate that you were a guest. Staff was very pleasant and helpful (they saw me getting up to get milk for my tea and quickly offered to bring me a small pitcher.)
I ate dinner several times in the dining room which was pleasant - the food was pretty good and prices were decent. I really liked that I could get a half-bottle of wine for 10-13 Euros and not just the random house wine. They weren't anything fancy but there were 3 red & 3 white. Menu was short, but the items I tried were pretty good.
It is about a 30 min walk to the Duomo but the walk is pleasant and you go through the fashion district.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Starhotels Anderson Hotel in Milan is located near the city centre, directly opposite the Centrale Train Station. True to its location, our 4 star hotel in Milan has a metropolitan lounge atmosphere and is a landmark hotel for the Italian fashion industry.Staying here means it's easy for you to reach the historical centre and explore the most exclusive shops and Galleria, fashionable spots and the Navigli. The Starhotels Anderson in Milan features 106 contemporary rooms and suites, 4 conference rooms for up to a total of 70 people. Our Fitness Room is open 24 hours a day. ... more less
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