This 20-room boutique hotel is located in the trendy Navigli district of Milan. The hotel is tucked away in a small courtyard making it difficult to find but definitely worth it. The eclectic decor is filled with multiple artifacts. For example, seating in the reception area consists of barber chairs; there is a drum set in the front window and hunter’s boots and ski racquets in the lobby.
The hotel is in close proximity to good restaurants along the canals, and about a half hour walk (or 8 Euro cab ride) to the Duomo.
Our accommodations (penthouse, suite 2) were tastefully appointed, comfortable and spacious. We also had a private balcony facing the front of the building. It rained while we were there, so unfortunately we didn’t get to enjoy the balcony and outdoor furniture.
The Yard is a family-owned establishment. Service is extremely personalized albeit casual. Stefania and Maria went that extra mile to make our stay extra special by getting us tickets to Da Vinci's Last Supper (a must), recommending local restaurants and arranging for a driver to take us to Malpensa.
Breakfast is set up in the lobby area. Guests sit together at a large harvest table which is impeccably set with fine dishes, utensils and linens. The offering consists of savoury and sweet foods; your choice of coffee is served at the table. I was told that the delicious sweet treats are homemade daily by Stefania. Complimentary bottled water, juice and snacks are available throughout the day. A very nice touch.
Overall it was a wonderful stay, although not inexpensive.
A word of caution: if you plan on dining on a terrace along the canal, beware of mosquitos.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Ralph is an elegant concept house located in the heart of Milan, near Duomo, shopping and design district.It's based on 7 Suites(30/40 sqm.) and 5 Suite Apartements(45/75 sqm); 2 of the Suite Apartement are fully equipped with design kitchen, executive corner and terrace.Services: cleaning(twice a day), front desk 24h, parking garage, laundry service, baby sitting, personal chef, packing and unpacking assistance, pick up from/to airport, bike rental. ... more less
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