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Hotel Berna
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Napo Torriani, 18, 20124 Milan, Italy   |  
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

Nearly everything the past reviewers said was true of this hotel. The MOST TRUE detail I will remember is how small the rooms are. They are very very very tiny, even by NY standards. But like everyone says, this must be the standard in Milan. Also the excellent breakfast selection and the hospitality are very true.

We stayed in a "Superior" room which was a free upgrade that comes with the "Lovers in Milan" special package (if available). This room was located in the "new" building across the street and is certainly higher standard than the main (old) building (we saw both). We also took advantage of the late check-out included in our package, because of our late afternoon flight.

It is a slight inconvenience to be across the street from the breakfast room but only a little. Note the breakfast room can get overcrowded during peak times, and access to some tables is blocked by others getting their breakfast. Best to go before 9am or after 10:30am to avoid the crowds. The breakfast selection is excellent and well varied.

We were only here two nights so being in such a small room was not so bad for us, however for a couple with any luggage it is a logistical nightmare packing for a long trip home. There really is literally no room to move, and we had to climb over each other constantly. (we are average-small people)

Being so close to the train station we thought we could actually walk to the station and catch the express to Malpensa airport. It worked out beautifully; being so close we got there quicker than expected and actually caught an earlier train than planned, so we had more time to navigate the Airport. The hotel really is close enough to the train station to walk, even with luggage, (silly to take a cab just around the corner), and the Malpensa Express was nice and new, very affordable, and well worth it.

Overall it's a good hotel in a good location, surrounded by many restaurants and prefect for short stays. From my research the room rates are usually good, although we actually paid about twice the amount for our room because of the particular days we were there. So my advice is to book early and make sure you're getting an affordable rate - which fluctuates dramatically from one day to the next.

I would definitely recommend this hotel to a single friend for a short stay (less than 1 week). Couples may want to pay a little more for a larger room elsewhere if staying more than a night. The shower is smaller than some phone booths, and we constantly hit our elbows while showering. This caused the door to pop open every time, which opens inwards, therefore restricting the space even further and causing more banging! I have to say showering here was not a pleasure - but then you don't spend the day in the shower do you.

One item to mention... we choose the "room customisation" option and requested certain pillows and room temperature. The pillows were much appreciated, and housekeeping made a little arrangement out of chocolates which was really cute - but the room temperature was unbearable on arrival. We requested for 22 degrees, and this was in winter. However, when we opened the door we were met with a blast of hot air about 30 degrees and began sweating immediately. We had to quickly switch off the air conditioning system and open the window but it took about 20 minutes to cool off. The windows do not open well because they interfere with the curtains and also block the passage (we both hit our head on the open windows more than once trying to pass). Moreover, all kinds of bugs and mosquitoes came in, and we had to keep up an application of bug spray and mosquito mats throughout our stay. Perhaps if the owner could install nets on the windows it would solve that problem.

A final word of advice for those choosing the Lover's package that comes with a bottle of Prosecco in the room - you should specify when you want the bottle in the room or it may never come. No one will ask you about it and it will not be delivered unless you ask. Best to be specific when you make the booking - if you want it in the room already when you check-in (it's not automatic).

This goes for the "welcome cocktail" as well - don't assume it's any drink you want - the bartender will give you something specific - you don't choose your drinks. But DO take advantage of the cocktail and the excellent complimentary tapas on display during "happy hour".

Overall our room was clean and "new" and our stay was a welcoming experience.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

I can't say enough about the service and staff at the hotel. We were there for a 1 night stay and found the service to be fantastic. The quality of the room was sub, sub par. I stay at hotels all over Europe so this isn't the standard American ranting about why isn't my room like a big chain hotel in the states. Our room was tiny (see the photo's) and the bathroom was so poorly designed it was nearly impossible to squeeze into the shower. Pillows, sheets, blankets, towels were all top notch as well as the furniture but the room was so silly tiny you had to take turns moving around. The location near Milan Central is also a plus for the Hotel Berna along with the breakfast and nice bar. For what I paid to stay here it wasn't a good value and I won't be back but as mentioned Berna has many positive points aside from the tiny tiny expensive rooms.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

We were meeting a friend between Venice and Paris, so booked a night in Milan. Thanks to Tripadvisor, we stayed here. We were not disappointed. The hotel is very convenient to the trains, it has a very good staff, the breakfast is wonderful and the shower was the best in Italy! I know, that may sound strange, but after traveling for a few days there is nothing like a great shower, a comfortable room and a perfect breakfast.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

This hotel was easy to find, very close to the beautiful Milan train station. There wasn't a great deal to see in the immediate area, but having said that we did feel safe. The room itself was clean but somewhat dated. The shower was extremely small. The highlight of our entire European trip was by far the breakfast served @ the Hotel Berna! The other nice touch was the free minibar and the service! Would recommend!

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

This hotel is located a short walking distance from the main train station in Milan. From the moment you walk through the door, you are treated royally. All of the staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. Rooms were not large which is fairly standard in Europe, but there was enough room for the wife and two large suitcases. We stayed here at the end of a three week trip through Italy and this hotel offered one of the two best breakfasts we experienced during our trip. It was really outstanding. The hotel offered free non-alcoholic drinks in the room bar fridge. The only difficulty was there was a problem with hot water in the morning. The problem was rectified within an hour and the front desk offered to extend our checkout time without being asked. This is really a first rate operation and we would highly recommend it to anyone looking to spend some time in Milan.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

Should have done this review last year, however was overwhelm with a lot of works... Still felt I should penned my liking for this place.

Milan was our first stop in Italy. We were searching for a hotel near the train station for a night and after that we will be travelling off to Florence-Rome-Venice then back to Milan to see it before flying back home. And admittedly this was the best hotels we have chosen by far.

The hotel has main and the opposite block wing. Our traveling buddies got the main and we got the opposite block.
- Front Desk is friendly. We reached hotel early in the morning at about 10am and they managed to clean up a room for us at least to put our stuff so that we can go for brunch. This was really good as we were dead tired after 12hrs of flight from Singapore.
- Cleanliness is good.
- Breakfast that comes with the room price is fantastic. They have comprehensive hot and cold spread (which we realised that we should not have taken for granted). And best of all fresh brewed coffee and fresh juice in according to your requirement.
- I preferred the decor of my friends twin-beds room. Whereas ours which is a Double is slightly smaller in size.
- Nearby has a few restuarants and a grocery store just beside our wing.
- The train station is really within walking distance. With our big luggage we dragged and made our way to it without breaking into sweat.. hahaha

It is really convenience to go anywhere in Milan from here. Should have come back to this place rather than the other one in Milan before we made our way home. But. ...

And we really missed their breakfast spread as the rest of the hotels did not have as fantastic spread as this one !!!

Travelled in June 2011

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

A nice large hotel with the feel of a small hotel due to the great staff. We were upgraded to a superior room, which was great. Hotel was very convenient to the train station. The restaurant was great, the breakfast was outstanding and the happy hour was happy! Free mini bar in the room. Only problem with Milan was the mosquitos. Don't go without a spray, we were eaten alive. The staff was great, they gave us a cream to put on the bites and put a sapper in the room. Would recommend to friends and would stay there again.

Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Address: Via Napo Torriani, 18, 20124 Milan, Italy
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Location: Italy > Lombardy > Milan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Milan
#4 Romantic Hotel in Milan
#5 Luxury Hotel in Milan
#8 Business Hotel in Milan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Berna 4*
Number of rooms: 122
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
If you intend to stay in Milan for work or pleasure, the Hotel Berna is clearly your preferred choice. The Central Station, the subway, the shuttle terminals for the airports are at 200 m from the Hotel. The hotel services include 122 rooms, an underground parking space, meeting rooms and more. ... more   less 
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