This was my first time to Milan and stayed 3 nights at the very charming Hotel Sampi. The staff were very helpful and recommended some great restaurants including Mamma Rosa. The neighborhood looked a bit rough on first impression but I didn't have any problems walking around alone even at midnight. It's conveniently located just a few blocks from one of the main shopping areas. The duomo area took about 20-25 minutes to walk. My room was on the 4th floor with high ceilings but the windows were small and high up so there were no real windows to see outside and felt sort of like a basement apartment. Though, not all the rooms on the same floor were like mine. Breakfast was nice and I enjoyed eating in the garden. Overall, a lovely hotel.