We chose the Lancaster for our first visit to Milan from reading other reviewers' recommendations, and we were not disappointed. Arriving at Cadorna Station from Malpensa airport (11 Euros) we had a pleasant 15 minute walk through Parco Sempione to the Arch and another 5 mins along the pretty Via Sangiorgio, to the hotel. We were well ahead of check-in time but were assured that our room would be ready very soon, which it was. All the staff were very friendly and the receptionists took time to answer our questions. The hotel sells transport tickets (E4.50 for 24 hours - validate it on your first ride) and there are a variety of free maps. We chose a superior room as recommended and it was lovely - a large room with high ceilings, cosily warm, a huge bathroom (with bath and his and her basins) and two south facing balconies. The king-size bed was on the firm side which a mattress topper could fix but hey ho, no real problem. The buffet breakfast was perfectly good and being a small hotel we never had to wait for the lift. Initially the location seemed to be a little way out but a 5 minute walk to catch the frequent tram no.1 by the Arch put all Milan within reach – 5 minutes to Cadorna Station, (perfect for the Sforza castle, the Last Supper, the brilliant Science and Technology museum and Bar Magenta), then past Via Vetero for the Brera district, in 10 minutes you’ve reached Piazza della Scala for Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the Duomo and the art galleries and the tram continues to within a short walk of the 'grand' Central Station and beyond. This small independent hotel is a unpretentious gem and we'd definitely choose it again.