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Antica Locanda Leonardo
78 Corso Magenta, 20123 Milan, Italy (Centro Storico)   |  
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Ranked #65 of 432 Hotels in Milan
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Grand Bend, Ontario
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“Good value”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

This small hotel with only about 12 rooms is inside an old courtyard apartment building off Corso Magenta, and convenient to the old town and the Duomo either by the Metro 2 blocks away, or the Tram 16 outside the door. English is spoken. The furniture throughout the hotel is lovely old antiques, and warm carved wood everywhere. There are nice paintings on the walls. The Wifi is free and the best reception is where the router is located just outside the breakfast room.

As others have mentioned, this is the closest hotel to the church which has the Da Vinci Last Supper. The painting no longer belongs to the church, however, but now is owned by the government as a historic site since it underwent restoration involving considerable time and expense. So the access to the painting is no longer through the church but rather from the square in front of the church.

The included breakfast had the usual Italian ham and cheese plus some other cold items such as dried cereal, yogurt and fruit. We stayed 4 days and on 2 mornings there were hard boiled eggs which disappeared quickly.The hotel gets in fresh brioches (croissants) every morning and they are delicious. Capuccinos are made fresh for each individual, or you can have American coffee instead. The breakfast room is efficiently but firmly run daily by the same man, fondly called the "breakfast Nazi" because he kicks everyone out promptly at 10 and locks the doors, so don't be late. Otherwise drinks are available by room service, but no food. The breakfast room reopens at 7:45 p.m. as a bar, and the only food at that time is peanuts served with the drinks.

We had room 10 by the elevator. There was a huge bathroom with bath/shower, toilet, & bidet. Hairdryer was on the wall. The bathroom shelf space and indeed most surfaces in the room (on the desk and bedside tables) was occupied by various notices standing in Lucite frames requesting no eating on the bed, times of reception, checkout, breakfast and bar service, etc.

The bedroom was small and dominated by a huge antique carved wood wardrobe. There were two bedside tables and a small desk and chair. They provided (on our request) two luggage racks, so that neither of us had to strain our backs dealing with suitcases on the floor, which was very nice. The bed was big and comfortable. We had a huge window with shutters which the first night we couldn't close to darken the room, and as there are lights on all night in the courtyard below we did not sleep well. Then we found that the left side one was held by a clasp on the exterior wall, and once released could be closed and both latched. After that we slept well. There was no street noise to speak of, only barely audible low rumble from the trams on Corso Magenta which ended by midnight.

The phone in the room did not have a number pad, but curiously there were instructions to dial various numbers for this and that. What we did not know is that the phone's number pad is hidden under a slide down panel on the front.

The service was excellent and no-one officiously expected tips. Because of an inflamed ankle I needed to use frozen cold packs twice a day, and they kept them in a freezer downstairs and brought them to me on demand.

Minuses - no food available from 10 a.m. until 7:30 the next morning. My husband was sick and couldn't go out for a couple of days. I learned to take apples, cheese and crackers from the breakfast room into our room for snacks later. It rained the entire time we were in Milan but that was not the fault of the hotel but rather the time of year we chose to come - prices and crowds are less in the off season, but it rains and is cool in winter in Milan.

Pluses - Location, location, location. Also good free Wifi and excellent service.

Room Tip: All the rooms are different. We liked room 10, but I peeked into a couple of other rooms just to see...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
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East Northport, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

This hotel is one floor of what I gather is an apartment building but it has its own entrance. That sounds a little funky but it's not awkward at all. The breakfast was good and served in a lovely room that apparently doubles as a bar for hotel guests at night. The owners/staff were super friendly. Our only objective in going to Milan was to visit Davinci's The Last Supper. This hotel is a minutes' walk (if that) to the church in which this mural is located. You can walk to shopping and the easy-to-use Metro from the hotel as well. It's a really good value.

  • Stayed November 2013, 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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York, United Kingdom
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

We stayed for 5 nights in a very clean and comfortable room overlooking the (tiny) garden. It was very quiet and immaculately clean. Breakfast was a decent continental offering, served in a small upstairs room. The owner and his wife were very helpful and attentive, advising on transport, booking taxis etc.

The Hotel is very near Santa Maria de la Grazie, and only 5 minutes from Cadorna Station and quite near Castlello Sforzesco, but a 15 - 20 minute walk to the Duomo and the tourist centre of Milan.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

This hotel is SO good.
The rooms are well appointed and kept clean. A couple of chocolates are left in the room each day. Breakfasts include the usual pastries cheese, ham, eggs, etc. As well there is a daily special which makes breakfast a treat. Staff are all friendly and helpful. The hotel is only a couple of minutes walk from Santa Maria Delle Grazie, which houses the "Last Supper". It is also within walking distance of the Piazza Duomo and Sforza Castle. It is a about 10 minutes walk from the Milano Cadorno station. This station gives easy access to the airport and Como.
Choices for eating out are not as wide as in some places, but there are some excellent choices.
Wifi worked well and a laptop was available for use.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

We stayed here for two nights at the end of our trip and chose Antica Locanda after reading reviews here and elsewhere, together with its price and proximity to Cadorna station and the Malpensa Express. We did not plan to see The Last Supper on this trip, but this B&B couldn't be more than a 30 second walk to it. The staff was exceedingly friendly, the room, which overlooked the courtyard, wasn't huge, but it was fine for us and very clean. Breakfast included cereals, cornetti, fruit, yogurt, and several items which changed daily, from ham and cheese sandwiches to an artichoke tart. And real, made-on-the-spot cappuccino. We found it easy to use the Metro to get to the Duomo and other areas. And also found good walking away from the city center and out Corso Magenta toward Corso Vercelli for shopping and the Mercato Comunale. If the location suits you, don't hesitate to stay here.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bielefeld, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

We could stay in this hotel only for one night, but would like to stay longer. Located in a very quite and beautiful backyard, one minute away from Leonardos last Supper, walkable from the dome it is a perfect city hotel. The whole hotel is designed with a great love to details with beautiful antique furniture. The staff is very friendly. It is perfectly reachable from the train station which brings you directly to Malpensa Airport.

  • Stayed September 2013, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

This the closest hotel to the Santa Maria Grazia if you plan to see the Last Supper. As well as walk to the Milan castle or take the metro to the city center. The enterance to the hotel is via inside yard and through a door on the street. If the door is locked (early in th morning, or after 18.00) either push the button or use the key you get. Classical music and a warm wellcome when you come in. Family hotel with a calm atmosphere. The bed is a bit old but comfortable. Small shower, stylish decoration and 3 chocolate treats. Can eat on ground level outside in an inner garden. Breakfast is served on first floor. Had some vegetables, fruit, yogurt, cereal, scrambled egg, with hot dogs and zuccinni slices, all cut and shaped like pizza slices, juice, hot drinks made to order.

  • Stayed August 2013, 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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Address: 78 Corso Magenta, 20123 Milan, Italy
Location: Italy > Lombardy > Milan > Centro Storico
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge
Hotel Style:
#52 Romantic Hotel in Milan
#88 Business Hotel in Milan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 16
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