A colleague and I needed a place to stay for the month in Milan, and it was harder to find apartment rentals than we had expected, so we ended up staying at Atahotel The Big instead. I had a one-bedroom suite and she had a two-bedroom. Our suites were spacious and comfortable... my bedroom actually had two twin beds in it (some of the one-bedroom suites had one larger bed, but I wanted to allow for the possibility of friends coming to visit while I was there). The living room has ample workspace, with both a dining table and a rather large desk. Both the bedroom and living room have tvs, although only the living room has a (small-ish) flatscreen while the bedroom has one of the old-school tvs. Kitchenette was equipped with necessary basic cookware/serving ware. Bathroom was small, but had a large tub/shower combo. My colleague's suite had a washing machine as well, although mine did not. The suites were cleaned thoroughly three times a week. Location was very good - a block from Corso Como, a couple of blocks from the Brera area, and about a 7 minute walk to the Garibaldi train station. I could also walk to the Duomo in about 25 minutes. There is a 24 hour Carrefour supermarket a couple of blocks away, and one with more limited hours a bit closer.
There were a few downsides. Wifi was not free - but the paid business connection allows you to connect two devices at a time. I didn't have any problems connecting to wifi (and was able to alternate between my three devices very easily), but my colleague did quite frequently - we think it may have been due to the location of her suite (she tried to troubleshoot with both the front desk and the internet service provider but was never able to figure it out). I never really heard street noise, but my colleague did in her suite. (I believe I was overlooking the courtyard, which may have been why.) I however was occasionally able to hear my neighbor's alarm, and sometimes footsteps from the person above my room. Finally, decor was a little tired and could use some updating.
I never ate at the hotel's restaurant nor ordered room service, so I can't comment on food. Some of the people at the front desk were very helpful while others seemed like they couldn't be bothered. Note: if you need a conference room, The Big does not have its own facilities, and will send you to their sister hotel Atahotel The Executive.
All in all, this was a pleasant-enough place to spend a month. If you are expecting high design or something super-charming, this is not the place for you, but it suited our needs. Given the dearth of long-term options in Milan (especially since the couple of apartment rental companies we contacted would not arrange anything with us over three months in advance), this was the best of what was available. If I could give half stars, I'd give this place 3.5 stars.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Atahotel The Big Residence in Milan is a modern apartment hotel spread over twelve floors. It offers its guests a spectacular view and stands in a quiet central location, just a short distance away from the renovated Porta Garibaldi railway station and the main transport links. Thanks to its convenient position in the magical atmosphere of Brera and Corso Como, guests have easy access to the best that the city has to offer: trendy bars, sophisticated restaurants, fashionable boutiques and the best stage shows. RESIDENCE: 105 apartments divided into 16 one-room apartments in Executive and Deluxe categories, 82 two-room apartments in Superior, Executive and Deluxe categories, 5 three-room, 2 Suites. 20 Double rooms Superior. Apartments equipped for disabled guests. Restaurant and bar. Gym. ... more less
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