The Grand Hotel in Milan falls into the trap that so many historic hotels in European cities find themselves in. In principal, the hotel is well run, professional and perfect for guests visiting Europe for a taste of history. However, the formula of the hotel has probably not changed in over 20 years. Everything is geared towards unadventurous travel - perfect for the dowdy business traveller, Japanese, Russian, or Middle Eastern guest. Sure, the formula works well - but if you like excitement in your travel experience, this place will let you down.
The hotel has a great location - perfect for all the designer shops. It is right next door to the amazing Armani Department Store. The check in was efficient and the staff friendly and slick. The room looked a little tired with a soft mattress on the bed. Good sized bathroom. My room was also a little noisy (but there are inner courtyard rooms - which may not have the view, but counteract this problem). There was a stale smoke smell in the room (I had not been asked my preference on check in) - I wish hoteliers would just completely ban all smoking from guest rooms. Many of my friends smoke - but they would not dream of doing it in their bedroom. I used the gym, which was in a nice glass conservatory and quite adequate. Morning coffee was delivered quickly. Breakfast was a buffet style - OK, but nothing spectacular (quite expensive).
My stay was a quick business trip, so the hotel was fine for that. However, if I was to return to Milan, I would consider looking elsewhere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A place of elegance where many famous people from the past have left their mark. Opened in 1863, the Grand Hotel et de Milan still holds its charm and allure as an old ‘Milanese’ mansion. It has been and still is the preferred hotel of many national and international celebrities from the worlds of culture,fashion, music, business and entertainment.Located in the heart of the town it is just a few steps from the fashion district, financial area and duomo cathedral. Due to its position and excellent bars, restaurants and halls, the Grand Hotel et de Milan is the ideal place to enjoy a pleasant holiday or business trip. ... more less
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