My wife and I stayed at Hotel Marconi in March 2013 (during Easter) and I chose the hotel as we stayed there 10 years ago and I thought it would be fun to go down memory lane. I booked the room online on the hotel website and on average it was 100€ per night including breakfast but note that you also have to pay a few Euros in tourist or city tax.
Check in was fast and we got room 607. The room was pretty standard upon entry – a dark wooden floor with walls in a two tone yellowish color. The bed had a golden bed spread that look exclusive but the bed itself was a bit on the firm side but still it provided pretty good sleeping comfort. The décor in the room was pretty old school with a lavish bedpost, dark wooden wardrobe and an old desk. The TV was really old school as it was not a flat screen but an old tube TV. It had quite a few channels but the TV was a bit temperamental and we had some difficulties turning it on and changing channels – and the digital clock on the TV seemed to run too slow when the TV was of! (just as a weird fun fact). There was a small fridge with some soda and drinks in it and a small safe in the wardrobe. We had a decent view from the room but as the last time we also had a view to the church bell tower and that means that you can also hear the bells toll.
The bathroom was tiled in a reddish marble finish and contained a shower corner in addition to the toilet, bide and sink. There were not that many amenities and we just used soap that we brought along. The shower corner looked good to start off with but in use it had some flaws. The water would splash out on the floor which is always annoying and the drain did not seem to be able to keep up with the water that came out of the shower head. It also had a bad functionality for controlling if you wanted the water out of the handheld shower head or the main shower head. There were also signs of wear and tear on other parts of the bathroom – e.g. the toilet seat.
There is some sort of ventilation in the room and I tried to turn down the temperature but the fan stopped. So I think the conclusion is that the room does not have an aircon so if you want the room cooler and want fresh air you need to open a window. The hotel offers free wifi that worked very well – once logged in you stayed logged in and the password worked on several devices.
The walls of the hotel are not very sound proof to say the least and we could easily hear people talking in the neighboring room, taking a shower etc. So I would hate to stay at this hotel and end up in a room next to someone that is having an all-night argument.
Breakfast is just OK – the breakfast room is located on the ground floor and it did not seem to be large enough to handle all the guests. We saw people standing around waiting for a table and the staff was running to keep up with clearing the tables, refilling croissants and juice and to take orders for coffee (all done by two ladies). The breakfast was pretty simple with a bit of bread and croissants, some cereal, some ham, some juice and some fruit.
The location of the hotel is good as it only takes a couple of minutes to walk to Repubblica metro station and it is only 3 stops to Duomo on the M3. You can also walk to Milan central station and that can be convenient if you are catching a train to other cities in the region (it only takes a bit over an hour to get to Parma). There are also lots of restaurants within walking distance.
All in all this is not a bad hotel –the room is pretty standard and the bed gave good sleeping comfort even if it was quite firm. The location is very good as you can easily get around on the subway and it is close to the train station. Breakfast is not very impressive and thin walls could potential lead to annoying situations when trying to get a good night sleep.
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