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“Sterile corporate rooms, no atmosphere, description of view misleading”

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Palazzo Delle Stelline
Ranked #207 of 430 Hotels in Milan
Reviewed February 25, 2011

We stayed for two nights. The hotel is also a conference centre for businesses and organisations and that's what it felt like. It was completely sterile, even odd, being apparently deserted even though I believe the hotel was almost fully-booked. It's not a place in which to linger. The interior is modern and there were few facilities. The bar was closed, the restaurant was closed and there was no lounge. There is an internet connected computer in the reception.

The website says that the 105 rooms face a cloister. The hotel rooms are on the first and second floors, the others being offices. Some at least of the rooms on the first floor look onto the courtyard, many, if not all of the ones on the upper floor have sliding windows giving onto a terrace completely enclosed on two sides with a four foot high wall on the other side, so you can see the sky but not over the wall unless you're an adult standing up and leaning up onto it. This effectively means you have a windowless room. The website also says that the dining room is beautiful and cozy. It was blue and beige plain corporate and hot and I believe was a large meeting room that had been given over to breakfast.

Breakfast was plentiful and varied, even if pedestrian in quality and soulless.

The hotel is well-located for an easy trip into town and within 3 or 4 minutes' walking distance of atmospheric restaurants. To view the Last Supper book in advance.

Bed comfortable, bathroom worked.
The hotel is adequate as somewhere to sleep or maybe to attend meetings.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 29, 2010

This hotel is part of a conference centre in an historic building. There are large green courts and wide (long) corridors which gives the place a lot of space. The rooms are functional and large. we experienced some noise from water pipes when they were in use in our bathroom. The breakfast selection is good. Ask for a freshly made coffee from the bar (much better than from the machine). the location is great if you visit nearby Corso Vercelli (great for shopping) and the city centre (Duomo) is easily reachable on foot (20 mins). This was our 2nd stay and we'll return.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 30, 2010

The converted monastery gave the hotel a feel of old Milano but the somewhat modern decor provided comfort. We were hard pressed to find the nearest parking garage but were greatly relieved to be so close to the Brera, the Last Supper and great food. I would stay here again and found the clerks helpful and friendly. Breakfast was wonderful for Italian breakfast! The room was fine for short stay with a balcony that looked out onto the inner courtyard.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 27, 2010

The hotel is very well situated to see most of the main sites of Milan, it is just around the corner from Leonardos Last Supper (make sure you book well in advance if you want to see it, this can be done on line), It is also a fairly easy walk to the Castle and the Duomo. In addition it is 10 minute walk to Cadorna station where the underground system is easy to use.
On arrival we were greeted in a rather surly manner, a characteristic noted by other reviewers. Its not that the reception staff were unhelpful they just did not seem to be enjoying their jobs. To be fair the hotel is not expensive given its location however the rooms were basic and needed a serious update, the bathrooms were particularly small, I am reasonably slim but could not bend down in the shower when I dropped the soap which a bit of a bore. The walls were very thin but worst of all the bedroom was located above the breakfast room and there was no soundproofing to the floor so as soon as breakfast started we were woken up. The hotel did not really have any services that we could find, the bar was always closed when we wanted a drink. Breakfast was a bit better than my recent trip to Greece, bread, ham not spam, salami, cheese, fruit jam, but coffee was horrible.
We ate out and enjoyed going to the Navigli area were there is a range of diffrent bars and restaurants and the Brera district which is more expensive, we liked the Ristorante Nabucco. People were very friendly and we found Milan to be a very safe environment.
The hotel was just about OK for a four day sightseeing trip.

  • Stayed: September 2010
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Reviewed September 11, 2010

Stayed at this hotel during a business trip so had no choice. Receptionists at the front desk (all men) are very rude, very impatient, and very unprofessional. Don't even ask them questions - everything seemed to be a bother for them even when we started the conversation with a nice "buon giorno". My colleagues and I got a feeling that they are just so fed up with their jobs and they don't even want to be there to face the customers! They are certainly not those nice, friendly Italian fellas you bumped into on the street.

The whole hotel is old and outdated. The rooms are ugly, basic and in dire need of renovation, but fortunately it's clean. My single room is like a box, and my colleages' double rooms are about double the size of my room. Still, the fixtures and furniture are all very oudate. My colleagues laughed about the size of the shower stall - if you drop the soap, you have to leave the shower in order to pick it up - that' s how small the shower stall is!! The only toiletries we got are two mini soaps and one "sachet" of shampoo, and they only give me one extra soap throughout my 4-nights stay!! The beds are extremely firm. All of us had difficulty to sleep. No in-room control for the airconditioning. The bed side lamp looks so last centuary - I really don't know how to describe the oddness of the lamp! So is the in-room safe - there isn't any digital control panel but only those old style knobs which you have to punch and turn. Rooms share balconies, which means that someone next door can come right over to knock on your window!! That's absolutely freaky and I needed to make sure that the curtain was closed at all time.

Breakfasts were equally bad. Some cold and hot food items but all were not very appealing. Frutis were either bruised or nearly off.

The only good thing about this hotel is its proximity to the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie where Da Vinci's Last Supper can be found. The church is virtually across the street.

Even so, I wouldn't recommend anyone to stay there.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 7, 2010

I stayed here on recommendation of friend. Rooms are basic but with sufficient room and free breakfast. At Euro 69 p.n., I think its great value in Milan. It is close to metro station which is two stops from Duomo. Also near the Stz Nord train station which is convenient to take train to Lake Como or Armani Outlet. Best of all it is around the corner from Chocolate, which I consider has the best gelato in Italy!!

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 22, 2010

This is not a standard, commercial hotel. It is uniquely configured around a large courtyard, with rooms facing both inwards and outwards. Its main function seems to be a congress centre, and is frequently busy doing that. The reception staff are efficient but aloof. It charges 5euros per hour for internet wifi! But this was the third time my wife and I have stayed there and it still seems attractive to us. This time we had a room (standard price) that was a mini-suite, with a sitting/working area and semi-detached bedroom. The bathrooms are small - planned by a dwarf architect it seems - and now looking a bit tired. They need modernising and enlarging. Conveniently located (especially for Malpensa Express train to/from Cadorno station, 5 minutes walk away) - not in the centre, but with bars, restaurants and shops nearby.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled on business
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Address: Corso Magenta 61, 20123 Milan, Italy
Location: Italy > Lombardy > Milan
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Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #207 of 430 Hotels in Milan
Price Range: $89 - $240 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Palazzo Delle Stelline 3*
Number of rooms: 105
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