I stayed here in March 2011 with two business colleagues visiting from the UK - we were attending an international exhibition at the new Fiera.
Our main reason for hotel choice was budget - and budget it most certainly was - with advance booking, we paid around €40 each including breakfast!
Room itself was fairly basic and small, but spotlessly clean. Bathroom tiles just beginning to look a little tired; perhaps 10 years since last refurb, but perfectly acceptable.
Being a cold early March, overnight temperatures were hovering just above freezing, but the room was always very warm - actually, a little too warm for my preference - I turned off the heating in the room altogether and it was still too warm for me. Fortunately, the large windows open fully, and with the room being small, just 10 minutes fully open was enough to cool it completely.
Bed was excellent - clearly quite new, no sagging of any sort, very much on the firm side compared to most UK hotels - suited me fine, but may be a little firm for those who like a bit more give in their mattress!
Only other point of note was a personal bugbear of mine - shower pressure!
Nothing beats a good shower pressure when you are up at 6am in the morning - I was on the 4th floor (top floor for this hotel) and it was JUST adequate - certainly nowhere near a power shower. Perhaps it would be better on the lower floors.
Wifi in room is provided by Vodafone - be warned - not cheap!
€5 for 30 minutes, €7 for 1 hour and so on. Pretty standard for hotels at this low price point though.
As for eating - we only had breakfast, which was modest, but adequate for the business traveller - the usual continental fare. Fully automatic bean-to-cup coffee machines were a nice touch - though they constantly run out of either beans or milk, so calling on one of the staff was a regular occurrence!
We didn't eat in the evening in the hotel as the eating area is completely devoid of atmosphere - but if you just step outside, the adjoining Novotel (same group - Accor Hotels) has an excellent restaurant - we ate there twice and were very impressed with the service and the food. Any comparable budget hotel in the UK would be put to shame by the excellent menu on offer. It would be a nice touch if Ibis residents could get a small discount for eating at the Novotel Restaurant - but I guess budget means budget!
Back to the Ibis - we did taxis for the whole trip into central Milan which were very reasonable - the reception have a computerised booking system where you get a little printout with the name of the taxi that will collect you and its ETA. This was always very accurate, and on average, about 7 minutes to wait - not long at all.
Because these taxis picking up at the hotel are "called", they are a little more expensive - into Central Station, the cheapest we paid was €12 and the most expensive €15.
By contrast, joining the taxi rank outside Central Station and going to the Hotel varied between €8 and €11.
Once at Central Station, the 24-hour Metro ticket can't be beaten at €3 - puts London to shame!!
In summary, an excellent hotel for the money - At their standard room rate, there is probably plenty competition, but for advance bookings around €40 per night, undoubtedly one of the best value options for MIlan.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Close to the A4 motorway and 5 km from the centre of Milan and its monuments, the Ibis Milano Ca Granda hotel is easily accessible from the airport (15km). For your seminars, the hotel puts at your disposal 2 meeting rooms, its restaurant of Italian specialities and grills and its bar open 24/24. The hotel proposes 132 air-conditioned rooms available for booking, including 4 for disabled guests, as well as Wifi Internet connection. Free parking is available. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ibis Milano Ca Granda Hotel Milan
- Ibis Hotel Milan
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