Just returned from a fantastic 3 night stay. First impression I was impressed at the hotel being so big and of high standard. We were not previously aware of the local city tourist tax (I booked via an agent) but the receptionist did inform us on arrival. This worked out to be €4 per person per night. Our room was on the first floor (there are rooms on the three floors upstairs) and it was stunning! Large size, super king size bed, large wardrobes and chest of drawers, small safe, trouser press, telephone, large flat screen TV say up to 30inch. Lovely bathroom with shower over bath, toilet, bidet, bathroom telephone. This is the first hotel I've been to where they offer a beauty pack as part of the toiletries (cotton pads, buds, nail file as well as the usual shower caps and shampoo/shower gel). Our room was kept nice and warm all the time we were there for the near freezing temperatures of early December. The staff were courteous, though I must say the male receptionist in the mornings tended to look bored much of the time. The lady - Rita I think her name is was more lively, though they were all very helpful. This hotel has everything! (almost). I am quite nosy so went off for a wander around the hotel. On the first floor there is a mini gym. Which is just a hotel room where they keep a treadmill, cross trainer and bike. It also has a bathroom like the other rooms. It would be nice if they extended it across two room and had a few weights/exercise mat area. On the ground floor is a spacious reception area with fine art pieces/paintings throughout. They also have five private computer booths if you want to go online. They have a loungey/bar area which leads on to the breakfast room which is bright and airy, lovely decor, with plenty of choice for breakfast which was the same everyday. Scrambled eggs, boiled eggs, sausage, bacon, various croissants, bread rolls, sliced bread with toaster, gluten free selection inc bread, yogurts, cereal, fruit salad, apples/satsumas, cheeses, Parma ham, salami, various juices, teas/coffees/cappuccino etc. The good thing was they kept refilling stock so if you came toward 10.30 when they are about to close breakfast you can still get a good breakfast. I have to say the waitresses were very warm and great service. We didn't have dinner or lunch there so I cannot comment. Much has been said about the location. It is in China Town and 20min walk from the city area of Milan. The nearest Metro stations are a similar distance away. You can certainly get a hotel nearer the central buzz if you want, but this hotel is definitely worth it if you don't mind the short walk. From Linate airport we got the shuttle bus on advice from calling the hotel prior to enquire about getting there. It cost €5 each and took about 30 min to get to Centrale station (a large mainline train and Metro station). Then it was 2 stops on the metro on the green line to Garibaldi. The metro cost €1.50 each. From there we asked a bus driver for directions who gave us a free ride to via Messina. I love Italy!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Leonardo Hotel Milan City Center provides 130 elegant designed rooms and makes you profit from excellent facilities and its perfect location between Corso Sempione and Porta Garibaldi. The fairground Fiera Milano and the Expo area can be reached in only 20 minutes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hermitage Hotel Milan