My wife and I caught the Malpensa Express from Malpensa Airport to the Central Station. They run every 40 minutes or so but some take 43 mins. and others 53 mins.
The hotel is about 200yds from the Central Station. Exit through the left portal and straight ahead across the taxi ranks down a quiet road past a few other hotels you will see this hotel.
For breakfast there is a good selection of cold continental style food but nothing hot.
The rooms are not large but the bathroom with shower, bidet, W.C. etc. is niceley refurbished.
The room we had overlooked a small courtyard and was very quiet.
There is a fantastic bar/cafe, called the Mogamo, around the corner from the hotel. Turn right outside the hotel and first right again about 200yds down the road past some other cafes. Between 6pm and 9pm if you purchase any alcoholic drink you get free food. (Pizza, Brochettes, Pannini, Parma ham etc.etc. and salad). The drinks are also the cheapest my wife and found in Milan.) e,g. 0.4L lager 5 euros. Most places are 7 to 8 euros for the same measure.
Two cautions in Milan:-
1) There is a Metro from the Central Station to the Duomo, Galleria and La Scala Opera House etc. all on a lovely square. You can walk it, as we did many times, but on the last day we took the Metro from there to the Central Station. I accidentaly left 15 euros change from a Cafe in my back pocket, stupid yes especially as we have been to twenty odd cities in Europe and are very street wise. A smart lad in a suit dropped a mobile phone in front of me in two pieces and held me back while he picked it up. In the meantime his accomplice blocked my wife from getting on and he picked my pocket. They both got off the Metro just as the doors closed. Apparently they also carry out this theft by dropping a wedding ring in front of you so beware.
2) In the main square there are many African Gentlemen who try to tie a piece of coloured string on your arm as you walk along and then ask for money saying 'Africa'. Also, when I was taking a picture of my wife in front of the Duomo another gentleman tried to put corn in her hand saying 'Africa'. When she politely told him she did not like pidgeons he called her a racist. I assure you neither of us are. I doubt if any of the money goes to Africa.
A bit of advice purchase tickets for the Malpensa Express the day before departure. We had to cue for 45 minutes so best to purchase the day before you leave.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Andreola Central is one of the many historical 4-star hotels in Milan that opened at the same time the Central train station moved to its current location, originally behind the Spanish walls (currently Piazza della Repubblica). The hotel is located in Via Scarlatti, an extension to the Central train station's Galleria delle Carrozze which ends in Corso Bueonos Aires. Over the long and venerable years since its establishment, many VIPs have patronized the hotel: Fausto Coppi, the bicycle champion, prize-winning boxer Primo Carnera and Italian soccer stars during the sixties when the first player contracts were negotiated. ... more less
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