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“Good Hotel close to the Central Station”
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Andreola Hotel
Ranked #101 of 428 Hotels in Milan
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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“Good Hotel close to the Central Station”
Reviewed October 20, 2012

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.

Room Tip: E.mail ahead and ask for a courtyard room, although the road outside is very quiet so probably would...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Mount Vernon, Washington
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Reviewed October 18, 2012

We stayed here for 2 days and found it comfortable and clean. Only a few blocks from the train station and a walkable distance to the Duomo. The included breakfast was good and the people at the front desk were helpful. Would stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Perth
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed October 10, 2012 via mobile

This hotel offers affordable and comfortable accommodation close to the termini train station. It's old fashioned and a bit dated, but as long as it's clean and affordable, I am ok .
There Restaurant is on the top floor and a good choice if you do not have the time to venture around. The elevator is VERY SLOW. If you do not like stairs and are not patient, ask for a room on a lower floor.

  • Stayed October 2012
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Bad Zurzach, Switzerland
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

Great location . Just 5 minutes walk to the main station. Underground station just around the corner so easy enough to explore the city. Very old fashioned traditional style hotel but immaculately clean throughout. Great for a weekend break . For Milan we found the staff to be very friendly !

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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London
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Reviewed September 10, 2012

Five steps from the main central Milan train station. I love it because you don’t need to waist your time on public transport. As well, everything what do you need is around this area. Easy to go for sightseeing or can do some shopping.
My room was elegant stylishly decorated with large space clean bathroom.
Breakfast was served in old fashioned aristocratic style dining room. Each morning I was enjoying breakfast time. Staff that were serving breakfast was very friendly helpful at any time.

Great stay, enjoyed every minute. Definitely I would stay here again the next time.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Sligo, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed September 8, 2012

Stayed here for just one night with other members of my family. The only positive thing i can say about it is : its near central station. There were two gentlemen at reception that booked us in, both were not really that friendly, but one of them was exceptionally grumpy and ignorant, he could not have been more unpleasant, or more uninterested in us, he asked for our passports, after he had looked at them i asked for them back but he said it was italian policy to keep them for at least three hours, its the first i've ever heard of that, the other hotel we were staying in, just looked at them and handed them back to us straight away, plus everytime we left the hotel he asked for our key, it was like being in a prison. The rooms were just ok, nothing great, and their breakfast was nice, but again the two lady waitresses were not the friendliest. I know you are probably saying to yourself "well why stay there" it was an oversight on my behalf of not booking our other hotel in time, but if you are looking for somewhere near the station, there are plenty more hotels nearby, that im sure will be a lot more people friendly that this one !!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Zurich, Switzerland
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25 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed September 4, 2012

Location:
The location for Andreola Hotel is really, really great. It is literally 200 m from Milano Central; and you can pretty much commute everywhere.

Wifi
The wifi sucks - we paid 10 Euros per day/20 Euros for 3 days (we were there for 4 days). Only 1 person can log in at any one time, and you have to keep filling in the username/pw over and over again every hour or so. Very annoying.
Seriously, why should we have to pay for wifi? Seems a little dated when tons of hotels are now offering wifi for free.

Breakfast
Breakfast is thrown in along with the room charge; and it is a lack luster affair. The food is edible, with crossaints, toast, some pastries, ham, yoghurt, cereal, fruit and hard boiled eggs. Yep, I've just summed up their breakfast in 1 sentence. It is not too bad; i.e you won't starve to death but don't expect anything creative/tasty.

Rooms
They are very quaint; nice furnishings, room size is fine. It is clean, functional and serves your purpose. Don't expect high comfort + luxury.

Service
The service was generally quite good; helpful staff. They seem to recommend the same restaurant to everyone who visits; so I really wouldn't go with their recommendations. Just use Tripadvisor to figure out which restaurants to visit; and ask them for more generic things like "how do you buy a train ticket/tram ticket"..etc.
Even the map they give you isn't entirely accurate. We just used the Google Maps on our ipad + GPS on our phones.

All in all, a clean, decent, functional place that does not exceed expectations, in a great location - very nice for the $ we were paying. Looks and feels more like a 3* hotel though.

Room Tip: There is no gym.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Andreola Hotel
Address: Via Domenico Scarlatti 24, 20124 Milan, Italy
Location: Italy > Lombardy > Milan > Stazione Centrale
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#83 Luxury Hotel in Milan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Andreola Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 84
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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