We enjoyed a very peaceful, short stay in Milan and spent two nights in the Corallo hotel. The staff on reception were always polite, spoke excellent English and were really helpful. The hotel inside is nicer than outside and the reception area and breakfast room was clean, tidy and modern.
Despite what other reviewers have written on here, we found our room to be a very good size (room 131). The bathroom was very clean and everything worked perfectly, with a good supply of hot water. We would have loved a balcony, but we were at least able to open the large windows and let the Milanese sunshine in (and to be fair, we didn't ask for a balcony so if we had done, we may have got one!).
Breakfast was fine, cereal, fruit juice, coffee or tea, yogurt, cold meats, cheese, toast and croissants, jams etc.
There are a couple of really good local restaurants within 5 minutes walk on Via Mac Mahon. I could eat at the Melabianca every night and not get tired of it. There are probably more but we were only there for two nights, sadly. There are also two decent size supermarkets (Billa is the larger) for water/wine/snacks etc. There is also a rather gorgeous cockerell (yes, that's right a cockerell) who is virtually resident outside the supermarket with a dog for a best friend (as well as their owner).
From Milan airport take the free shuttle (coach) to terminal 1 (go outside terminal 2 and you can't miss the sign that tells you where the coach leaves from). Catch the Malpensa Express (train) to Milan Cadorna station. The ticket is 12 Euros (only buy a return if you're coming back the same day as they only seem to sell day returns). Remember to drop your ticket into the ticket machine to have it time-stamped before you get on the train. Simply having a ticket isn't enough, you need to validate it in the machine (which is at the top of the escalator to the platforms). To get to the Corallo, exit the station at the front entrance and walk left around Foro Buonaparte and catch the tram at Lanza and get off at Via Mac Mahon/Caracciolo. Make sure you buy the tram tickets in advance, too, as you can't get them on the tram. Pick up tickets for 1.50 each at any of the Tabbacchis or news stands. The lady near Lanza tram stop speaks excellent English and is very helpful! Again, you need to validate your ticket once you get on the tram, by inserting it into the red/yellow time-stamper...just having a ticket isn't enough and you do have to stamp it. From the moment it's stamped, you get 90 minutes travel and can get on and off as many trams or Metros as you need to.
We travel in Europe quite a lot and loved Milan. We'll definitely go back and would definitely return to the Corallo. We thought it was excellent value for money.
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- Also Known As:
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- Corallo Milan