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“Super service in very basic rooms”
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Il Girasole
Ranked #124 of 428 Hotels in Milan
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Vedbæk, Copenhagen, Denmark
Level 5 Contributor
79 reviews
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“Super service in very basic rooms”
Reviewed August 8, 2012

If you're looking for a clean basic hotel a bit from the city centre in a quiet area with super helpful and friendly hosts - this is the place. Our room was indeed very basic and simple - but everything that you need is there - when in Milan you don't want to spend time in a room anyway - then you have to head out to do a lot of sightseeing and shopping. Simple breakfast with great coffe and freshly baked mini croissants. Super easy to use the nearby Metro - it was fast and reliable. Use the GPS as it may be a bit tricky to find the hotel - there are no colourful signs.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 29, 2012 via mobile

We passed through Milan on our way to Switzerland on our Honeymoon. Nicola and Matteo were the perfect hosts. They were friendly, accommodating and offered excellent service. We stayed in a superior room, detached from the main building, had Prosecco and snacks delivered as a honeymoon treat. Room was big and clean with quirky design features.

It takes a quick ride on the underground but we prefer to stay somewhere quiet and always look for good customer service. We were not disappointed.

  • Stayed July 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed July 24, 2012

Warning!!!This hotel is 8km from the old city in Milan. Extremely overpriced for what you get. I am extremely dubious as to how this hotel got it's rank on tripadvisor! Something is not right here. Room basic & clean. Service ok but manager does disappear at night and is uncontactable in mid to late evening. Extremely noisy from about 6am due to tiled floors throughout the hotel. Breakfast is packet dinner rolls but fruit is on offer. Thank god we stayed at Uptown Palace the following night (for the same price due to early booking) which is an outstanding hotel in heart of Milan. Overall you would be very disappointed if you stayed at Il Girasole, particularly if you have only a night or two in milan. A backpacker closer to the heart of the city would be a better choice than this one. Anyway I think I've made the point!

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Level 1 Contributor
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Reviewed July 4, 2012 via mobile

A clean, traveller-friendly place to stay when visiting Milan. The owners Of this renovated bicycle parts factory could not be nicer and the rooms while basic are very clean and and quiet. Its a little difficult to find by car but a super easy metro ride to the center of the city. Parking is available in an inner courtyard which is nice. I would definitely stay here again.

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Prague, Czech Republic
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Reviewed June 29, 2012

It was a pleasure before we even arrived, lots of helpful communications and emails to enable us to arrive safe and sound, then, the real service begins.....Our hosts Matteo and Nicola make you feel at home in Milano and at home with them from the minute you arrive, the sort of personal touch you just don't get....great guys. The hotel is about 10 to 15 minutes from the centre of Milan by the very easy to use Metro system and the station is less than 5 minutes walk. On our first night Matteo gave us a quick overview of where we were, how to get out and about, cool places to go and great places to eat, places they have actually tried out and know if its a good or bad experience., we arrived around 1am but still we were welcomed and not rushed into our room, taking a cool beer to chill out after a hot journey. Next day, Nicola walk us through the map of Milano city centre, the sights, best places to go, places away from tourist spots to sample Milan like a local, really great information that made our trip more enjoyable....then he pops up and says, "well, you are staying for 4 nights, you could go to Como, its only 30 minutes by train" . Sunday morning we did go to Como, 5 minutes to the metro, 10 minutes to the central station, caught a train, easy, in Lake Como in well less than 90 minutes door to door so to speak, what a cool change from the city and an easy easy trip to make for the day. This is a great base away from the city centre, quiet and simple, good breakfast with plenty of chatter with the hosts and guests, this is not you normal hotel, thank goodness, small and friendly with a capital 'F'. Stay here, you can't go wrong, we will return to Milan and this is where we will stay, its like staying with friends, ones you really enjoy being with all the time. Thanks guys, "Five Stars" , just perfect. Marketa & Mike (Czech Republic)

Room Tip: Rooms are simple and beautifully clean every day, take your pick.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Hewitt, Texas
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Reviewed June 16, 2012

Our hosts Nicola and Matteo made sure our stay was comfortable and enjoyable. they helped with train schedules and suggestions about the Metro and taxis. The B&B is located convenient to the Metro line, and our hosts has plenty of suggestions for restaurants. Rooms are spotless and breakfast was delicious. We enjoyed being in a real neighborhood and away from traffic.Sitting on the patio was great and meeting the host's family was a plus. we recommend this hotel very highly.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 7, 2012

First and foremost STAY HERE.

I have never had a hotel email me personally before my stay to check on how I want the bedrooms arranged! The service just got better when we arrived. Matteo was the very best host and incredibly helpful and friendly - it was like staying with friends!!

The hotel itself is in a residential area and you could easily miss it, but it is only 200m from the Metro and 15 minutes to Duomo so no problem there. The hotel is quirky but very nice - if you want 5* luxury this won't be right but if you want a really friendly place to stay in Milan it gets it's own 5 stars! There is no restaurant but Matteo can make arrangements with some excellent local restaurants - the one we went to you would never find but it was great and they even drove us back to the hotel after!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Il Girasole
Address: Via Doberdo' 19, 20126 Milan, Italy
Location: Italy > Lombardy > Milan
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #124 of 428 Hotels in Milan
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Il Girasole 2.5*
Number of rooms: 17
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