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Il Gelsomino
Ranked #2 of 2 Ferno B&B and Inns
Reviewed April 20, 2014

In order to use frequent flier mileage on our return from Florence, It., to the USA, my wife and I were obliged to spend 2 nights here , or in a hotel. Thank goodness we chose the B&B!!
A nice small town to walk around in after the hassle of crowds in Florence, a very excellent local Trattoria, and wonderful hosts. We are not gregarious individuals, but we do feel that we have made good friends with Giovanni and Monica. When they discovered the day was my wife's birthday, we were offered an elaborate display of pastries and champagne .
Truly wonderful people. I recommend them unreservedly. George and Ritva

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 4, 2014

This family-run B&B is located in Ferno, which is one stop before the Malpensa Airport on the "Malpensa Express" train from Milan. The train fare to Ferno is less than half of the €10 to go all the way to MXP. The hotel is about 75% cheaper than the Sheraton Malpensa Airport. Granted, if you stay at this B&B, you won't be able to walk directly into the terminal, but ... it was worth it to us.

The owners do everything to reduce this inconvenience. Specifically, they will pick you up from the Ferno train station (or, according to a Booking.com review, from the airport, if that's your preference) and drop you off at the airport, which is a ten-minute drive away. It's perfectly suited for those morning long-haul flights out of MXP.

The B&B consists of the upper floor of their house. There are four rooms surrounding a central eating area + kitchen. Three of those four rooms are off a little corridor; the fourth room faces right into the eating area. This was the room we stayed in, and it was spacious (with its own bathroom), well appointed, and spotlessly clean. The bed was HUGE by European standards. We normally sleep in separate beds when travelling around Europe but we didn't have to in this case.

The owners are a very nice, youngish couple. Besides picking us up at Ferno the previous evening and dropping us off at MXP, they brought forward the breakfast service from the usual 8:00 start time to 7:30 so that we could be at the airport by 8. Although we speak Italian, we heard the owner speaking to other guests in English (seemed like it was enough to "get by") later in the evening.

Ferno is adjacent to the Malpensa Airport but does not appear to be directly under a flight path. You could hear the planes but it was overall not very noisy at all, and I should point out that we are relatively light sleepers. We easily slept through the night.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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  • Stayed: January 2017, traveled with family
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Stayed: August 2017
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Stayed: August 2017, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 15, 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: July 2017, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 5, 2017
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  • Stayed: July 2017, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Il Gelsomino

Address: Via Giuseppe Verdi 9, 21010 Ferno, Italy
Location: Italy > Lombardy > Province of Varese > Ferno
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Ferno
Price Range: $64 - $73 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Quick description Located a 15-minute drive from Malpensa Airport, Il Gelsomino offers country-style accommodation. Guests can enjoy a garden, terrace and free Wi-Fi throughout. With air conditioning, rooms at the Gelsomino features wood-beamed ceilings, parquet floors and a TV. The shared bathroom comes with a hairdryer. Pastries, jams and biscuits are available daily for breakfast as well as coffee and juices. Cold cuts, cheeses and eggs are available on request. The bed and breakfast is located 5 km from Malpensa Train Station where trains leave for Milan every 30 minutes. Lake Maggiore is a 30-minute drive away. Important information Please specify bed preference when booking. Room type: Double or Twin Room With wood-beamed ceilings and parquet floors, this air-conditioned room comes with a private bathroom with a hairdryer. Room type:triple room with bathroom ,please specify bed preference when booking. This air-conditioned room comes with wood-beamed ceilings, parquet floors and a TV. It includes a small double bed. Room type: Double Room with Bathroom This air-conditioned room comes with wood-beamed ceilings, parquet floors and a TV. ... more   less 
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