"Smack Dab in the Middle of Everything!"
Milan is a wonderful city, and the Ariston is a fine "center of operations" from which to experience it. You are smack dab in the middle of everything, with the Duomo, Galleria, Sant' Ambrogio, Navigli, Ambrosiana, La Scala, and many other things within a 10-15 minute walk. The fashion district, Santa Maria (with Leonardo's "Last Supper"), Pinacoteca Brera (Milan's premier museum of art) and Cadorna Train Station are a bit further out, but very much within walking distance.The tram stops right outside the hotel, but you may not need it much. Behind the hotel are the labyrinthian streets of old Milan, where many tourists don't go. Go anyway, and follow the zig-zaggy Via Lanzone to Sant' Ambrogio, and on to "The Last Supper", Cadorna, etc. It's a great walk, and you may encounter the remains of a Roman arch or two on the way. The Ariston staff speaks some English and can help with maps and directions if you need them. Some posted reviews fuss about the noise level of Via Torino right outside your window, but that didn't bother us at all. Bring a pair of earplugs if you're that much of a light sleeper. Ariston's rooms are not large, but they are comfortable and spotless. Milan is an expensive city in an expensive country, but the hotel's rates are reasonable and the breakfast is good enough to save you a fair amount of money at lunch. We would return in a heartbeat.
Phil from Annapolis, MD