I spent one night at Hotel Berna during a recent short stay in Milan. The location, an easy walk to the train station, is convenient for a short stay. The front desk staff were very welcoming and informative. Guests upon check-in get a little personalized pamphlet with information, which is a nice touch. I had booked a room in the annex, which is directly across the street, but I was "upgraded" to the main building. My room, though small (like many European hotel rooms), was elegant, colorful (nice wallpaper) and charming. Bathroom was definitely tight. WiFi worked well. Definitely choose a room option with breakfast included. The hotel prides itself on its breakfasts, and the spread was appealing, tasty, and enjoyable. I would not hesitate to stay here again.
We were very pleased with the hotel, which is located adjacent to the railway station and is a well-designed "green" hotel. There was no shampoo in the room when we arrived and it was delivered right away. The only small complaint was that guests are required to check out at the desk in order to pay the city tax and the line was long at the time we left.
Good location. Just across the street from the Milano Centrale train station. Restaurants nearby.
Room is small, no place for huge luggage. The only mirror is in the bathroom.
Bathroom is too dark. Faucet needs replacement. Aerator is clogged and water is spraying in all directions except where you want the water to be. Faucet handle is creaky, difficult to control the amount of water. Shower cubicle is too small.
I needed a hotel near the main railroad station (Stazione Centrale), and was lucky to find the Hotel Garda on Expedia. It is very close to the station, in a fairly quiet street. The area seemed safe. Although it is not close to the city center, there's a metro stop at the station and it's a short ride to Piazza Duomo. (The metro is easy to navigate and has elevator and escalator access, at least at the Centrale and Duomo stations.) There are several eateries in the vicinity, of various qualities and price ranges.
The hotel is in a street of other smallish hotels, in older buildings. It has an air of some elegance; the lobby is rather small, but the check-in fast and efficient. The elevator was small but efficient. My single room had a rather elegant, old-fashioned decor (wallpaper and carpet) and all that one needed; smallish but comfortable. The bathroom had new fittings, including a shower. Everything was very clean. Although I faced the street, the room was quiet.
The one drawback is that the hotel does not include breakfast in its rates; you can buy it separately. There are bar-restaurants on the way to the station or actually in it.
If you are catching the express bus to Malpensa airport, allow plenty of time to walk there, as the stop is halfway down the far side of the huge station from the hotel; you also need to allow time for the pedestrian walk signs to cross several busy main streets. The walk is mostly on good, flat paving stones--not too many cobbles!
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Hotel Garda in Milano is a very nice 3 stars with 55 rooms located near La Scala, just 200 meters away from the central …More
Milan’s central station is monumental; full of marbled halls, terraces and mosaic floors. It is Northern Italy’s largest and busiest station and, arguably, Europe’s most splendid. Most international and high-speed trains arrive here and there is easy access to the city centre by metro. Nearby soars the Pirelli skyscraper (Grattacielo Pirelli), Milan’s highest building and symbol of its prosperity.
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