Very often the people
who come to Milan are on business and thus are staying
at the places we all know about: the Principe
di Savoia or, if they are really not sparing
any expense, the Four Seasons.
What if someone is paying for herself and needs somewhere
reasonable? Perhaps something that is a bit different
from the sorts of boxes one can stay in anywhere in the
world, yet not so quaint as to be hair-raisingly eccentric.
These are my women-friendly suggestions for Journeywoman
travelling to my part of the world.
Ed. note: Roberta has
quoted all prices in lira, to translate these amounts
into Euros, click
well-priced place is the Hotel
Manzoni in Via Santo Spirito, 20. It's situated
right in the very middle of the fashion shopping area
in downtown Milan and, at about 250,000 lire a night for
a double, is perhaps one of the city's best-kept secrets.
The rooms are a little snug and you may prefer to ask
for a double for single use to get a little more space.
Try to get a room that does not overlook the street because,
although Via Santo Spirito is not that busy, there is
some traffic at night. Book early. Tel: 02 76005700/fax:
02 784212; e-mail: email@example.com.
P.S. On the traffic
issue, note that the Italians tend to accept and tolerate
much higher levels of road-noise than does the average
Anglo. So I recommend trying for places that are not on
Duca DI York is one of these. Located by the
Stock Market, some ten minutes walk from the Duomo, this
three-star is recommended by a friend from San Francisco.
Tel: 02 874863; fax: 02 8690344; no email; 270,000 Lire
double; 180,000 single; 220,000 double for single use.
Situated in the heart
of the Brera district which is by tradition a sort of
Bohemian area, the Antica Locanda
Solferino is very pretty and often recommended
in guides but is an example of a place on a very noisy
street. The hotel assures me that not all the rooms are
street-facing. Check it out anyway, on tel: 02 6570129;
fax: 02 6571461; email: firstname.lastname@example.org;
rates: 280,000 Lire double including breakfast. There
is one single only (overlooking the street) and this costs
190,000, again with breakfast included.
P.S. If you are looking
to cut costs in Italian hotels, and you are quoted breakfast,
ask what the charge is without. You often find that a
cup of milky coffee and a croissant will be charged at
30,000 Lire. Taken in the bar next door, even with waiter
service, this would not come to more than 8,000 Lire.
An interesting recent
find was the Antica Locanda Leonardo
in Corso Magenta, just by Santa Maria delle Grazie, home
of the Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci. Now this may
be one of the busy streets in town however, the hotel
is located across a courtyard and so is perfectly quiet.
The rooms are very pleasant and there is a terrace. Rates
currently 265,000 Lire double, 170,000 Lire single, doubles
for single use are available, price on request. The phone
number is 02 48014197, fax: 02 48019012, email: email@example.com.