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Via G. Lulli, 6, Milan, Lombardy 20131
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I Can Only Just Recommend It!
June 11, 2013
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As mentioned in my story, Lost in Milan, it took us quite a while to find the Hotel Sabatino in Milano. It’s our own fault as neither of us actually read the directions on the hotel’s website. We booked the accommodation last December and forgot ...
As mentioned in my story, Lost in Milan, it took us quite a while to find the Hotel Sabatino in Milano. It’s our own fault as neither of us actually read the directions on the hotel’s website. We booked the accommodation last December and forgot about it until the day we had to leave Warsaw to catch our plane to Milan.
However, once we had found the hotel we made ourselves at home. The hotel is situated in a row of houses all with three floors. There are 10 rooms in total, some have balconies, ours didn’t. The area where the hotel lives is a bit of a mixed bag, partly residential, partly full of 1 and 2 star hotels and to my surprise, part of the red light district. I found this out by wandering around in the dark looking for the hotel. Still, this didn’t worry me, I didn’t feel threatened at all but some people may be put off. It is also close to the Corso Buenos Aires which is a good place for shopping and has a fun sort of atmosphere with its many cafes and restaurants, near to the Polytechnic, Città Studi University and the offices of the Statale. Loretto Station is just around the corner and from here are good connections to the main attractions of the city.
The entrance to the hotel is straight off the pavement, up a couple of steps and into a narrow lobby area where there is a semi- circular reception desk. The gentleman who greeted us on our arrival was pleasant and helpful. He checked our booking which was made through Booking.com, asked for our passports and that was all there was to it.
Our room was up two flights of stairs. The room itself was small, with a double bed being the highlight, shuttered windows which looked out over a covered patio where breakfast was served and other gardens belonging to houses opposite. The curtains covering the windows were of an orange lacy material which blended in with the pale peach walls. The bed was covered with an old fashioned sort of bedspread, one with a heavy silk pattern. There were two pillows; this is enough as I don’t like it when a bed is piled high with pillows. The floor covering was a wood patterned vinyl. Other features were an abstract painting hanging above the bed, a wardrobe with hangers, bed side units, with wall lights above. The ceiling light was a little outlandish, like a fan that whizzes round and lets off a cool breeze. There was also a small cupboard next to the desk and mirror. I thought it was a mini bar but when I looked inside I noticed it had two shelves so it was for storing clothes. A flat screen TV was mounted in a corner across from the bed; it wasn’t too big and didn’t dominate the room. There was only just enough room to move around the bed and extra room in between the desk and wardrobe, this is where we stood and looked through the window at the lady across planting flowers in her garden.
The en-suite bathroom was to the right of my side of the bed with a louvered wooden door that had a dodgy catch; it didn’t always lock from the inside. Again, not a lot of room in the semi-circular shower unit, I think you may have difficulty if you are a large person to move around. The wash basin and toilet were white ceramic, clean and practical. The large mirror above the wash basin was lit up with small lights and there was a glass shelf which had free sachets of shampoo and shower gel. I didn’t use any of these as the packaging put me off, being fluorescent yellow with scrawny writing on the top, they looked cheap and chemical based. Two large white bath towels and two medium sized towels were placed on the edge of the bed when we arrived. They were neatly folded and very soft to touch, just the way I like towels to be.
I have to add here that because we were situated on the first floor we could hear noise as people booked in at reception. The first night I didn't hear anything as I was so tired but afterwards I could hear every noise and the traffic on the road behind. This is quite irritating and I think something other guests wouldn't approve of.
Now, having been to Italy several times I am aware of breakfasts being poor but as it was included in the price we paid we thought we would go along with it. There is a serving area with coffee machine, microwave, cups and saucers, plates, bowls etc on the bottom floor, a short walk away from the reception desk. In between this space there are tables and chairs, you can sit here to eat breakfast and also in the evening if you fancy a drink. There is a full fridge filled with soft drinks and cold beer, also some wines and liqueurs on sale. We always sat outside on the covered patio to eat our breakfast as it was very pleasant surrounded by climbing plants and shrubs and we could see decorated balconies belonging to other hotels/houses.
The breakfast itself was a self-service affair. We each took a white plastic tray and placed on top of it whatever we fancied. The selection was quite poor and not very healthy. For a start, there was only one type of bread, the sort of sliced toasty bread you buy in Europe that has a sweet taste to it. It was very dry so I toasted mine except that it took ages for the toaster to toast and most mornings the lady on duty brought the toast over to me on a plate. Margarine and butter were tiny parcels wrapped in foil, as were the cheese portions and jam. Single slices of processed cheese were available as were sweet croissants which were filled with apricot jam. These were tasty but sticky and messy. In a display unit next to the butter and cheese were various wrapped pastries and the two types of cereal, cornflakes and coco pops came from a dispenser perched on top of the serving counter next to a half filled fruit bowl containing apples and oranges. It wasn’t the best breakfast I’ve ever tasted but the coffee was excellent, my husband can’t say the same about his pot of tea and after the first morning he followed my regime and decided to have coffee too.
During our stay we saw 5 different members of staff including one of the maids. They were all very pleasant and helpful, spoke in English, Chinese and Italian.
We paid 220 Euros for 3 nights for the room including Vat and City Tax. On the booking form it states that you can pay by Visa, Euro/Mastercard and Maestro but we paid in cash.
I am only just going to recommend this hotel, it was okay for our purposes but if you are not happy about walking through the red light district then perhaps this isn’t the right hotel for you. I have to knock points off for the noise element and the poor breakfast and I think the stairs and main part of the room could have been cleaned in a better way. It isn’t perfect in any way and there are probably better two star hotels out there but with the Metro station being around the corner, having a comfy bed, nice breakfast area, soft towels and clean bathroom it was okay for us so for like minded travellers, I will recommend it.
Address: Via Giovanni Lulli, 6, Citta’ Studi, Milano, 20131
WiFi is available in all areas and is free
If breakfast isn’t included in the price then it costs 4 Euros per person. There is a notice on the wall stating this.
If you are visiting Milan by car there is a garage that can be used. The hotel has an arrangement with the owners and can obtain fixed rates.
24 hour reception is available
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