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January 27, 2010
July 9, 2005
There is no shortage of hotels in Milan. Most people who visit Milan are businessmen and visitors to Milan Fair. That's why it was slightly difficult to find budget accommodation.
We found Hotel Arno to be a true gem. It is a short walk from the Central Train Station and about 10 minutes on foot to the Duomo.
HOW TO GET THERE (from the railway station):
Leave the station at the main entrance.
Cross Piazzale Duca D'Aosta.
Take Via Nappo Torriani until you get to the second roundabout.
Via Lazzaretto is on the right. It is the street with the tram rails.
Hotel Arno at number 17 is on your right.
The hotel is on the fourth floor, and there is no outward sign to show that this is a hotel. Simply press the button that says Hotel Arno. (On the same floor is Hotel Eva, which has no en-suite rooms).
WHAT THE ROOM IS LIKE:
Our room was at the back, which meant less noise, especially as the tram passes through Via Lazaretto. It was spacious, with twin beds and the usual hotel furnishings. There were sufficient reading lamps and sockets. Bring an adaptor, because they are the Mediterranean type, as the prongs of the plug are closer together than the standard European type.
The large en suite bathroom with sufficient bath towels and constant hot water.
These days, budget rooms also have televisions. And our Italian improved greatly, as there were only Italian channels. There is no air-conditioning, but a fan and the granite floor make the room cool in summer. The view from the window was of other apartments and balconies, with lots of flowers and, down below, a courtyard, but all far enough so that privacy is guaranteed. Close the shutters before you go out, as the room catches the afternoon sun.
Hotel Arno is up four flights of stairs, but there is a lift if you think this is too strenuous. The manager is from Livorno (south of Naples) and welcomed us with southern hospitality.
Behind the manager's desk is a small lounge with a coffee vending machine. It is a good place to sit and chat with other guests.
We paid 55€ for a double room, and this included 30 minutes Internet access.
From journal Northern Italy by Train