Via Santa Cecilia, 4
Boutique hotels rarely get a look in on our travels. The bigger name hotels normally advertise a deal or two when the time comes to book a trip and I guess the security of knowing at least if something went wrong that hotel would have multiple rooms as a backup option. We broke the trend in Milan opting to splash out a bit on a hotel with hot tubs in the room’s, a free minibar and a location on the tip of Milans famed fashion street the Corso Venezia.
Montenapoleone Suites, located just off the main Corso Monforte in a quiet street, is a small, boutique hotel with suites as opposed to your average hotel rooms. Finding the place was pretty easy from the nearby San Babila metro station which sits in the centre of a large selection of shops, restaurants and is just a ten minute walk to the Duomo at Milan’s city centre. On check-in our friendly receptionist apologised that the room would just be another ten minutes in preparation due to the air conditioning being fixed. After a long train ride from Turin we decided to head across the street to the small supermarket for a couple of cold drinks to pass the time.
True to her word the room was ready on our return and….wow! What a place! I couldn’t take in much of what the receptionist was saying for gazing around the room at the comfy bed, wall mounted televisions both in the bedroom and in the adjacent room which housed a huge hot tub with a champagne ice bucket containing complimentary prosecco. This is the life alright.
It’s a wonderful feeling to stick your hotel gown on, flick on the tv and wait for the tub to fill up after a long trip. We discovered that you could use YouTube on the tv as well so if none of the foreign channels take your fancy there’s a handy backup. Prosecco in hand we chilled in our luxurious surroundings sipping Italian bubbly and trying to come up with a plan for dinner.
After we finally made it out of the tub we took the opportunity to inspect our room a little more closely. The mini bar is decent but provides only a small alcohol selection, just a small bottle of prosecco and a mix of orange juice, pear juice and water. Slippers and gowns are provided and the temperature in the room with our newly fixed air con was pleasant. The only slight let down was the state of the shower which looked like it had been subject to a fair amount of usage.
Interestingly each room has a name, our’s was ‘coco’ presumably after madame chanel whose photographs stood proudly on the walls of our room. Another nice touch in the hotel is that when you are heading out they will ask you if you would like the room made up which saves you coming back and finding your room still being done after a long day trekking around Milan. Also the free wifi worked superbly well during our stay.
Our two night stay really wasn’t long enough in this place but ultimately cost us £362 (€407.70) which for the quality of room in a major city was excellent value. We have stayed in some of London’s hotels for more and got way less. Well done to the guys at Montenapoleone Suites I say. For affordable luxury in a location that rivals some of Milan’s finest hotels you really can’t beat this place.
Nearest Metro: San Babila