Monday, August 28, 2006

Hotel Michelangelo Milano – Business lodging at a reasonable price

There are numerous hotels in Milan spanning from the very cheap to the very expensive. The quality of the hotel experience is not a differentiated as the price. I have found over the years that either the experience is very good, great rooms, services and location or it is motel 8 with prices significantly higher than the quality of the rooms. While my preference is the Principe di Savoia, I have a couple of business hotels that are pretty good.

Hotel Michelangelo is located next to the train station. Just across the street there is a subway station that gives you the option of taking the Metro should you want to save a few bucks. The staff is relatively professional and while not everyone speaks English they do get along quite fine. The rooms are good for a business trip, not luxurious but comfortable with sizeable bathrooms and most of the amenities. The Hotel Michelangelo is a convention destination so the bar and restaurant facilities are functional and good quality.

Corso Buenos Aires, one of the primary shopping districts, is 15 minutes away by foot and there are numerous restaurants and trattorie within walking distance. The subway brings the rest of Milan to a 20 minute ride, including “la Fiera di Milano” which is the trade show complex. The Bar Davide is a 1970s contemporary look with leather booths and a dimmed lighting atmosphere. Quiet conversations are possible even when the bar is crowded.

The restaurant is fairly good, quiet and comfortable. The cuisine is generally Lombarda and both the meats and fish are fresh and prepared according to Italian tradition. The restaurant serves primarily only hotel guests so it is a great place to hold a business dinner.

The foyer is also a great meeting, chatting, waiting area. Flat-screen TVs carry CNN and CNBC. The area is open, well lighted and separated from the through traffic with a row of plants. All said, this is a good hotel at a reasonable price in a location that brings the entire city within a few minutes by subway. Hotel Michelangelo is great for a short trip or business lodging.

Via Domenico Scarlatti 33
Milan, 20124 Italy

Tel: 02 67551, 800 867055


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