Italy, Hotel Garda; Milan – Comfortable but not Luxury

When in Italy I managed to get a room in this central Milan hotel at a greatly reduced price due to booking and arriving late.  They obviously had rooms to sell, and it is of course better to get a third of the normal rate than nothing at all.

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Hotel Garda in Milan

It is a deceptively large hotel, with six floors and a large number of rooms, unfortunately my room was on the sixth floor.  There was thankfully an elevator, but there only appeared to be one, and this is extremely small, two people without bags would be enclosed in a relatively intimate space.  Forget it with luggage, then it is tight with only one person!

The room was again quite compact, but big enough and apart from oppressive heat very comfortable.  There were the usual facilities expected of a more expensive hotel; a safe, television, desk, mini-bar and of course ensuite facilities.  The shower however turned out to be a bit disappointing; the showerhead obviously needed a clean, as it only seemed to work to about fifty percent of capacity.

The room seemed uncomfortably warm, and there did not seem much I was able to do about it. The thermostat was turned fully down and the radiator was off.  Even with the window open and the bed sheets thrown off it remained too warm. Therefore it did not provide as good a night’s sleep as hoped.

Continental breakfast is included, and a team of ‘breakfast’ assistants were on hand to ensure that fresh coffee was served soon after arrival and that all items were replenished before they actually ran out.  They were pleasant and relatively efficient.

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Comfortable rooms

There is also a large screen television in the breakfasting room and there are a number of other communal rooms, such as the bar located around the reception area.  These are tastefully decorated and comfortable to relax in.

There is internet access, with a stand-alone terminal and wireless connection for those equipped with their own laptops.  The charge for this a very reasonable €1 for thirty minutes, though in a hotel of this standard it should really be included.  I helped myself to a small bottle of an orange perrier from the mini-bar, and again the charge for this was not too exorbitant.

I would not even consider staying at this hotel at the normal rates, however desperate, but if you manage to book at short notice and get a room at one of the reduced rates, it worth checking out ensuring a comfortable stay in Milan, Italy.

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Pleasant lounge/bar

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