Accommodation in Italy can be very expensive and I’m sure anyone who has ever visited will agree with that. Mr ESLT and I always try to find value for money accommodation wherever we visit. We are definitely not hostel type people and try, where possible to stay in the centre of the town or city we are visiting. Mr ESLT and I normally spend hours researching hotels/apartments/B&Bs when we have plans to visit somewhere. However, when we recently visited Milan it was for my birthday (yeah) therefore Mr ESLT took full responsibility for choosing, booking and paying for accommodation. Lucky me he picked the beautifully retro Guesthouse Ca’ Monteggia, Via Sant’ Antonio 9, Milan. Feel “at home” in a “Milanese Home”
The location of this B&B in my opinion is fantastic. Located on a quiet residential side street a mere 5 minute walk to the Duomo (Milan Cathedral) and the main square in Milan and right next to the Università degli Studi university. We arrived by taxi from the central train station (which is a stunning piece of architecture itself) which cost €10. However, it also only a 5 minute walk from the Missori Metro Stop which is extremely handy for getting all over Milan and it’s suburbs. The entrance to the B&B is extremely unassuming so keep your eye out for the sign as you could walk straight past it. Stepping through the door is like stepping back in time…but in an awesome way. You enter a small seating area decorated with amazing pieces both retro and modern. This area also doubles up as the left luggage room which we utilised on our last day as we had a late flight. Check in was very smooth and we were shown to our room immediately which was situated on the first floor. There isn’t a lift so if you have mobility issues unfortunately, you may need to think twice about staying here.
The room itself, number 3 (there are only 4 rooms in the guesthouse) was decorated perfectly with an authentic 50’s feel. I fell in love the instant I walked in. The attention to detail was unreal, someone obviously has a keen eye when it comes to interior design and that showed. The furniture is awesome and if I could have fitted it into my carry on I think I would have tried to make off with it. Obviously I never got the opportunity to see the other three rooms but they all have a theme too – Neoclassical, Oriental and Nineteenth Century and from what I have seen of them from pictures on the internet they appear to be decorated to the same high standard.
Yes the room may have been decorated in a (contemporary) 50’s style but it was complimented with 21st century technology including flat screen TV (not many English channels but hey who’s in Milan to watch the TV?), hairdryer, tea and coffee-making facilities, minibar (extremely reasonable prices, which is unusual in many hotels), free wi-fi throughout and a fabulously modern bathroom complete with rainfall shower and bidet. But my favourite thing about the room were the two Juliet balconies.
Yes the room has AC but it was lovely to wake up in a morning with the doors open, the light breeze gently blowing the curtains and the sound of the street below. If there wasn’t so much to see and do in Milan I probably could have stayed in the big comfortable bed all day. Even though Guesthouse Ca’ Monteggia is billed as a B&B, breakfast is an additional cost of €12 per person which seems like a very reasonable price. Mr ESLT and I are not morning people so never had the opportunity to try the breakfast therefore I am unable to comment on value for money/quality. But the option is there if you can’t function without something in your tummy. Even though we never had breakfast we were always offered fresh coffee as we were leaving in the morning if we had wanted it. I do not drink coffee but I must admit it smelt delicious.
This B&B in my opinion is perfect. I couldn’t have been happier with the choice. It is beautifully decorated, the staff are very friendly and accommodating and the location is fantastic. It gave us a great base for our 4 days in Milan. From here we were able to get to the Expo 2015, the main sights, shopping gallerias and restaurants very easily. However, as I said at the beginning of my post – accommodation in Italy can be very expensive and I believe that this guesthouse/B&B is ideally suited to those who have a large(r) budget or as in our case for a special occasion. Booked via Booking.com the total cost for a 3 night stay was approximately €650 (plus city tax). Upon checking out we were told that if we were ever to return to contact the B&B directly as they could offer a discount rather than using a 3rd party website – I’m sure that applies to everyone not just returning guests if you ever think of staying here.
I was genuinely sad to leave at the end of our stay and would highly recommend, if budget permits, giving this little gem a try. As there are only the four rooms early booking is advised. Great choice Mr ESLT!