Milan might be known for its designer clothing, sophisticated residents and the Duomo cathedral, but a visit to this powerhouse in northern Italy doesn’t have to break the bank. Top-quality, inexpensive hotels will let you do everything on a shoestring, from Leonardo Da Vinci’s ‘Last Supper’ to window shopping on Via Monte Napoleone. Here’s our pick of the best cheap hotels in Milan.
Steps from the central Milan train station, this modern hotel is a natural pick for explorers – you can hop between the sights with ease, without having to resort to pricey taxis. Neutral rooms with milky hues and city skyline frescoes are just as suited to business travellers as holidaymakers, thanks to writing desks, smart TVs and speedy wifi. The continental buffet breakfast spread at this budget-friendly Milan hotel, with organic nibbles, will set you up for a busy day touring the city.
Facing out to the central Piazza Duca d’Aosta, home to tourist-favourite sculpture La Mela Reintegrata (the Apple Made Whole Again), Hotel Glam, fittingly, puts all things artistic centre stage. Daring colour pops in the lobby of this cheap Milan hotel in orange, lime green and gold give way to rooms dressed in candy stripes and flashes of purple. The on-site restaurant, turning out modern Italian and international plates, has its own funky take: a fountain lined with cute red elephant sculptures.
Glossy, modern, glam (with parquet-style flooring, grey marbled walls and colourful art pieces) are words that can be used to describe how this budget hotel by central Milan train station feels much more expensive than it is. Nightlife is on your doorstep, while rooms sleeping up to four cater to holidaying families. Travelling by car? There’s on-site parking, too, for an extra fee.
If you’re seeking old-world Italian charm, this hotel by Gambara station nails it. Satiny throw pillows, wooden headboards and intricate printed wallpaper give rooms a boutique-y, historic vibe, while a window-lined restaurant is a 180-degree spin into modernity with a statement red pendant light and tropical foliage. A wine bar, Pandia, with Mediterranean dishes and a daily happy hour, hovers somewhere between the two.
Morning cappuccinos with fluffy croissants; evening glasses of chilled prosecco; a 24-hour front desk, with a concierge to recommend the best city restaurants or coolest shopping districts. The Atlantic, a budget hotel near Central Milan train station, has everything you need in an inexpensive stay, including bright and comfy rooms and social lounge space. But it sneaks in a few handy extras, too, including – for an extra fee – ironing and babysitting services.
Aparthotel Casa Mia is a trendy, cheap hotel in the heart of Milan, steps from Piazza della Repubblica. The hotel has stylish and tasteful decor, with fashionable monochrome wallpapers, authentic exposed beams, and unique and colourful finishings. The guest rooms feature a colour palette of grey and brown and come in different sizes, accommodating everyone from solo travellers and couples to large groups.
If you’re looking for a luxury aparthotel complex at a budget-friendly price, then Zambala Luxury Residence is the place to be. This stylish cheap hotel features a bright-white palette in a contemporary, minimalist space and lies in Porta Romana, the former city gate of Milan. The small classic studios are perfect for solo travellers and couples, while the large family apartments sleep up to five. You can also use the fitness suite and have a hearty breakfast that includes a wide selection of pastries.
Hotel Bogart is a welcoming accommodation just a short walk from the Monumental Cemetery of Milan. A breakfast buffet featuring bagels, cereals, eggs and more is available daily, and you can pick up snacks in this cheap Milan hotel’s lobby shop. The modest yet modern rooms are suitable for individuals, couples and families (children stay for free). Located in the sophisticated area of Porta Garibaldi, the hotel is close to historical landmarks and attractions such as the Arco della Pace and Corso Como.
Hotel Bogart 2 is a traditional guesthouse in Porta Garibaldi, the perfect area if you want to soak up the vibrant cultural scene of Milan. The family-friendly, and budget-friendly hotel allows children to stay for free, and you can enjoy a breakfast buffet at an extra cost. Besides a garden, the hotel also has an on-site bar and lounge, a computer station and a deli. While some of the decor has a rustic feel, the 15 rooms come with minimalistic interiors, with yellow walls and wooden floors. Surrounding attractions include Fiera Milano City, Arco della Pace, Teatro alla Scala and Castello Sforzesco.
Hotel RossoVino (Hotel Red Wine) greets guests in a fitting manner – with a free glass of red wine upon arrival. The pet-friendly lodging is situated in Porta Vittoria, where the eastern gate of Porta Tosa of the Spanish walls of Milan once stood. Some rooms have views of the sun-drenched garden and terrace. And if you’re bringing your own wheels, there’s free on-site parking.
This family-run, cheap hotel in Milan lies in Città Studi, a budget-friendly and popular neighbourhood known for cafes and parks. While rooms are on the smaller side, they provide a comfy space designed to make you feel at home. The decor is bright and colourful across all 10 guest rooms, which boast views of the city and are great for everyone, from solo travellers to families. One child stays for free, and pets are also welcome at no extra charge. A breakfast buffet is available daily at an extra cost, and there’s tea and coffee in the common area.
Hotel Star is just a two-minute walk from Piccolo Teatro Grassi and Piazza Cordusio, in a charming 19th-century building with period features such as a fireplace in the lobby. The small hotel has an eccentric style with bold animal murals and rich wood panelling. There are 30 rooms available at this cheap hotel in Milan, from economy to superior, all of which include a complimentary breakfast buffet.
This traditional and authentic family-run hotel lies in the heart of Milan, steps from Santa Maria delle Grazie, where Leonardo Da Vinci painted The Last Supper. This historic 19th-century stately home has high ceilings, pretty tiled floors and rooms decorated in a modest yet traditional style. The picturesque terrace is the perfect place to enjoy breakfast among the flowers, and the bar-lounge area is a great spot to unwind after a day of exploring. A central location means you’re close to some of the most popular attractions, including the Duomo di Milano and Teatro alla Scala.
Starhotels Ecological Contemporary Hotel (E.c.ho) is elegant and stylish with an ecological ethos. Beautifully designed and flawlessly finished with a delightful garden and terrace, the hotel also has a fitness centre, restaurant and bar. Eight room and suite types cater to different group sizes and budgets, while all guests can enjoy an American breakfast buffet for a daily charge. E.c.ho is also home to the Orto Green Food & Mood by Eataly restaurant, which serves organic, vegetable-based dishes. Located steps from the Milano Centrale station, the hotel is within easy access of numerous bars, restaurants and attractions, including Piazza del Duomo, Pinacoteca di Brera and Museo del Duomo.
Hotel San Francisco is a smart 28-room hotel in the budget-friendly area of Città Studi. Inside, the modern hotel features glossy, stone floors and grand metallic four-poster beds in some of the bedrooms, and some also have terraces overlooking the pretty private garden. Start your day with the complimentary breakfast buffet, which features fresh fruits, meats and cheeses, and hot dishes. Then head over to Corso Buenos Aires (a major shopping street) and Porta Venezia (a historical gate from the 19th century) for your day’s adventure.
Ellie Hurley contributed additional reporting to this article.
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