I am lucky enough to get to travel to some amazing places with my job and I kicked off 2018 with a week in Milan. The nights are dark in winter so I didn’t feel safe going rambling by myself in the evenings. Therefore, I didn’t get to see much of Milan until Darren flew over on the Friday night and we went exploring the weekend. I’m delighted with how much information is in this blog post, from travelling, to accommodation, things to do and where to eat; I really hope you find it helpful.
The cheapest option for us at the time was to fly direct from Dublin to Bergamo airport with Ryanair. The flight on the way over was really quick, which is about 3 episodes of Jane The Virgin long, or just over 2 hours for those who don’t watch the show) and the views were insane! I was not expecting to see the Italian Alps up close and personal; they were mesmerising! The taxis are ridiculously expensive in Milan (€100 from Bergamo airport to the city centre) so I recommend getting the bus. You can buy your transfer tickets on the plane or get them on the bus for €5. When you walk outside Arrivals, the bus should be directly in front of you. Travel Tip: Do not get a taxi!
Where to Stay in Milan
To be honest, it doesn’t matter where you stay in Milan, as long as you are close to a metro line. I stayed in 2 hotels in Milan. Both of them were in Piazza della Repubblica and because they were on the metro line, we got around the city really easily.
Hotel Principe de Savoia
This hotel was gorgeous, really decadent, and well maintained. The level of service I experienced was second to none; I really felt like I was in a 5 star luxury hotel (I was)… especially when they charged me €50 for salmon and mash! The bedroom was lovely, spotless clean, but it wasn’t AMAZING! All in all, I didn’t think it was worth €580 for 2 nights but if you could get a good deal like we did on The Westin (read all about this below), then this is a great option.
The Westin Palace
We saved €300 on our accommodation for the weekend, thanks to Darren and lastminute.com. Darren booked The Westin on the Top Secret hotels section at lastminute.com. The whole concept is that you are not supposed to know what hotel you are booking until after you book, but it is pretty easy to figure it out! The Westin Palace was on booking.com for €580 for the 2 nights and we paid €280. The hotel room was fabulous! It was a suite more so than just a room. Although €8 for a mini box of Pringles from the mini bar!