Room Mate Giulia
What We Love
- The location is bustling, but the hotel has a side alley space that’s quiet
- The to-go breakfast boxes provided for those with early starts
- Breakfast is offered until noon
What To Know
- The tiny gym has only the basics
- The courtyard rooms don’t have views but they are especially quiet
- The staff are savvy, particularly when it comes to restaurants—ask for recommendations
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Room Mate, a Spanish hotel chain, is rapidly expanding its portfolio of good-value, high-design properties, and Giulia is one of the most recent. Employing the services of celebrated designer Patricia Urquiola, this hotel sports a colorful interior with craftily deployed midcentury modern furniture custom-made by Italian brand Cassina, where Urquiola is the creative director. We especially love the recurring grid pattern, including the wallpaper that covers each room’s ceiling, set off by painted walls of robin’s egg blue or sea green. Rooms feature industrial metal shelving for clothes storage and lamps by Flos and Oluce, and the bathrooms are spacious and have luxe touches like towel warmers. The only meal offered is breakfast, but the hotel’s fabulously convenient location means there are myriad dining options just steps from the hotel. For the price, this is one of the best value spots in the city.
In the Area
The hotel’s location, in the heart of central Milan and just steps from the Duomo, is unbeatable—though the nearest metro stop is only a minute away if you want to explore further. Swing by Café Trussardi, an ultra-chic coffee shop, for an early-morning espresso and croissant before doing some shopping in the adjacent boutique. The hotel is next door to the Galleria Vitterio Emmanuele, a stunning double-arcade shopping mall and popular meeting place for locals that has been beautifully restored over the years (it dates back to the mid-19th century). It’s now filled with high-end Italian design brands like Prada. Cultural attractions abound, too: the Teatro alla Scala, the historic home of lavish opera and ballet performances, is just a few minutes away, as is the Leonardo3 Museum, which is dedicated to the work and life of Leonardo da Vinci.
How to Get There
We decided to treat ourselves to our last night in Italy, and what a treat. Could not fault the staff or hotel. To us everything was perfect,especially the location. The staff could not do enough to help and were so friendly from the moment we stepped through the door. Rooms were fabulous and roomy especially as we had a room for 3. Great selection for breakfast too
Great location. Location is very central.
Staff is friendly and lovely.
Rooms are nice, spacious and clean.
Highly recommended stay. The only downside is that they do not have a full functioning kitchen. So as they do serve a full breakfast variety... incase you need a meal in the evening there are extremely limited options.
You cannot go wrong with Room Mate Guilia Milan!
Location: Spot on...right beside (or specifically turn the corner) Duomo di Milan - one of the best sights in Milan aside from the museums. Check it out during the day and night - very different perspective each time. Hotel is right smack in the middle of the shopping sights - high to low end. There is a good balance of things going on and still have quiet time at the hotel. Near there also...didn't expect the first Starbucks Reserve Milan is in the area...do try to check it out when you have the time. It's different in look and feel for each of the Reserve stores worldwide...but most will have Milan's Princi as the bakery, whose orgin is ... wait for it... Milan!
Staff: BEST EVER! Each one is equipped to help you and always eager to assist in anything - directions, recommendations, information, etc. Andrea helped us in most of our trip. He gave specific restaurant recommendations that were the best - always always ask them especially food to avoid the "tourist trap foods". He recommended us to local home-cooked/made meals that is not that far from the hotel that most locals go to. He would book our reservations (as what he recommend) since those restaurants get crowded as what we were told. He also gave us instructions on how to use the elevator, directions to get to oriented (he came out of the hotel to show us specifically...if that is not above and beyond the "cal of duty" as a concierge) us when we arrived since it was all our first time in the city, and assisted in my parents getting into a cab (booking a cab) to meet me at the restaurant at a later time.
Big hugs to him and the rest of the staff of Room Mate Guilia Milan!
Room: We got a triple sharing room at Room 406. The space is huge and we didn't feel cramp. This is very different in other hotels we've stayed in Italy. It's surprising since it's also in the heart of Milan, where space is limited. Bed was big and the sofa bed was absolutely divine! Best sofa bed ever...and believe me, I have stayed in a lot of sofa beds in the world. I realized that they took care to ensure that the bed is fully supported and comfort is top priority. They didn't just put a bed sheet and blanket on it. They placed a comforter (very good quality I might add) on top before placing all the bedding. I was able to get 2 (not only 1) pillow like the rest of the people in the room so I was a real happy camper. Also, the "L shaped" sofa's orientation, allowed me to have a sort of "side table" to my bed that is not the same or shared with the office table. Very very cool. There is also ample comfortable seats around the room, so the other people doesn't have to sit on my sofa bed to relax and lounge. How awesome is that?!? Did I say that the room has a very high ceiling! Bonus!
Bathroom: HUGE!!! I mean...big and functional. Love the look, feel and utilitarian purpose of each item. All the toiletries you can think of - for man and woman - was provided and replenished each day. The packaging is also so cute!
Room Amenities: We were provided water (per person) each day and a hot kettle to boil water for tea. Our room specifically had a Keurig coffee machine to use. Bullets were also refilled each day. Room slippers were given out.
Breakfast: Do get or avail the breakfast buffet (roughly €15/16) during your stay. The area has some breakfast places around but limited (aside from maybe the Starbucks Reserve that opens at 7am). It starts from 7am till 12pm!! Love the selections and there is a section for gluten-free foods and they offer lactose free milk which is rare for people like me who prefer almond, soy or even rice milk. They have different offerings each day but at least 2 other milk options are provided. See pictures for further details.
Conclusion: A real highlight of our trip is staying here!!! I cannot express how happy all the people in our group with this hotel...thus it is not a surprise that boutique hotel is ranked 3rd in the list of hotels in Milan. I found the price-point worth it since there are more expensive hotels in the area that is comparable to the room and service but I believe a hotel is as successful as the staff and people behind it. Will book again at Room Mate Guilia Milan if and when we do head back there again soon.