What We Love
- Walk out of Centrale station, cross the car park and you’re there
- The intimate terrace holds a secret: It backs onto the arches and frescoes of a bijou 15th-century pavilion
- Order a drink at the bar, and you can help yourself to the generous aperitivo buffet
What To Know
- A city tax per person, per night will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- Breakfast is available for a surcharge
- Being opposite Centrale station is convenient—trains, buses and the Metro all converge here—but the area is dull, so you’ll want to hop on the Metro or a bus to reach the best sights and nightlife
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
In a city synonymous with fashion, the design-led Milan Starhotels Echo fits right in. Its sleek, business-like demeanor conceals an unexpected warmth, from the lobby’s bed-size sofas to its floor-to-ceiling photographs of blooming Tuscan gardens. Ironwork silhouettes of birds are scattered throughout, and the mood is more pleasure than business, although about half of the weekday clientele are in sharp Italian suits. What’s more, rooms are of a decent size—a rarity in this high-priced, space-cramped city. Stone floors made to look like parquet keep the tone warm but feet cool on hot Italian days, while slate-gray angular sofas and cream walls with a soft-focus floral motif exude a design-hotel vibe rather than a stuffy business feel. Orto Restaurant Green Food & Mood by Eataly features a huge mural on one side of the bright, airy room which changes scenes throughout the day, adding a whimsical mood to the smart-casual eatery. Breakfast is billed as “American buffet,” which means you’ll wake up to tables heaped with pastries, eggs, and fruit instead of the usual Italian offering of a lonely bread roll and espresso. Dinner is surprisingly good, with some excellent vegetarian options but plenty for carnivores, so you won’t feel you’re missing out if you decide not to venture beyond the hotel. While the top-floor gym is minuscule, it’s worth hitting the treadmill for the stellar views over Milan’s rooftops. Another perk: the hotel joins in the Milanese aperitivo tradition by offering hefty pre-dinner canapés—olive paté on bruschetta, Parma ham wrapped around melon and the like —for the price of a drink at the bar.
In the Area
The best of the city is a short Metro ride from the hotel, but you can walk to popular nightclub Q21, and you’ll want to take a good look around Milano Centrale station and its 1930s architecture. The city’s must-not-miss sight is the Duomo, a vast marble cathedral. It was built between the 15th and 18th centuries, and the stairs to the roof are worth it for up-close views of statues, pinnacles and spires, plus the rest of the city spreading out all around. To get your fill of Armani, Gucci and other designers, hit the Quadrilatero d’Oro area.
How to Get There
Near the train station (3-5 mins walk) but A bit far from the Duomo and the high street. Staff was helpful and friendly.
Rooms were clean but slightly dated (as with most hotels in Italy) so not a big issue. You will notice regular, slight trembles when the metro goes past, under the street.
We were had only a brief time to find a hotel for the night since we had to flee our apartment rental in another city. Usually I do more research but because of time restraints we booked through my travel rewards. I have stayed in Milan before and like to book with walking distance of Milano Centrale. This location was ideal.The staff was extremely courteous and pleasant. The hotel is spotless and we were happy with the robes and the comfort of the rooms. We did pay to upgrade to a larger room but they need to have a space for a second suitcase, with two adults we could barely open ours.The staff at the bar was so polite, one bartender offered me a plug for my phone. And I did feel it was pricey but with a last minute booking your choices are limited. If you are seeking clean, sophisticated, modern space this is the hotel for you.I definitely recommend booking here.
Nice hotel within walking distance to Milano Centrale. The hotel is modern, comfortable and the staff is great. Nice patio and lobby area. Rooms are comfortable and clean and mine had a nice balcony overlooking the train station. Great breakfast with everything.