The city of high fashion can also be a city of high hotel rates, but Milan also has its share of cheap hotels, many of those with style to spare. The average rate for a standard double room runs between €50 and €80 per night, with the most basic rooms going for as low as €40 pr night. Note, though, that rates can skyrocket during Fashion Week and conferences.
Milan Hotel Overview
When to Visit Milan
Fashion and business reign supreme in Milan—and hotel rates (and availability) are at their mercy. Unless you book well in advance, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a room in Milan during Fashion Week or major conventions. And you can almost forget about finding one priced under €180. So heed this warning Cheapos: If you can, avoid Milan during the months of March, April, September and October. May and November are also popular convention months, but there is usually more flexibility then. Check out fieramilano.it for a full convention schedule.
When the Milan’s temps skyrocket, its hotel rates drop, so if you can handle the heat, visit in summer. Do note, though, that many businesses (including some hotels) close for the August summer holidays. December is also a good month to visit, both for the reasonable hotel rates and the Christmas markets and light shows that make the city magical.
A final word: As is the case with most business cities, many Milan hotels have lower rates on the weekends.
Where to Stay in Milan
Milan’s cheapest hotels are located around the Central Station. Many of these have the barest of bones, but there are also several gems in the mix, including the family-run Hotel Garda and the sunny, welcoming Hotel The Best. Several of our favorite properties are located in the quiet neighborhood of Citta’ Studi, just east of the city center. (We heart the friendly, sunny <a href="http://www.eurocheapo.com/milan/hotel/trentina.html>Hotel Trentina!)
Budget Hotels in Milan: What to Expect
Many of Milan’s cheapest hotels are quite simple, but there we also saw plenty of sassy and sweet in the mix. We saw a fair share of friendly, family-run hotels, many with extra perks like original artwork or tranquil gardens.
With a few exceptions, most hotels we visited provide standard amenities amenities, including television, phone and air conditioning. Internet is almost always available, but it may or may not be free, and the same goes with breakfast. The very cheapest rooms might share bathrooms.
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Who are we? EuroCheapo is a guide to budget hotels in Milan and throughout Europe. Our editors have been reviewing cheap hotels all over Europe since 2001, always with an eye on recommending only hotels that are clean, central and cheap.
Milan can get pricey quickly, especially if you happen to be visiting during fashion shows or other expo dates. During the rest of the year, however, the city can be a welcoming place for Cheapos, especially given the number of small, family-run hotels and pensions in town.
Getting started: If you’re ready to read reviews, head for our list of recommended hotels in Milan. If you’d like a little help choosing a part of town, read through our neighborhood overview. And for additional tips on keeping it cheap, check out the articles listed below.
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