After getting lost in the Milano Garibaldi station upon exiting the metro from Milano Centrale where I arrived by Frecciarossa from Turin, I finally managed to escape the station and arrive at my hotel for the night, the Holiday Inn Milan Garibaldi station. It is located at the rear end of the Garibaldi station and tramline 2 that stops next to the hotel takes you directly to the Milan Duomo. Upon arrival in the hotel the check-in clerk looked at me like “what are you doing here?” as I was wearing a backpack and sweating after getting lost, but as soon as he pulled up my reservation and saw I was a IHG Rewards Club platinum member he became a lot friendlier. I was allocated a room on the 4th floor in a quiet corner of the hotel.
The room was recently redecorated in a more boutique hotel like style, with plenty of posters and photographs seemingly randomly located on the wall and even a houseplant hanging above the desk. There were 2 single beds, luckily with a proper duvet. Of course there was also a desk, a large smart TV, a minibar and some coffee and tea facilities in the closet next to the iron and ironing board.
The bathroom had an interesting colour use, but was clean and well appointed. There was a toilet, a bidet, a washbasin with plenty of space to put your stuff alongside and a bath/shower combination. Interestingly there only seemed to be towels for 1 person, but there was a second set of towels in a closed plastic wrapping in the bedroom closet, a first time I saw this in a hotel.
Breakfast was served in the main restaurant located on the ground level in the former interior courtyard. It was built in a sort of veranda style and the seating used different types of seats to give once more a more boutique hotel feeling. The buffet offered a good amount of options, in good Italian fashion there was a bigger focus on sweet rather than savoury. There were some eggs, bacon and sausages as warm option as well as some breads and cold cuts as a savoury option. The sweet side offered much more options like different kind of pastries and croissants filled with all kinds of different sweet fillings, some cakes, pies and even some Italian cookies. Of course there were also the typical tea and coffee options as well as juices, including pineapple juice!
The hotel also offered a mini-gym in the basement, accessible with your room key. There seemed to be a fair amount of options to work out on.
All in all I had a pleasant stay at the Holiday Inn Milan Garibaldi station, the staff was friendly and professional and the hotel was clean and well maintained. Clearly they put a lot more effort in keeping the hotel up to date, a big difference to the Holiday Inn Turin City Centre where I stayed before. If you happen to be in Milan and the hotel is an option for you do not hesitate to book it.