Hotel Review: ADI Doria Grand Hotel, Milan, Italy

A couple of friends and I drove to Milan for the weekend and we stayed at the ADI Doria Grand Hotel – a 4-star hotel. While it was my first time to stay in this hotel, it was my friend’s third time and she refuses to stay in other hotels in Milan. I enjoyed my stay in Doria Grand Hotel and I understood why my friend loves staying there.

Location/Accessibility (4/5)

A classic, double bed, room at the ADI Doria Grand Hotel
A classic, double bed, room at the ADI Doria Grand Hotel

ADI Doria Grand Hotel is located at Viale Andrea Doria 22, 20124 Milan. The hotel is conveniently located across the Milan central train station. With the GPS navigator, we also didn’t have a hard time finding the hotel. From the airport, we were told that the hotel is about 53 – 55 km away and you can take the train as a cheapest option.

The hotel is 5-minutewalk to Corso Buenos Aires (a more or less 1.5 km stretch of shops). For us, it was pretty convenient when we did our shopping. Two of my friends just recently recovered from injuries therefore we had to take the cab a lot to go to the tourist sites and restaurants. From the hotel to Duomo, a cab ride usually cost us EUR 10-12.

Rooms and Facilities (3/5)

We had the classic, double bed, room. As I often say in my hotel reviews, one thing about Europe is that hotel rooms are normally small. In this case, the room size is pretty much with in my expectations of European hotels. The room is pretty, in a classic way, and fully equipped with television, safe box, mini bar, hair dryer, phone, etc… it is a 4-star hotel after all. I was particularly impressed with the bathroom’s size. It was quite spacious. When I was reading reviews about this hotel, I saw some comments that the furniture is old or something like that. The thing is, that’s the hotel’s theme – vintage. One might find the lighting a bit too dark too as they have thick curtains and yellow lights.

A comment though is that we were booked at the 1st floor, which seemed to allow smoking. Although we don’t smell it in our room, the lobby smelled all the time. Therefore, if you don’t like to smell cigarettes first thing in the morning after leaving your room, you might want to ask for a non-smoking floor. Another minor comment was the toiletries (soap, cotton, cotton buds, etc.) – for some reason, we only had one of set of toiletries in the bathroom. I personally don’t mind since I usually bring my own stuff when I travel. However, if there’s one thing that my friend and I needed was a shower cap and they only provided one, I guess for us to share. Moreover, it was a disposable shower cap yet they didn’t change it the entire time. Again, this is a minor detail but just noting it since it was my first time to encounter such problem with a 4-star hotel in Europe.

The hotel conveniently has parking garage too. I think it’s like EUR 28 per day.

Staff and Services (4/5)

The staff members are friendly and helpful. Initially though, when we asked for restaurant recommendations in a certain area, the receptionist told us “you will find many pizzerias in the area”. But that was just one incident and with one person because the rest of our stay there, the other reception staff were very helpful to us and provided us good recommendations on shops and restaurants.

Security (4.5/5)

The reception desk is open 24/7. I could give it a 5/5 but the garage felt like you’re in a horror flick and can be accessed by non-clients.

Price (4.5/5)

We paid EUR 270 for 2 nights with breakfast. For a 4-star hotel in a good location, I say that’s an awesome rate! The breakfast was not bad at all. There’s a city tax of EUR 10 per person.

Cleanliness (4/5)

I would have given it a 5/5 but the smoking floor bothered me a little.

Total   : 4/5 – I definitely recommend ADI Grand Doria Hotel to friends and colleagues if travelling in Milan and I can definitely stay in this hotel again if I go back to Milan.

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