Planning a trip to Italy? Unless you're lucky enough to have family, you'll have to find accomodations. This series of articles focuses on Milan budget hotels but often includes Milan bed and breakfast accomodations. On the way we describe multiple tourist attractions in the neighborhood. Each article includes beautiful photos of both a tourist attraction and the reviewed budget hotels or bed and breakfast accomodation. Each hotel mentioned has a live link (we test them just prior to posting) to its English-language website. Keep coming back, we are adding new destinations all the time. Let's find a Città Studi, Milan budget hotel.
The Città Studi district is located in eastern Milan. This university district is home to the largest Italian technical university Polytechnic of Milan, founded 1n 1863, and several other faculties including the Universita Statale, the State University devoted to science and many other fields. In general this district is a charming residential area. Many buildings are in Liberty style (built from 20's to 40's), with asymmetrical, curvaceous designs inspired by organic sources such as plants and flowers. Common building materials are wrought iron, stained glass, tile, and hand-painted wallpaper. Another site worthy of your time, especially if you have young children is the Museo del Giocattolo e del Bambino (The Museum of Small Toys and Small Children) dedicated to toys, children, and the art of playing whose collection of toys from the Eighteenth Century to the 1960s includes over 2000 playthings. For your convenience we have listed neighborhood hotels in approximate order of cost, starting with the least expensive. We have personally verified all hotel websites making sure that they include English-language pages.
The two-star Hotel Dateo is located near a recently opened subway station making access to points of interest even easier. Facilities include a garden, a reading room, a TV room, and a bar. Some of the rooms are smoking rooms. All rooms has been recently refurbished. The rooms have orthopedic mattresses. The hotel requires 5 days notice for cancellations. The address is Viale Piceno, 33 Milan 20129 and the Hotel Dateo website is www.hoteldateo.it/description.asp.
The three-star Hotel Zefiro boasts a wine bar that is open 24 hours a day. Might we assume that the University is nearby? Other facilities include a meeting room that can accommodate 50 people, a reading room, and a TV room. The approximately 50 rooms have been recently restructured and renewed with fine furnishings and modern technological systems such as satellite TV. There are two mini-apartments on the penthouse floor with a great view of the city. The address is Via Gallina, 12 Milan 20129 and the Hotel Zefiro website is www.hotelzefiro.com/en/ .And wherever you go and whatever you do, check out the fine Lombardy or other Italian wines.
Levi Reiss has authored or co-authored ten books on computers and the Internet, but to be honest, he would rather just drink fine Italian or other wine, accompanied by the right foods. He teaches classes in computers at an Ontario French-language community college. Visit his website www.travelitalytravel.com devoted to Italian travel with an accent on fine Italian wine and food. Visit his central wine website www.theworldwidewine.com with weekly reviews of $10 wine and columns devoted to various aspects of wine including wine and food, humor, trivia, organic and kosher wine and lots more.
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