An ideal hotel for those that want to dip into city action but escape once the attractions have been ticked off, here’s why you’ll love the contemporary four-star surroundings of Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Milano, says editor Sophie Ritchie
Stylish, spacious and well-situated indeed. Ideal for the more introverted explorer, Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Milano sits tucked away from main Milan action, located in a more suburban setting near the Turro metro stop. First opened in 2010 (with a renovation makeover in 2016) this four-star hotel provides a poised base after a busy day of exploring, being only twenty minutes from the city’s most popular attractions.
That’s not to say it’s lacking energy – when I arrive in the early evening, the sleek building is still buzzing with guests despite being outside the main city centre. I spot plenty of people sitting at the bar and standing outside as I wait for a fairly breezy check-in process, following which a peaceful room awaits me as the prize for battling with a lack of wifi as I tried to navigate through Italy’s most well-dressed city.
Offering 166 spacious meets contemporary rooms (as well as 94 apartments for those who prefer a home from home when traveling) this vast hotel offers more than just plenty of doors – it also comes with its own 3000 m² verdant park, which gives the property a resort-like feel as you leave the main building and venture over to a designated elevator – I even spot an outdoor swimming pool as I walk along the path.
A suburban-esque address provides more than just a peaceful atmosphere – Ramada Plaza by Wyndham’s abodes are vast in size, regardless of whether you’ve opted for a simple room or more kitted out apartment (there’s a tier of choices here, designed to offer a room category to suit everyone).
I stay in an Executive Room, which blends the perfect Goldilocks-like mix of space and comfort. These rooms feature large beds, enormous walk-in closets (for those that can’t pack light) and the ideal traveling essentials – fluffy bathrobes and slippers. After my stressful journey, I whip mine on faster than you can say “Vodafone data roaming”.
Decked out with modern furnishings and spurts of vivacious orange colours – the armchair, the pillows and the streaked curtains all boast bright eye-catching shades – the room is stylish but designed to be used by its guests too. Step outside to enjoy a large balcony and survey your Italian kingdom from afar – the skyline is beautiful regardless of the hour you view it.
Airy and open, small details complete the space – you’ll also find a safety box, kettle and a varied choice of teas and coffees, plus a mini bar for those feeling peckish. There’s also handy downloadable maps for anyone looking to explore the nearby area, with an easy-to-use app for locating all of Milan’s top attractions. Whether you’ve been on your feet all day from trekking (and eating) around the landmarks or simply tired after a long day of meetings, this hotel is bound to leave any leisure or business traveler feeling settled (and caffeinated) in no time.
The Food and Drink
Breakfast is served at Decanter, the large buffet-style restaurant helmed by a team of friendly staff. “Ask directly for the good cappuccinos,” the host tells me when I give her my room number and bypass the coffee machines. She’s not wrong – one frothy cup later (okay, two) and I’m raring to go – and also ready to take on the rest of the buffet-style spread.
Ideal for any carb fan (we are in Italy after all) guests can devour sections dedicated to different breads, cakes and other freshly-baked items. I spot at least four different types of croissants on my edible travels… as well as a healthier selection of yoghurts, fruits and granolas a plenty. Juice machines and water stations provide the hydration, whilst a small array of hot food is also available. The large room is soon brimming with a variety of guests, all wolfing down the spread with similar vigour to mine.
As well as Decanter, Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Milano’s foodie options also include The Brasserie, which serves up a la carte service in a more intimate atmosphere with just 40 covers. Dishes are Italian in nature – which means you know you’re in for a treat, regardless of whether you’re ordering brunch or dinner dishes. For those who don’t feel like mingling, there’s also room service for a direct pasta fix.
The Wordrobe Verdict
Stylish, spacious and situated in an excellent location for anyone wishing to escape the hectic buzz of Milan’s heaving centre, Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Milano ticks all the boxes when it comes to a modern meets affordable hotel. The rooms are large, the breakfast is endless and the efficient service will leave you raring for a dolce vita adventure.
Make it happen
How: Rates start from approximately £110 (€133) per room per night for two people and are subject to availability. Visit ramadaplazamilano.it to find out more and make a booking.
Words by Sophie Ritchie, editor