Updated on February 13, 2017
Hotel Review: Boscolo Milano, Autograph Collection
We landed in Milan after a couple uneventful Aegean Airlines flights and we hopped on the train into the city and then the subway to a stop just a few block from our next hotel, The Boscolo Milano!
Our trip so far:
I first decided on our route in October for our May trip and then started looking at hotels after our flights were booked. To my surprise I couldn’t find a single room available for points at any of the hotels I looked at! Because of this I started to look further from town and still nothing! Eventually I checked out the Boscolo (which I assumed would have nothing because of location and quality) and to my surprise, there was a room for 35K Marriott points so I booked immediately. I then decided to look at the price of the room…€1550?!?! What the what?!
What my wife soon discovered was that we were staying on Friday night the weekend of the UEFA Championship Game which was taking place in Milan the next night! So that explained why there was nothing available and our hotel was so expensive!
So needless to say, this was a very lucky find and one of my better points redemption values ever!
I will start with the best part of this hotel, THE LOCATION! It is right downtown and can’t be more than 4 blocks from The Duomo which is the center point of the city.
Since we were only in the city for one night this was absolutely perfect as it allowed us to walk everywhere right from our hotel.
Upon entering the hotel you find a modern, eclectic looking lobby which echos the rest of the hotel and its rooms.
We were checked in quickly by the front desk workers who were incredibly friendly and informed us that there would be a free Italian Tasting Happy Hour! Sounds good to us! As we discovered a little while later, this would be the first of several perks we would get for staying there during the Championship weekend!
Before walking around town for the day and happy hour later that night, we wanted to go check out our room and relax for a bit.
As you can see from the hallway, the modern feel continues after the lobby and does so into the room as well. After looking around the room it also appeared this was a Superior Room, so a slight upgrade from the Classic.
So after taking a look around our room (which we were extremely happy with), we saw there were a few little surprises around for us.
First, on the far wall was a ice bucket of champagne and a plate of macaroons! (I had emailed the hotel ahead of time, as I usually do, and told them this was our first time in Milan and we were celebrating finding out my wife was pregnant! So these might be because of that, although she couldn’t drink the champagne haha)
Then on the desk there was also a little box and a envelope.
In the box were a bunch of chocolates which =’s happy wife.
Then in the envelope was this letter, which I had to read a few times and even went to the front desk to make sure I was reading it correctly!
What I confirmed was, due to the Championship Weekend everything in the mini bar was free and there was a free buffet breakfast for all guests! I guess that is the least they can do if people are paying €1550! The Oltremare Restaurant was located on the first floor behind the lounge and this is where breakfast was served.
Going around the hotel a little more, there is a rooftop restaurant called Milano Terrace that has AWESOME views! As well as a Spa, a very small gym and a downstairs bar. No pictures of the Spa or gym because people were looking at me weird…
Also, after we were done walking around for the day we found more gift bags in our room which had rain jackets and caps!
How do you get there?
We were coming from the airport and the easiest way (besides a cab) was to take the express train and then the subway. I can’t remember exactly how much it cost but I want to say it was around $15 each way. Here are some maps to give you a feel for the travel:
Where do I eat?
We ate at a couple places while in town, but the one place that really stood out was a little pizza place called Spontini which has pizza by the slice and it is fantastic! It is maybe 4 blocks from the hotel and I actually saw a big post about it on facebook recently and immediately recognized it. We also went to Charleston which is about the same distance and was also very good but a nicer, sit down place.
Cost of 1 night:
As I mentioned before, it cost me 35K Marriott points for our night here (with the cost being€1550) and has to be the highest value I have ever gotten for my Marriott points.
Overall we had a FANTASTIC stay at this hotel. Obviously it helped that we were given a bunch a freebies due to the championship weekend but even if that wasn’t the case we would have loved it. It is a luxury hotel with a great staff and it has an OUTSTANDING location. The Park Hyatt was the only hotel I saw with a better location. Just looking at weekends around the same time for this year it is still over €300 a night so not a bad redemption of 35K Marriott points but obviously not the insane value we were able to get. For cash it would be a no brainer for the location compared to the Park Hyatt (and I LOVE Park Hyatts) which is the only place with a slightly better spot but going for almost TWICE the price at €570.
Next up, we take a walk around Milan during UEFA Championship weekend!