Review : AC Hotel Milan

While my wife was away in Italy the week before, I decided to join her in Milan for the weekend, knowing very little about this city.

I will choose Swiss in Business for this trip, and will stay at the AC Milan hotel (nothing to do with the soccer club!).

Return on this good, but not crazy stay.

Booking

It cannot be said that the hotel park of the Italian economic capital lacks possibilities. Nevertheless, prices can quickly skyrocket at certain times of the year.

I had already stayed at the Sheraton Diana, so I decided to go for the AC Milan Hotel, located right next to the Milano Porta Garibaldi train station, and therefore easily accessible from Malpensa.

Everything is paid for 120€ per night, for a weekend in February.

Arrival

I arrived from Malpensa airport by the direct train to the city center. The walk from the Porta Garibaldi station is not the most pleasant, with a rather gloomy tunnel.

But less than 10 minutes later, I arrive at the hotel. The building is a not too ugly tower from the outside.

The decoration of the lobby contrasts with the rest of the property
A beautiful staircase to access the Conventions area from the lobby

The reception is initially rather cold, but the check-in procedure is done quickly. I am informed of my upgrade to a suite, and I am asked what benefit I would like to use as a Platinum+ guest. I choose the $10 per person per night voucher, which I will use at breakfast.

On the way to the 17th and last floor!

Room

La suite attribuée est située au dernier étage de la propriété. This is the highest category of the hotel. It is indeed very beautiful.

From the entrance, on the left is the lounge area, with a desk, a sofa and a coffee table.

The lounge area was quite successful this time
The lounge is rather pleasant here
The office space in the lounge area of the suite

On the right is the bedroom, with a bed (not too comfortable) and two coffee tables.

To the night space
The bed that will turn out to be uncomfortable

The only bathroom is accessible from the room and is up to AC hotel standards: green glass, and the famous golf ball for soap.

The eternal green basin
Since it is a suite, the bathroom is quite large and offers bath and shower
The toilet is located in the bathroom

The ventilation will be extremely noisy, and we will change for the second night in a row to have this noise less.

We will therefore lose the exceptional view from this suite which offered a 360° vision on Milan.

A magnificent view of the city of Milan from our initial suite

To finish, a video tour:

Hotel facilities

The hotel does not have a spa or pool, but a small but well-equipped gym. I will use it once during my stay.

Small but well equipped fitness room

Food options

The food in the AC hotels is sometimes basic, sometimes surprisingly excellent. We will only try the breakfast this time, for our two mornings.

The restaurant is rather large and elegant

It is proposed around an all-you-can-eat buffet, and no other service is proposed than the clearing up.

The fruit juices were of good quality
Some breads of very average quality
Butter and jams are available at your discretion

Coffee and tea are self-service.

A few fresh fruits brighten up the buffet

Rather basic hot options are offered: hard-boiled eggs, bacon, mushrooms; fresh fruit as well (probably defrosted) and rather basic cold cuts and cheeses. The breads and pastries will also be quite average.

The hot elements spent a little too much time under the bell
Delicatessen and cheese are very industrial!

Departure

The formalities were very simple, and we left the hotel by Uber from the Milano Centrale train station for me to drop my wife off before flying.

Bottom line

A rather good stay. But still the cheap side of this chain: beyond the very nineties decoration, we would prefer that the breakfast is included, considering its low quality!

Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier has been into airline blogging since 2010. First a major contributor to the FlyerTalk forum, he created the FlyerPlan website in July 2012, and writes articles with a major echo among airline specialists. He now co-runs the TravelGuys blog with Bertrand, focusing on travel experience and loyalty programs.
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