I started my 16 days' holiday in Italy with my daughter from 25 Sept 2017.I was totally surprised by the modern outlook of this hotel, the cleanliness of my room , the great location,the comfort of my bed, the beautiful decoration of the room as compared to the good price charged by the hotel.
I stayed for 3 nights and possibly for this reason, the hotel gave me the largest room ,room 512, in 5th floor. The room has a good view of the quiet middle class neighborhood and the room is bright with a large window.
The breakfast is the best as compare to the other hotels we have booked in Florence, Rome, Venice.With lots of hot food and a machine for the pancake. I really liked the pancake machine. And the hotel refilled the food frequently even if we ate late in the morning,say 9:30 am .
The cleaning ladies has big smiles on their faces and their service was very good, and very clean room ,very good quality bath towels , with hair blower, and slippers. But like many other Italy hotels, you still need to bring your own toothbrush and toothpaste.
The location of the hotel is just 5 minutes safe walk from the Metro station Turro. My daughter and I frequently came back late at night after 11:00 after shopping in Milan city center. We always felt safe to walk back from the metro to the hotel.
There is the big Carrefour supermarket at the next door of the hotel , which opened 24 hours, for us to refill the bottle water or anything we need after coming back late from the city center.
The bed is super comfortable with silky bedsheets.
The small safe is exposed in the middle of the room , so for sure you will never left it closed when you checked out .
However, nothing is perfect in this world.
Metro Turro is a small station ,so there is no lift nor escalator for you to take your baggage down the metro. We came from Milan Central train station by Taxi. Fortunately it only costed us 9 Euro because we got on a taxi from the taxi stand in Milan Central train station.
When we departed the hotel, the taxi fare was higher at 12 Euro because, there is no way you can wave your hand for a taxi in Italy, if you call a taxi by phone through the hotel, or using the taxi apps on the cell phone, the taxi driver will start calculating the fare when he answer the phone or answer your taxi apps .
But the hotel said there was actually a taxi stand about 300 m from the hotel but because we were hurried for the speed train to Venice and have the baggage with us , we could not spare the time to find the taxi stand.
During our stay, there was a public transport company "ATM" strike on 6 Oct 2017 8:30pm to 3:00pm and from 6:00pm onwards to the end of service.
We learned of this only through the metro station broadcast at night of 5 Oct 2017.
If only the hotel staff could informed us of this strike right at the start of our stay, we would have a better planning of our trip .
We had cancelled our plan to Lake Maggiore that day and instead paid an expensive taxi trip of 28 Euro to the Cimitero Monumentale because of the strike. The taxi trip normally takes 13 Euro to the Cimitero, but as we got the taxi by taxi apps, it started charging once it received the call. And we dared not go anywhere far from the city center for fear we had to take another expensive taxi trip back to the hotel at night .
But it turned out that the strike from 6:00pm to midnight only took effect on the less busy blue metro line. Our hotel is in the red metro line and metro service was normal there .
Just hope the hotel staff could acquaint themselves with the details about this strike because we travellers just could not understand the Italian on the Italian newspaper displayed near to the front desk .
If not for this , the overall hotel condition is perfect. less
stefano p, Direttore at Best Western Antares Hotel Concorde, responded to this review
thanks a lot for your detailed and useful review and for the time spent to share it. We are happy that your stay lived up to your expectations. We hope to see you soon again to reserve you our usual good quality and an hospitality to remember! Best Regards, Stefano Picarelli