Looking for family friendly hotels in Milan, Italy?
Here are the top notch family friendly hotels in Milan! Also included is a detailed review of our stay at the NH Collection Milano President during our 2018 Spring Break Family trip.
NH Collection Milano President, City Center
5 Star, $$$$
Overall Rating: 5/5 – GREAT location, spacious rooms, SUPER friendly staff, AMAZING breakfast
[This is where we stayed during our recent Spring Break trip to Milan.]
Please note this was NOT a sponsored visit and we paid out of our own funds.
Saying we loved NH Collection Milano President as a family friendly hotel in Milan is probably an understatement. It’s been almost a month since our trip and the girls are still talking about it. They loved this hotel so much they ran downstairs to hug our concierge goodbye before we departed. That says a lot.
In fact, I think we will make it our new measuring metric for a hotel. “Girls, do you want to hug the staff goodbye?” If they say no, it’s an automatic deduction of half a star for being a family friendly hotel.
I’m only kidding of course but it does say a lot when your kids love your “family friendly” hotel as much as you do.
What We Liked
We stayed in a junior suite that consisted of a living room [that was converted into a bedroom via a pull out sofa], a bedroom with a queen bed, and 1 bathroom. The bedroom and the living room were flanked on the corners by two balconies that provided a birds eye view of the city.
One balcony stretched from the bedroom to the living room which delightfully gave me the opportunity to sneak up on the girls and surprise them every chance I got. But most importantly, it gave us the most amazing view of the Milan Duomo. There are no words to describe waking up to that view every morning. It was nothing short of amazing.
This is a 5 star hotel so it lived up to [dare I say, exceeded] expectations in terms of service. Housekeeping visited our room twice a day freshening up and leaving slippers, chocolates, and bottles of water. After several days in places where cleaning was self-service, this was a refreshing change. Kid play can be messy and in a hotel, it can almost suffocate the space. This helped reset the room and gave us a clean room to come back to after a busy day exploring the city.
NH Collection Milano President is dead smack in the middle of the major city attractions which made exploring the city a breeze. The Milan Duomo and its surrounding attractions were within walking distance. As was the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele shopping center, La Scala Opera House, Via Montenapoleone, Via Della Spiga, and so much more. If you don’t want to walk, taxis are abundant in the area [or the helpful staff will flag one for you]. The San Babila underground station is a short distance away as well.
Sometimes being in the middle of a major metropolitan area can make the area seem a little sketch. Especially when you’re on high alert for the safety of your kids. Well, we didn’t have those fears at the NH Collection Milano President. The elevator is controlled by a chipped key card; you have to insert your key in order to go to any of the guest floors. There is also plentiful staff at the entrance — both in and outside.
What We Loved
Our favorite part? The staff. Guest Relations — specifically a wonderful lady named Stefania [pictured previously] — knew we were coming with kids so they put a ton of personal touches throughout our trip. When we arrived, the room was already arranged for the kids to stay in the living room. They also left adorable stuffed animals and writing pads for the girls. The little one slept with hers the rest of the trip and still does!
They also provided several maps detailing area attractions beautifully arranged in jars filled with treats. The girls [okay — me too] had a wonderful time reading about where to go/what to do while eating all the goodies. [Sidenote: I don’t know what is in their chocolate but it is amazing! I wish I had asked for a bag to bring back to the states with me!]
Stefania also arranged for the girls to have their own private pizza making class at Casa Rossopomodoro! GENIUS idea! We totally hadn’t even considered it as an activity and it was the highlight of our Milan trip. They each got to make their own little heart shaped pizza and eat it while Mommy and Daddy took pictures like the paparazzi. Stefania took care of everything — all we did was show up.
Speaking of food, the hype about their breakfast is real! [Check out their TripAdvisor reviews if you don’t believe me] They had made to order omelettes, a million pastries, jams, breads, teas, fruit, freshly squeezed juices, and most importantly — BACON! They also had speciality coffee and hot chocolate that came in this adorable little teapot.
What We Could Have Done Without
The one thing we did not enjoy at NH Collection Milano President was their dinner option. We arrived at dinner early [oops!] and the waiter would not look up from his phone to let us know this. He ignored us while we all stood at the dinner podium and eventually turned around and went into the kitchen without giving us any info. Luckily, the folks at the front desk helped us out.
Despite that interaction, we decided to give them another try at the right time. The food options were, unfortunately, not very kid friendly. They were also very expensive. On top of that, we had the same waiter with the same bad attitude so we decided to leave. When we attempted to get our check for the drinks we’d ordered, he ignored us. After a few minutes, I tried to go to the bar to request it [because hungry kids are vicious, y’all] and was told to “sit down and wait.” Tuh!
That one bad experience didn’t overshadow our stay, however. We still consider this the perfect family friendly hotel in Milan. In fact, the people in the lobby gave us a fabulous dinner recommendation that was a short walk away. They even walked my husband there first to make sure he knew the way [all while carrying an umbrella over his head]. There are so many food options in Milan that we actually considered this a positive since it got us out to explore.
What Did We Think Overall?
The NH Collection Milano President is a wonderful hotel for those traveling with or without kids and I would recommend it to anyone! Minus that one
butthead guy, everyone on the staff was so friendly! The personal touches on our stay made us feel at home. We are now huge fans of this collection of hotels and will be loyal customers in the future! Definitely the best family friendly hotel in Milan!
How Much Did It Cost?
Total Cost: $1073.08 or 868.20 EUR
Two nights stay — 709.2 EUR
City Tax — 20 EUR
Breakfast for 4 x 2 — 116 EUR
2 wasted soft drinks at the restaurant with the rude waiter – 23 EUR
[Want even more financial details from our trip? Check out our Trip Toll Reports!]
If you’re looking for alternatives, here are other great family friendly hotels in Milan!
Rosa Grand Milano – Starhotels, City Center
4 Star, $$$
This beautiful hotel is also located in the center of Milan so is privy to the same benefits as NH Collection Milano President. However, it is even closer to the Milan Duomo and prime shopping areas. It is literally across the street from some of the most major sites of the city.
This family friendly hotel offers a family room with several bed options and a welcome kit with a toy at check-in for the kiddos. They can also provide [upon request] in room snacks, placemats, crayons, games, books, and special treats.
Crowne Plaza Milan City, Central Station/Lombardia
4 Star [but from the reviews is probably closer to 3 star], $$
If you’d prefer to stay outside of the city center, Crowne Plaza Milan City is a wonderful option. Located less than half a mile from Milan Central Station, all the major attractions are short train ride away. They also offer on-site breakfast and dinner options.
Their website does not boast many kid focused amenities [like snacks and toys] but they do offer family sized rooms to accommodate the entire crew.
Have you been to Milan? Do you have any family friendly hotel recommendations?