It was the year 2017 when I have visited Milan in Italy for the first time. I had a free flight ticket to this destination, still, I was very careful to choose the right accommodation. Due to my previous student’s jobs in a hotel, I have become a kind of crazy about staying in a hotel or hostel. I love it – I love the traveling atmosphere all around me, I love ho(s)tel breakfast, I love the rooms, other travelers – I always enjoy it from the first moment.
So, choosing the right hostel for me was a challenge, I spend some time searching and comparing hostels on Booking.com (my favorite booking platform). Where I am staying has been always based on which destination and with whom I am traveling. This time I was a solo traveler so I was a little bit worried so I can enjoy the weekend only on my own.
In the end, I was happy to pick the best hostel I have ever stayed in! And did I feel alone in Milan? Not for a minute! I have met great people in the hostel. My room-mates – people from different parts of the world, were so kind and thoughtful – there was simply no space for feeling lonely during my stay.
Also, I have to admit this experience made me really excited and gave me the courage to travel as a solo traveler more. Start with picking some nice hostel based on my feeling, intuition, and former visitors references and enjoy my stay without the fear of feeling lonely, solve problems lonely (this is silly as I know language, I am capable to organize everything, also I became less shy on trying new things and meeting new people due to this experience) – so there was no reason to feel weird just for being a solo traveler. In fact, it started to be the way how I prefer to travel abroad, to be honest.
Now, let me introduce Ostello Bello Grande near Stazione Centrale. Don’t panic – there is another Ostello Bello in the center of Milan, however, I have visited this one near the train station and I have done a great choice – although the central one is evaluated even better, I absolutely do not regret this choice.
After my arrival at this hostel, I got a free drink – I have picked Cappuccino. Due to my love for Italy, there was no other option for me, although it was already after 1 pm (those who know Italians are probably aware they only drink Cappuccino in the morning, oops – sorry, but I am not Italian and I do not regret my choice).
I have picked the mixed 4-Bed Dormitory room with a half pension, which was very practical for me. Some of you may think it is a pity to have breakfast and even dinner in the hostel when there is a lot of great restaurants and cafés in Milan, but I have done this trip in saving mode, so let‘s consider it this way. You can definitely choose breakfast only, no worries. Both – breakfast and dinner were sufficient, I was very surprised at the dinner as it was classic Italian food (pasta, lasagna, pizza, etc.), very tasty, I did not miss anything and as a plus, I have met interesting people during enjoying the dinner.
When I am talking about saving mode – the accommodation itself was not such cheap, especially when there were breakfast and dinner included, the room had a private bathroom as well, so no wonder. Still, I had the feeling the price absolutely fits the service, comfort, and meal I have received during my stay. I did not regret the money spend on this accommodation, I assure you.
I have not taken my laptop with me and in case of need, they borrow me theirs – I have to admit this is a great service and each hostel should offer this option.
Breakfast, as well as dinner, was sufficient and tasty, as Italy always offer. I did not have any problem during my whole stay and the location becomes very convenient due to my later trip to Bologna.
In relation to the bed and comfort – there was nothing to be pointed out – beds were very comfy, there was plenty of space to store luggage and keep them safe.
What was a big plus – as it is near Stazione Centrale, you only do few steps to get to the train station – so if you are tired of discovering Milan, you can take the train and go e.g. to Bologna, Venice, Verona, Florence – everything is so close!
From this point of view, it is Milan’s very convenient place for starting discovering Italy, even to Rome you can get in 3,5 hours by train! If you are not aware where to find and buy ticket, there is staff in the Stazione Centrale ready to help you buy those in the automat or you can purchase tickets in advance trough e.g. Omio.com (I recommend buying the tickets in advance as they could be more cheaper – as earlier you buy it, as cheaper they are!).
I have done my trip to Bologna and it definitely worths the price. So at one weekend only I have discovered Milan and Bologna, realized how fantastic trains Italy offers and started to plan another trip to Pisa and Florence.
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Now you are probably curious about the best hostel I would recommend for your Milan experience – let‘s see on the top 5 hostels in Milano – based on personal experience and the other travelers’ opinion:
What a great hostel as personally visited by me I have to admit this hostel is one of the best I have ever stayed in. No wonder, it is also very well evaluated by other former customers for a great atmosphere, friendly staff and very good location near Stazione Centrale. If you like to meet cool people like you, I definitely recommend this hostel in Milan!
There are plenty of mixed dorms available with or without private bathrooms and also private doubles if you prefer it more. This hostel is near to a big shopping street, you can take an underground to the city center (nearest stop is in the Stazione Centrale directly), or you can take a train to another Italian city.
There are also dinners available, breakfast as well and after arrival, you can get a free drink.
If you prefer to stay in the city center more than in the broader center, there is another hostel from the family of Ostello Bello – Milan City center hostel. As it is the same owner, you can bet there will be a great and helpful staff, very good food – breakfast and dinner, a lot of different dorms or doubles you can choose from.
There is also a bar available so you can use it if you wish to and meet locals or other guests as well!
What is best about those hostels – there are very comfy beds, linen, and towels included (no need to take yours, which is a great feature as not always is this a standard), you can borrow laptop (also no need to be taken and carried by you).
If you are looking for something very unusual and original, still so close to the city center and very well evaluated by former customers, we recommend this Ostelzzz Milano Stazione Centrale hostel.
This hostel is composed of closed rest units separated from each other. So you can enjoy your privacy without giving us sharing – what an idea! This hostel also offers free Wi-Fi, breakfast and welcome drink included.
near Porta Romana (city center)
Another unusual hostel concept you can find in Madama Hostel. Furniture in this hostel is entirely from recycled materials. This hostel offers shared 4-6 beds dorms with private bathroom and individual lockers for storage. Available is also free breakfast and locks, free linen, towels and free wi-fi in a whole building.
There is air-conditioning in each room, you can use a laundry service, fully equipped kitchen and cozy chill-out room to meet other travelers if you wish to!
This cute hostel offers bright spacious rooms – mixed dorms and doubles as well with private bathrooms with shower. There is breakfast included in the price with a lot of fruit, juices, and brioches. This hostel borrows hairdryers and linen and towels. It is a non-smoking hostel, very well situated near Stazione Centrale with a quick connection to the city center.
#6 Queen Hostel
Stay in a historical building right in the center of Milan – the Queen Hostel’s an ideal spot to relax after discovering the vibrant culture of this famous city. They‘ve always got plenty of fun events for you to check out, such as movie nights and house parties – perfect if you want to grab a drink from the bar with a couple of companions. Happy hour’s every night too!
Their large common area is where the competition’s at, with foosball, pool and board games to test your skills (plus musical instruments!). Enjoy free breakfast, and grab a cup of coffee any time of day from the café.
Their cozy rooms have everything you need for a peaceful night’s sleep, including air-con, free bed linen, and fresh towels. Choose between female-only or mixed dorms with shared bathrooms or en-suite rooms.
#7 Combo Milano
broader center of the city
Combo Milano is located in a typical tenement block on the Navigli, one of the most lively and dynamic areas of Milan. The rooms are designed to meet the needs of all guests: they offer private and shared rooms, mixed and female dorms, and a six-people room with a double bed.
Each room is equipped with air conditioning, free Wi-Fi and lockers for storing personal items. The reception is open 24 hours a day and the young, international staff is available at all times to welcome you and advise you on activities and events in the city. Their greenhouse and our courtyard are the perfect place for a refreshing breakfast, a business lunch or a cocktail with friends.
They offer a buffet breakfast with sweet and savory products, available from 7.00 am to 10.30 am. The hostel has a laundry room, a luggage room and a large common kitchen with a terrace overlooking the park. The ground floor houses a bar-restaurant open all day offering a seasonal menu inspired by world flavors. Every week there are musical, artistic or cultural events open to the public.