Milan as always been a tough place for hostel-goers, until not so long ago most of backpackers had inevitably to stay at the huge HI hostel, the only option available. I would not recommend to go there unless it’s your only option left. In fact recently Milan is quickly catching up with the European quality standards and lots of interesting hostels are popping up.
Via Medici, 4 (MM1-3 Duomo, Tram 2-3)
+39 02 3658 2720; [email protected] www.ostellobello.com
I can say that this is the first real hostel in Milan. Opened in 2011 and located right in the city centre (few minutes walk from Duomo) is busting with energy and ideas. It’s very pricey, true, but aligned to the milanese standards. It also offers more than just a bed, as they organize small gigs and provide quality food. I often go there to eat something or have a pint of their artisan beer.
This is more than just a hostel, it’s a greater concept born from within the fuzzy hairdo of Asli, who runs the place with her mum, that sees culture and hospitality as the most important asset. And it works, in fact Gogol’Ostello is not just a place where to crash while in Milan but also a café where locals regularly go and mingle with the visitors. They organise regular events such as “Aperitreo”, an aperitivo with home-made eritrean food, or “A Tutta Birra” an event dedicated to local breweries. Plus some weekly courses (free for guests) and special events like art exhibitions and concerts. Located off the lovely street Piero della Francesca can be easily reached by tram (line 1, 12, 19) or by bicycle.
Via Desiderio, 24 (MM2 Lambrate, Tram 33-23, Bus 93-54-81)
+39 0236744492; [email protected]; www.hostelcolours.com
There is a very recently opened hostel in Milan, I’ve seen its sign put up in 2012, and it’s called Hostel Colours. It’s few steps away from Lambrate station, well connected and perfectly located for the University and for the Lambrate Brewery, the Birrificio. It’ll come handy after a night of beer tasting over there.