As a design hotel Straf doesn’t disappoint: it’s meticulously put together and aesthetically very bold. And the location can’t be faulted, it’s perfect for shopping and sightseeing with the cathedral just a stone’s throw away.
But the hotel is also a great example of form trumping function. The wi-fi in my room didn’t work (at all) and after trying to help, the staff admitted that most of the far-corner rooms can’t receive the wi-fi signal. They offered to move me to a street-facing room, where the wi-fi is apparently strong, but cautioned that the street noise there could be a problem.
The lighting options in the room were almost infinite (there are many switches to play with) but even with all the lights on, my room was quite dark. The post-industrial finish also meant that it felt like a glamorous bunker, with little natural light and a strange echo. It was not a place I wanted to spend much time in.
Had I been on a boozy weekend trip, Straf might have felt like a fun place to be. But on a work trip in the week, it was actually a difficult place to be productive and feel rested.
- Also Known As:
- Straf Hotel Milan
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel STRAF is located only few steps from the Duomo cathedral, the fashionable Via Montenapoleone and La Scala Opera house.An inspired fusion of Italian fashion, original design and elegance, the STRAF combines minimalist design and classic Italian architecture. The 64 rooms and suites blend design and functionality, maximising comfort. Those seeking a stylish, urban hangout will enjoy the unconventional atmosphere of the STRAF Bar and the cool service. ... more less
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