So you may have noticed for my social media that I have been enjoying the amazing food in Italy. I have wanted to go for so long and when my friends and I decided to have a cheeky weekend away, we managed to find some super cheap flights to Milan. We needed no more convincing. I asked some fellow travel bloggers where to stay and the answer I got back was Ostello Bello Grande.
Describing themselves as the ‘Superior hostel Experience’, I cannot disagree. This hostel boast Free WiFi, Free Breakfast, Free Evening Snacks, a Free drink on arrival, a large kitchen full of free food, free Tea and coffee. I love FREE stuff!
The Reception and Bar are open 24 hours and the staff are super friendly and helpful. They did laugh when we asked them where we could get spaghetti carbonara at 10am.
Facilities included two open air Terraces with hammocks (Yippee), ping pong and fussball tables, board games and a fully equiped console and TV lounge. The hostel felt brand new and the six person, on suit dorm we were in was so comfy and clean. The also have the biggest collection of Lonely Planet Guides I have ever seen.
How to get there
Ostello Bello Grande is only 100 meters from Milan’s Central Train Station. There you can find Airport shuttles to Linate, Malpensa and Bergamo airport, the green and yellow subway line, buses, tram and, of course, train to all the italian cities. It took us 50 minutes from Bergamo airport and was just 5 Euros one way.
What to do in Milan
The Duomo square is easily reachable from the hostel. We took the 20 minute walk but it is just 3 subway stops away at a cost of 1.5 Euros.
The Isola nightlife district and the Alcatraz Club, the famous shopping street Buenos aires are two stops on the subway. I thought it would be expensive but we were paying just 5 euros a drink on a night out. I don’t know if Italy doesn’t understand the concept of a Jager Bomb or if it was just lost in translation. We ended up with half a glass of Jager and a splash of Red Bull served as a long drink! YUCK.
Shopping is what Milan is famous for. I am a bit too poor for the fancy shops. Plus I HATE shopping! Yep that’s right, a girl that hates shopping! But some of the designer shops were huge! I was hoping to see a few famous people lurking around but I think Posh and Becks must have been busy that weekend.
The staff were fabulous. So friendly and helpful. They come from all over and have travelled all over so really know how to make a great hostel. Plus they also have great knowledge about the city. They had an answer for every ‘Where can we eat this?’ and ‘Where can we party dressed like this?’. They speak multiple languages and really added the extra touches (Yay Free welcome drink and places to leave your bags when you have checked out).
The hostel is so laid back but very social. There were always people around either playing instruments, eating the amazing free food or just chilling out. It was very comfy and clean and very quiet when I needed to sleep and in the morning. This is very important to me. I need my sleep. Ostello Bello Grande is a great base if you want to shop, party or just take in the sights of the city. One of the best hostels I have stayed in!