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Vizzola Ticino: Villa Malpensa

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Reviewed by: joe94553 from USA, review #1598

When: September 2006

Good Hotel near Milan's Malpensa Airport

We recently stayed at this hotel at the end of our Italy trip. The hotel is only 1/2 mile from the airport.

Our room was very small but clean and quiet. The bathroom was tiny but clean as well. Unless you have a car you will eat at their resturant, because there is nothing else close by ... the food was good but in my humble opinion very overpriced. They know they have a captive audience and they make the most of it.

Their wine list is impressive, but again very pricy. Staff were somewhat standoffish, unlike the other places we stayed. It feels like they know most folks who stay there are only staying for one night to catch a flight, so they really don't care.

They have a shuttle to the airport which was a nice touch ... however, if you arrive in early afternoon at the airport like we did you'll need to take a taxi to the hotel as the shuttle shuts down in midafternoon.

Overall we'd recommend the hotel as a place to spend your last night in Italy, but nothing fancy, and be prepared to spend more than you'd like for dinner.


Reviewed by: Maureen from MA (moderator), review #133

When: January 1999

Nice hotel, minutes from Milan's Malpensa airport. Good restaurant. {4 stars}

I have stayed at the Hotel Villa Malpensa 4 or 5 times, but not since January of 1999. I also stayed at the Cavalieri della Corona once, referred by Villa Malpensa when they were full.

Villa Malpensa is minutes from the airport, and a truly wonderful place to spend the last night in Italy. I arrive there after driving from Firenze, so I don't usually do much other than relax and eat dinner at the hotel dining room. It is in a beautiful setting and it is hard to imagine an airport is so close.

Once, after a particularly fast drive, I did have time to go into Vizzola Ticino for lunch and wander around a little. (I remember buying Bossi's Padania newspaper just to see what it was about and having a good political discussion with the guys at the newsstand.) Once, after a particularly slow drive, I arrived at Villa Malpensa very late, and although the kitchen was closed someone made me a very nice dinner when the desk clerk realized I hadn't eaten yet. Another time I asked the staff for directions to the sports stadium (to see the European figure skating championship) and the desk clerk called his friend who worked there and had him meet me at the entrance of the stadium.

I have referred several people there and everyone has agreed it makes leaving Italy a little less painful. The dining room is quite good for dinner.

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