Updated: May 15, 2018
10 Best Budget Hotels in Milan
A clean and affordable option, the Babila Hostel is located in an upscale neighborhood full of small parks, music conservatories, and gorgeous architecture. Shared dormitories (with lockers for storage) and private rooms have modern décor, comfortable beds, and fresh linens provided daily. The family room with en-suite bathroom sleeps 4. There’s also a gym, game room, rooftop terrace, shared-use kitchen, and free breakfast. Babila is only a 10-minute walk to the nearest metro stop, one metro stop away from the Duomo (or, going the other direction, from Milan’s gorgeous public garden, Giardini Pubblici Indro Montanelli).
Lively décor, decent-sized rooms, a great location, and a low rate make the Navigli a solid value. Situated south of the Duomo in Porta Ticinese, this small (22-room and one single suite) hotel is a stone’s throw from its namesake, the Navigli district, one of the liveliest areas in Milan and the center of the city’s aperitivo night life. (Happily, the rooms are soundproofed). Proximity to trams, taxis, buses, and the Porta Genova metro station make transportation easy. Amenities include a breakfast room with a terrace, as well as free wi-fi for guests.
The clean and modern Biocity hotel is located on a quiet street around the corner from Centrale Station, with tram service steps away. Eco-friendly cleaning practices and products are used exclusively, there’s a wellness room with sauna, small garden, and free wi-fi. Some rooms are available with a Jacuzzi and/or a balcony, with a nominal fee (10 Euros) attached. Breakfast is served daily in a space with large windows and wooded shelves stocked with the organic ingredients the kitchen staff uses for food prep.
It’s hard to find reasonably-priced accommodations near the Duomo, but the Eurohotel is only a 10-minute walk away. Located in the very fashionable Porta Venezia area, there are plenty of restaurant, shopping, and nightlife options right outside. The no-frill rooms are spare, but clean and functional, and rather spacious for a mid-range European hotel. Or splurge on one of the suites with lovely terrace views. There are wellness and sauna areas, a small gym, and a lobby with comfy leather couches and a lovely wood-paneled bar. Breakfast is included in the price.
5. Hotel Pavone
The Pavone won’t knock your socks off with fancy décor, but it’s well-located, clean, and quiet. Located on the east side of Milan near the very pretty Porta Monaforte area and close to local transit, the hotel is still reasonably close to tourist centers like the Duomo and the Public Garden. Breakfast is complimentary, and the reception desk doubles as a small bar. Single and double rooms are available, sleeping up to three.
6. Regina Hotel
On the pricier side of the cheap spectrum, the charming Regina Hotel offers large rooms, a great location, and attractive common spaces. Situated near the famous ancient Roman columns outside Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore and near the San Agostino metro stop, the hotel is a pleasant 10-minute walk from the Duomo in the center of the city. With a lovely outdoor courtyard, a small but comfortable lobby, a better-than-average breakfast, and an aperitivo hour, the hotel has a relaxing vibe despite its proximity to town. Rooms are large and clean, and while there are no suites, adjacent rooms can be combined to sleep up to five.
The Ostello Bello hostel is a great budget option for young and socially outgoing travelers. The common areas are usually full of people hanging out with a beverage, and there’s live music and other entertainment most nights of the week (open to the public). The place has a fun, artsy vibe and an incredibly friendly staff at the ready with advice and tips for your stay in Milan. Located in the middle of everything, the Ostello offers free wi-fi, 24-hour reception, and lockers to store valuables. Private rooms are available, as well as dorm-style rooms with bunk beds and common bathrooms.
8. Hotel Bogart
A no-frills – but clean and efficient – option for budget travelers, the family-owned Bogart Hotel packs a lot of value into a small space. Situated in a converted villa near the beautiful Cimitero Monumentale, the Bogart is on the west edge of the bustling, modern Isola district – only a short tram ride away from the metro line into the Duomo. They offer a 24-hour concierge and an Italian breakfast prepared daily, as well as free wi-fi, and even some guest parking for those driving into the city (enquire with them about availability before you arrive).
9. Hotel Cavour
Not quite “cheap,” but packing a lot of value into the cost, the Cavour is well located, a couple blocks from Milan’s sprawling public garden near the Turati metro stop. Inside you’ll find modern, comfortable common spaces, generously-sized, soundproofed rooms, a wellness area with a Turkish bath, a gym, a lovely bar, and a solid restaurant that stays open until midnight. From here it’s a 10-minute walk from Milan’s ritziest shopping along Via Montenapoleone, and not much further from the Duomo.
A great, affordable option for travelers wanting to see the Last Supper. The location puts you a mere 7- or 8-minute walk away from the famous painting at Santa Maria della Grazie. Besides the Supper, this hotel is also near a metro stop and an ton of restaurants, sights, and activities. The hotel has a hostel-type feel, but it features private rooms with en-suite bathrooms, as well as a breakfast buffet (for a small charge), a reading/music room, and free wi-fi. Note that the front desk is only staffed between 7am and 11pm, so make arrangements with the hotel (they offer an automated service after hours) if arriving late.