Finding a home away from home in a city is always an absolute pleasure – there are far too many big scale hotels lacking any charm or personality. To find somewhere in Milan that has both and a lot more besides is marvellous. Staying at LaFavia 4 Rooms invites you into Fabio’s stunning home; a sprawling first floor apartment uniquely and charmingly decorated with stylish prints and furniture as well as art and antiquities from his travels. The building is late 19th century and the rooms are dotted around the walled courtyard and roof garden. They are modern, airy and very functional. And the hosts themselves are beyond helpful – useful directions before we arrived, booking us taxis and restaurants so that we needn’t struggle in our terrible Italian and suggesting day trip ideas.
Boutique B&B in the Garibaldi District
LaFavia is located in the Garibaldi District and right on the edge of Chinatown. While not quite in the city centre it is easy walking distance to the main sights via Parco Sempione and it is only moments away from the bustling Corso Como area. Plus the Garibaldi station, and nearby tram, both connect you to other interesting districts such as the canal area – THE place to be come evening. We took a walk into the city centre through the park and it was perhaps 20 minutes to the Duomo (although it took us longer as there was plenty to see en route). Whilst LaFavia is in a city location our room faced inwards to the central courtyard garden so it was incredibly peaceful.
Four unique rooms
There are, unsurprisingly, four rooms. Each is unique and stunning to look at. I particularly loved the geometric patterns in both our bedroom and bathroom as well as the attention to detail with the rest of the decor. Our bedroom had red walls and the bathroom was tiled with blue and yellow. The bed was big, super comfortable and with high quality bed linen. The air conditioning unit in the room was relatively peaceful and so we were able to run it overnight. My favourite Korres goodies were in the bathroom and the shower was powerful.
One can see into the bathroom from the bedroom, however there are curtains as well as the glass. This is clever as it has the effect of making the room feel larger and more airy when the curtains aren’t drawn. We had a little hanging area on one side of the room as well as a desk and chairs. The room isn’t big but neither is it cluttered with things that aren’t needed, so it was a really functional and tidy space. We also had a little kitchen area with fridge, sink and hob. Room 4, which we selected, was in a corner of the garden and so was very private – however I didn’t see another person during our stay even though we weren’t the only guests. We had a little sitting area outside our room that caught the afternoon sun through the trees.
Having a little kitchen area was a real treat on this city getaway, not least because 5 minutes walk from LaFavia is Eataly – a superb, three storey food hall with mouth-watering Italian food and drink. We filled the fridge with meats and olives and such like and took pleasure in a couple of bottles of prosecco and wine. Our little terrace area was a lovely addition to our room, as it was so private. We just used it as an extension to the room.
There is also an extensive garden right the way round the first floor courtyard which has many choices of seating and relaxing areas in between plenty of greenery. Coffee and filter water were available throughout the day. Because the room and gardens have such character, when we were tired after a day of pounding the pavements seeing the sights, we enjoyed heading back to our room early and making the most of the quiet space inside and outside.
Food and Drink
You can enjoy a tasty organic breakfast which my husband informs me was a real delight. For other food the location means that you are surrounded with choice, be that in Chinatown or the very cool Corso Como. And you can always take advantage of the little cooking area.