A quick note that the pictures from the trip are up in the gallery. You can find them here.
After getting off the flight it took a while to get a train ticket because the machines only accept chip and pin cards. After talking to the person at the counter, I finally managed to get a ticket to Milan Central Station and then another ticket to the Republique station for the Westin.
Because I booked through American Express FHR I received an upgrade to a deluxe room which was a decent size for a European hotel. We also recieved a €85 food credit, and free breakfast. It took a while to check in, maybe 25 minutes, but that might have something to do with checking in before noon. Once we were checked in we were escorted to our room.
We were on the 7th floor and, according to the floor plan, had a pretty big room. Inside the room there was a large king bed, a couple of old dressers and a strange ornament. One of the problems with the room was that the refrigerator was full of overpriced drinks and they had no ice at all so it was hard to keep our own items cool. I find it hard to believe that a hotel liek this does not have an ice bucket or anything.
The bathroom was a fairly small with Westin branded amenities. the shower was a bit uncomfortable and I couldn’t really figure out how to change the water pressure.
Breakfast was served in the main restaurant, Casanova. There was a pretty decent sized buffet and the food was really good. You could also order something from the menu. For those that have to pay for it, the buffet was €30 per person which is a bit pricey.
They also had some hot options including pancakes, crepes, and omelets. The breakfast was probably the highlight of the hotel. They also have a bar and lounge where you can order overpriced food and drinks. Since I had the food and beverage credit we got some cappuccinos margaritas, pizza, and fries.
There was also a Sunday brunch buffet I did not partake in because it was like €35.
So overall this is a decent place to stay for a day or two, but if you plan to make a longer stay and want to get your own drinks, I don’t think this is the best place because of a lack of cooling options. They also could not provide us with an iron so the only option was for you to give €12 to the hotel to iron each piece for you. These things really hurt the hotel in terms of viability for a longer term option. I do have to mention that the service was pretty good throughout the hotel. Besides the ice and iron issues, they were willing to help us and were very friendly, especially the concierge which I used extensively.