Where to Stay in Milan: Moxy

We landed in Milan with only one day to relax before catching our return flight home for a few weeks (since going digitally nomadic in January we were looking forward to a change of wardrobe and refreshing our luggage).

If you’ve been reading the blog, you know hotels are not often my first choice of places to stay. I usually opt for a local B&B, fun hostel, or cozy apartment especially when we’re trying to keep costs low. I’ve couchsurfed in strangers’ homes, crashed in bamboo huts, and even slept in the middle of a jungle once.  Different accommodations keeps things interesting, local and authentic. But when we stayed at the Moxy Boutique Hotel in Milan, we didn’t want to leave! It’s chic and edgy. And a digital nomad’s dream.

Moxy Hotel Milan

The hotel is across the parking lot of the Milan Malpensa Airport in Terminal 2. First impression: bonus. It saved me from having to pay for an expensive taxi just to get to a bed. In two and half minutes I was there. The MXP airport also has quick and easy shuttle buses to downtown (18 euros return trip).

Moxy Milan

Part of our stay was hosted by Hotels.com but the $60 USD cost per night included more amenities than we expected. It’s supposed to be a “budget” hotel but it felt more luxurious than they let on.

Why I loved this hotel

 Each floor of the entire hotel smells like herbal essences.

 It’s digital nomad-friendly. USB outlets and charging stations for at least 3 devices and super fast Wifi (not just in your room).

 High tech. There are lights around the bed that light up, say, when you get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom or if you’re an early riser. It’s almost like an intelligent sensor so you can see in the dark and there’s no need to turn on bright lights that will wake the other person. The shower temperature warms up right down to the degree instead of the standard hot and cold knobs.

 They’re social. They regram your pics on the giant screen TV in the cafe. I’m not sure why but it’s exciting to see your photo on there. There’s also no phone in the rooms – they like “face time”.

 Naked men ironing. Naked men.

 Frothy cappuccinos.

Tech gear

A digital nomad’s life

#AtTheMoxy

Moxy Signs

Why, yes you can do my laundry

Cappuccino

Frothy cappuccino for a couple of euros

What I didn’t like as much

I would have liked to have breakfast included (it’s an extra 10 euros when you book) but I did enjoy my double cappuccino fix. Also, if I didn’t have a short one-day layover I don’t think I would have stayed here, only because of the distance from the city centre. Moxy is about to launch in more hub cities like London, Oslo, Munich, Berlin, and Frankfurt with a new US launch soon – I hope they will consider opening them in more central locations.

Overall…

I really loved this new, chic, European brand of hotels for budget savvy travellers in the digital generation (kudos to the Marriott for the innovative concept). The slogan on the Moxy website is “we’re not what you’re used to”. Which is definitely a pleasant change from some of the hotels that are out there now – finally an updated brand of hotels for the 21st century that makes staying in a hotel actually fun.

I received a partially free stay at Moxy Milan thanks to Hotels.com but as always, all opinions are my own.

 

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