My husband and I were travelling to Italy for the first time and I, thinking I was helpful, made most of our lodging reservations from the US. Well I should have done more research! I made a reservation at a B&B in Bovisa, a suburb of Milan, that was miles away from the town center and the main train station. When we arrived at this B&B, the managers were nowhere to be seen and curious neighbors kept peeking out of their curtains to look at the disgruntled, jet-lagged Americans! We didn't know what to do. Not only were we stranded in an unknown suburb but we were stranded in a suburb where most folks spoke Italian only. We had taken beginner's Italian but nothing prepares you for speaking and thinking quickly on the spot.
After hours of searching for a hotel on foot that could accommodate us (everyone was booked!), we finally found the Best Hotel. Rick Steves spoke highly of this place in his 2009 travel guide as a budget accommodation and we were keeping our fingers crossed they had space.
When we informed the front-desk helper that we had no reservation but that Rick Steves recommended this hotel, they worked magic to only ensure we weren't charged for our failed B&B reservation in Bovisa but they moved some reservations around to ensure we had a room for the night.
Now don't get me wrong..this isn't the Four Seasons or even a Hilton or Marriott for that matter. We wouldn't have chosen to spend our entire Italian vacation here. But the staff went out of their way and beyond to help us. The room was small but we had our own bathroom en suite. And to be quite frank, after travelling for over 15 hours with little sleep, the Best Hotel was simply the BEST. The front desk staff recommended excellent pizzerias and eateries in the area. If we were in a pinch, we'd stay there again! They saved us!
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