- Kiki Deere, Destination expert
LaFavia Four Rooms is located in a late 19th century building a short walk from Porta Garibaldi railway station. Milan’s trendy Brera district, the city’s bohemian and artistic quarter, is also within walking distance.
Style & character
With only four rooms, this small and welcoming B&B has an intimate setting and plenty of character. The sophisticated décor is a tasteful hotchpotch of styles, where Art Deco marries retro with a pinch of ethnic and vintage Seventies. The 1950s armchairs were designed by Milanese architect Paolo Buffa, while the Art Deco table in the entrance hall is from the 1930s. The walls display art from the owners’ international collection including a portrait of the 18th century Princess of Cimitile, ancestor of co-owner Fabio. Hand-woven oriental rugs and 1970s lampshades add to the warm atmosphere. There is complimentary all day organic tea and coffee and guests are encouraged to leaf through a selection of art, philosophy and photography books that owners Marco and Fabio have collected over the years. The leafy terrace is home to wisteria, jasmine and flowering azalea, as well as a little vegetable garden with tomatoes, aubergines and courgettes. A stone statuette of Krishna is nestled beneath a tropical banana tree, while a couple of bamboo chaises longues and a rattan sofa shaded by lemon, orange and fig trees are the perfect spot to unwind with a book in hand.
Service & facilities
The friendly owners ensure all guests feel at home, and have plenty of suggestions about city sights and Milan’s vibrant dining scene. There are two bikes for guests’ use, too.
The four individually decorated rooms feature an eclectic mix of furniture from early 20th-century wicker chairs to 1950s lamps. The 1960s wallpaper in linden green and terracotta orange hues creates a retro design statement in each room, and is tastefully combined with oriental style curtains. Rooms one and two have upholstered 1970s armchairs, with room one also featuring a recycled iron dresser and a chrome-plated chair.
The bathrooms have gorgeous hand-painted tiles from Sicily. Formerly laundry quarters, rooms three and four have original 1940s iron doors and large glass windows that ensure plenty of light. The en suite bathrooms with metal and glass enclosures are brightened up with yellow and grey cement tiles. All bathrooms are kitted out with Kiehl’s toiletries. Two of the four rooms have fully-equipped kitchenettes with direct access to a private part of the terrace. There is also a cosy attic apartment in the same block sleeping up to four.
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Food & drink
Breakfast is served on the veranda; in the summer months it is served on the leafy terrace. The continental breakfast includes fresh fruit, cereal, yoghurt, bread, jam, eggs and freshly squeezed orange juice. Delicious homemade cakes are lovingly prepared by Marco and Fabio’s mothers, both of whom live nearby.
Value for money
Double rooms from £70, including breakfast. Rooms one and two from €100 (£70), including breakfast. Rooms three and four with kitchenette from €100 (£70), excluding breakfast. Apartment €110 (£95). Free Wi-Fi.
Access for guests with disabilities?
No. The 19th-century building does not have a lift.
Yes. Rooms three and four are interconnected.