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Babila Hostel & Bistrot - Hostel in Milano
Babila Hostel & Bistrot is a unique design hostel in the heart of Milan. The historical building, that gives home to it, was built in 1896 and had been a catholic school for a long time.The hostel was inaugurated on September 15th 2017, and it is located in the fashion district of Milan, walking distance from San Babila square and subway station, buses and trams.
The idea of our design is mixing old and new, traditional and fashionable, to bring past and present closer, keeping the original characteristics of the building with a modern touch.
Our rooms are bright and spacious, each of them featuring an ensuite bathroom with shower, equipped with soap and shampoo. Each bed has its own lamp, socket with usb adapter and locker. Towels and bed sheets are provided by us.
From the terrace at the third floor it is possible to enjoy the view over the rooftops of Milan.
In our Bar & Bistrot area you can try some traditional Italian dishes and our chef Atif’s specialties. Every week, we organize events, such as concerts, jam sessions, art exhibitions and multicultural gatherings, so you can enjoy the party with your new friends and with locals from Milan. From the first day we wanted to create a place where it is possible to breath an international atmosphere, where people can get connected through cultural exchanges, and enjoy the pleasure to be together with no barriers.
We care about our planet and try to be green as much as possible. We are only one drop in the sea… but we believe that a lot of drops together can make the difference. Based on this, we do not use straws in the bar, bathrooms are equipped with dispensers so to reduce disposable packaging, we put a lot of attention on selective waste collection, we provide a digital map designed by us to avoid paper waste and we choose partners and suppliers who shares our same values and mission.
Dormitories for 4, 6 and 8 persons
10 mixed dorms
3 women only dorms
3 double rooms
1 family room (double bed + bunk bed)
Bar & Bistrot
The bar of Babila welcomes everybody from the hostel and from the town of Milan. From the morning it offers coffee service and italian breakfast and, when the night falls, it turns into the ideal place where you can enjoy a draft beer, an excellent Italian wine or a delicious cocktail.
In our bar we broadcast football matches and sports events, and throughout the week there is live music, jam session and karaoke. Get a taste of real Milano atmosphere getting to know local bands who play pop, rock and funky music!
Are you a musician? Join our Fridays’ jam session and play together with the bands and other enthusiastic fellow musicians!
Every day, from 7 to 8 pm, all the cocktails and shots are on half-price!
Daily lunch menu Monday – Saturday: 12.00 – 15.00
Dinner à la carte Monday – Saturday: 19.00 – 23.00
Our chef Atif is a real discoverer who creates special dishes by using his extended food experience shaped while living in the USA and several European countries. Born and raised in Morocco and having had the opportunity to taste traditional food of different places around the world, his passion is to blend those experiences with Italian traditions.
Every week, we offer a set menu lunch and dinner a la carte, a delicious variety of classic Italian cuisine in “fusion” style with international reinterpretations.
During the spring-summer season the AperiSunset is rocking on the terrace at the 3rd floor, with BBQ dinner accompanied by beers and cocktails, sitting in the fresh air when the weather is nice and warm.
Our is young and dynamic with different cultural background and life experiences. At Babila Hostel & Bistrot 18 people work including receptionists, bartenders, bistrot and kitchen staff, cleaning service, revenue&booking and management.
How to get here?
FROM LINATE AIRPORT: you can get the urban line 73 that takes you near the hostel. You just have to get off the bus at Corso di Porta Vittoria and walk 4 minutes.
FROM MILAN CENTRAL STATION: you can take the underground line M3 (yellow line) to Duomo and then change line M1(red line) until San Babila square. From there, it takes only 6 minutes walking to reach us.
FROM MALPENSA AIRPORT: the fastest way to get here is by train Malpensa Express. You can get off at Cadorna Station and from there take the underground line M1 (red line) to San Babila. There are also shuttle buses that take you to Milan Central station. From there you can take the underground M3 to Duomo and then switch to red line to San Babila.
FROM BERGAMO AIRPORT: there are bus companies (“Terravision” or “Orio Shuttle”) that take you to Milan Central Station. From there take the M3 underground (yellow line) to the Duomo stop, where you will have to change line, taking M1 (red line) for a single stop and getting off at San Babila. From there we are 5-6 minutes far.
- Where is Babila Hostel located?
Babila Hostel is located in the heart of the city, only 8 minutes walk from the metro station at Piazza San Babila and 15 minutes from Piazza del Duomo.
An ideal choice for travelers who want to stay in the city center and be able to walk to the most famous area of Milan for food, shopping, art and history.
- How does Milan’s Public Transportation operate?
Getting around in Milan is very easy and cheap if you take advantage of the public transportation. You can find the Tram and Bus Routes and Timetables on: ATM website.
Tickets can be purchased at metro stations, at some bars, or newspaper shops.
- Where can I park near the hostel?
If you arrive by car, you have two choices of parking:
Public parking on the street. You can buy the ticket from the machine located in front of the hostel.
Private parking just from 4 minutes walking from the hostel in via Mascagni. It costs 24 € for 24 hours.
- How can I reach Malpensa airport? And how long does it take?
To reach Malpensa airport takes approximately between 45 minutes to 1 hour.
The shuttle bus stops in both terminal 1 and terminal 2.
The cost is 10€ for one way and 16€ for a return ticket.
There’s also another possibility, the train from Cadorna station to Malpensa Airport.
- How can I reach Linate Airport?
Take the urban bus line 73, that has a bus stop nearby the hostel at Corso Porta Vittoria.
- How can I get to Bergamo Airport?
You can reach the airport of Bergamo with the shuttle bus from Central Station.
The time is about 50 minutes depending on traffic.
- What time is check-in and check-out?
You can check-in from 2 p.m until any time (our reception works for 24 hours).
In case of arriving before your room is ready, you can store your luggage in the locker or to leave your bags next to the reception.
Check-out is until 11:30 a.m; afterwards you can leave your luggage in the hostel for few hours without extra charge.
- Is early/late check-out allowed?
No, late check-out (after 11.30 am.m.) is not allowed.
In case of check-out more than half an hour late 10 € of fee will be charged.
Early check-in (before 2 p.m.) is allowed only with prior authorization from the reception, after having checked the availability of the bed/room.
Late check-in, if you intend late in the evening or even after midnight, is absolutely possible.
- Is there Wi-Fi Internet access at Babila Hostel?
Yes. We there’s free Wi-Fi in every room and in the common areas.
- Are Pets allowed?
Of course, Babila Hostel is a pet-friendly accommodation.
- Does Babila Hostel supply linen and towels for free?
One linen and one towel is included. Sheets and towels are changed after 7 days (in case of long stay). If you are in the need of a new linen or a towel, the cost is 5 €.
Room cleaning starts at 9.30.
- Is there a hairdryer in every room?
Yes, there is a hairdryer in every room.
- Can I smoke in the Hostel?
We are a strictly non-smoking hostel but our terrace (with a nice view!) is available to guests who wish to smoke.
- What if I lose my badge?
In case of loss of the electronic badge 5€ extra cost will be charged.
If you lose the key to the locker, the penalty will be 10€.
- What is the menu of the Bar/Bistrot?
Our chef offers traditional and fusion Italian cuisine, such as pasta, grilled fish, burgers or salads.
You can also find excellent Italian wines, draft beers and cocktails.
Happy Hours is from 6 pm to 8.30 pm!
- Is Babila Hostel on Facebook, Instagram and other socials?
We’ve done our best to create ways for you to interact with us. Follow us on Instagram and on Facebook. Get involved into the community: share your travel story or upload your favourite photos of Milan using our hashtags. And, if you’re happy with your stay, don’t forget to share your experience and leave reviews.
@babilahostel_bistrot #babilaexperience #babilahostelbistrot
- Are the children under-18 allowed?
Yes, they are allowed only if they are together with an another person over 18.
- Is it possibile to request the digital invoice?
Yes, it’s possible, but has to be required at the Hostel or by e-mail or phone after the booking.
The “Four Seasons” of Hostels!
“I guess we loved everything in this place, i guess if the Four Seasons would run a hostel it would definitely be this one. Loved everything although i am not a hostels person, but everything was perfect. Also they have a good food and a nice breakfast. The place is causy yet big. Wonderful atmosphere and high speed internet.”
“I know a few 3-4* hotels in Europe who could learn how to manage their business from this hostel! Never thought I will praise the customer-service level of a hostel, but practically this is the exact reason this place stands out for. Great attention to details in decorations and services, essentially, the entire staff is smiling and is willing to help.”
“Good location. Very clean white bedsheets and towels. Generally clean every where. Amazing staff. Comes with free breakfast. It felt like I was in a hotel . Amazing guests. Made new friends!”
“The location is superb! Walking distance to cathedral. Staff are nice and room is clean. They provide towels and lockers. highly recommended to stay this hostel.”
Fancy Hostel with great amenities
“Hotel like, boutique Hostel, with great team and amenities, roof terrace, bar with aperitivo, Restaurant w daily menu, Gym and much more. Free beer on arrival. Map and itineraty for every guest.”
“We had an excellent stay. The staff was very nice, always willing to make you feel comfortable. The place is just amazing and very well located.”