Stayed with wife and 2 kids in large suite while brother and wife stayed in another room for the same weekend as we coordinated a visit to our sister who lives walking distance from the hotel.
This hotel is quirky- not sure if the building started out as something else and became a hotel, but anyway it served us just fine.
- the property has a private entrance which is gated, requiring the front desk to let in unregistered guests (e.g. taxis or visitors), but depending on whether the person on duty went to the washroom or is attending someone else, there is no way to get in if he gate is closed
- there are no phones/intercom in the room, so the only way to contact the front desk is to head downstairs
- the wifi had a 29 character passkey (fortunately, once set it did not need reprogramming)
- they have a coin-op washer and dryer, but no detergent on site
- there is no breakfast on the premises, but croissants are served daily when staff arrive
- the elevator has a Buddhist colour coding for each floor (see photo)
Our room was handicap accessible, so the bathroom had oversized space for wheelchair access - very spacious. And yet not so much room for toiletries except on the ledge of the mirror. Moreover, the shower box had a tendency to spill all over the place after showers and we had no implements to mop up the floor afterwards, except for some towels.
That said, the rooms were very spacious, even with the living room sofa unfolded into a bed. Kitchen amenities were ample and the motorized window blackouts worked as intended. AC worked well during the sweltering summer heat.
Reception staff were friendly, although there were periods that no one was manning the front desk.
I would like to recommend guests looking for breakfast options to consider the Fondazione Prada which has a mini-cafe open even on Sunday morning. There is also a cafe about 3 blocks away that seems to be open all the time.
I think people looking to find a Buddhist vibe would dig this place. I appreciated the proximity to my sister's apartment, but I doubt that would be the major appeal to most guests.
Just came back from Milan where I stayed in Zambala for 5 nights and it was the second year in a row that my colleagues and I stay here and could not complain about anything! the hotel is located a bit away from the Duomo which is really great because it's quiet but the good thing is that you can reach anywhere in Milan using the LODI T.I.B.B. subway located a few mns' walk from the hotel. Next to the Zambala you have some interesting places such as the Fondazione Prada and the QC Terminale Milano Spa. The staff were really helpful and decent, making sure everyone was more than satisfied. We each stayed in a nice studio with a queen bed, kitchenette and private bathroom. On the ground floor, you can use the gym, yoga room, even a laundry room! We will surely stay here next year for the Salone Del Mobile.
This is a long stay residence, with less services than a hotel, reception closes at night and there is no room service, but you will find a gym and vending machines to feed you in case of a late night munchy carving.
Venue is located 5 mns walking from Fondazione Prada without much else around it. Without a car you can reach it via the metro 3 Lodi station. The residence has plenty car parks inside and on the street of this residential neighbourhood.
Room 605 was wide and clean, equipped with a kitchen, a large living room corner, a large closet and a bathroom with shower and bidet.
The room was possibly 40sqm and is enough to stay long term without any issue.
Rooms are very quiet, but you could hear the lift zooming in the shaft few meters away. There was only 6 rooms on that floor / part of the building.
Room was clean but bathroom and the shower joints was disgustingly dark from mould, not acceptable at all ! See pictures.
There is an espresso machine in the kitchen.
I 've paid 120 euros taxes included for 1 night during a busy week in Milan. All in all it was fair and good compared to other venues, but the shower is an issue
I’ve been at Zambala in April and it was an excellent stay. At first the staff was so friendly and gentle, they always ready to you! The hotel is like a residence, the apartments have a good kitchen with everything necessary to have your lunch in your apartment (and you have a very good supermarket very close!!)...the room was big and very clean!!! And the location is very good, too close to the Fondazione Prada and too close to the metro, like a 200mts the Loddi Tib station, so you can go anywhere! Can’t wait to came back, I loved my stay!
Have the same good feeling in terms of comfortably, spacious room n nice interior design...
Especially like the bright color corridor which matching room doors n chairs in each room. Different floor has different color.
*WiFi is not good enough at all... has to activate every day n the way to activate is a bit not user friendly : !