Combo, more than a hostel tells the slogan. And that's what it is, as I've chosen this solution twice already so far, as I adored it immediately for the position, the colours, the organisation, the chic little restaurant, the politeness of the staff, the exhibition I visited inside its rooms, and the nice friendly environment. Combo Milano is created from a former typical Milanese ringhiera house (where the apartments are accessed from external balconies) and it's located along the Navigli, the characteristic canals of the city, precisely at Ripa di Porta Ticinese, 83. Consequently, the hostel is truly convenient for everyone to reach the Mudec Museum, the Armani Silos, the Base, and many other showrooms within the area.
Compared to other hostels, Combo is undoubtedly a well-maintained building. The details which impressed me the most are the furniture's colours, particularly those on chairs and sofas in the restaurant and on the terrace, in addition to the soft ambiences of warm light, very well heated with neon lights on the walls, as well as the purple ones in the lounge room.
The organisational system is smooth, the check-ins and outs are quick and the staff are friendly and client-focused (while you are waiting for the reception to finalise the registration, you can sip a glass of lemon water from the dispenser placed on the counter). The access to the rooms is easy and secure, situated just right at the main entrance, and the common areas are new, efficient and spacious. The sleeping rooms are a bit small, but if one has got some snippet of sense of humour and flexibility, it would not be so difficult adapting to them. The staff is exceptionally kind and always smiling. Indeed, you may breathe cheerfulness and denote a certain harmonious teamwork among the employers.
If you wish to dine in, I suggest trying the restaurant's dishes which are so delicious and original, especially the scrumptious beetroot risotto with milk, cream and anchovies. Moreover, on Friday nights, the days I usually stay here, there is a good DJ set, alongside the multitude of people queuing at the entry.
The premise resembles a greenhouse, with trees in the middle of the room and a glass roof that lets the light and brightness come in effortlessly. Furthermore, the contrasting colour on the furniture makes the decoration arrangement genuinely elegant. Then, if you wake up early on Saturday mornings, you could enjoy the silence of the breakfast hour and taste a cappuccino and yoghurt, which I find them extremely delicious.
Therefore, it's always a pleasure to come back to this place! Also, the convivial areas are extended outside in the splendid courtyard and garden, which is the ideal choice to get some fresh air and reflect on the last exhibition just seen inside.
Indeed, here it's possible to rent part of the venue to organise exhibitions. I have just visited Home for Uncertain Times 2035, set by the Product Service System Design Master Students of the Politecnico di Milano for which I've been thrilled.
In conclusion, the example of Combo demonstrates how much we can gain from a restored and renovated house which brings inclusivity within a community. The acquaintances that are established at this point and the social connections created become in this way opportunities for our personal and professional growth.