Grab a bargain break in Milan this summer, when locals flock to the beach and leave the city pleasantly quiet. Hotels tend to drop prices to fill empty beds, which is exactly what the UNA Hotel Scandinavia in Milan has done -- overnight stays are now £56 (65€) per room.
This rate is valid every day in August, when Milan "can provide a tranquil alternative to the crowded coast", according to Lonely Planet. The package would cost up to 40% more if you were to put it together yourself and includes:
July stays are also available: Monday-Thursday rates are £64 (75€) per room, per night, and Friday-Sunday rates are £57 (66€) per room, per night.
The hotel is 15 minutes by tram from the centre of the city and has a restaurant serving Italian and international cuisine**, a garden, a fitness room and a sauna. Rooms come with flat-screen TVs, baroque-style beds, air conditioning and a pillow menu.
Travelzoo tip: Snap up some summer bargains in the historic centre, which can be very busy at other times of the year. Also be sure to visit Milan’s cathedral, with its flying buttresses, spires and outdoor sculptures, and take the lift to the roof, from where, on a clear day, you should be able to see the Alps.