Hotel VIU Milan
What We Love
- Having drinks on the terrace on lazy summer evenings
- Going from hot to cold and back again in the spa’s sauna, ice room and steam room
- Booking a rooftop yoga session for some om-time before hitting the sights
- The eye-catching emerald green Gio Ponti armchairs in the lobby from Molteni&C, which furnished the hotel
What To Know
- Pets are allowed for a per-night fee; the hotel provides food, blankets, and a bed
- The chic rooftop pool (Milan’s first!) is closed in the winter months
- Free WiFi
- If you want your own private patio, book a Terrace King Deluxe room
A striking exterior of stacked floor-to-ceiling glass windows framed by climbing roses, ivy, and jasmine sets the stage for Viu’s design-forward, ultra-modern ambience. The location, tucked into Chinatown but clearly with an eye toward becoming part of the expanding and trendy Porta Volta neighborhood, is unusual—though the hotel itself feels enough like a destination, with custom Rubelli fabrics, marble washbasins, parquet floors, and black basalt tiles that all add an air of richness. Rooms have enormous windows and are unostentatious yet comfortable; we love breakfasting on the terrace before a day of museum-hopping, shopping, and espresso breaks. There are two restaurants: the bistro-style Bulk serves delectable small plates that combine simple, high-quality ingredients like bread, burrata, and foie gras; Giancarlo Morelli, headed by the eponymous superstar chef, specializes in high-end, creative Italian cuisine that pays fitting tribute to Morelli’s Michelin star.
In the Area
Milan’s still-to-be-gentrified Chinatown, while unconventional for a hotel of this caliber, is right next to the increasingly cool Porta Volta neighborhood and close to the financial district. A 30-minute walk brings you to tourist hotspots like the Piazza del Duomo, the city’s main square, but regular visitors to Milan will relish the 15-minute stroll to the chic Corso Como, which is well stocked with excellent fashion boutiques and hip shopping and dining complexes like 10 Corso Como, the OG destination for fashionistas. Book a table in advance for dinner at Ceresio 7—don’t miss the black truffle ravioli and lobster linguini—which also boasts two pools and bars that draw the in-crowd., For drinks, head to La Chiesetta, a former church turned cocktail bar where candles illuminate the frescoes. Monumentale metro stop is a five-minute walk from the hotel, and the Porta Garibaldi train station is just a half-mile away.
How to Get There
Have been to Viu Milan on two occassions (both business). It has everything I need, and deem important: a well-appointed and quiet room with Nespresso machine, good bed, fast and stable internet, a modern and well-equipped gym and great food.
So far my first choice in Milan (also like the Radisson, but that feels a bit off). It is in walking distance to city center or 10min by taxi.
Staff is welcoming and friendly. Highly recommended.
Two weeks after our very first stay at the VIU we returned for another splendid weekend. Special thanks to Laura for welcoming us so cordially. There must be something in the VIU DNA, just like Luigi her take on welcoming us was refreshingly different - very professional, yet passionate and fun. She put us right into vacation mode before we had even set foot into our room.
Speaking of who which, the room was excellent once again. Elegant, quiet, and, of course, impeccably clean. The spa is a real treat and the cocktails at the lounge bar are top notch, on par with stand-alone cocktail bars. The pool on the roof deck is still our favorite - our oasis in Chinatown of Milano.
Wonderful new building and the people could not have been nicer. We stayed 15 nights at the hotel and got to know most of the staff. On our first day we met Luigi and Laura at the reception desk. They turned out to be two of the nicest and most helpful people in Milan. Luigi upgraded our room on arrival and personally escorted us to the room explaining the hotel features to us along the way. The bed was very comfortable and the bathroom was very clean and modern. Housekeeping did an excellent job everyday. We had a delicious dinner at the restaurant on the first night but decided to seek out other restaurants for the remainder of our stay. Breakfast buffet was spectacular at the rooftop restaurant/bar. Sofia was a wonderful hostess and made us feel right at home every morning. She even tried to teach me some Italian. We opted to do our sightseeing travel by taxi because the tram system was difficult to understand and we wanted to travel efficiently and not waste time waiting for tram and transfers. There was only about 2-5 mins waiting time for a taxi and 20 minutes for a tram. Taxi fees averaged 2-3 times tram fees. Traffic around the hotel was noisy as was the construction site across the street. Soon the construction on that side of the building will be finished. The other side has a large parking lot being constructed and is responsible for quite a bit of noise. With a crane still in place, it does not appear to be finishing any tome soon. Traffic and tram noise is pervasive throughout Milan, so other hotels are equally noisy.
While the hotel is non-smoking, smoking is permitted in the outside garden and on the outside of the terrace. To us non-smokers this is an irritant that blows inside the restaurant. We did not try the Michelin-rated restaurant only because we need to eat earlier than 7pm.
The best feature of the hotel is the friendly staff at Reception and Terrace . At both places everyone spoke English very well. They tried their best to be kind and helpful. Outstanding staff I recall are Luigi, Laura, Raffaella, Clara and Lucrezia. At the Terrace Buffet I commend Sofia and Alex for trying to make our stay as nice as possible.
If it were not for the noise I would rate this hotel a 5 star. They are doing everything right and as soon as the construction stops it will be 5 star. BTW our weather in October was perfect, sunny everyday, about 75 degrees.
First impressions of this place are very good - the bar in the hotel is cool and lobby decor is great. The staff on reception are fantastic and make you feel very welcome, though we were only told about places to go in Milan as we were leaving and given a map then!
The room itself we booked was good, spacious and comfy, although it overlooked a gigantic building site. Location isn’t very central, in the middle of Chinatown on the outskirts of the city, though it’s up and coming as a location maybe.
Some downsides include the fact the shower pressure was pretty poor and that there was no iron in the room - we were told we had to pay for any ironing. Also breakfast wasn’t included in our rate and was quite expensive, I felt like seeing the roof terrace on my first morning and decided to get a coffee there - for €6! The pasticceria nearby was selling the same coffee for €1.50
We liked the room products, nice shower gel and shampoo, but for this price you’d expect some better extras, like a free ironing service or a nespresso machine in the room instead of just Nescafé sachets.
All in all it’s a nice hotel but was very expensive and needs some improvements
While the hotel it self if great, it’s still just brick and mortar. What makes it stand out is the people/staff and excellent service culture that permeates all through this establishment. Special mention for Luigi at the front desk, who was simply amazing. Thank you all the wonderful staff at Hotel Viu Milan.