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
We spent a night at this hotel.we were nicely welcomed by the staff given an upgrade. The room is nicely furnished and clean.
The location may be a little odd, but it is easy to use the tram to reach the Doumo. And the area itself is interesting to discover.
The breakfast on the 8th floor is beautiful view and so is the service.
I stayed here three nights on business.
The property is super stylish, being part of the Design Hotels collection. My room was large, with not the best view, but that's what you get when you book via Hotels.com. I did have a nice welcome bottle of wine for being a gold member on Hotels.com.
All amenities were high end; a good shower, large TV, good number of power outlets in the right places.
I'd also recommend the restaurant; a little hard to get a table so do book, but great food and a nice atmosphere.
The location is a little out there if you're into the tourist attractions, but easy to get into central Milan via a 10-15 minute tram ride or Metro, which is super easy to use. Uber is also possible, though Milan doesn't have UberX.
This has to be one of my best hotel experiences. From the moment you step in and are greeted by the reception team you feel good . We were checked in by Rafaella and she was so so helpful , passionate about what she is doing and wants to provide the best experience, she showed us all the places to visit on the map , told us how to get around and spent the time needed to do all she could. Big thanks Rafaella! Also must mention Giacomma who throughout our visit was so helpful and always happy to see people and help them . The man who checked us out (sorry forgotten name) was also very helpful , happy and delivered great service . All in all this Team of great people have been put together perfectly and make the hotel stand out with pride ! Thanks All ! The hotel itself is beautiful, very clean , great facilities and has its own very pleasant fragrance , seriously you can smell it from around the block as you approach it . They even delivered a complimentary cake and drink on my Sons Birthday, again demonstrating their attention to detail . Rooms are perfect with great shower etc .
Thank you again for making our first time in Milan such a pleasure .
Located in Milan's chinatown, Hotel VIU's location might at first seem like an oddity for a luxury hotel – however, after spending three nights – we found the location perfect for Milan and would gladly return to the area.
In terms of location, the hotel was approx. 3 km from the central station, with a taxi taking about 10 minutes for a cost of €10. Several trams ran nearby, with a metro station just a few minutes walk away. We found it generally took about 30 minutes to walk to the center, although the neighboring areas offered plenty of local places to eat and drink, and with transit, we could get almost anywhere in a short amount of time. When it was time to depart, we took a taxi to Linate airport for approx. €30.
Arriving in the evening, check-in was friendly and efficient. Throughout our stay, the front desk was helpful and proactive, offering travel advice, providing transit tickets, and ultimately taking care of some of the small shortcomings we had with housekeeping.
Our 4th floor King Deluxe room was modern and spacious, decorated in a modern and modest Italian manner. All of the standard amenities you would expect were present, including a Nespresso, large TV, and plenty of space to work. The bed was extra comfortable and we appreciated the general quality and condition of the room.
The bathroom was large and well appointed with Malin+Goetz toiletries, although we were surprised to find no conditioner in our room.
On our second day, after a couple of attempts, we were able to finally receive a double-sized container but were disappointed the next day when housekeeping removed it from our room after only having partially been used. In fact, it seemed to be the norm to simply throw away partially used toiletries and replace them, versus being more eco friendly and letting guests complete one set before moving on to the next.
Housekeeping itself left us a bit flummoxed: while it was great to receive daily turn down service, personalized notes about weather, and delicious cookies, simple tasks such as replacing used Nespresso pods or tea bags, or tidying up cords, went undone.
While we didn't have a chance to dine at the hotel, we were impressed by our welcome amenity of sweets and wine, as well as with the beautiful rooftop lounge. Views of Milan were available in all directions and the outdoor pool looked extremely enticing – even if it was the middle of winter.
All in all we had a comfortable stay and would definitely consider returning if the price was right. The only downsides we really experienced was the inconsistent housekeeping which while forgivable, shouldn't be an issue at luxury hotel.
Located near Monumentale, the hotel is new and very well design.
Room are almost perfect and hotel's bar & restaurants speechless.
Unfortunatelly, the service is not in line:
- Concierge/Guest relation was trying hard but end-up giving us bad advises and adresses for dining.
They were also unable to book us tickets to an exhibition as they required our credit card to do: charging our room was not an option proposed!
- At the ground floor restaurant, we took an order that didn't come after 40 minutes: the waitress explained to us that staff in the kitchen gave our order back and forth to each other and end-up that nobody took in charge of it!!!
We cancelled our order as they request us to wait for 10 to 15min more..
So in 2 days stay: that was enough i guess..
Hopefully, management will fix that problems to be at the level that international standard required.