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
The holiday was lovely, the hotel was great and there was a nice swimming pool on the roof. The best thing about the hotel is the people working there. Everyone is so kind, the guest relation knows all the good spots to eat/drink at. The food is great especially the sandwiches and the room cleaners are good! This hotel definitely deserves the five stars it has!
For us the location was great aswell, in the middle of chine town. There were so many different cultures around the hotel!
Everywhere is very clean
Lovely rooftop terrace with nice drinks/ snacks
Rooms very spacious
Good location, Staff helpful
With recommending places to go.
House keepers very nice and always a high standard
We stumbled upon the Viu when looking for a hotel with a rooftop pool, and what a gem we’ve found.
The service was excellent. The rooms stylish. And the rooftop views stunning. We will definitely return. Highly recommended!
Thanks Luigi, for the warm welcome!
Enjoyed our stay here. Fantastic location in a very local neighbourhood which was nicely removed from the main tourist areas yet still very accessible - with some good restaurants and bars nearby.
The pool is a nice touch though isn’t realistically used for much more than a backdrop for guests’ instagrammable pouting photos. Nice setting for breakfast though which has a good a la carte option.
Rooms were fine - not blow away great but did the job and with comfy beds.
Service was always very friendly and helpful.
Overall a nice place to stay in a cool city.
This hotel is nice and clean and we enjoyed the stay - but there are too many things...
- rooms are fair priced but prices in the restaurant and the bar are outrageous. Four colas and a water are 32 euros and a decent glass of white wine is 12 EUR!
- distance to center is a bit too fare - easy 40min walk and when it’s summer you’re sweaty and tires once reaching the center.
- food in bar area is boring yet still pricy
- breakfast is nice for the eye but also boring and expensive. Fruit (except a melon) is whole and simply eating a whole apple is not appealing...
- staff seems nice but very young
- pool is too cold
Conclusion: nice hotel but too many “buts”...