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 hotel is very new, modern and extremly clean. The rooms are perfect and the pool is awesome! The staff is super friendly and helpful! Enjoyed many great stays at the Viu and many will hopefully follow.
Exceptional customer service, immaculate rooms, and a great location make for a good stay for leisure or business. The rooms aren't big in Milan terms, but the quality of the finish makes up for it. Really good restaurant too. The roof terrace is beautiful. My go to place for Milan business trips.
We arrived at our hotel only to be told EXPEDIA had cancelled our reservations for 4 days !! In a panick the lovely desk clerk at the LEONARDO called around looking for rooms for us. NO good it was the END of FASHION week !! She called next door HOTEL VIU . Thank goodness they had rooms.. Although VERY expensive we had no choice. So we walked the few steps to this hotel. What a Delightful Group of people greeted us at the door. it was late and we were to say the least upset and very tired. They welcomed us with smiles and kindness . We were told they had a SPA on the top floor where we could relax, the bar was opened and the room ready. Well although it was out of our budget WE chalked it up and had the MOST Amazing Night of Comfort. Went to the SPA relaxed then headed to the bar and had a very wonderful time with a great snack tray and good drinks watching their visual concerts on the wall. Slept like babies in their comfortable beds. In the morning we checked out and had a wonderful conversation with the service desk person and the manager who happened to come from my mother's homeland Croatia. All in all a Lovely night and Very lovely HOTEL with Fabulous staff !! Thank you.. PS The only Challenge you have is to up grade your BREAKFAST. Not that impressed for the price of the rooms..