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
Had a fantastic 4 day stay in Milan whereby the hotel was perfect for our requirements. We always look for a rooftop pool and this has to be the best we have experienced. As previous reviews state there is a lot to do locally including the cemetery which is a clear indication of Milans wealth, Sarpi St in China town with snack bars and a few restaurants, (there is also an express supermarket). Take a picnic to the Sforza castle and park which is a short walk away. Tram stop around the corner so take 12 or 14 to Duomo or 14 all the way to canal district.
Even though we stayed 4 days we need to return as there is so much to do. The hotel was great to come back to with a relax by the pool with great service. We had a terrace room which is large with sofas and lovely bathroom products.
The rooms are excellent. Modern-looking and tasteful. The wet room / shower was great. The only issue I had was with the air conditioning, which seemed to lack the power to get the room below 20 degrees Celsius. Not a huge issue, but if you're like me and you prefer to sleep in a colder room, it can disrupt your sleep a bit.
The reception staff were terrific. They were all extremely friendly and accommodating. On the first day, we were given a map and a personalized guide to Milan without having to ask. I would honestly say that Hotel VIU has some of the most pleasant hotel staff that I have ever come across.
On one day, we pressed the "Privacy" button by mistake. This resulted in our room not being cleaned while we were out. As soon as we rang reception and explained the situation, there were cleaners at our room within 10 minutes.
The rooftop bar and pool is amazing. It offers a great retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. Extremely picturesque and well-kept. Like the reception area, the staff in the rooftop bar were terrific. They were all extremely pleasant to deal with. In one case, after somebody had forgotten my drinks order (it happens everywhere), they apologized and gave me the drinks free of charge. The only downside to the rooftop bar is the price, which seemed high, even for a five star hotel. Four cocktails cost us €64 and a bottle of prosecco is €50.
The hotel is situated in the Chinatown area. Although the area around the hotel isn't great to look at, we never felt unsafe. Graffiti, etc, are all normal for a big city like Milan. The people who live in the Chinatown area tend to stick to themselves and mind their own business. The hotel has a tram stop nearby, which is cheap to use and will get you into the central parts of the city. A taxi fare from the hotel to the Duomo area will cost about €10 - €12 euro. Sforzesco Castle is walkable if you're OK with walking and want some time to soak in the regular parts of the city.
All in all, I would honestly say that Hotel VIU was one of the best hotels that I have stayed in over the years. I would definitely recommend it.
We stayed only for one night in this wonderful place. The service is great.
The rooms are very nice and great interior design.
The breakfast is one of the best we ever eat in Milan.
Ps: A little to expensive the parking fee for the rate of the hotel room that you pay