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.
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Love this place with a pool area and 360 degrees views of Milan. Only 2 years old and a rooftop bar and breakfast area to enjoy the views..... great room with contemporary furniture in line with the Design hotel theme. This will be our new place to stay in Milan! Oh, fantastic staff who give great service and friendly attitude 👍😃
Came on a a special occasion, we've been upgrade in a Junior Suite Room.
Very dedicated staff and great breakfast. Although the hotel in note located in the center, it is very well connected, 10-15 minutes to the center by tram.
Thanks the all staff for making this stay unforgettable, we will be back
Good and quiet hotel, clean and relatively big rooms, friendly and helpful staff.
The hotel is not close to the center of Milan but if you take a taxi it costs 12-15 €. You can ask the reception to call it for you. You also can walk about 30 minutes if you want.
We booked this hotel to stay for 3 days in Milan. The room was very clean, modern and new. The hotel greeted us with a bottle of prosecco and cake, which was a very nice touch. Thank you!
The two things we didn't like were the view. Our rooms overlooked a construction site, not a very exciting view when you first visit Milan and expect a 5-star hotel...
The other area of improvement was breakfast. I would have never paid 35 Euros for a breakfast of this kind in a restaurant. It was very basic and not 5-star quality. The choices were limited and vegetables not fresh. I'd give it 2/5..
I stayed at this hotel last year for the first time and really appreciated its modernity, efficiency, cleanliness and amazing staff. Location wise I was a little concerned about being in Chinatown but I couldn’t have been more wrong.....super conveniently located for the metro system and next door to the tram stop direct to Brera and Doumo (€4.50 for a day pass), this hotel is honestly one the best I’ve stayed at in Milan....cannot fault it, especially on a sunny warm day when you have can fully utilise the pool on the roof deck