If the Hotel Viu Milan were an Italian fashion-plate, she’d get top marks for accessorising: this sleekly contemporary luxury hotel has been expertly outfitted in caramel, bottle-green and cream by haute furniture design stable Molteni&C. The youthful clientele are just as stylish and can be found milling around the softly-lit bar, posing by the wall of painted flowers and sampling chef Giancarlo Morelli’s heavenly bites in the two wood-panelled restaurants. On sunny days, stretch out (signature G&T in hand) by Milan’s first ever hotel-rooftop pool, from which you’ll have an excellent view of the surrounding Porta Volta neighbourhood, with its many shops, bars and cafés.


  • Rooftop pool

  • Two restaurants

  • Super-modern decor

Smith extra

A bottle of prosecco, a small fruit cake and late check-out till 4pm (subject to availability)

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Also need to know:

The hotel’s well suited to guests with mobility issues, as all the common areas are wheelchair-accessible. A few of the rooms have been specially adapted, with lift access and larger bathrooms.The state-of-the-art fitness centre has TechnoGym equipment (including treadmills, exercise bikes and weights) and a CrossFit training area. Ask for the services of a personal trainer, or use the expansive city views – courtesy of floor-to-ceiling windows – as your motivation. Book in for a yoga session, which (if the weather’s on your side) can be held on the terrace at sunrise or sunset.

Packing tips:

Make space for an armful of Italian designer labels in your case (this is Milan, after all). We’d also pack a clean-lined white shirt and pin-thin stilettos, to match the hotel’s modern aesthetic.

Dress code:

Svelte Milan street-style for Bulk (smart denims and a silky blouse); full-on Fashion Week for Morelli (heels, cocktail dresses and a fabulous blow-dry).

Mr and Mrs Smith reviews

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this super-modern hotel in the cosmopolitan Porta Volta district and unpacked their designer boutique buys, a full account of their stylish city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside the Hotel Viu in Milan…

Forever synonymous with fashion, it’s hard to imagine something in Milan being unstylish. The Hotel Viu follows suit: it’s just as slick and sexy as you’d expect, thanks to interiors designed by Molteni&C, who have outfitted chic Italian homes since 1940. Make sure you test out the most famous pieces, including the low-slung Ferruccio Laviani sofa and Gio Ponti’s invitingly cocoon-shaped ‘D.154.2’ armchairs in the lobby. Dark wood-panelled walls, black basalt tiles, sink-into-soft furnishings and moody lighting (courtesy of gold-tinted bubble lamps and the lobby’s roaring fire) create a decidedly seductive atmosphere, but there’s a sense of fun here too: children are welcome, the bar is a humming hub of bright young things, and and the rooftop pool is nearly always alive with chattering swimmers having a pre-cocktail dip. 

The hotel’s clean-lined exterior is, quite literally, growing into itself (two living walls have been planted at either end) and, in the meantime, the dove-grey concrete is in perfect keeping with Viu’s modern attitude. Both restaurants are equally contemporary, both in style and substance; classic Italian dishes get a revamp at Bulk, while Giancarlo Morelli dreams up countless flavour-packed menus at his eponymous eatery. Everything here is carefully curated, but never showy, so if your style is less flounces-and-frills, more swagger-and-swish, you’ll find this luxury stay just to your taste.

Accommodation details


Via Aristotile Fioravanti, 6, Milan, Lombardy, 20154


1.4 mi / 2.3 km from city centre

General facilities

  • Onsite laundry
  • Valet parking
  • Exercise gym
  • On-Site parking
  • Internet services
  • Restaurant
  • Pool

Dining information


There are two equally delectable restaurants to sample at Viu: Bulk and Giancarlo Morelli. The former is an Italian bistro, serving a more traditional menu of gnocchi with vegetable caponata, saffron-infused carnaroli rice and lime-marinated ceviche. There’s also a raft of small plates: smoked salmon-topped blinis, warm bread with burrata, foie gras, and all manner of fresh focaccia sandwiches. Giancarlo Morelli is helmed by the eponymous chef, who’s well renowned for his incredible creations: lamb shoulder in a lovage crust, langoustine with crispy corn and braised leek ravioli, and a light-as-air chocolate cream. Both restaurants have interiors as delectable as their menus: Bulk is dark and moody, while Giancarlo Morelli is more feminine, with starched white tablecloths and a wall painted with flowers. Breakfast is served on the eighth floor, inside on cooler days, and on the terrace when the sun is shining. Please note, the hotel will only offer room service from 3 June.

Top Table:

Try to sit centrally at Bulk, to revel in its buzzy atmosphere; at Giancarlo Morelli, ask for a spot next to the painted flower wall, which depicts a scene from Francesco Hayez’s Malinconia.

Last Orders:

Morelli serves lunch from 12.30pm to 3.30pm and dinner from 7.30pm to 10.30pm. Bulk opens from morning till late.

Hotel Bar:

Bulk Bar (in the same large, open-plan room as the restaurant) is managed by Mattia Pastori, a top bartender with more than a few mixology awards under his belt. The dimly-lit lounge area attract scores of young, local couples, who sip on Gian Tonics – G&Ts named after the resident chef – and shimmy to the DJ, who spins tunes until the early hours at the weekend. Hunker down inside, where shelves of bottles stacked against the window cast a shimmering light, or grab a spot on the terrace in the summer.

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