Looking down on the passing parades of shoppers as you have your breakfast, this exquisite hotel brought out the best that the attractive and trendy Milan had to offer. The boutique hotel, situated in the Galleria shopping precinct– the historical and cultural heart of Milan – had everything modern and immaculately designed… so very Milan. It really made our stay so special.
SOMETHING ABOUT MILAN
Milan, the second-largest city in Italy, is a city rich in history, culture, and fashion. It is often referred to as the fashion capital of Italy, with several high-end fashion houses having their headquarters here. But there is much more to Milan than just fashion.
The city boasts of several historical monuments, including the famous Gothic Cathedral of Milan, also known as the Duomo. This magnificent structure took over six centuries to complete and offers breathtaking views of the city from the terrace. Another must-visit historical site is the Sforza Castle, which houses several museums and art collections, including works by Michelangelo.
Milan is also known for its vibrant cultural scene. It is home to several opera houses, theaters, and museums, including the famous La Scala Opera House, which is considered one of the best in the world. The city also hosts several art exhibitions and cultural events throughout the year, attracting visitors from all over the world.
When it comes to food, Milan has a lot to offer. From traditional Italian dishes to contemporary fusion cuisine, there is something for every taste bud. The city is also famous for its aperitivo culture, where locals gather at bars to enjoy pre-dinner drinks and light snacks.
Shopping in Milan is an experience in itself. From high-end fashion boutiques to street markets, the city has it all. The famous Via Montenapoleone is a shopper’s paradise, with several luxury fashion brands having their flagship stores here.
In conclusion, Milan is a city that has something for everyone. From its rich history and culture to its thriving fashion scene, it is a city that will leave you enchanted. Whether you are a history buff, an art lover, a foodie, or just looking for a fashionable city break, Milan has something to offer.
What we liked most
The Art Hotel reflects the personality of its patrons of arts, Alexander Vik and his wife Carrie, the former being a Norwegian-born entrepreneur who is famous for his cinematic life: a degree from Harvard, avalanche survivor following an extreme skiing session in Canada, owner of a chain of luxury retreats in Uruguay and Chile where, in an 11 thousand acre vineyard, he is trying to produce the best wine in the world and, being a passionate collector, founder of various art galleries between NY and Monte Carlo.
I love to create beautiful things, whether it’s a room, a wine or a new company.
(Alexander Vik, founder)
Alexander, with the support of a team of art-advisors, wanted each room and space to be decorated differently, so today over 90 artists from all over the world have enjoyed embellishing the eclectic hotel (the name of each of them is written on the room door that they have “signed”), certainly one of the most original in the world.
In the lobby, which is accessed from via Silvio Pellico, guests are welcomed by a gigantic reproduction of Le Penseur by Auguste Rodin and frescoes by the Milanese artist Alex Folla, while going up to the first floor, where V Bart and Restaurart are located, await us many other works of art that change over time, always offering new suggestions.
Like the pop girls of the Japanese Tomoko Nagao, the irreverent ceramics of the Milanese Francesco De Molfetta, the black and white photos of the Polish Szymon Brodziak, the richly decorated fairy-tale works by Nina Surel and the collages of the mysterious Felipe Cardeña that make the hotel a gigantic dream installation.
Galleria Vik Milano features 89 unique rooms and suites singularly designed to showcase remarkable art, décor, views and experiences. Each room and suite are graced by art installations by Italian, Uruguayan and international artists. Guest room walls are finished in stucco Veneziano, a luxurious Italian design technique, with twenty different color variations that complement the suite’s decor. The retreat hotel features singularly designed bathrooms, some are site specific art installations while others feature exceptional marbles and other stones.
Vik Presidential Suite
The Vik Presidential Suite features a large living room with a stunning view onto the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. The bedroom has a king-sized bed overlooking La Scala. The suite has a large marble bath with an open shower and bathtub. Can accommodate an extra bed. Parquet floors with carpets. 74 square meters.
Master Suites feature a sleeping loft or a separate bedroom with a king-sized bed. Each has a separate living room with parquet floors. Can accommodate an extra bed. Size ranges from 46 square meters to 65 square meters.
Palace Rooms feature double height ceilings and stunning views onto Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. All have king size beds and spacious beautifully designed bathrooms. Most can accommodate an extra bed.
Gallery Suites all have views overlooking the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. All feature king size beds – some with lofts. Room sizes range between 34 sq meters and 43 sq meters. All have parquet floors and beautifully designed marble bathrooms.
Courtyard Suites have a separate living room and views onto the courtyard. King size beds and beautifully designed marble bathrooms with showers and separate bathtubs. All have parquet floors and range in size from 34 sq. meters and 53 sq. meters. Can accommodate an extra bed.
Grand Gallery Rooms
Grand Gallery Rooms all feature king size beds some with balconies overlooking the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. All have parquet floors and beautifully designed by artist bathrooms. Room sizes range between 33 sq. meters and 46 sq. meters. Can accommodate extra bed.
Grand Terrace Rooms
Grand Terrace rooms feature a private rooftop terrace. King size bed. Spacious sunlit with showers and bathtubs. All have parquet floors and can accommodate an extra bed. Room sizes range between 39 sq. meters and 49 sq. meters.
Grand Deluxe Rooms
Grand Deluxe Rooms feature views overlooking the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and onto the Silvio Pellico. All feature king size beds. All have parquet floors and beautifully designed spacious bathrooms. Room sizes range between 33 sq. meters and 42 sq. meters. Can accommodate extra bed.
Deluxe Gallery Rooms
Deluxe Gallery Rooms feature views overlooking the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. King size beds with parquet floors and beautifully designed spacious bathrooms. Room sizes range between 24 sq. meters and 34 sq. meters.
Deluxe Rooms have views overlooking via Silvio Pellico and the courtyard. All have a king size bed and parquet floors. Each has a beautifully designed spacious bathroom with an artist design. Room sizes range between 31 sq. meters and 37 sq. meters.
Food and Drink
I Dodici Gatti
At I Dodici Gatti, pizza fans indulge in an assortment of traditional and creative wood-ﬁred Neapolitan style pies - red, white and specialty pizzas - crafted from the ﬁnest local ingredients, including homemade mozzarella.
V BART & RESTAURART
A place open to everyone that follows the rhythm of the hour, of the guests’ wishes, the Executive Chef’s ideas, the Bartender’s latest creation, the DJ’s vibe, the joy of living and the change of seasons. A cuisine free from classical schemes where Mediterranean inspiration lives in dishes to be shared and played with in a kaleidoscope of flavors. An Art Bar where you taste exceptional wines from the VIK vineyards and innovative and delicious cocktails created especially for you!
Services and facilities
The hotel offers services such as car rental, laundry service, wireless LAN in room, limousine service. The Galleria Vik Milano located inside the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, is the ideal starting point for a wonderful stay in the Lombard capital. In a few steps you can reach the Duomo, Piazza Duomo and Palazzo Carminati, while Castelllo Sforzesco, Brera and the fashion district and Sempione Park are quickly reachable by streetcar.
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Location: Piazza Castello, 26 20121 Milano (MI)
Hotel website: https://galleriavikmilano.com/en/
Hotel phone: +39 02 89058297