Milan, Italy

Galleria Vik

Price per night from$262.95

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR226.36), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Art at heart

Setting

Milan’s drawing room

Embracing Milan’s creative soul, Galleria Vik sidesteps the paint by numbers approach to hotel design, bringing singular interiors and striking art to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Built in 1877, the stone-walled arcade is Italy’s oldest and one of Milan’s most recognisable landmarks, famed for its palatial proportions, mosaic floors and soaring glass roof. Spread between the gallery’s upper floors, each of the 89 rooms has its own character, the result of collaborations with artists from Europe, South America and beyond. Each installation is as varied as the artists themselves, from the bronze Rodin sculpture in the lobby to the paint-splashed canvases in restaurant Vikissimo, serving delectable Milanese dishes and, of course, wines from Vik’s Chilean vineyards.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

88, including 14 suites.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Prices

Double rooms from £226.82 (€249), including tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €5.00 per person per night on check-out.

More details

Rates include breakfast buffet, which is piled high with organic and locally sourced goods. You can expect things like pastries, muffins and home-made cakes, cereals, yoghurt, fresh fruit, charcuterie, cheeses, eggs and smoked salmon.

Also

A Milanese icon in its own right, the Galleria connects two of Milan’s most famous landmarks: the gothic Duomo and the Teatro alla Scala, the city’s cavernous opera house.

At the hotel

Globe-trotting art collection, free WiFi, laundry. In rooms: minibar, tea and coffee kit, free bottled water and Caudalie bath products. The artwork is always given centre stage, but a TV can be added on request.

Our favourite rooms

As with Vik’s South American stays, Galleria doesn’t do carbon copies. Each room is as individual as the last, with the artwork and furnishings covering a broad spectrum of styles and palettes. Selecting a favourite will be a matter of taste – some are maximalist with bold paintwork and striking patterns; others are more restrained, providing an elegant backdrop for a key piece of art. The Palace Rooms are particularly impressive, with double-height ceilings and vast windows looking into the Galleria. Equally charming are the rooms up in the eaves, where the ceilings are crossed with time-worn beams.

Spa

There isn’t a full-blown spa but the hotel does have a treatment room for massages, wraps, facials, aromatherapy and ayurvedic treatments.

Packing tips

Sharp, monochrome outfits and oversize sunglasses for that ‘effortless’ Milanese look.

Also

All of the public areas are accessible for wheelchair users, and the hotel has several adapted rooms with roll-in bathrooms.

Pet‐friendly

Pets stay for free. The hotel can provide beds, water bowls and food on request. See more pet-friendly hotels in Milan.

Children

All ages are welcome. The hotel has strollers that guests can use, and babysitting is available from €25 an hour; a day’s notice is needed when booking.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Request a table by the windows, which overlook the mosaic bull on the gallery floor.

Dress Code

It’s casual, but when in Milan…

Hotel restaurant

Overlooking the heart of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, restaurant Vikissimo has some of the most recognisable views in the city. The interiors are no eyesore either: arching walls are upholstered in patterned fabric, tables are hewn from coloured marble and marine-hued art adorns the walls. The food is hearty (but not too heavy) Italian – dishes like roasted sea-bass, seafood linguine and thinly sliced roast beef served with rocket and Parmesan. Whether you plump for pasta, carne or frutti di mare, pair with a glass of wine from Vik’s award-winning Chilean vineyards. A second restaurant, Spotto, will soon move into the courtyard connecting the hotel, the Galleria and Via Silvio Pellico.

Hotel bar

The bar is part of Vikissimo, which kicks up a gear after a dinner, with guests and locals lingering over cocktails and wines from Viña Vik, the group’s space-age estate in the mountains of San Vicente de Tagua, Chile.

Last orders

Breakfast is available from 7am to 11am. The all-day menu is available from 11am to 11pm (last orders are at 10.30pm). Drinks flow at the bar from 11am to 11pm.

Location

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Address
Galleria Vik
Via Silvio Pellico, 8
Milano
20121
Italy

Galleria Vik is on the uppermost floor of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, a vast, vaulted arcade in the very centre of Milan. The ornate Duomo is right next-door.

Planes

The closest airport is Milan Linate, which can be reached from most large airports across Europe. It takes around half an hour to drive from there to the hotel; the concierge can arrange transfers for two from €95 each way. The next best option is Milan Malpensa, around an hour’s drive away; one-way transfers start at €190. There’s also the Malpensa Express train, which takes an hour to reach Milano Centrale station.

Trains

A total tour de force of 1930s architecture, Milano Centrale is an international hub and one of the biggest stations in Europe. Services arrive daily from all over Italy and its neighbours, with high-speed lines running between Milan and Rome, Naples, Venice and Bologna. Once you’re at Centrale, hop on the M2 Metro line to Duomo; the station exit is right outside the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

Automobiles

Those unaccustomed to driving in an Italian city may find the experience a little taxing, with unannounced lane changing, liberal horn usage and scooters slipping past at every opportunity. If you do choose to hire some wheels, the hotel has valet parking for €64 a night.

Worth getting out of bed for

Considering the hotel's location, you’d be forgiven for wanting to drop your bags and head right out the door again. Given the breadth of the hotel’s art collection, it’s well well worth setting aside some time for the art tour, led by the resident expert. The treatment room provides relief from the trials of shopping, as does a window seat in restaurant Vikissimo, where you can sip wine high above the crowds passing over the tiled floors of the Galleria.

Art, fashion and design make up the Milanese triumvirate, and you’ll find endless opportunities to immerse yourself in all three… beginning right outside the hotel’s doors. The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is home to vast Gucci, Prada and Versace flagships, and is right next to the Duomo di Milano, a dizzyingly ornate masterpiece that was 600 years in the making. Go early if you want to see inside, as the queues grow by the hour. Shopping needs little in the way of pointers, with boutiques of every description arranged throughout the city centre. The concentration is highest in the Quadrilatero della Moda, four intersecting streets that make up one of the world’s foremost fashion districts. For those with leanings towards contemporary and avant-garde design, there’s the Fondazione Prada, worth seeing as much for its beautiful buildings as the art displayed within. To the north of the centre, there’s the Galleria d’Arte Moderna, which has taken up residence in the grand Villa Belgiojoso Bonaparte. Another worthy contender is the Gallerie d’Italia, which warrants a visit for its decorative floors and ceilings alone. Outside, you’ll see a statue of Leonardo Da Vinci, credited with designing many of the improvements to the navigli (canals) that snake their way through the city centre. The Navigli Grande is a particularly buzzy place to be around aperitivo hour (any time between 6 and 8.30pm).

Local restaurants

Named for the 12 black cats that live on the rooftops of the Galleria, I Dodici Gatti serves wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas, grilled meats and hearty pasta dishes. The pizzas are made with the chef’s homemade mozzarella and toppings that range from classic to outlandish. Some of the profits go towards caring for the pizzeria's feline muses. Biancolatte takes the best parts of an Italian café, French bistro and American deli, combining them into one of the best brunch spots in the city. The freshly made pane and pasticcini are a hit, but the soups, pasta, sandwiches and other savoury fare entice just as many people through the door. On the Navigli Grande canal, red-brick restaurant Al Pont De Ferr is a good spot for a casual dinner. Chef Ivan Milani is passionate about his raw ingredients – market-fresh fish, pasture-fed beef, vegetables from slow-food farms and bread that’s made with organic flour. His dishes riff on Milanese classics but play around with tradition; try one of the creative set menus or cherry pick from the à la carte selection of house specials, such as the enigmatically named ‘Candied Version of Red Onion’, which is filled with fresh goat’s cheese and served on sesame bread. For fine dining in a dramatic setting, head to Carlo e Camilla, a refined restaurant in a pared-back factory space dating from 1929. There’s a sense of theatre to the dining room, with long tables set up as if it’s one big dinner party. Crystal chandeliers dangle from the beamed ceiling, adding a patrician touch to the otherwise industrial space. The kitchen is a hive of young talent, making dinners much more than a feast for the eyes.

Local bars

Baxter captures Milan’s suave soul with interiors dressed in marble, terrazzo, leather and gleaming metal. Every lamp, sofa and table has been chosen with care, creating a retro aesthetic that with a mid-century lean. The mixologists are serious about their craft, shaking up cocktails old and new.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

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 art-filled hotel in Italy and unpacked their purchases from the original Prada boutique (which is just downstairs), a full account of their Lombardy break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Galleria Vik in Milan…

The owners of Vik Retreats don’t do things by half measures. Before founding their space-age winery in Chile, they commissioned an army of climatologists, geologists and viticulturalists to scour South America until they found the perfect spot. Every time they build a new hotel, they commission dozens of artists and craftsmen to produce every piece of art and furniture that will be displayed within. In other words, their first hotel in Europe was never going to be an inconspicuous affair. 

Galleria Vik Milano delivers a one-two punch of location and culture before you even walk through the door. Connecting Milan’s dizzyingly ornate cathedral and gilded opera house, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is a snapshot of the city, uniting art, architecture and fashion under one (vaulted) roof. That should sustain you until you set foot in the lobby, where you’re confronted by the pensive mass of bronze that is Auguste Rodin’s The Thinker. From then on, art takes centre stage: every room is a showcase for the works within, making each as unique as the last. Some are unapologetically bold, daubed with primary colours and striking patterns; others are more restrained, riffing off a room’s historic features. Middle of the road it is not, but who’d want that in the capital of design anyway?

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