Need to know
124, including 30 suites.
Noon. Earliest check-in, 2pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability.
Double rooms from $219.39 (€188), excluding 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.
Rates don’t usually include breakfast which is charged at €20 a person for the Continental buffet and €30 for a full-English (children have a separate menu for €15 each). There’s also an à la carte menu.
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.
At the hotel
Spa, fitness centre, meeting rooms, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: LG smart TV, minibar, air-conditioning, tea- and coffee-making kit (Nespresso machine in suites), Malin + Goetz toiletries.
Our favourite rooms
All of Viu’s rooms are seductive and modern, designed by Molteni&C studio’s artistic director, Nicola Gallizia: dark wood panelling and contemporary art on the walls, caramel-coloured furnishings and floor-to-ceiling windows are a recipe for understated seriously sultry style. We’re particularly fond of the Terrace King Deluxe Rooms, each of which has a patio, ideal for a private apéritif. If you’re staying with children, a few of the rooms interconnect – ask the Smith24 team for more details when booking.
The hyper-modern, open-air rooftop pool – the first of its kind in a Milanese hotel – is surrounded by a chic stone terrace, dotted with sunloungers and alfresco seating; take a pew for breakfast or a drink and enjoy panoramic (and totally Instagram-worthy) views of the city. The pool is open from 8am to 8pm, from April to October; it’s heated, so you can still enjoy a dip on cooler days.
Try out the impressive range of treatments in the cream marble-accented spa, from massages to facials and chromotherapy. For true lazy indulgence, you can opt to have your treatment in-room, but the spa’s steam room, hammam, ice room and sauna may well tempt you downstairs.
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.
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.
Small(ish) furry friends are welcome for €70 a night each; the hotel provides each pet with a dog bowl, food, blankets and a cosy Simmons bed. See more pet-friendly hotels in Milan.
Little Smiths are very welcome; the pool is open to children and Bulk Restaurant has highchairs. Baby cots for under-3s (free) can be added to all rooms. Couples, don't be deterred by the family-friendly attitude: there are plentiful treats for twosomes…