Vik Retreats, the internationally renowned set of hotels celebrated worldwide for their outstanding locations, architecture, exceptional design, unparalleled art and décor, and warm service, is thrilled to expand outside of South America with the debut of Galleria Vik Milano, the first Vik Retreat property set within a city.
Galleria Vik Milano features 11 uniquely designed suites showcasing remarkable art and décor, and reflecting Milan’s rich artistic heritage. It is a true celebration of history, culture, art, architecture and spirit through its distinct design, highlighting artistry from the past and present to create a singular escape for guests.
Galleria Vik Milano is ideally located in the historical center of Milan and housed within the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, one of Italy’s most iconic landmarks.
Originally designed in 1861 by Giuseppe Mengoni and built between 1865 and 1877, the Galleria is named after the first King of the Kingdom of Italy, Victor Emanuele II.
The five-story structure features two-glass vaulted arcades and a massive central dome connecting the Piazza del Duomo to Piazza della Scala, creating an architecturally striking location for the retreat.
Today, the Galleria is home to many of the most celebrated fashion brands in the world. Situated in the heart of Milan, Galleria Vik Milano is the perfect location from which to experience the city’s fêted attractions.
Guests will be within steps of Milan’s treasured landmarks, boutiques and high-end retailers, bustling businesses, as well as many of the best restaurants and museums in Milan.
Galleria Vik Milano features 11 uniquely designed suites showcasing remarkable art and décor, and reflecting Milan’s rich artistic heritage.
Carrie & Alex Vik have reimagined the interiors of Galleria Vik Milano in order to transition it into a new era and introduce the destination to the world-renowned experience for which Vik Retreats are known.
They have retained renowned architect Marcelo Daglio to assist with the renovation of the property. The strong architectural features of the retreat will be reinforced by hand painted murals and frescos, a collection of Italian and international art, as well as a mix of curated contemporary and antique furniture.
Galleria Vik Milano features 11 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 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.
Galleria Vik Milano boasts two distinct food and beverage offerings. Guests can enjoy fresh, healthy and delicious food and beverages at V Bar & Restaurart, the inspirational art gallery restaurant overlooking the famous bull of the Galleria.
A gathering space for meeting, working, eating, relaxing and fun, V Bart&Restaurart opens daily for breakfast, lunch, evening aperitifs, dinner, and late- night music and drinks. Vikissimo will also feature a bar where guests can enjoy tasting VIK wines.
On the rooftop of the Galleria, a favorite pizzeria of the Milanese,I Dodici Gatti, is named after the 12 legendary wild cats of the Galleria.
The restaurant offers an expansive assortment of traditional and creative wood-fired Napolitan style pizzas, crafted from the finest ingredients, including homemade mozzarella.
In addition to several red, white and specialty pizzas, the menu also showcases an assortment of grilled beefs as well as several pasta and wine options.
Guests can also enjoy the pleasant outdoor terrace overlooking the remarkable Galleria rooftops, providing unique and impressive views of the Milano skyline.
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!
I Dodici Gatti PIZZERIA
We are thrilled to be re-opening and looking forward to seeing you soon. 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.
Once upon a time there was an old woman who lived in one of the attics of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. The old woman was known, because through the dormers she fed the pigeons and her pair of black cats who roamed free on the rooftops.
The day when the old woman, too lonely and too old to continue to live up there, left the attic, her cats remained. Too wild and too wary to be captured, contemptuous of danger and curious enough to venture more than once through the warehouses and shops of the Galleria, the cats thrived.
The cats of the old woman have multiplied and today, on the rooftops of the Galleria, live a colony of twelve cats, all black.
With great enthusiasm we, along with the City Council of Milan and the association of animal protection, have made a commitment to contribute to their care, leaving them the space and the tranquility they need, because a roof without cats is anonymous.
As with all Vik Retreats, art plays a central role at Galleria Vik Milano. From the very first step from Milan’s Silvio Pellico into the reception, guests are welcomed by Auguste Rodin’s famed bronze sculpture, The Thinker, in monumental scale as well an immersive dry fresco covering the ceiling and walls by Italian artist, Alex Folla. The art prominently features eight mythological figures holding up the world.
The strong architectural features of the hotel’s 11 rooms, suites and public spaces are reinforced by works from an immensely diverse group of Italian, Uruguayan and other international artists, many of whom spend a considerable amount of time creating site-specific installations resulting in very personal experiences for our guests. Until you stay at Galleria Vik Milano 89 times you have not fully experienced the hotel.
Sforza Castle was built as a fortress during the fourteenth century and is one of the most famous landmarks in Milan.
Presently, the castle houses some of the foremost museums in the city and also features other exhibitions, such as: the Rondanini Museum, the Medal and Numistica Collection, the “Sala delle Asse” by Leonardo da Vinci, the drawing collection and engraving collection “Achille Bertarelli”.
SCALA THEATER OF MILAN (TEATRO ALLA SCALA)
The Scala Theater in Milan is one of the most important Opera theaters in the world and considered one of its most beautiful.
It is located in the town hall square next to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and the Duomo Square in Milan. The La Scala complex also has a museum with an extraordinary collection of paintings, sketches, statues and other documents related to the opera.
THE PINACOTECA BRERA
The Pinacoteca is the first museum in Milan and one of the most outstanding image galleries in the world as it houses some of the most prestigious selections of masterpieces of ancient and modern art, as well as sculptures by important Italian artists of the 20th century.
Among the artists of this gallery are: Gentile da Fabriano, Mantegna, Bellini, Tintoretto, Bramantino, Piero della Francesca and Raffaello Sanzio, Caravaggio and Tiepolo.
A few steps from our hotel is the Cathedralof Milan better known as the Duomo, a huge Gothic cathedral. The exterior of the Cathedral is covered in pink white marble and its top culminates with a myriad of pinnacles and towers crowned by statues that adorn the city.
THE LAST SUPPER
The Last Supper of Leonardo da Vinci (Cenacolo Vinciano) is one of the most famous paintings in the world.
Leonardo’s Last Supper is located in its original place, on the wall of the dining room of the former Dominican convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, exactly in the refectory of the convent and is one of the most celebratedand well-known artworks in the world.
This magnificent work of art has been seen by Leonardo’s contemporary artists as the “painting that speaks,” something that had never happened before it was painted.
GALLERIA VITTORIO EMANUELE II
The Galleria, built between 1865 and 1877 is formed by two arcades shaped like a Latin cross covered by a glass and iron dome.
The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, which is sometimes nicknamed “il salotto di Milano” (Milan’s living room), is an elegant nineteenth-century shopping arcade. It houses some of the most luxurious boutiques in Milan, including brands such as Prada, Gucci and Louis Vuitton, and many others.