Galleria Vik Milano: An Art Gallery You Can Sleep In

Mon, 03/13/2023 - 07:00
Schifano room at Galleria Vik Milano
Schifano room at Galleria Vik Milano

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Why we love it

Aside from its location inside Milan’s Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, what makes this hotel one-of-a-kind is its impressive collection of contemporary art. 

What to expect

From the moment you enter Galleria Vik Milano, you're greeted by wall-to-wall murals and a massive sculpture of the Thinker. Just about every inch of the property is covered in art, from the hallways to the rooms and suites. There’s even a photo booth where you can take souvenir photos of yourself superimposed on Milanese backgrounds.

The hotel is best suited to guests who want to spend most of their time out and about — the lobby is small and there’s not much public space to hang out in.


Mori Room Galleria Vik Milano
Lounge room at Galleria Vik Milano

Run by Alex and Carrie Vik, who also own a few hotels in Uruguay and Chile, Vik Retreats are known for their emphasis on contemporary art. This is their first hotel in Europe. True to the brand, it feels like an art gallery with rooms you can sleep in.

Location, location, location

If you want to stay in the center of Milan, this location is hard to beat. The Duomo is just steps away and other sights, like La Scala, are within easy reach. Many rooms have a view of the beautiful Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

Where you'll sleep

Room at Galleria Vik Milano
Room at Galleria Vik Milano

Each of the hotel’s 89 rooms (and bathrooms) was individually designed in collaboration with an artist, so no two rooms are alike. It’s certainly a memorable experience to wake up and walk out onto a little balcony to admire the Galleria without the crowds, but those interior-facing rooms can be a bit dark, so if you want natural light, ask for a street-facing room. Rooms lack TVs and phones. If you need something, you can communicate with the staff via WhatsApp.

Dining and drinks

Pellico Otto Restaurant at Galleria Vik Milano
Vik Pellico Otto at Galleria Vik Hotel

There are two restaurants, Vik Pellico Otto and i Dodici Gatti pizzeria, but during my stay I only ate breakfast at the hotel. Breakfast is served in the main restaurant that overlooks the Galleria and is filled with rotating exhibitions of contemporary art. There are hot and cold options, including frothy cappuccinos and eggs made to order. For lunch, the menu sticks to classics like Caesar salads and club sandwiches, while at dinner the chef gets a bit more creative.

Service notes

Interiors Galleria Vik Milano
Interiors at Galleria Vik Milano

During my stay, service was a bit inconsistent. There was some confusion over the parking situation. My husband and I got fined for driving inside the ZTL (limited traffic zone) in which the hotel is located, even though the doorman told us he would register our car for a temporary authorization. 

Accessibility notes

The hotel has an elevator, along with ADA-friendly rooms and bathrooms. 

Features & amenities

  • City setting
  • Restaurant
  • Free WiFi
  • Parking (paid)
  • Pets allowed
  • Family-friendly


Galleria Vik Milano

Via Silvio Pellico, 8, Milan
+39 0289058297