Milan's central landmark, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, opened its doors to the public in 1877. Italy's oldest active shopping gallery with its iconic iron-and-glass roof is an architectural masterpiece designed by Giuseppe Mengoni. In 2007 they decided to open a luxury hotel, initially named TownHouse Galleria. Today, it's called the Galleria Vik Milano, and it features 89 uniquely designed rooms and suites and showcases a collection of art that reflects Milan’s rich artistic heritage.
Galleria Vik's unique location opens up a new perspective in the Grande Dome – the visually striking octagon in the center of the building. Most suites have direct internal views of the Galleria via expansive windows and balconies. And it's not just the location that makes this hotel so special. A Geneva-based certification company, SGS, gave it a seven-star rating.
The rooms and suites are custom designed and decorated by over 40 international artists. Each room has its unique and unmistakable style. The walls are finished in stucco Veneziano, a luxurious Italian painting technique to make the surfaces pop. If you are not keen on the plain-white walls, you'll love this. The different color variations complement the suite's design, including the art pieces. Even the bathrooms feature art installations or some exceptional marbles.
Galleria Vik Milano is essentially one of the most exclusive museums in Milan. The hotel is jam-packed with hand-painted murals, frescos, and an Italian and international art collection. In addition, the antique and contemporary furniture is, of course, hand-selected.
Galleria Vittoria Emanuele II hosts an array of high-end fashion brands. Milan's admired landmarks and attractions are steps away when you are done shopping.