Sleek style in London's Knightsbridge
85 Rooms / 22 Suites
Everything about Bulgari Hotel, London exudes refined glamour and sophistication, from seductive public spaces designed by world-renowned architects and decorated with vintage Bulgari regalia, to its prime location in the heart of fashionable Knightsbridge. Here in London’s poshest neighborhood a veritable labyrinth of upscale shopping possibilities awaits, be it scores of smart boutiques or the famed Harvey Nichols and Harrods department stores. It’s no surprise, then, that Bulgari chose this exclusive enclave for its swanky Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel, which opened in May 2012 on the fringes of Hyde Park.
Modern comforts mingle with Bulgari’s timeless style and elegance in this luxury London hotel’s 85 contemporary guest rooms and suites, each of which includes a Nespresso coffee machine, 42-inch television and gorgeous leather-bound travel-trunk-cum-minibar stocked with high-quality goodies like Alain Ducasse chocolates and Bulgari candies. Cushioned headboards and damask silk curtains bear embroidery reminiscent of the brand’s exquisite jewelry, while spacious black-marble bathrooms feature Hansgrohe and Villeroy & Boch appointments and opulent Bulgari bath products.
Book one of the palatial Bulgari Suites to splash out in serious style: These stunning two-bedroom accommodations include a fully equipped kitchen, a 10-seat dining room, bathroom steam facilities and much more.
Under the direction of acclaimed French-born chef Alain Ducasse, executive chef Alexandre Nicolas heads the kitchen of Rivea London, the signature fine-dining restaurant of the London hotel. Set in a sweeping lower-level dining room conceived by powerhouse Italian designers Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners — the firm has partnered with Bulgari on properties around the world — Rivea wows with menus centered on the vibrant flavors and seasonal ingredients of the French Riviera. Savory dishes like red mullet with confit tomatoes, as well as herb pasta with goat’s curd and asparagus, are just a few of chef Nicolas’s specialties not to be missed.
Bulgari London’s stylish Il Bar, with its chic titanium ceilings, black granite floor and comely bar fashioned from hammered metal, is perfect for a pre-dinner cocktail or nightcap — assuming you can get a seat, of course. A popular spot to see and be seen for visitors and locals alike, Il Bar stands out for its exceptional champagne list and impressive range of cocktails (try the Au the Vert, a perfumed gin-based cocktail with oakmoss, orange blossom, citrus and jasmine tea that was inspired by the original Bulgari fragrance).
For a bit of pampering, head to the Knightsbridge hotel’s Bulgari Spa, a 22,000-square-foot oasis — one of the largest in central London — sprawling across two floors. Composed of 11 beautiful treatment rooms and one suite, the luxury spa offers an excellent range of services that includes massages, facials, wraps and hair styling. Want a truly indulgent experience? Schedule a four-hands massage — that’s right, two expert therapists working out your aches and pains simultaneously — followed by a caviar or 24-karat gold facial. Enjoy access to the spa’s cutting-edge Workshop fitness center (founded by heralded personal trainer Lee Mullins, the program gives you an assessment and then an individualized plan for effective exercise, nutrition and supplements), 82-foot-long indoor swimming pool with sexy cabanas and a vitality pool tiled with a gold leaf mosaic.
If you want something a bit more hedonistic, visit the hotel’s Edward Sahakian Cigar Shop to pick up one of the hard-to-find Havanas. Then light it up while relaxing on a brown leather couch in the wood-paneled Sampling Lounge.
Film buffs will love Bulgari London’s Screening Room, a private, state-of-the-art theater with space for up to 47 moviegoers. Book the cinema in advance and choose your favorite film from a library with more than 200 thoughtfully selected titles. Gourmet munchies and adult beverages can be arranged too, of course.