A fashionable boutique hotel in Milan
47 Rooms / 11 Suites
When historic Italian jeweler Bulgari expanded into hospitality in 2004, it chose Milan as of the city to behold its vision for a five-story boutique hotel, where under a clean, black-and-white marble facade with black granite eaves and dyed oak frames, privacy is golden and opulence is at every turn. Crowned by a private 43,000-square-foot terraced garden — a rare commodity in downtown — Bulgari Hotel Milan is tucked away on a private cul-de-sac steps from Via Montenapoleone’s luxury shopping quarters. It is far from sleepy, though — fashionable patrons continue to populate the buzzy bar and restaurant. For the hotel’s 10th anniversary, Italian architect and design team Citterio-Viel and Partners renovated all aesthetic aspects of the luxury hotel, from facade to foundation. Clad in rich natural materials, the contemporary interiors play to the strengths of the made-in-Italy design and craftsmanship.
Bulgari is a high-fashion jeweler and it shows in the every inch of the hotel, especially guest rooms. The 58 rooms are rendered in black Zimbabwe marble, Burmese teak and graphite-dyed, bleached oak, which all complement sleek new furniture from Antonio Citterio and B&B Italia. Cream-colored linen wallpaper balances luxurious drapes by Enzo degli Angiuoni and rugs by Altai.
Superior, Deluxe and Premium accommodations all come with bathrooms with black granite tubs and white Navona travertine basins and showers. Deluxe and Premium rooms have walk-in closets plus garden or courtyard views. Two Premium Suites provide garden vistas from their 645-square-foot terraces. The private top floor is where you’ll find the fine Bulgari Suite, which has a 969-square-foot, wrap-around terrace, a living room with a Brera stone fireplace, a library and a bathtub carved from a single block of Turkish Bihara stone.
The subterranean Bulgari Hotel Spa is a lavish place to restore your equilibrium while staying in busy Milan. The main hall's rectangular swimming pool is tiled in gold and emerald Vicenza mosaics. Nearby, you’ll encounter a new sauna and Turkish bath wrapped in green-tinted glass panes and furnished with Aphyon stone bench seats. An open-air lounge area has a four-person Jacuzzi and an intimate yoga pavilion. In five private rooms (including a couples suite with its own sauna), modern treatments use beauty products from La Mer, organic brand Amala and a men’s line from Sothys. Favorite treatments include the La Mer Bulgari 80-minute facial, the four-hand massage administered by two therapists, and an 80-minute Balinese hot stone massage that includes a welcoming foot ritual and a warm oil massage.
The fitness center is lit by diffused, paneled lighting and boasts stylish, sleek Technogym and Citterio cardio and strength machines, such as a Kinesis rack, treadmills, ellipticals, exercise bikes, wellness tools and weights.
At Il Ristorante, Neapolitan chef Roberto Di Pinto reinterprets traditional Italian staples such as the popular spaghetti al pomodoro with piennolo tomatoes from Vesuvius, goat cheese and lemon peel.
The space itself, as expected, is sleek and stunning. The restaurant's convex ceiling arches over a black resin terrace with elegant outdoor seating, abutting the rectangular garden — a monastery vegetable patch in its former incarnation that now blossoms with horse chestnut, white wisteria, camellias and magnolias.
Over slate pavers, the Dom Pérignon Lounge & Raw Bar hosts up to 50 guests for aperitivo (a pre-meal drink and snack that’s a popular practice in Italy) and dinner, with champagnes and a raw menu. Aperitivo can be taken at the bar or the lobby lounge anchored by a 15-ton, black Zimbabwe marble fireplace. Try the legendary Bulgari Cocktail, which features gin, aperol as well as fresh orange, pineapple and lime juices. Additional spirits, wines, herbal teas and infusions complement a small bar menu ranging from salads to hamburgers.