Set in a renovated 18th-century Milanese palazzo on a private street close to milan?context=keyword&keyword_text=Via+Montenapoleone&location_text=Milan">Via Montenapoleone, the Bulgari is one of Milan’s most distinguished residences. The hotel’s enormous private garden dates back to the 14th century, and the interior is awash in sophisticated materials like African black marble, Italian stone, and teak. In short, the place oozes class. The rooms—designed by the architectural studio Antonio Citterio, Patricia Viel and Partner—are tasteful, modern, and surprisingly adventurous. Located along dimly-lit corridors, the rooms come in various color schemes and feature an array of designer furnishings and conveniences, including not one but two plasma screens, Tivoli radios, and exclusive Bulgari bathroom products. Balconies overlook the surrounding villas, and gardens have been redesigned by landscape architect Sophie Agata Ambroise and feature patio furniture and a dedicated bar service. The Bulgari gardens serve as a natural extension of the nearby Botanical Garden and provide private relaxation amid Milano's bustle. The hotel also has a high-end restaurant and bar, and a comprehensive spa. All guests get access to a personal shopper, personal trainer, luxury car rental, and even assistance with packing and unpacking. In addition, the concierge can arrange everything from hydroplane trips around Lake Como to personal shopping excursions around Italy by private plane, limousine, or yacht.
Rooms: 58 rooms, from $690. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The luxurious Il Ristorante serves innovative interpretations of tradition Italian food, alongside more than 500 carefully curated vintages of wine and champagne. The adjacent, oval-shaped Il Bar is similarly elegant, featuring a striking glass wall that opens onto a private garden; the bar serves excellent aperitivi and savory bites, and it’s possible to order anything from the restaurant menu, too. Spa and gym details: The basement spa, renovated in 2014 to mark the hotel’s 10th anniversary, has a golden mosaic pool, emerald-green glass walls, and every treatment imaginable courtesy of luxury brand La Mer. There’s a sumptuous couples treatment room, sauna, and an outdoor Jacuzzi. A Gentlemen’s Studio features a grooming menu designed especially for men, and there’s a fitness area that comes with state-of-the-art equipment and a dedicated personal trainer.
Who it’s for: Those seeking the ultimate in exclusive luxury; anyone who loves gardens. Our favorite rooms: The Bulgari suite has a wraparound terrace with sweeping views of Milan, a bathtub carved from a single block of Brera stone, and a library featuring a differently themed collection of books in each compartment. For foodies: The hotel hosts its very own multi-month food festival, Epicurea, which showcases the cooking of internationally renowned chefs such as Rene Redzepi.