Better known as a leading Italian accessory and fragrance brand, Bulgari expanded its reach to hotels in 2004, opening a property in Milan followed by another in Bali in 2006 and a London address in 2013. This London outpost is a lavish creation of unfathomable sums, poised in one of the swankiest parts of London—Knightsbridge. Although not as intimidating as some fashion hotels, this is definitely a place where one should sit, not slouch. Bulgari hired Sir Robert McAlpine’s construction company, creator of London’s Olympic Stadium for the 2012 Games, to level a tired-looking office building and create a hotel reaching six floors underground and nine floors overhead. In between lies every imaginable facility, including a two-floor spa with the largest private swimming pool in London, a cigar shop and humidor, a 47-seat cinema, a ballroom, boardroom, and business lounge. And of course, Bulgari’s trademark craftsmanship and quality is palpable throughout: markina marble, sapele mahogany, Vicenza stone, and green onyx all accent the space.
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Knightsbridge is where the wealthy go to play. Two of London's top department stores, Harrods and Harvey Nichols, are right on the doorstep, as are branches of Burberry, the Kooples, Louboutin, Armani, Chanel, and, of course, Bulgari. You're also adjacent to London's lovely Hyde Park and the galleries of South Kensington, including the K at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
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Rooms: 85 rooms, including 27 suites, plus three private residences. From $862. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Rivea fuses food from the French and Italian Riviera, and the restaurant’s nautical color scheme whisks guests to the Mediterranean. It’s a more informal sister to Alain Ducasse’s three-Michelin-starred restaurant at the Dorchester in Mayfair, with accessible set menus. Afternoon tea is served in the Lounge and drinks at the glamorous ground-floor Il Bar. Spa and gym details: Spread over two floors are 12 treatment rooms, a half-Olympic-sized swimming pool, a sauna and steam room, a Neville hair salon, and a new gentleman’s barber shop, complete with an old-fashioned chair. You can also arrange a personal training session or work out in the 24-hour gym.
Who's it for: Dedicated followers of fashion who want upscale outlets at the doorstep. Girls on a shopping break, and guys who like to look their best. Our favorite rooms: Room rates may be steep, but for that you get luxurious proportions. Even the “basic” Deluxe is a roomy 474 square feet—double that of most London hotels. All come with subtle hues, plump double beds, and Loewe TVs. Seven presidential-style Bulgari Suites, two with wraparound terraces, all feature vertiginous views. Don't forget: This is the official hotel partner to the nearby Royal Albert Hall, meaning that tickets to the resplendent Victoria concert hall can often be acquired at a moment’s notice.
Custom Bulgari furnishings and fabrics.
Freestanding baths and showers. Marquina marble and white glass.
LCD TVs. Media device connections. Complimentary wireless internet.
Views of Hyde Park and Knightsbridge.
The Bulgari Spa—renowned spa offering tailored treatments in the Asian and European traditions. 25 metre colonnaded swimming pool. 11 single spa treatment rooms. Steam rooms, saunas, and ice showers. Private spa suite available. Neville Hair and Beauty Salon.
II Bar—drinks and light food throughout the day; the early evening apertivo; and after dinner cocktails. Outside seating available in the summer.
Full gym and physical training center. On-site personal training team–Bodyism.
At Rivea London, Alain Ducasse's cuisine is inspired by the vibrant food markets of Italy and Provence. The Lounge serves light Italian cuisine as well as afternoon tea.
47 seat cinema. Cigar Shop and sampling lounge. Ballroom. Fast track airport arrival. Limousine service. Valet parking. Full Butler service.
Superior rooms are located on the higher floors and feature a King sized bed, intimate seating, a working area, and a large bathroom.
These rooms offer a king sized bed and spacious closet. The large bathroom features a black Marquina marble bathtub and separate shower.
These rooms offer two comfortable queen sized beds, a large seating area, and an over-sized bathroom.
The large living space in these suites feature sizable sofas and views over Knightsbridge. There is a king sized bed and junior Suites can be connected to further bedrooms.
The Suites features a 55" flat screen TV, Nespresso coffee machine, and complimentary wireless Internet. The seating area, with large sofas, can be connected to an adjoining room.
Occupying almost 80 square meters, the Deluxe Suites feature a separate living room, a dining area for 4 guests, and full Butler service.
Views over Knightsbridge and Hyde Park can be enjoyed from the 86 square meter Knightsbridge Suites. Rooms have detailed woodwork, black marble bathrooms, and subtle nautical designs. Round the clock butler service, a separate living, and dining area define the experience.
The Bulgari Suites
Offering between 160 to 220 square meters, the seven Bulgari Suites each provide two bedrooms with king size beds, a master bathroom with combined steam and shower room, and a kitchen. The generous living area and 10 guest dining room feature unique Bulgari contemporary furnishings. The Bulgari Suites are some of the largest in London providing a residential feel. Although they share the same interior design each has a unique layout, some with open gas fireplaces while two are enhanced by expansive terraces located on the 6th floor of the hotel.