Headed for a European river cruise? Spend a couple of nights in the City of Light with the opening of the stunning Bulgari Hotel Paris.
Marking the seventh hotel in the collection, the new Bulgari property has opened on Avenue George V in the heart of the French capital, combining Italian hospitality with the glittering heritage of Bulgari and the glamour of Paris.
The hotel’s architecture by Italian studio Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel, in collaboration with French architectural firm Valode & Pistre, creates a sophisticated dialogue of cultures. Two-story bay windows evoke the aristocratic palaces designed by Andrea Palladio during the Italian Renaissance, while the stone facade references Paris architecture.
The 76 rooms and suites embody the spirit of sophistication and comfort that characterize all Bulgari hotels. Books, photographs, and artworks by Gio Ponti impart the intimate feel of a private apartment to the rooms, which all share an impeccable focus on detail. Bathrooms are highlighted by the Bulgari Serpenti Constellation motif engraved on glass artworks, using the technique developed by crystal design master René Lalique.
The crown jewel in this exceptional setting is the Bulgari Penthouse, where an extraordinary rooftop garden landscaped with Mediterranean plants and fruit trees offers a panoramic view of the French capital’s famous monuments.
The pleasures of the palate are equally exquisite at the hotel. Il Ristorante, the gourmet restaurant helmed by three-star chef Niko Romito, is discreetly hidden in a private garden. The chef has revisited traditional Italian cuisine with an emphasis on essential ingredients. In addition to a terrace, the restaurant has a private dining room for intimate dining.
Evenings continue in the warm and sophisticated atmosphere of the Bulgari Bar, where the light from the back-lit onyx bar brings the black lacquered walls to life, and guests were treated with a private concert by Carla Bruni, one of the iconic ambassadors of Bulgari whose deep-rooted Italian-French heritage echoes the same values of excellence, creativity, beauty and shared emotions of the Maison.
The new hotel’s spa is a celebration of ancient Rome. There are two pools – including a 25-meter semi-Olympic pool – lined with stunning mosaics and designs that evoke the Carcalla baths of ancient Rome (which also served as inspiration for the Bulgari Divas’ Dream jewelry collection). The fitness space boasts state-of-the-art equipment and technology, while a beauty and hair salon propose an indulgent interlude of well-being.
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