Concierge.com's insider take:
When luxury jeweler Bulgari went into the hotel business, it did so in style, partnering with Ritz-Carlton and opening this discreet exercise in contemporary urban charm in a large town house a short walk from the fashion district. It's the unmatchable location that is the first X factor: The hotel stands at the end of a private, gated cul-de-sac. The second is the hotel's garden, which merges visually with the city's ancient botanical gardens behind. And the third is the interior, which architect Antonio Citterio has turned into what feels like a contemporary gentleman's club that combines minimalism with luxury, largely thanks to the use of rich natural materials. The 58 rooms and suites, suitably subdued in their buffs, creams, and browns, have solid teak balconies (many with garden views), dark oak floors, and oversize polished black Zimbabwe marble and pale travertine bathrooms. The suites are big enough for serious entertaining or business meetings; some of the starter-level superior rooms, on the other hand, are a little cramped. Open since May 2004, the Bulgari has been stealing customers from the old standards (such as the Grand Hotel et de Milan and the Principe di Savoia) with its impeccable service and location—and the added bonus of the downstairs spa, a cool, Milanese Zen haven with a gold mosaic pool and green-glass hammam. The restaurant is by no means a mere style exercise: Young Sardinian chef Elio Sironi's light, seafood-oriented Mediterranean cuisine attracts plenty of non-hotel customers, and the Sunday buffet brunch is currently the hottest ticket in Milan.
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:The first hotel from the luxury brand Bulgari is pulling the pretty people into its orbit, and it's easy to see why: a sleek but welcoming feel, acres of teak and black marble, flat-screen TVs, bedspreads that swallow you up like plush quicksand, and luxurious shower stalls the size of many a lesser hotel's standard double. Tucked away on a private drive adjacent to a botanical garden and just steps off the Italian-fashion-label mecca of the Villa Montenapoleone, the 58-room Bulgari manages the trick of being trendy and tranquil at the same time. For absolute escapism, retreat to the hotel's placid subterranean spa, replete with an indoor pool and a hammam.2005 Hot List
When to go: During the fashion shows (late Feb.early March and late Sept.early Oct.), for the ne plus ultra in people-watching.
Which room to book: Any overlooking the garden
Amenities: Bar/lounge, Gym, Pool, Spa, 24-hour Room Service, Wheelchair-accessibleSubscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›