I’m not telling you how happy I was to receive an invitation to test the brand new Bulgari hotel in Paris, a chain already known in the world of luxury hotels. My first feeling is “A mix of French and Italian style”.
The new Bulgari Paris hotel, located on avenue George V, has been open since December 2, 2021. You will find in this exceptional place the perfect blend of la dolce vita and la vie en rose.
Think of this state-of-the-art luxury hotel as the chic townhouse of your ever-stylish billionaire Italian friend you’ve always dreamed of having. Between artwork by Gio Ponti, pool mosaics inspired by Caracalla’s baths, and even the dozen or so iconic Italian pastries on offer, there’s more than a bit of Italy steeped in this Parisian hideaway.
While this hotel’s public spaces are reminiscent of the well-appointed home of a rich Milanese friend, the rooms and suites, numbering just 76, are the logical continuation of that idea, a space you’d be itching to plant yourself. after a lively dinner that lasts late into the night. But above all, they are a study in balance: elegant yet warm, with the right mix of beauty and efficiency. Rooms have either a view of Avenue George V or a quiet courtyard facing a school. One would think about the noise nuisance of the school however the soundproofing and blackout blinds are so good that you could stay in your room and never know there is a world outside. In the bedroom, a few touches of color enliven the space: an amethyst sofa from the Italian contemporary furniture line Maxalto, placed at the foot of the bed; brightly colored jewelry photographs from the Bulgari archives; a saffron-coloured leather headboard. But the palette is really a palette of light textures, like the sumptuous Vescom fabrics on the walls.
There are, of course, a few subtle nods to France and Paris in particular: an iconic parquet floors of the city’s apartments, while an etched window above the bathtub, which depicts Bulgari’s serpenti constellation pattern, uses the same technique as French glass design master “Lalique”. Speaking of the tub: I could have spent an eternity in mine, in the tub or in the shower before slipping into the most comfortable hotel bathrobe I’ve ever put on.
Some of my favorite features were the modern amenities like the Dyson hair dryer and an iPad that can control lights, temperature and TV, as well as order room service and even open the door, all from the bed, I tell you, this hotel is the future. There were also smaller touches – neatly folded USB cords left in the two bedside drawers, a sleek black adapter in a silky pouch on the desk, leather jewelry holders – which gave me the impression that ‘no detail had been overlooked, that everything had been thought out for the comfort of customers. It was the same combination of clean modernity and rich design that appeared in every other space in the hotel, and which I probably appreciated more than anything.
The restaurant and bar concepts were developed by the famous Italian chef Niko Romito and his partner Leonardo Zanini, icons of the Ritz Paris. Lunch at “Il Restaurante” (that’s the name of the restaurant) exceeded all my expectations: on my first afternoon there, I tried a light plate of thinly sliced raw fish served with mayonnaise; another day I tried the club sandwich with perfectly even and crispy layers. One evening, after coming home late from a show at the Crazy Horse cabaret which is next door to the hotel, I dove headfirst into a bowl of Romito’s spaghetti e pomodoro, it was divine. Regarding the bar, I particularly liked the Scognizzo, a slightly acidic drink made with tequila, artichoke syrup, kiwi extract and jalapeño essence, and covered with sparkling egg white, it can be a bit scary but it’s very good. In addition to the indoor dining area and seating in the living room, there is also a small Italian garden outside, paved with stones salvaged from the courtyard of a French chateau and fitted with wrought iron furniture. made in Provence – again, a seamless marriage of two cultures that is perfectly aesthetic. It’s easy to imagine spending a long summer night in this garden, chaining aperitifs with dinner.
The treasure of this hotel is the vast two-storey rooftop / penthouse suite, which offers a magnificent lush garden planted with fruit trees with a 360 degree view of the city. If you are lucky enough to book this penthouse even for one night, you will be able to see the Eiffel Tower, the Sacré-Coeur and the Grand Palais in one look. It is in my eyes, the most beautiful rooftop in Paris !
It would be almost criminal not to book an entire day at the Spa – so you can do your treatment (à la carte), but also enjoy each separate space, it can be the sauna, the hammam and one of the 2 swimming pools (yes because there is two swimming pools).
Located at -1, as soon as I entered the Spa I felt like I was in a secret and magical place. Angela, one of the lovely spa receptionists, greeted me and took me to the locker rooms – even the locker room is a beautiful space. I spent some time by the pool, a semi-Olympic pool lined with emerald and malachite mosaics that shone in the soft ambient light, followed by a short trip to the sauna, I was escorted to my treatment room where I was welcomed by Marcia the therapist. She had pulled information from the questionnaire I had submitted, which noted the areas I wanted her to focus her massage on, then she gave me an “energizing massage”, light pressure applied with a thin layer of oil. I almost fell asleep three times it was so well done. From start to finish, the experience was really relaxing.
This new Bulgari Paris hotel stands out as the obvious and new leader of the French and Italian luxury hotel in Paris. At the cutting edge of technology, here all the details count! Bulgari brings sexy modernism and warm Italian hospitality to one of Paris’ most exclusive and oldest neighborhoods.
Price – **** Between 1700€ and 30000€ the night
Book your room – https://www.bulgarihotels.com/fr_FR/paris
Place – 30 Avenue Georges V, 8e arr., 75008 Paris, France.
Contact – +01 81 72 10 00
Note finale – 20/20
▬ The Spa is sublime but in particular the swimming pools, there’s two them one for relaxing and one which is semi-olympic ,so very large, I also loved the “vitality” area with jacuzzi.
▬ The entire staff is very friendly and very caring for all customers..
▬ The Italian restaurant is to die for, the cuisine takes up Italian classics with an extremely technical approach and interesting combinations that will make you rediscover Italian cuisine.
▬ A very neat warm decoration.
▬ The price of the rooms is very expensive, however the services are up to the price, but on the other hand this hotel is accessible to a small category of people.