the place to see for the Milanese aperitif

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(Hotel Bvlgari Milano)

A magnet for designers, models and stars of Milan Fashion Week, the Bvlgari Hotel Milano is where Bella Hadid hangs out between parties and shows.

Where is it?

Tucked away in the cobbled streets of Milan’s historic Brera district, with its own private driveway and serene botanical garden, the hotel is a lush oasis that offers great discretion to its many VIP guests.

Steps from the fashion district – Via Montenapoleone, La Scala opera house and the Duomo are all within touching distance – and next to the Botanical Gardens, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more prestigious address in Italy’s fashion capital. fashion.

    (Hotel Bulgari Milano)

(Hotel Bulgari Milano)

Style

Glamorous, smooth and minimalist. Housed in an 18th century Milanese palace completely renovated with a modern and (very) neat finish, Bvlgari Milano is the original of the group’s hotels, and the most emblematic. The palette is simple, mostly black, brown, and cream, with Zimbabwean marble and hints of teak and oak. Stacks of art and fashion-themed books sit on low tables in the living room where a fire roars and Bulgari jewelry sketches adorn the bedroom walls.

Service is taken seriously here, customers can call on the staff for everything from personal training, personal shopping, luxury car rentals, Tesla charging, packing, unpacking and, well, safe, in-room check-in, for VIPs who don’t wish to cause a commotion.

    (Hotel Bulgari Milano)

(Hotel Bulgari Milano)

What piece?

Why have one bathroom when you can have three? This was probably the idea behind the design of our junior suite, which included private elevator access, walk-in closet, sitting area and bathroom. Bath time quickly became a decadent affair, with an entire room dedicated to a large granite tub and separate rain shower. Next to it were restrooms and a large hair and make-up station, joined by a basin room with sinks for her and countless Bvlgari-themed amenities, including incense and salts. bath, as well as many thoughtful extras, such as yoga mats and dumbbells for wellness enthusiasts.

Our gigantic bed smelled like it had been sprayed with Bulgari perfume, and I’m sure it was. Each of the 61 rooms and suites is complete with floor-to-ceiling windows with Juliet balconies overlooking the hotel’s garden or Milanese courtyard — ours had two, and we made it a ritual to enjoy a pre-dinner drink listening to the -the crowd makes an entrance below.

The bustling garden is the place to go for aperitivo (Bvlgari Hotel Milano)

The bustling garden is the place to go for aperitivo (Bvlgari Hotel Milano)

food drink

The Bvlgari Milano and its buzzing garden are the perfect place to indulge in the Milanese tradition of the aperitif. At 6 p.m., Bentleys, Aston Martins and Ferraris can be heard purring as celebrities descend on the hotel for cocktails and aperitifs. The people-watching alone is worth the trip, as is the Milano, a potent blend of pisco, bitters, spices and clarified lemon, topped with a saffron mousse.

Three-star chef Niko Romito has mastered contemporary yet refined Italian cuisine at Il Ristorante for fine dining. The tasting menu with wine pairing is well worth the investment – you are at Bvlgari after all – we were treated to a grand tour of all regions of Italy with the amazing Antipasto all’Italiana’ for starters, which is served with lots of its famous artisan bread fresh out of the oven. We sampled spaghetti with lobster and giant red prawns and tried to finish the traditional Milanese veal, finished with a melt-in-your-mouth tiramisu.

By day, the garden buzzes as well-heeled Milanese hold business meetings in sharp suits, while others gather for the famous Bvlgari brunch, and guests can enjoy detoxifying breakfast juices if you like. did too much the night before.

The spa

    (Hotel Bvlgari Milano)

(Hotel Bvlgari Milano)

Bvlgari does spas very well, and the Milano is no exception. Featuring a shimmering gold-tiled pool and sauna, the jewel in its crown is a massive open-air hot tub that overlooks the lush greenery of the garden, and we enjoyed it to ourselves. Rejuvenating facials, massages, and body treatments are offered to soothe weary guests after a busy schedule in the city.

    (Hotel Bvlgari Milano)

(Hotel Bvlgari Milano)

Best for

Want to live like a fashionista for the day? This iconic hotel is the perfect base for a weekend of aperitivo, designer shopping and people-watching in one of Italy’s most underrated cities.

Stay at the Bvlgari Hotel Milan in a superior room from €950 per night. To book, visit bulgarihotels.com or call +39 02 805 805

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