Bulgari Hotel Milan

Bulgari Hotel Milan
The garden at Bulgari Hotel Milan

Firstly, I love anything and everything Bulgari. To clarify, I don’t own any of their jewelry (at least not yet but maybe one day?), but I love ogling at their exquisite objects in store windows. The Bulgari Hotel Milan is one of the city’s most bona fide treasures and on a personal level, I find it truly special because  on some level, it makes the refined Bulgari brand accessible to me.

Yes, the Bulgari Hotel Milan serves one of the Milan’s most priciest aperitivos and top dollar coffees here, but that’s something I can splurge on every now and again and the ambiance and exclusivity more than compensates for the cost.  There is a level of exclusive associated with Bulgari so you can’t expect to sip a 6 euro spritz in the sprawling majestic garden. Then everyone would be here! As lovely as it is at night, for me you can’t beat breakfast al fresco in the garden on a gorgeous day. It’s more relaxed and leisurely than a typical Italian breakfast, and it’s one my favorite warm weather dining experiences.

The five star hotel is just as exquisite as its jewelry. Located in a converted 1930s building with 58 guest rooms, the Bulgari Hotel’s  true highlight to me is the private 14th century private garden. The rooms contain such as black opaque Zimbabwe marble, teak and oak, and the pampering spa treatments, many utilize products from the precious La Mer line.

But that’s not all: The ground floor boasts a top-notch gourmet restaurant with upscale Italian cuisine from chef Roberto Di Pinto. One of my absolute favorite things about the restaurant is Epicurea,  an international culinary festival curated by Di Pinto and renowned food curator Andrea Perino. It was inaugurated in 2013 and is comprised of a series of seven guest chef dinners cooked by some of the world’s top culinary talent at the hotel.

(Via Privata Fratelli Gabba, 7B; + 39 02 805 8051; website)

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