LOOK: Lights Glimmer in Paris for the Grand Debut of the Bulgari Hotel
The first-ever Bulgari hotel in Paris offers a convincing blend of Italian and French styles, made even more beautiful with the stunning view of the Eiffel Tower
The scenic views of Paris never fail to mesmerise; this year, another architectural wonder has sprouted in the area—the Bulgari Hotel.
The story begins with a modern building at the junction of Avenue George V and the Rue Pierre Charron; a building the hotel architects describe as "improbable". It is of this duality between bourgeois elegance and bohemian invention that the Bulgari Hotel Paris was born.
Extending window openings to cover two floors is a clear reference to the aristocratic palaces famously designed by Andrea Palladio during the Italian Renaissance. The pleasing visual balance of the façade bears a clear family resemblance to the Bulgari Hotels in London, Milan, and Beijing.
In this article, Tatler gives you a sneak peek of your next favourite dwelling in Paris.
The Bulgari Paris Hotel Reception Area
Guests will immediately be delighted by the tall, leather-trimmed reception and concierge desks of the new Bulgari hotel. The large glass and copper mesh screen, a signature piece designed by renowned Italian architect Antonio Citterio, wrap the place in a soothing glow.
Linking the vestibule, reception, and lounge, are the enormous doors crafted in figured eucalyptus which were installed using the gommalacca technique beloved of Italian cabinet makers in the 1930s. This heritage technique creates a luxurious sheen on the honey-coloured wood, which in turn adds a further level of richness to this sensory experience.
Inspired by the design of a Bulgari clutch, the lines of the ceiling speak to those of the Italian walnut floor to create a subtle puzzle and mirror effect. The shimmer and sheen of the rose gold and yellow silk carpet by Altai of Milan echo those of the polished eucalyptus doors.
Special attention has been focused on the ruby red, ivory, jade green, and malachite fabrics that contrast with the very simple lines of the brushed metal Atollo lamps and the delicate interlacing of the Pinecone lights by Fontana Arte.
This piece is still a current design for the company founded in 1932 by Gio Ponti and Luigi Fontana, two legendary names of Italian design. Now nearly a hundred years old, it still retains its elegance and incredible modernity.
The Bulgari bar is the best place to meet with your friends or colleagues. It embodies the elegance of the Maison through the black granite floor and high-gloss ceiling. The taste for dark colours continues onto the walls with their lacquer finish created by the Paris studio Midavaine. Not to be missed are the deep armchairs, the white-piped purple cushions, and the wall of star-studded vintage-effect mirrors all make their own distinctive contribution to the bar’s sophisticated atmosphere.
The menu has been curated by barman Leonardo Zanini, who infuses the great classics of transalpine cocktail culture—Negroni, Bellini, Amaretto Sour—as well as offering artisan vermouths, vodkas and gins from independent Italian producers.
The timeless Bulgari Cocktail, Martini, Bloody Mary and Moscow Mule are, of course, perfectly prepared here with the extra touch of soul so typical of Bulgari spirit, but this bar goes further to offer cocktails based on grappa, a liqueur from the north of Italy that is still something of a specialty, as well as infusions and preparations based on fresh fruit, including juices prepared by chef Niko Romito.
As the Roman High Jeweller, Bulgari understands the important role that spas and water played in ancient Rome. The combination of this heritage and the culture of luxury allows Bulgari to promise its clients a unique experience in surroundings that offer innovative, bespoke treatments focused entirely on inner and physical well-being, relaxation and sport.
In Paris, this philosophy is delivered in an exceptional 1,300 square metre space on two levels and open to hotel residents and local clients. Expertly designed to help clients revitalise, recover from jet lag, swim, enjoy a massage, and receive exceptional care treatments, the Bulgari Hotel Paris Spa features its own hair salon and is the new must-visit Paris address for well-being and beauty in a setting totally devoted to personal care.
The Bulgari hotel in Paris has 76 rooms and suites that guests can reach through three different elevators polished with eucalyptus panels. Ranging in floor area from 42 square metres to 400 square metres (plus 600 square metres of garden for the Bulgari Penthouse), most rooms have a private loggia overlooking the internal garden or a balcony with views over the Avenue George V.
The light colours used for the walls showcase the chromatic palette of the furniture with its shades of hazelnut and coffee, and the rich Dedar fabrics in garnet, amethyst and gilded topaz. The uniquely comfortable bedding boasts linen by Rivolta Carmignani and cashmere blankets by Enzo degli Angiuoni.
The books, photographs, and art pieces by Gio Ponti give each room and suite the intimate character of a delightful private apartment. Bulgari saffron headboards and footboards add warmth, while bedside lamps inspired by Bulgari silver candlesticks and sliding doors of metal mesh laminated between glass contrast with the golden brown colour of the fabric-covered walls of the dressing rooms, some of which have a twin-mirrored dressing table.