The Bulgari Hotel & Residences, London was recently inaugurated in the heart of central London’s Knightsbridge area. It is reportedly the first brand new luxury hotel build in London for 40 years.
The Bulgari Hotel and Residences, London, pays tribute to Bulgari’s silversmith origins and Britain’s manufacturing traditions with silver forming the underlying theme of the design. The architecture and interiors were designed by Antonio Citterio, Patricia Viel and Partners, coupling the Bulgari heritage with sustainable design features and technology. Many of the furnishings and textiles throughout the hotel and residences were made exclusively for Bulgari by Italian manufacturers.
The 85 rooms and suites feature detailing throughout, such as custom made silk curtains with patterns inspired by some of the classic Bulgari jewelry designs, and bedside table lamps inspired by Bulgari’s silver candlesticks. The silver theme continues right through the hotel and residences into the restaurant, bar with handcrafted Italian detailing such as two solid silver Bulgari chandeliers in the ballroom.
With its own entrance from Knightsbridge Green, Il Bar will be the heart of the hotel’s social scene. From Il Bar, a sweeping silver staircase guides guests down to Il Ristorante, which offers Italian cuisine and wine.
There is also a spa spread over two floors, crafted from onyx, teak and Vicenza stone. Highlights of the spa include 11 private treatment rooms and one double spa suite, replete with its own steam room, Jacuzzi and private treatment room; a 25-meter/82-foot swimming pool, created from Vicenza stone and featuring a green and gold mosaic; and a 150 square meter/1,614 square foot fitness area with a gym.
The Bulgari Hotel and Residences, London, celebrates its silver screen heritage with a 47-seat screening room, offering cinema-quality sound and vision; and an exclusively-curated library of more than 500 new and classic films. The screening room is also capable of hosting press events, advanced screening film premieres and private screenings.
The hotel’s business center includes two boardrooms and two private offices, as well as two private dining rooms and a ballroom with pre-function room that can cater for up to 136 guests.
The Bulgari Hotel and Residences, London’s sustainable methods were developed according to best practices in sustainable design set by BREEAM, the environmental assessment method for buildings. The hotel and residences feature such initiatives as an ecologically-designed “green roof” with bird and bat boxes, the sponsoring of electric car charging points within the vicinity of the hotel and residences, and energy conserving intelligent lighting. Geothermal energy has been integrated into the hotel building and is the first of its kind in the UK.