Bulgari Hotel in Milan, Italy

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Updated: August 5, 2020

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Review of Bulgari Hotel in Milan, Italy.

Bulgari Hotel – This private retreat in central Milan is arguably the city’s best hotel.

Although it sounds like it should be an oxymoron, Bulgari somehow manages to pull off unflashy, organic, and intimate opulence. Its color palette of neutrals, browns, and greens – along with enormous windows – allow the hotel to blend in with its spectacular gardens. The contemporary interiors of the renovated eighteenth-century palace give the place the intimate feeling of a boutique hotel, and the enormous grounds offer lots of space for relaxing. While Bulgari is inextricably linked to the fashion industry, those coming to Milan for other reasons will not feel out of place thanks to the friendly staff and convenient location in between Brera and the Quad, which allows an easy walk to most of the sights. And there’s also terrific on-site dining and impeccable service.

Bulgari Hotel – Location

  • Address: Via Privata Fratelli Gabba 7/B, Milan.
  • Nearest Metro: Montenapoleone. 3-minute walk (0.2 mile).
  • Area: Prime location between trendy Brera and the Quadrilatero d’Oro, Milan’s high-fashion shopping district. It’s just 2 blocks from the Metro station, a short walk to La Scala and the Duomo, and in the shade of the Botanical Gardens.
  • How to Get There: From Malpensa airport, it’s around 50 minutes (31 miles) by taxi. On public transport, get the bus to Central Station, from where it’s three stops on the M3 metro line and a 3-minute walk (0.2 mile). The whole trip will take about 90 minutes.
  • Handy to: Pinacoteca di Brera, Quadrilatero d’Oro, La Scala.

Bulgari Hotel – The Basics

  • Ages: All ages are allowed, though guests tend to be sightseeing couples or creatives on business trips. Bar is 18+.
  • View: Views of the gardens, Brera Botanical Gardens, a traditional courtyard, or the historic city center.
  • Kitchen: 24-hour bar and breakfast menu available from renowned chef Niko Romito.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: No private pools or jacuzzis.
  • Parking: The hotel has its own garage. €50 per day.
  • Wi-Fi: Free Wi-Fi throughout the property.
  • Extras: Several welcome drinks on arrival. Laptops provided in each room. Turndown service. Bulgari toiletries.
  • When to Book: Reserve 4-6 months in advance if you’re coming during fashion or design weeks (February, April, or September).
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +39 02 805 8051
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: bulgarihotels.com

Bulgari Hotel – Amenities

  • Pool: The serene pool is part of the spa.
  • Spa: Excellent spa with pool, sauna, steam, and fitness rooms. Treatments include personalized massages, La Mer facials, and beauty treatments. Open 7:30 am to 9 pm.
  • Fitness Center: Outstanding, with state-of-the-art machines (available 24 hours) and use of the pool, sauna, and steam room when the Spa is open. The Workshop Gymnasium offers holistic wellness and personal training programs. Open the same hours as the spa (7.30 am to 9 pm).
  • Laundry: Laundry services available at an extra cost. Most is done in-house within 24 hours.
  • For Families: Cribs are available upon request, but there are no other specific amenities offered for children.
  • For Disabled Guests: The hotel has an elevator and 2 wheelchair-friendly rooms: a Superior Room and a Deluxe Suite.
  • Activities: Concierge service can help guests book almost any activity. Special seasonal events – check the “What’s On” section of the website. Workshop Gymnasium offers unusual classes such as Water Barre.
  • Other Facilities: There’s almost an acre of garden to explore, with several areas to relax and enjoy meals and drinks, including the delightful Gazebo.

Bulgari Hotel – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant: Il Ristorante-Niko Romito offers a menu exclusively concocted by the eponymous Michelin 3-star chef of Reale fame. Modern gourmet haute cuisine designed to showcase the best of Italian food and flavors. Decor is classy black resin and wood paneling. Diners can also choose to eat at the bar, terrace, or in the pretty Gazebo. Lunch 12.30-2.30 pm, dinner 7.30-11 pm. $$$.
  • Lounge/Bar: Il Bar offers an intimidatingly huge list of wines, liquors, and cocktails, as well as loose-leaf teas. Its menu features meat and cheese boards, sandwiches, burgers, and a good selection of mains and desserts by Niko Romito – all available 24 hours. Bar is open until 1am, aperitivo 6-9 pm.
  • Breakfast: Included in some package deals via the hotel website. Available 24 hours. A la carte options range from €10-24, or choose a set Italian or dim sum breakfast for €37.
  • Room Service: Il Bar menu is available 24 hours.

Bulgari Hotel – Rooms

  • Room Types: Superior • Deluxe • Premium • Junior Suite • Deluxe Suite • Premium Suite • Bulgari Suite
  • Smoking Rooms: Smoking is allowed on the terraces, in the garden, and in the fumoir in the restaurant.
  • Best Room: The Bulgari Suite, which takes up the whole top floor (over 1,000 sq ft), offers unrivaled privacy and an enormous wrap-around furnished terrace (almost 1,000 sq ft) with views of the historic center and the Botanical Garden. There’s a living area that has a fireplace and fully stocked bookshelves, as well as a dining area, walk-in closet, and fully-stocked complimentary bar.
  • For Families: No family rooms, although some rooms are interconnected. The hotel can accommodate an extra bed in several of the rooms and suites (extra charge).

Bulgari Hotel – Local Transport

  • Walking: Milan’s center is surprisingly walkable. Most sights, including the Quadrilatero d’Oro, Duomo, and Sforza Castle are within a 10 to 15-minute walk. Within 35 minutes (2 miles), you can be in the Navigli Canal district, where much of the city’s nightlife is.
  • Metro and Bus: Milan’s Metro is very easy to navigate, with just 5 lines. The hotel is nearest to Montenapoleone station (0.2 mile, 3-minute walk), on the M3 (yellow) line, which snakes North-South via Central Station (known as Centrale FS). There are a good tram system and an excellent network of shared transport systems, including electric bikes, scooters, mopeds, and even cars that only need quick signup in an app.
  • Taxis, Uber, Lyft: City taxis are white and can be hailed from the street. Ubers are widely available.

Bulgari Hotel – What’s Nearby?

Recommended Nearby Tours

  • Fashion Tour – A well-established outfit (pun intended) with a mission to help you understand this fashion-obsessed town. The same company also runs perfume tours and offers personal shopping services. The classic tour starts in Via Montenapoleone. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
  • Segway Tours – You’ll see lots of people whizzing around on Segway tours; they allow you to cover more ground. Both Italy Segway Tours and Milan Segway Tours are equally reputable and offer alternatives such as night tours or canal tours. The meeting points for both companies are in Brera. 7-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • Free Walking Tour – Look out for the yellow umbrella in front of the Museo del Novecento (just by the Duomo) at 10 am every morning. An excellent free walking tour that takes in most of the main sights in 2-3 hours. It’s best to reserve your place online. 11-minute walk (0.6 mile).

Best Nearby Restaurants

    Many Milanese restaurants have good-value set menus for lunch. Dinner doesn’t usually start until at least 8 pm; go for an aperitivo first.

  • Seta – Outstanding Michelin 2-star contemporary Italian restaurant from Chef Antonio Guida in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Book ahead. Strict dress code. 5-minute walk (0.2 mile).
  • Il Salumaio di Montenapoleone – Prestigious deli-restaurant that has fed well-heeled shoppers in the Quad since 1957. 7-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • T’a Milano – A chocolate shop, bar, restaurant, and boutique – this place has it all. Try the award-winning white chocolate bar with caramel and Hawaiian sea salt. 9-minute walk (0.5 mile).
  • Cracco – A Michelin star, superb wine cellar (over 2,000 labels), cafe food, and haute cuisine, all in the Galleria. What’s not to love? 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).
  • Spazio – Run by pupils of Niko Romito (of the Michelin 3-starred Reale restaurant), this ‘space’ at the top of the Mercato del Duomo gives you a taste of excellence for a fraction of the price. 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).
  • Gino Sorbrillo – Italian mini-chain – with an international branch in NYC – serving reliably fantastic and inventive Neapolitan-style pizzas. 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).
  • Pasticceria Sant-Ambroeus – Refined and opulent patisserie-bar-restaurant. 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).

Best Nearby Cafes

  • Corsia del Giardino – Simple but elegant cafe – think high-class burgers and club sandwiches – tucked into a courtyard in the Quad. 5-minute walk (0.3 mile).
  • Pasticceria Cova – Another classic Milanese patisserie, opened in 1817, now owned by one of the big fashion houses – Louis Vuitton. Superb breakfasts and lunches. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • Luini – It’s worth braving the queues to get your hands on Luini’s authentic Pugliese panzerotti (empanada/pasty). A cheap and delicious fuel (or sweet treat) on the fly. 9-minute walk (0.5 mile).
  • Pasticceria Marchesi – Historic patisserie, now owned by Prada. Visit the original 1824 store on Via Santa Maria della Porta (0.8 mile, 15-minute walk), or the sumptuous green cafe above the Prada store in the Galleria (0.5 mile, 9-minute walk).

Best Nearby Bars and Breweries

    Milan’s version of the happy hour is the famous aperitivo: cocktails served with ‘free’ tapas-style appetizers. Every bar offers it in some form and is a great way to keep yourself going until dinner, which doesn’t usually start before 8 or 9 pm.

  • Armani Bamboo Bar – Where better to drink when shopping than at the Armani Hotel? Classy, cool, and spacious, with views over the Quad towards the Duomo. 5-minute walk (0.2 mile).
  • Terraza Aperol – Try-hard trendy bar owned by the eponymous and ubiquitous liquor brand of ‘spritz’ fame with a great terrace overlooking the main square. Enter through the Mercato del Duomo. 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).
  • Camparino – Camparino is a thoroughly Italian liquor whose inventor started this bar in 1867. Go for an evening Negroni or Americano aperitivo and drench yourself in Italian history and tradition. 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).
  • Bar Straf – Immensely popular hotel bar that locals love for its outdoor seating, good aperitivo buffet, and central location. 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).
  • N’Ombra de Vin – Historic wine cellar that has served everyone from Mozart to Napoleon over the years. One of Milan’s favorite restaurant-bars, specializing in rare wines and cured meats. 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).

Nearby Shopping & Cool Shops

  • Matia’s Fashion Outlet/DMAG – If you’re dismayed by designer prices, but can’t get out to one of the outlet villages, it might be worth seeking out one of the many outlet stores in town. Matia’s and DMAG each have several convenient central locations.
  • Pellini – Famous and fabulous costume jewelry. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
  • Pettinaroli – Historic luxury stationers for handmade paper and leather-bound notebooks. Also has a great selection of globes and antique maps. 5-minute walk (0.3 mile).
  • Quadrilatero d’Oro – The ‘golden quad’ refers to the 4 streets – Via Montenapoleone, Via Manzoni, Corso Venezia, and Via della Spiga – that bound some of the best designer shopping in the world. Everyone who’s anyone has a store here. 7-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II – As far as Milanese experiences go, strolling through the Galleria, which runs between La Scala and the Duomo, is a must. Find the worn spot in the mosaic floor where Italians spin around for good luck. Visit eminent Italian designers, have a pastry and an espresso at Pasticceria Marchesi (above Prada) or an aperitivo at Camparino, and simply soak in one of the world’s oldest malls. 7-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • Borsalino – Make like Humphrey Bogart and head for this luxury hat-maker, whose name has long been shorthand for a felt fedora. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • La Rinascente – One of the best and biggest department stores in the world. The top floor is a food court and deli selling the best Italian produce. Look out for money-off coupons on free tourist maps. 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).
  • Il Cirmolo – Vintage and retro curio emporium. An excellent selection of Disney collectibles, especially. 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).
  • Libreria Internazionale Hoepli – Big bookstore with a great selection of books in English and other languages. 11-minute walk (0.5 mile).

Nearby Attractions

    Milan’s museums have variable opening hours throughout the week and many will have reduced rates or free entry on certain days; it’s always worth checking their websites before heading out. It’s also a great idea to buy a Milano Card, starting at just €11 for unlimited access to some of the city’s top museums and attractions, as well as public transport.

  • Piazza della Scala – One of central Milan’s main squares, with a statue of Leonardo da Vinci and several sights of note: the Scala opera house and museum, one of the entrances to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping arcade (see shopping section), the important Gallerie d’Italia art gallery, and the tourist information office. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
  • Teatro alla Scala – The world’s most famous opera house, set in a beautiful plaza. If you can’t see a show, go on a tour via the adjacent museum. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
  • Gallerie d’Italia – In a historic stately home. Some of the best 19th-century Lombardian art, including by ground-breaking futurist Umberto Boccioni. Closed on Mondays, and open until 10:30 pm on Thursdays. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
  • Pinacoteca di Brera – Set in the traditional artists’ quarter of Brera in the 17th-century Palazzo Brera. Houses some of Italy’s most important works, including Rafael’s The Marriage of the Virgin. Closed Mondays. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • Duomo – Gothic cathedral whose construction started in 1386. Love it or loathe it, the cathedral is the heart of the city. The incredible views from the top over Milan, and as far as the Alps on clear days, are unmissable. 11-minute walk (0.5 mile).
  • Piazza del Duomo – The city’s main square, which features many of the main sights: the cathedral (Duomo), Museo del Novecento (modern art museum), Palazzo Real (Royal Palace), Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II (see shopping section above), and Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, one of the prime shopping thoroughfares which leads to the Quadrilatero d’Oro. 11-minute walk (0.5 mile).
  • Museo del Novecento – A huge collection of 20th-century Italian art, featuring a Guggenheim-like spiral ramp with great views over the main square and the Duomo. 11-minute walk (0.6 mile).
  • Palazzo Reale – Tour the royal palace to get to grips with the various rulers of this part of Italy, which has been held by the Spanish, French, Viscontis, Sforzas, Habsburgs, and others. 12-minute walk (0.6 mile).
  • Parco Sempione – A wonderful park that houses the Sforza Castle, Peace Arch (Arco della Pace), rolling gardens set around lakes, Triennale design museum, a cool viewing tower, and some great al fresco cafes and bars. 12-minute walk (0.6 mile).
  • Castello Sforzesco – Dramatic fort at the top of Via Dante, leading to Parco Sempione. Built by the all-powerful Visconti (later Sforza) family in the 1360s, it now houses several museums, including cool stuff for kids. Closed Mondays. 13-minute walk (0.7 mile).
  • The Last Supper at the Basilica di Santa Maria delle Grazie – One of Milan’s biggest draws. Book months ahead if you want to go as an individual or use a tour company like City Sightseeing, whose ticket price includes access to hop on-hop off bus tours. 26-minute walk/17 minutes on public transport (1.5 miles).

Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores

    Milan has around 100 specialty/local markets.

  • Peck – This is no ordinary deli, but a self-declared ‘temple of gastronomy’. The counters display all kinds of delicacies made on-site, the incredible wine cellar has over 3,000 wines and liquors, and the restaurant does an elegant lunch. 13-minute walk (0.7 mile).
  • Carrefour Express – Several outlets dotted around the city. The closest one isn’t far from the Duomo and is open 24 hours. 16-minute walk (0.8 mile).
  • Eataly – Three-story Italian food emporium with every gourmet and regional specialty food you could ever need. Features the Michelin-starred VIVA restaurant, as well as fantastic pizza and pasta cafes. Definitely worth the trip outside the center. 22-minute walk (1 mile) to the Smeraldo branch.

Bulgari Hotel – The Hotel

The hotel is in a private cul-de-sac.

The hotel has its own side road hidden down the end of a quiet, private cul-de-sac.

The hotel has an underground parking lot.

The hotel’s own parking garage – a rarity in busy Milan – is underground, just before you go through the main gates.

The hotel is designed tastefully.

The photographs remind you that this hotel is owned by one of the big fashion houses. Everything is designed to be calming and warm, from the color palette to the open fire.

The bar is flooded with natural light.

The enormous windows make taking a drink at the bar a delight during the day.

The restaurant features a tall ceiling and rich fabrics.

Rich fabrics and wood give the restaurant a cozy feel despite its soaring ceiling.

The gardens are exquisite.

It’s hard to believe you’re in the middle of one of the world’s most famous cities when sitting in the delightful terrace or exploring the gardens, designed to create a series of outdoor “rooms” from the foliage.

There is a pool, sauna, and steam room.

The pool with adjacent steam room and sauna is open to guests from 7:30-9 pm.

Rooms are tastefully decorated and well-equipped.

Rooms are deceptively simple; all are filled with light and all the amenities you’d need for a good night’s sleep. Pictured is a Premium Room.

Premium Suites have dining areas and complimentary bars.

The Premium Suites feature comfortable beds, terraces, and complimentary bars.

The Premium Suites are also very bug.

They offer a lot of living space, including dining areas.

The Bulgari Suite is enormous.

The Bulgari Suite has almost endless ways to relax, from the enormous living room to the almost 1,000 sqft furnished terrace.

The bathroom has a standalone bathtub.

It has a shower as well as a standalone tub with views in the bathroom.

The suite offers superb views of the city.

City views from the Bulgari Suite are unrivaled as it takes up the entire top floor of the hotel.

The gazebo is perfect for an al fresco dinner.

The Gazebo is one of the prettiest areas of the hotel – if the weather’s nice, it’s perfect for an al fresco dinner.

The spa decor is very relaxing.

The spa is very relaxing with the same greens and neutrals as the rest of the hotel.

There are several treatment rooms.

There are treatment rooms for singles and couples.

The jacuzzi is very inviting.

The jacuzzi is outside but protected from the elements.

The gym is well-equipped and open 24/7.

The Fitness Suite is open to guests 24 hours and is well-equipped.

Montenapoleone is the closest metro station.

The closest metro station is Montenapoleone on the famous shopping street in the Quadrilatero d’Oro.

The renowned Seta restaurant is close by.

One of the closest restaurants to the Bulgari also happens to be one of the best in the city – Seta – at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

The junction of Via Manzoni and Via Montenapoleone is always busy.

The junction of Via Manzoni and Via Montenapoleone is always buzzing with shoppers; it’s a great meeting place.

Bamboo Bar at the Armani Hotel is a must-visit.

On the same corner is the Armani Hotel with its elegant Bamboo Bar.

Borsalino is a great local hat maker.

Of course, you can find any international designer store you like in the Quad, but when in Milan, you must seek out the local classics like Borsalino.

Corsia del Giardino is a great lunch spot in the Quad.

If you need a lunch spot while shopping in the Quad, as it is known for short, Corsia del Giardino, hidden down a side street, is tasteful and relaxed.

Corso Vittorio Emanuele II is great for shopping.

If you walk the length of via Montenapoleone, you come out at San Babila, where Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, filled with the most popular international chain fashion stores, leads down to the Piazza del Duomo.

La Rinascente is one of the world's greatest department stores.

Just before you get to the Duomo, don’t miss La Rinascente, one of the world’s greatest department stores that sprawls over 8 floors. The food hall on the top floor is fantastic for gourmet gifts to take home.

The Duomo is magnificent with its intricate carvings.

The magnificent Duomo has great views from the top, but the outside itself is a work of art with hundreds of intricate carvings.

Museo del Novecento houses the Giacomo Arengario restaurant.

To the right of the Duomo is the Palazzo Reale and next to it is the Museo del Novecento, built in Mussolini’s Palazzo dell’Arengario. It’s outside here that an excellent free walking tour begins every day at 10 am and, on the top floor of the museum, is the very good Giacomo Arengario restaurant.

The Galleria is famous for its boutiques, bars, and restaurants.

A stroll through the Galleria is an unmissable Milan experience. Along with stores belonging to the biggest Italian fashion houses, the arcade also features classic bars and restaurants, as well as the tourist office.

Cracco in the Galleria is a great restaurant.

Don’t miss Camparino in Galleria for a classic spritz or Negroni and, a few doors along, try to get a reservation for Cracco.

Pasticceria Marchesi serves excellent coffee and sweet treats.

Go to the first floor Pasticceria Marchesi, above Prada, to people-watch with an espresso and sweet treat in hand.

Mercato del Duomo has a great selection of eateries.

Between the Galleria and La Rinascente is the Mercato del Duomo, a multi-storey food court that houses fast food and fine dining options and both, Spazio and the Aperol Terrazza.

Luini sells amazing panzerotti.

The small streets around the Galleria have a wealth of bars and takeout food options. Don’t miss the panzerotti (an Italian empanada) from Luini – worth the lines.

Straf Bar is very popular with locals.

Straf Bar, in the shadow of the Duomo, is a popular spot with locals for the aperitivo.

Hoepli is a great bookstore.

You’ll also find the superb Hoepli bookstore in the streets close to the Duomo – it has a huge selection of books in English, including new titles, as well as maps and guidebooks.

La Scala, Museo Teatrale alla Scala, and Gallerie d’Italia are on Piazza Scala.

It’s often tricky to get seats for La Scala, but not impossible. The box office is open during the day, as is the Museo Teatrale alla Scala next door. Via Verdi, to the right, leads back to Brera and the hotel. Also on the Piazza Scala is the Gallerie d’Italia.

Pinacoteca di Brera art gallery is in Brera.

The Bulgari is wedged between 2 neighborhoods: the Quad and Brera, the old artists’ quarter. Although it is now gentrified, it still has a lot of character with independent boutiques and cafes spilling onto the streets. In this picture, the Pinacoteca di Brera art gallery is the grand building on the left.

Pettinaroli & Figli is a superb stationery store.

A must for any stationery addict, Pettinaroli is one of the city’s oldest stores and one of its most beautiful.

Il Cirmolo is a fabulous curios store.

Il Cirmolo has a fascinating collection of fabulous junk and curios.

N’Ombra de Vin has a beautiful cellar.

N’Ombra de Vin has a fabulous vibe upstairs, but down in that cellar is where the magic – and wine – lives.

There are many museums inside Castello Sforzesco.

To the west of Brera lies the magnificent Castello Sforzesco and the Parco Sempione. The castle houses several museums and the park is great any time of day.

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