Silver is the underlying theme of the newly opened Bulgari Hotel & Residences in London, in tribute to the luxury Italian brand's silversmith origins.
The 85-bedroom new-build hotel in Knightsbridge, which is operated by Marriott, features silk curtains with patterns inspired by classic Bulgari jewellery designs, bedside lamps resembling silver candlesticks and two solid-silver chandeliers in the ballroom. Interiors were designed by Antonio Citterio, Patricia Viel and Partners.
Among the key facilities is the 59-seat Il Bar with a sweeping silver staircase leading to the 80-seat Il Ristorante, featuring the food of Robbie Pepin. Until recently, Pepin, who is of Scottish and Italian ancestry, was the opening chef at Alain Ducasse's Italian restaurant, La Trattoria, in Monaco. He previously worked in London at Aubergine and the Oak Room.
The hotel's two-storey spa - crafted from onyx, teak and Vicenza stone, features 11 treatment rooms and one double spa suite, a 25m swimming pool and 150sq m fitness gym. A 47-seat screening room will be used for press events and advanced screening of film premieres.
Environmental credentials of the property have been developed according to best practices in sustainable design set by BREEAM, the environmental assessment method of buildings. It includes bird and bat boxes on the roof, the sponsoring of electric car charging points and energy conserving intelligent lighting. The geothermal energy system is believed to be the first of its kind in the UK.
The London property is the third hotel to be opened by Bulgari - which has 295 retails stores worldwide - alongside hotels in Bali and Milan.
By Janet Harmer
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