The Best New Hotel Room in Paris?
The Penthouse at the new Bvlgari Hotel Paris
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The Plaza-Athénée, the Four Seasons George V, The Peninsula: Paris has no shortage of beautiful hotels with sensational suites. But the opening last month of the 76-room Bvlgari Hotel Paris has raised the bar. The latest outpost from the Italian fashion brand has what just might be the most impressive suite in the city yet.
Crowning the top of the hotel, which is surrounded by designer shopping in Paris’s exclusive 8th arrondissement, the two-storied Bvlgari Penthouse isn’t just large and luxurious. It comes with an ultra-rare Parisian asset: 600 square metres of terrace space and 360-degree views of the city.
The bedroom is a showstopper in its own right. Like most of the Penthouse, it’s lined with floor-to-ceiling windows and overlooks the Eiffel Tower.
But this bedroom is only the beginning of the Penthouse’s charms.
There’s a spacious private dining room featuring a spectacular gold and glass chandelier by Murano’s Barovier & Toso and an antique carpet hand-woven in Anatolia. Meanwhile, two kitchens and a bar can be catered by in-house Bvlgari chefs so you needn’t lift a finger.
The attention to detail throughout is superb, with furnishings meticulously crafted to the highest standard. A bright lounge space is lined with leather bookcases, as well as vases by Gio Ponti. One of the multiple bathrooms, meanwhile, is clad entirely in bookmatched Arbescato marble, with a bathtub and wash basin crafted from huge single slabs of stone.
There’s even a high-tech private gym from chic fitness brand Workshop, complete with a terrace overlooking Sacré-Coeur. Digital workouts are on tap through Mirror – a full-sized digital mirror training device – so you can have a private sweat session that’s fully socially distanced.
The pièce de résistance, however, is the rooftop terrace.
Scale a spectacular staircase from the dining room and you’ll emerge to a completely private rooftop garden with 360-degree views over the city. Planted with fruit trees – apple, pear, redcurrant – as wells as oak and magnolia, it’s a floating oasis high above the rush of the streets, perfect for morning yoga sessions or romantic dinners overlooking the sparkling Eiffel Tower.
While you won’t ever want to leave this suite, the Bvlgari has plenty to entice you to do so. The ground floor restaurant dishes up immaculate Italian pastas from chef Niko Romito, whose Reale restaurant in Abruzzo has three Michelin stars. The spa, meanwhile, has nine treatment rooms, a 25 metre pool and gold- and emerald-hued mosaics inspired by the ancient Roman Baths at Caracalla in Italy.
There is, of course, also a Bvlgari boutique on site, so you can stock up on the gemstone jewellery and luxury watches that has made the brand famous.
There’s only one slight hitch to the Penthouse: the price. While the standard rooms at the Bvlgari Hotel begin at an €1,400, the starting rate for the Penthouse is an eye-watering €35,000 per night.
But then again, what would you expect from the best hotel room in Paris?
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