The Luxe List 2018: The Bulgari Hotel Beijing

Even the regular rooms exude Bulgari’s signature Italian opulence, as do the public spaces.

The regular rooms exude Bulgari’s signature Italian opulence, as do the public spaces.

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Amid the luscious riverside gardens that wrap around the Italian jewelry brand’s splurge-worthy property in Beijing’s Embassy District, the pollution and congestion of the Chinese capital seem a world away. Even more so if you happen to have checked in to one of the hotel’s expansive suites, which come with custom Italian furnishings, travertine-clad bathrooms, butler service, and transfers by Maserati limousine.

The hotel is part of the mixed-use Genesis Beijing complex, where an art museum designed by Tadao Ando will open later this year.

But even the regular rooms exude Bulgari’s signature Italian opulence, as do the public spaces, where paintings from celebrated Chinese artist Yan Pei-Ming and antique maps drawn by Franciscan friar and cartographer Vincenzo Coronelli adorn the walls. If that feels a little museum-ish, it’s because the hotel is part of the mixed-use Genesis Beijing complex, where an art museum designed by Tadao Ando will open later this year.

Framed by Vicenza limestone and lounge cabanas in the two-level basement spa, a shimmering mosaic-tiled pool vaguely recalls an ancient Roman bath. Back upstairs, the hotel’s sole restaurant, Il Ristorante Niko Romito, serves superb—what else?—Italian cuisine under Murano-glass chandeliers.

86-10/8555-8555; bulgarihotels.com; doubles from US$418.

This article originally appeared in the October/November 2018 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“The Luxe List 2018: The Bulgari Hotel Beijing”).

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