Home away from home

The newly opened Bvl­gari Ho­tel in Shang­hai is not just another five-star ac­com­mo­da­tion. With its bou­tique feel, im­pec­ca­ble ser­vice and un­der­stated lux­ury, it ex­ceeds all ex­pec­ta­tions of what a ho­tel stay should be. In fact, it’s flaw­less

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This is the sixth edi­tion to Bvl­gari’s ex­pand­ing ho­tel chain. Rid­ing on the suc­cess of its theme-minded pre­de­ces­sors, renowned Ital­ian ar­chi­tect An­to­nio Cit­te­rio Pa­tri­cia Viel (who has de­signed each Bvl­gari Ho­tel and Re­sort around the world) has con­tin­ued this no­tion for its Shang­hai res­i­dence. Blend­ing the es­sen­tial ltal­ian glam­our of Bvl­gari with dis­tinc­tive Chi­nese cul­tural el­e­ments, the ho­tel of­fers a soul­ful am­bi­ence of es­capism from the bustling me­trop­o­lis with its ‘con­tem­po­rary glamor’ theme. It re­ally is your home away from home.


Lo­cated on the Suhe Creek wa­ter­front, The Bvl­gari Ho­tel Shang­hai is nes­tled in the midst of chic fash­ion bou­tiques, creative art spa­ces and open parks. The ho­tel com­bines a 48-storey tower and the re­stored Cham­ber of Com­merce Shang­hai build­ing dat­ing back to 1916 with a stun­ning grand arch gate­way. Boast­ing jaw-drop­ping views of the iconic Bund, Pudong Fi­nan­cial District and the fa­mous Ori­en­tal Pearl Tower, it’s hard not to be wowed by his ho­tel.


Al­though each Bvl­gari Ho­tel and Re­sort is unique in its de­sign, you’ ll find an abun­dance of iconic char­ac­ter­is­tics that run through­out each lo­ca­tion giv­ing the brand its pow­er­ful Ro­man spirit and fa­mil­iar ‘at home’ feel. In the Shang­hai res­i­dence you’ll find the sig­na­ture lobby fire­place fea­tur­ing the Maglia Pan­theon pat­tern, the oval Bvl­gari bar made from hand-ham­mered bronze and the iconic eight-point star mo­tif out­lined in gold, wel­com­ing guests in the drive­way.

The in­te­ri­ors through­out fea­ture retro Bvl­gari jew­ellery ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paigns and iconic fash­ion mag­a­zine cov­ers, re­mind­ing you of its lux­ury her­itage. This, com­bined with the drama of matte black gran­ite and light Navona traver­tine, pol­ished teak and shin­ing bronze de­tails, gives the ho­tel its chic, un­der­stated el­e­gance. No ex­pense has been spared in this ho­tel and at­ten­tion to de­tail con­tin­ues through­out its 82 large apart­ment-style guest rooms and 19 suites, in­clud­ing the jaw-drop­ping 400 square me­tre Bvl­gari suite with sweep­ing views of Shang­hai’s cityscape. In each room you’ll find con­tem­po­rary cus­tom-made Ital­ian fur­nish­ings, heated floors, rain­fall show­ers and in­no­va­tive Ja­panese toi­lets.


Af­ter a day of ex­plor­ing the city, head to the 2,000 square me­tre Bvl­gari Spa and Fit­ness Cen­tre and un­wind in one of the eight spa treat­ment rooms with a sig­na­ture mas­sage or en­joy the sauna and re­lax­ation rooms. Here, you’ll also find a man­i­cure and pedi­cure salon, hair­dressers and a 25 me­tre heated in­door swim­ming pool and vi­tal­ity pools. Fit­ness en­thu­si­asts can also en­joy the im­pres­sive be­spoke work­shop gym­na­sium fit­ness stu­dio.


For din­ner, head to fine-din­ing Chi­nese restau­rant Bao Li Xuan lo­cated in the his­toric Cham­ber of Com­merce for its sig­na­ture dishes from Shang­hai and Hangzhou in­clud­ing lo­cal del­i­cacy, sea cu­cum­ber, or head to the 47th floor and dine at three Miche­lin-starred chef Niki Romito’s Ital­ian restau­rant II Ris­torante and en­joy stun­ning views across the city. With a to­tal of six culi­nary spots to choose from, there’s some­thing to sat­isfy ev­ery palate.

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