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Best of the Best 2013: Hotels: Bulgari Hotel & Residences London

  • Melanie Nayer

Set in the heart of trendy Knightsbridge, near Harrods and Hyde Park, the Bulgari Hotel & Residences London (www.bulgarihotels.com) embodies the fashion house’s timeless elegance and modern sophistication. Silver is the color theme throughout the contemporary retreat, where all 85 rooms and suites offer constant reminders of the hotel’s heritage: Bulgari bath amenities, Bulgari luggage trunks that double as minibars, custom silk headboards and curtains patterned after a 19th-century silver brooch designed by Sotirio Bulgari. The hotel’s two-level spa and fitness center houses everything from a vitality pool and ice fountain to a nail salon and a couples’ treatment suite. Respite can also be found in a 47-leather-seat cinema, or a cigar shop and bar decorated with black-and-white photos of Hollywood celebrities draped in Bulgari jewels. ($675–$18,300)