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Slurping Spaghetti and Swigging Cocktails at the Bulgari Hotel Milan

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March 1, 2011 at 5:16 PM | by | ()

Milan Fashion Week has only just drawn to a close (for now), and the well-heeled flock are up to Paris for another round of runway shows, leaving the halls of the Bulgari Hotel Milan a bit quieter and the room rates a big less expensive, even if they do average $750 per night. When we stopped by recently, it was our final evening in Milan as well, and although we weren't into the idea of paying more than airfare for a single night here, we did grab a light dinner and drinks.

The Bulgari has a reputation. It's snobby, conservative, and mostly perfect for those on generous expense accounts. This is all true, but it also makes a pretty great 15 Euro bowl of spaghetti.

The bar menu for cocktails, liqueurs and the like is quite comprehensive. Naturally we couldn't bear to order anything other than the eponymous "Bulgari" cocktail, a mix of gin, aperol, orange, banana and lime juices. We also recommend the Champagne Mojito and the classic "James Bond 'Vesper' Martini." Even if you just come here for a drink, you get a mini treat with your usual olive and nut savories: a bag of fresh potato chips.

The night was dark, but that didn't stop us from wandering in the garden. Cold and lit as it was, empty of other guests, the feeling of it was more eerie than festive. It is, however, a hugely unique feature for a hotel in Milan—a city of more business and grit than charm and aesthetics. Plus, the hotel backs right into the Brera Gallery.

Although it's highly unlikely we'll ever find ourselves as guests here, we would absolutely come back for another drink...perhaps during a warmer season to properly enjoy the garden. But we're basically here to tell you that although the hotel seems forbidden, down at the end of a private street as it is and receiving of only the richest guests, it's not so cold. Hey—we managed to keep our total under 50 Euro! So walk in, straight through the living room-like lobby in all shades of browns, and enjoy a literally fashionable cocktail.

[All photos: Cynthia Drescher for HotelChatter]

Archived Comments:


wow, that's really not bad for 15 euros. and it looks yummy. i need a return trip to milan