MILAN — Bulgari has plans to open a branded Hotel and Resort in Moscow, which is expected to open in 2019 under an agreement with Russian investor Alexei Bogachev.
Moscow-based real estate company Storm Properties will develop the project. It will be the seventh Bulgari Hotel, following the opening in Milan in 2004, Bali in 2006, London in 2012 and the Shanghai, Beijing and Dubai Hotels due to be unveiled in 2017.
Bulgari chief executive officer Jean-Christophe Babin said the new venue “is a precious occasion of visibility in such a strategic market for luxury goods, and follows the opening of the Bulgari flagship store in Petrovka. There is a reason these two industry areas [jewelry and hotels] combine perfectly: Bulgari’s clients expect a high level of service they can get not only in the brand’s stores, but also when staying in an extraordinary location with luxury services, in an environment that reflects the Bulgari spirit.” Babin added that the partnership with the leading Storm Properties “will ensure once again the highest levels of quality and innovation.”
The Hotel will comprise 65 rooms and suites, including a 3,240-square-foot Bulgari Suite with a 6,480-square-foot rooftop terrace with a view of the Kremlin. In addition to a restaurant and a bar, the location will comprise a 17,280-square-foot spa with an 82-foot-long swimming pool. An internal courtyard inspired by the traditional patios of the Italian Renaissance palaces will be an outdoor living space during the warmer season.
The hotel building is part of a full block development between Bolshaya Nikitskaya and Sredniy Kislovskiy, which will include luxury residences and townhouses. It will be a few steps away from the city’s landmarks such as the historic Kremlin and the Red Square, and adjacent to the Moscow State Conservatory P.I. Tchaikovsky, one of the most important music universities in the world.
“The reconstruction of a whole block in Moscow’s historic center is an operation of great cultural and economic value to the city,” said Antonio Citterio, of Italian architectural firm Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners, which is designing the hotel with Russian architectural studio Atrium. “The project will consist of the conservative restoration, the harmonization of variously dated facades, the renovation of the internal buildings and the valorization of the splendid internal courtyard.”
“The combination of Bulgari Hotel and the residences will create a new level of quality for the Moscow market,” said investor Bogachev.
Further emphasizing the relevance of the city for Bulgari, on Tuesday evening, the Rome-based jewelry company officially opened its Peter Marino-designed boutique in Moscow at the crossroad of historical streets of Petrovka and Kuznetskiy, followed by a dinner at the Italian embassy and a concert by Carla Bruni, a longtime friend of the house who has fronted ad campaigns for Bulgari.