When staying at a standard hotel just doesn't cut it anymore, make your way over to one that has a little something extra, like say, a fashion designer’s touch. They’re nothing new, but high-end designers have been putting their signature stamp on specialty suites and entire resorts, making the normal, run-of-the-mill hotels seem a little less exciting. Why stay anywhere else than a room that’s been masterfully pieced together by a haute couture designer?
From New York City to Paris, London to Bali, designers have been getting into interiors, perfectly sculpting the bedding, artwork, furniture, color schemes and tabletop trinkets to match their personal style, or reflect that of their brand. Discover the top 10 most fashionable stays from around the world; but be warned, you’ll want to stay in every single one.
10 Christian Lacroix for Hotel du Petit Moulin, Paris
The Hotel du Petit Moulin’s 17 rooms and suites were all designed and decorated by French fashion designer Christian Lacroix. What’s even more interesting is that, in a sea of cookie-cutter hotel rooms, no two rooms are alike at this Parisian boutique hotel. Lacroix designed each space to tell a story, which is why some are rustic-chic and others completely modern and edgy, but they all have the signature Lacroix flare. As if the location wasn't chic enough (it’s located in the heart of Paris’ 16th arrondissement), nearby spots include cozy café’s, cocktail bars, and of course, quintessentially stylish boutiques, so you’ll always be effortlessly fashionable whether you decide to leave you’re designer room or not. One night in Hotel du Petit Moulin can start off at approximately 215 €.
9 Armani Hotel, Dubai
Situated in the Burj Khalifa, A.K.A the world’s tallest building, is the Armani Hotel. The design is simple, sophisticated and comfortable, just like the brand itself. But its 160 sleek guest rooms, decorated in charcoals, blacks and creams, aren’t the only attraction; the options are limitless with eight restaurants offering up Mediterranean to Indian and of course, Italian cuisine. Naturally, it wouldn’t be an Armani hotel without an Armani boutique. Guests can shop the latest Giorgio Armani Prive accessories collection in the only Armani boutique in Dubai. Or they can get a lavish treatment at the modern, 12,000 square foot spa and fitness space. Whichever it is, the hospitality at the Armani Hotel is sure to be sprinkled with Italian charm, plus it’s stamped with Giorgio Armani’s personal approval.
8 Ralph Lauren Designed Villas, Montego Bay, Jamaica
The oceanfront guest rooms and private villas at Round Hill Hotel and Villas in Jamaica were all Ralph Lauren designed, which is why they’re simple, classic, understated and ultra-luxe. With clean and fresh color pallets that let the ocean’s blue pop from oversized windows, the designer touches are subtle, but it’s still clear that this place is special; no seashell wallpaper or towel animals to be found here. Instead, find dark wood, pops of patterned fabrics and slight nautical touches in this Jamaican oasis. Go for the classic Lauren-designed villas but stay for the out-of-this-world views, whether it’s of the beach or the lush green foliage that surrounds the resort.
7 Maison Moschino, Milan
Want to fall asleep in a ball gown? Well, you can at Milan’s Maison Moschino. The 16 rooms in this hotel are all perfectly themed, from the “Life is a Bed of Roses” room, which has rose petals dangling from the chandelier and flowery linens, to the “Sweet Room,” which has strawberry and pear pie tart and cupcake pillows on the bed. Can’t sleep? Try the “Clouds” room with tons of hanging, paper clouds (and an in-room decorative sheep) or the oh-so-fun “Luxurious Attic” room, which, you guessed it, is decorated just like an attic, complete with shelving, storage boxes and even an expertly placed cobweb or two. Just like the brand, this hotel is eccentric, whimsical and imaginative –perfect for those who want a little bit of fashion and a lot of fun on their Milanese stay.
6 Philip Treacy for The g Hotel, Galway City, Ireland
The Irish milliner whose designs have graced the likes of Isabella Blow, Lady Gaga, Victoria Beckham and the British royal family, to name a few, also designed the interiors of the g Hotel. What’s it like? Well, the all-silver lobby is truly elegant and classic with a modern twist. The 103 guest bedrooms are serene and neutral, finished in warm colors and plush fabrics. But certain parts of the hotel aren't so guarded. One of their three lounges is outfitted in hot pink and fuchsia, accented by boldly patterned chairs and a custom made, Philip Treacy designed, spiral carpet. To sum it up in a few words, the hotel is utterly gorgeous, and Treacy’s added dash of whim gives it that extra-special (and fashionable) edge.
5 Diane von Furstenberg Grand Piano Suite at Claridge’s, London
The designer made famous by her effortlessly stylish wrap dresses was the muse and co-designer behind the Grand Piano Suite at London’s Claridge’s hotel, which is just one of the 20 rooms she put her signature DVF touch on. The space is a mix between bold and cozy, with vibrantly patterned bedding, curtains and fabrics a la von Furstenberg, but is warmed up by cashmere throws and the designer’s personal photographs from her travels, which line the stylish walls of this extra-special suite. But the glamour doesn’t stop there: the room is outfitted with a sleek grand piano, marble accents throughout, and Murano glass accessories. Talk about chic.
4 Karl Lagerfeld Suites at Hôtel de Crillon, Paris
While these suites aren’t completed yet (the entire hotel is undergoing major renovations), the two grand apartments to be designed by Chanel’s creative director Karl Lagerfeld are something to get excited about. But this certainly isn’t Lagerfeld’s first foray into hotel design. His most notable hotel room design is from 2011, where he created a space made entirely of chocolate, 10 tonnes to be exact, in collaboration with Magnum ice cream. His Hotel de Crillon vision definitely won’t be his last, either. The world-renowned fashion designer is said to be masterminding an entire hotel design. Opening in Macau, China in 2017, the 270-room Karl Lagerfeld hotel will be all-things-Karl. If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll even spot Choupette. But with the Hôtel de Crillion set to re-open in 2015, it’s your best bet to get between some haute couture sheets –fast.
3 The Dior Suite at the St. Regis, New York
On the 12th floor of this midtown Manhattan hotel lays a little slice of Dior. With nods to the fashion house’s chic Parisian atelier, this designer space is as glamorous as it gets. Accompanied by stunning views of New York City (5th avenue and 55th Street), the suite is decorated in muted grays and neutrals with elaborate moldings and quintessentially French-style furniture. Dreaming of haute couture after a stay at the Dior suite is a given, but if you prefer sparkle over style, try the St. Regis’ Tiffany Suite. Its dining room is outfitted in the luxury jeweler’s signature blue hue.
2 Bulgari Resort, Bali
The Bulgari Resort in Bali is downright beautiful, from the beach views to the bedding. Located in the southernmost tip of the Jimbaran peninsula, the exclusive resort is surrounded by the Indian Ocean. Aesthetically, the hotel’s look is a refreshing mix of traditional Balinese and Italian design, thanks to the fashion house’s Roman roots. Standing tall at 150 meters above the sea on naturally cliffy land, sunrise and sets are a must-watch from the breathtaking vantage point. And for Bulgari fans, the resort has its own boutique. But for a more bespoke souvenir, there’s the arts and crafts store, which houses artisanal gift items inspired by the island, ceramics, sculptures, hand-woven fabrics, Balinese jewelry and fine antiques. Not planning a trip to Bali anytime soon? Bulgari-branded hotels can also be found in Milan and London, and one’s set to open in Shanghai as of 2015.
1 Palazzo Versace, Australia’s Gold Coast
It’s lavish, it’s luxurious, it’s Versace. The 200-room and 75 condominium hotel boasts three restaurants, a bar, spa and gym, and just about Versace-branded everything else. Sumptuous furniture, fine china, plush fabrics and branded bath products all have Versace’s design stamp. And in case you forget where you are, the brand’s Medusa logo is emblazoned on the Italian-made driveway mosaic and sprinkled subtly throughout the hotel; even find it imprinted on crystal tableware. Take advantage of the Gianni Versace boutique, conveniently located within the hotel or make use of their private marina, should boating be your thing. Either way, you’re sure to question whether you really are under the rays of the Gold Coast or if you’ve stepped into a Tuscan treat, as this designer hotel takes the cake at number one for it’s truly decadent and top-to-bottom Versace-inspired design.