When it comes to opulent stays, what better authority than that of some of the most fabulous names in the world of fashion? From Versace to Armani, to Dior and Chanel, luxe fashion houses have switched their name onto some of the hautest hospitality brands, redefining luxury from the moment you step inside their avant-garde hotel doors. Pack your chicest attire and explore some of our favorite fashion hotels around the world, where couture royalty have left their stylish marks.
Italian fashion dynasty, Ferragamo, have successfully established themselves as a luxury fashion and hotel brand with properties that pay homage to Italy’s haute couture heyday of 1950s and ‘60s. Overlooking Arno River, Portrait Firenze, just steps from Florence’s art, history, fashion, and food epicenter is evocative of an upscale townhouse. Designed by Florentine architect Michele Bönan, renowned for her classic yet contemporary signature, with a hint of old-world nostalgia, wooden paneling, exquisite textiles, and evocative design details exude an authentic Dolce Vita style and every piece of the retro-inspired furniture is handcrafted in Florence. The highlight perhaps is the hotel’s walls accented with black and white photography from greats like Locchi, Giorgini, and Alinari.
Italian fashion house Armani has seamlessly translated its signature sophisticated style into the luxury hotel world.
Armani Hotel Dubai
Located in the world’s tallest tower, Burj Khalifa, the property overlooks the iconic dancing Dubai fountain and as you would expect evokes the brand’s signature elegance. From the muted minimalistic design scheme to the luxurious Eramosa stone floors, zebrawood panels, and custom-made Armani furnishings throughout, every aspect has been curated and designed in line with Mr Armani’s impeccable taste.
Eat + Drink: Start your morning with a cappuccino sprinkled with 24-carat gold flakes in the Armani Lounge.
Armani Hotel Milano
An elegant haven in the heart of Milan, immerse yourself in the minimalist sophistication of Armani. Rooms come outfitted with furniture and homewares from the signature Armani Casa Collection (there’s also automated iPads for high-tech convenience). The hotel also has it’s very own Armani-designed outpost of Nobu where you sip the best cocktails in Milan while savoring stunning views of the Duomo and city.
Curated experience: Armani hotels provide guests with their own ‘Lifestyle Manager’ will take care of every detail, including scoring you a highly coveted restaurant reservation or booking at their spa.
With six global hotels in its collection (and four more in the pipeline), iconic Italian fine jewelry brand Bulgari is one of the more prominent luxury fashion hotel brands. There’s properties in Milan, London, Dubai, Beijing, Shanghai, but our personal favorite is Bali, which like all Bulgari hotels exudes the opulence and glamour of the heritage brand, but offers a tranquil seaside getaway on the Indian Ocean. The hotel was built using hand-cut volcanic stones and exotic woods and features natural green sukabumi stone in their luxurious plunge pools and outdoor showers. Fusing high end fashion with authentic local hand-picked furnishings, fabrics, and ceramics adds the perfect Balinese touch.
French fashion icon Christian Lacroix curated the design of Paris’ esteemed bohemian Hotel Le Bellechasse on the seven universes of diversity: Patchwork, Avengers, Saint-Germain, Tuileries, Mousquetaires, Jeu de Paume, and Quai d’Orsay. This playful couture hotel stands in the center of the Faubourg Saint-German district steps away from the grand Musée d’Orsay. Known for his signature avant-garde designs, the property’s color palette pays homage to Lacroix’s love of aristocratic elegance. Each room is exquisitely designed to feature bold graphics, large soaking tubs, lush damask curtains, and lavish hues. While art exhibitions are displayed throughout the hotel to represent the creative spirit and style of Parisian life, art, culture, theatre, and design.
As you’d expect from the Palazzo Versace, both of its properties in Dubai and Australia are reminiscent of the 16th century Versace palace. The moment you step through the front doors you are greeted with Versace’s signature brand of high octane glamour and sex appeal – gold accents, leopard prints and of course the houses iconic Medusa logo. The highlight of the Australian property on Queensland’s Gold Coast is the sandy beach pool and landscaped garden. While in Dubai, it’s all about their onsite restaurant Vanitas where you can indulge in fine Italian cuisine while listening to live Opera accompanied by violin every night.
Embodying the eclectic, vibrant style and culture of Latin America, the Tcherassi Hotel and Spa, is designed by celebrated Columbian fashion designer Silvia Tcherassi. An ode to her heritage and style signature, the former mansion’s standouts are the high wooden beam ceilings, tropical-inspired rooms which come complete with tasseled-bedspreads created from the designer’s dress labels and chandeliers crafted from interlocking plastic rings. And let’s not forget that each suite has its own balcony overlooking the lush tropical flora of the hotel’s courtyards.
If you’ve been dreaming of shopping at Fendi’s flagship boutique, you should consider elevating your experience by staying in a Fendi Private Suite. After a long day of shopping and visiting the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain, retire for the evening amidst Fendi Casa’s Mako cotton satin sheets and iconic Italian views. Each of the seven private spacious suites is custom-designed and guided by Fendi’s classic aesthetic featuring rich, deep, bold colors and the heritage of the brand sprinkled throughout from work tablets created by Fendi’s historic in-house fur atelier to Fendi Casa linen and toiletries.
Legendary designer Karl Lagerfeld’s legacy lives on in his magnificently designed suites at Hotel de Crillon. The expertly curated suites are the hotels’ pièces de résistance and have become known as one of the most lavish quarters in all of Paris (not that we’d expect anything less from the legend that was Mr. Lagerfeld). Each suite is adorned with chic textured gray walls, opulent chandeliers from the Kaiser’s personal collection as well his iconic photography. There’s also a bookshelf that opens with the touch of a button to an expansive walk-in closet (so fashion) and a two-ton bathtub carved from a single piece of Carrara marble.
Lose yourself in quintessential French glamour in the heart of New York at the Dior Suite on the 12th floor of the stunning St. Regis. Inspired by the French fashion house’s chic ateliers in Paris, the property overlooking Central Park views, is accented with Dior’s signature soft grey and features custom-designed upholstery, silk pillows, mirrors and wall sconces embellished with Dior’s signature bows. Located just steps from the Christian Dior boutique on Fifth Avenue, you can literally match your luxury wardrobe to your hotel room.
Dedicated to the life and legend of Coco Chanel, who famously lived at The Ritz in Paris for 34 years, the hotel’s Coco Chanel Suite embodies the unmistakable elegance of the legendary fashion designer and the iconic French house. Originally decorated by Mademoiselle herself, the 2,024 square foot suite is outfitted in Chanel’s signature black and white with gold accents and includes a replica of the sofa from Chanel’s Cambon apartment, a stunning crystal chandelier and never-seen-before photos of the designer from her era spent at The Ritz.