It’s not enough to offer basic sleeping quarters for weary (or excited) travelers anymore. Fashion-loving gals like us are looking for a chic hotel experience that is as Insta-worthy as our OOTDs. Luckily, these beautifully decked-out locales are anything but basic. In short, they’re extraordinary — just like the designers, architects, and other notable creatives who helped build them. Scroll down for a look at the 12 hotels that are tailor-made for the style savvy set.
1. Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo: Monte-Carlo is known for over-the-top glamour set on the French Riviera, which kind of makes you feel like you’re in a Slim Aarons photo the moment you step off the plane. To keep the luxurious vibes going, head over to the Hotel Metropole since none other than Karl Lagerfeld himself designed their outdoor concept, Odyssey. There’s a stunning glass installation portraying the journey of Ulysses looming over a salt-water pool that’s every Instagram lover’s dream. The terrace gardens, private cabanas, and Joël Robuchon restaurant all imagined by Lagerfeld are just as impressive. Odyssey is open to hotel guests during the day and to the public at night for live music and cocktails. Insider tip: When in the area, be sure to pop by state-of-the-art wellness center Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo, which contains a cryotherapy chamber that helps with jet-lag recovery and anti-aging thanks to its -60 to -110 degrees Celsius temps. So, a fashionista’s best friend, pretty much. (Photo via Hotel Metropole)
2. Hotel de Crillon: Uncle Karl’s been busy! The legend also has been working with the iconic Hotel de Crillon in Paris to create two epic suites designed to look like “grand apartments” for the property’s July reopening. Top-secret details and photos have yet to emerge, but considering he’s an 18th-century expert, we’re guessing it will be pretty maj (and that there’s probably a room dedicated to his furry love, Choupette). The new facilities will also include a spa, swimming pool, and hair salon, plus a dedicated space “just for men,” in case you want to break away from bae for the day. (Photo via Hotel de Crillon)
3. The Plaza Hotel: Betsey Johnson designed the girliest hotel suite on the planet, otherwise known as The Eloise Suite at The Plaza Hotel in NYC. The famed hotel is known for celeb sightings, fancy parties, its elaborate tea service in The Palm Court (which also offers an Eloise version complete with rawther delicious beverages, scones, and pastries), and for this very pink, very pretty room that’s 100-percent Betsey-fied. Guests who book the suite receive a special tote bag, Eloise robe, copy of “Eloise at The Plaza,” $100 gift card to the Eloise at The Plaza store, and more.
4. The Inns of Aurora: If you know who Felicity, Josefina, Kirsten, Addy, Samantha, and Molly are, then book a stay at the The Inns of Aurora ASAP. Located in the Finger Lakes region of New York, this idyllic compound (that features four different inns to be exact) was designed by Pleasant Rowland, the founder of the American Girl Doll empire. It’s basically how you can get your adult fix of nostalgia love without having to brave a million screaming kids in the store. Most of the 19th-century rooms have been redone for a modern lift, but they still have a nod to their time and place in history (just like the books!).
Rooms are furnished with antiques, fine art, and collectibles from Pleasant’s personal collection, including two hand-beaded chairs from Africa. Many also include seasonal fireplaces and private porches with swings and rockers. But our favorite rooms are on the third floor of Rowland House, since those are decorated entirely with MacKenzie-Childs’ playful furniture, accessories, and ceramics. Now grab your girls (and your dolls if you’ve got ’em) and be on your way already.
5. Faena: With two locations (one in Miami and one in Buenos Aires, Argentina), you’ve got multiple travel options for seeing a hotel brand unlike any other in the world. Created by visionary and former fashion designer Alan Faena, the Argentine hotel was converted from an old wheat mill with the help of Philippe Starck, while the Miami location got the Baz Luhrmann (film director of The Great Gatsby and Moulin Rouge!) and Catherine Martin (Academy Award-winning costume designer) treatment to tell its story.
There’s an instantly recognizable decor element to the Faena hotels… think color everywhere, along with velvet curtains, crimson and animal print chairs and ottomans, and crystal chandeliers. Now let’s talk about the art. Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, and Juan Gatti (AKA the Michelangelo of Faena) cover the walls and grounds in Miami, while Buenos Aires boasts the works of Alberto Pasolini and Emiliano Miliyo. Lastly, Faena Miami Beach goes hand in hand with Francis Mallmann — connoisseur of the wood-fired Argentine dining experience, with Los Fuegos being his only restaurant currently in the states. Make a res while you can and don’t forget to snap a pic in front of the gold woolly mammoth when you enter — it’s an #OOTD must-do. (Photo via Faena Hotels)
6. The Villa Casa Casuarina: Versace, Versace, Versace! Formerly the Miami home of Gianni Versace, The Villa Casa Casuarina might just be the closest you can get to living like a fashion designer for a night. Versace was obsessive about details, as you can see from his 10-suite, 11-bathroom estate and 54-foot-long “Million Mosaic Pool,” which was inspired by his “Marine Vanuras” collection and is comprised of more than one million mosaic tiles. #NBD.
The villa is basically the epitome of decadence, and those insane bathrooms we mentioned? Well one has a 14-person shower adjacent to the swimming pool. Nothing was too extravagant for Versace, so it shouldn’t be for you and your girls when deciding where to stay for the ultimate birthday or bachelorette weekend. He was known for hosting lavish parties at his mansion after all, and previous celeb guests have been Madonna, Justin Bieber, and Princess Diana. (Photo via Vialla Casa Casuarina)
7. The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas: This hotel is centered around two things every true Sex and the City fan can appreciate — high heels and cosmos. AKA, Carrie approved. It’s also one of the glitziest, biggest, and hottest hotels on the Vegas strip, so there’s tons going on, all the time. After you snap a pic in the giant shoe sculpture, you can try your luck at the tables, dine at hot spots like Jaleo, STK, and Scarpetta, and party the night away at Marquee. (Photo via The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas)
8. Andaz West Hollywood: Fans of Jonathan Adler will be stoked to know there’s a first-of-its-kind collaboration with the designer and (RED), the org founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver to partner with brands in the fight against AIDS. Adler designed and outfitted an all-new (ANDAZ)RED Suite at the West Hollywood location, which was once nicknamed “The Riot House” because rockers stayed and partied there during visits to LA. Now you can stay there too, in this “rock ‘n’ roll meets chic glamour” room, and the best part is 30 percent of the room rate supports (RED)’s fight against AIDS from every booking. (Photo via Andaz West Hollywood)
9. The Library Hotel: If you’re a fan of fashion and literature, then the Dewey Decimal System-themed Library Hotel in NYC is the place for you. Book-loving travelers will fan girl over the “fashion design room” in particular, since it was curated by the legendary Vera Wang. That means every title in the place is hand-selected reading material by the famed designer, so you may want to check in for a week or two to plow through the collection. While there you can also spend time in a poetry rooftop garden (a fave of the fashion set), put pen to paper in the writers’ den, and enjoy craft cocktails at Bookmarks Lounge on the roof. (Photo via The Library Hotel)
10. Love F Hotel Bali by fashiontv: This hotel in Bali, Indonesia, which also goes by the name Fashion Hotel Legian, has a runway in the lobby and some serious shopping options. So tuck that gem away for later when making your travel goals #bucketlist. Also, photo locations for the ‘gram here are 👌.
11. The Empire Hotel: This Lincoln Center-based hotel was basically the setting for most of Gossip Girl, so any true Upper East Sider (or aspiring one) looking to channel Blair Waldorf will fit in perfectly here. You can take a dip in their rooftop pool, enjoy a Chuck Bass cocktail in the lobby bar, get your seafood fix at Ed’s Chowder House, and, if you stick around long enough, probably spot a celeb or two wandering about. (Photo via The Empire Hotel)
12. Hotel El Ganzo: Cabo is always a good idea, especially if you’re checking into uber artsy boutique Hotel El Ganzo in San José del Cabo. Each room was hand painted by an artist in residency (like this golden cacti one by Scarlet Bailey), and there’s a cool rooftop pool and spa, eclectic furniture and decor throughout the property, and a curated arts and music program where you’ll be able to see live performances and check out exhibits. And don’t forget to check out the massive mural of Willy Wonka when you enter the building, reminding you that you are somewhere out of the ordinary.
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