Travel Picks: Top 10 fashion hotels
LONDON (Reuters Life!) - The clothes, the glamour, the shows are all heavily covered in the media, but where does a fashionista stay when visiting New York, London, Milan and Paris for fashion week? Boutique hotel collection Mr & Mrs Smith (www.mrandmrssmith.com) rounds up 10 of the most style-sussed stays in the world's fashion capitals. Reuters does not endorse this list:
Paris 1. Hotel Keppler
A welcome retreat from the fast-pace of Champs-Elysées shop-hopping nearby, this classic 39-room boutique hotel is great for glamour pusses. Designer Pierre-Yves Rochon blends a sophisticated Hausmannian hideaway with a relaxed home-from-home feel, deftly wielding bold toiles, animal prints, stripes and dark wood details. For high-contrast chic check into one of the black, white and yellow Executive Rooms, or for a real treat the four Superior Suites offer balconies with Eiffel Tower views. Elegant accessories in the lounge span outsize vases, statement mirrors, modern art and welcoming flowers.
2. Murano Resort Paris
For a flamboyant, fashionable funhouse in the heart of the bohemian Marais quarter, opt for the full-on French wow factor of Murano Resort Paris. The 52 rooms are no slouch in the style stakes; accessed by finger-touch gadgetry, rather than keys, they feature pastel-pretty mood lighting, with private pools in two of the nine suites. Venetian glass, shiny inox, white marble and deep-red velvets add to the Murano's sex appeal, as does its avant-garde restaurant and DJ-hosted bar with 130 vodka flavors to choose from. If you can tear yourself away from the endless white Chesterfield sofa in the bar, warmed by a luxurious linear fireplace, the Marais' beguiling bars and boutiques beckon.
London 3. Shoreditch Rooms
East London is currently the capital's most creative hub, with edgy fashion labels, art galleries, boutiques and bars in and around epicenter Shoreditch. So where better to soak up the scene than style-savvy Shoreditch Rooms, attached to buzzy private members club Shoreditch House? Set in a converted warehouse, the hotel's 26 compact but cool rooms come in Tiny, Small and Small+ sizes, with sun loungers on private terraces off the largest boudoirs. What they lack in space, they make up for in access: guests enjoy the full run of the club, including the Cowshed spa, bowling alley, House Kitchen restaurant, several sexy bars and the must-visit rooftop pool. Perfect for partying after taking in the East's up-and-coming shows during London Fashion Week.
4. The Connaught
Venerable 121-room hotel the Connaught, which has welcomed guests in monied Mayfair for over a century, may seem an unlikely place to find London's beautiful people, but this stately dowager has recently had a seductive makeover. Its old-fashioned values are still intact, with top-notch service, English grandeur and elegant antiques, but now you can also hang out at the glitzy Connaught Bar (revamped by Brit interiors whizz David Collins), sip cocktails at the contemporary Coburg Bar (with witty cameo portraits, styled by Parisian designer India Mahdavi) and dine on sophisticated cuisine by chef Hélène Darroze. Fashionistas will also love Europe's only Aman Spa, where the green-tea foot bath soothes paws fatigued by gadding about the area's high-end shops. Continued...