New York Fashion Week which kicked off Thursday, September 5 might very well be what we're all raving about until it's time to pack up and head to London, then Milan and finally Paris that is -- but so are the places where the style cognoscenti rest their weary, gorgeous bodies. What better time to share with our SO readers travel review site TripAdvisor's 10 highly rated hotels that pay homage to some of the biggest names in fashion.
Armani Hotel Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Located in the Burj Khalifa tower, Armani Hotel Dubai is the world's first hotel designed and developed by fashion icon Giorgio Armani. This elegant hotel boasts 160 lavish guest rooms and suites. Reflecting the pure elegance, simplicity and sophisticated comfort that define Armani's signature style, the hotel is the realisation of the designer's long-held dream to bring his sophisticated style to life in the most complete way.
Every detail in the hotel bears the Armani signature, beginning with the warm Italian-style hospitality and moving to each element of the design from the Eramosa stone floors to the zebrawood panels, bespoke furnishings and personally designed hotel amenities. The hotel's Armani Signature Suites offer distinctive circular entrances, stylish powder rooms, private dining areas, 40-inch LCD flat-screen televisions, and imperial views of the desert or Arabian Gulf. Nightly rates start at US $550.
The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida
Inspired by the Italian villas of the 15th century and modelled on the Villa Medici in Rome, this historic hotel, built by Henry Morrison Flagler, boasts charming Italian Renaissance-style architecture with a classic, timeless feel. Set amidst 140 acres of picturesque oceanfront property in the heart of Palm Beach, Florida the resort welcomes guests in style with its "Imperial Designer Suite" created by legendary duo Badgley and Mischka.
Rooms are simple, with light-blue and light-green colour schemes while artwork offers a glimpse into the past. The one-bedroom suite is tastefully appointed with shades of coral and beige and features a private living room and five balconies each offering sweeping views of the sparkling sea. Nightly rates for the suite range from US $2,500 to US $6,700.
Claridge's, London, England
Located less than a mile away from the boutiques in Mayfair, this is one of the greatest of London's five-star hotels, a fashionista's dream. Well-known for its sumptuous art deco features (including 1930s vintage furniture that once graced the staterooms of the decommissioned SS Normandie), its 203 rooms are divided by décor; half are Art Deco, half are Victorian.
Recently, the hotel added a more modern touch with a series of rooms and suites designed by fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, better known for her wrap dresses. The "Grand Piano Suite" pays homage to the designer boasting vibrant touches of gold and magenta décor, plush furniture, and signature animal prints. Additional amenities include a 37-inch pop-up television and custom-designed bathrobes. Nightly rates for the suite are around US $6,500.
Hotel Missoni Edinburgh, Scotland
Exuding luxurious design, this five-star property from the prestigious Milan fashion house Missoni is a dose of spirited style. Located in the scenic Old Town, close to many of Edinburgh's attractions, the design is inspired by Rosita Missoni's personal style.
Dramatic, mosaicked floor-to-ceiling vases flank the entrance doors, and a buzzy espresso bar with low banquette seating serves creative cocktails. The Missoni approach to colour gives its products an unmistakably strong character of their own that is instantly recognisable the world over. Each of the 136 well-appointed guest rooms and suites feature odd shapes, varying views and are colourful and compact. Travellers will be delighted with modern indulgences including Missoni robes, linens and products. Nightly rates start at US $250
Palazzo Versace, Main Beach, Queensland, Australia
Influenced by Gianni Versace and housed in an opulent architecture with rich Italian design, hand-detailed furnishings and top-notch facilities, the Palazzo Versace Hotel Gold Coast has provided travellers with blissful luxury and design for over a decade.
From ornate mosaics, to Italian marble floors, vaulted ceilings with gold detail, and vibrantly coloured rooms there is much to love at this gem. Boasting a scenic waterfront setting on Seaworld Drive near Tedder Avenue in the Gold Coast, visitors can also check out the exhibits at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Odditorium, shop at Australia Fair Shopping Centre or learn about local history at Gold Coast and Hinterland Historical Museum. Nightly rates start at US $315.
The Plaza Hotel, New York City, New York
Located in the heart of the Big Apple, The Plaza is New York City's premier luxury hotel. A timeless urban resort with a new and contemporary spirit, The Plaza offers 282 distinctive guestrooms, including 102 luxurious suites, which boast the largest square footage of any luxury hotel in New York City. From the sumptuous décor to the impeccable white-glove service, this is an extraordinary hotel that offers every indulgence.
Fashion-inclined guests can enjoy the "Eloise" suite at the hotel, created by fashion designer Betsey Johnson. This unique accommodation captures the spirit of the hotel's most famous "resident" - the fictional character from Kay Thompson's classic novels. The colorful suite is outfitted with whimsical decorations and upon arrival guests will be escorted by an Eloise ambassador. Nightly rates start at US $995 for the suite.
Round Hill Hotel & Villas, Jamaica
With translucent Caribbean waters as the backdrop, Round Hill Hotel & Villas is one of Jamaica's most internationally recognised resorts. The luxurious accommodations that have become synonymous with Round Hill continue to attract visitors to the secluded resort. Opening as a boutique hotel and cottages in 1953, it has consistently sought to give travellers a home away from home.
The likes of Mr & Mrs John F Kennedy -- who honeymooned at the resort -- Noël Coward, Errol Flynn, Ian Fleming, Mr. & Mrs. Oscar Hammerstein, Adele Astaire, and Sir Paul McCartney are just a few of the hotel's famous visitors. Remodelled by Ralph Lauren -- who owns a Round Hill villa -- the property's oceanfront "Pineapple House" showcases the designer's classic style with hues of blue and pink, cathedral ceilings, four-post mahogany beds, deep soaking tubs and separate waterfall showers. Nightly rates for the Pineapple House start at US $229.
Schlosshotel im Grunewald, Berlin, Germany
Schlosshotel im Grunewald is a private refuge in the heart of Grunewald, a residential district of Berlin long loved by the German upper class for its bucolic atmosphere. The Baroque-style former Palais Pannwitz, built at the beginning of the 20th century by Kaiser Wilhelm's right-hand man, is now home to a splendid hotel. It is surrounded by a large garden and majestic trees, and was redecorated in the 1990s by Karl Lagerfeld, the eccentric mastermind behind Chanel and Fendi.
Guests can relax in Lagerfeld's "Grunewald Suite," which features a cushy oversized bed, a romantic Art Deco bathroom complete with white marble floors, and magnificent views of the estate's lush gardens. Nightly rates for the suite are around US $2,700.
The St Regis New York, New York City, New York
This historical Beaux-Arts landmark has been serving the privileged since 1904. Located in Midtown Manhattan, the five-star hotel is world-renowned for its Gilded Age design and impeccable service, including 24-hour butlers. The lobby is small, but magnificently adorned with gold-leafed cornices, Italian marble, a trompe l'oeil of the night sky blanketing the ceiling and a grand marble staircase.
Here, fashionistas are invited to kick back in the "Dior" and "Tiffany" suites designed to emulate the high-end pieces of the designers The 227 lavish guest rooms and suites balance the regal style with modern amenities, including complimentary champagne upon arrival, and a private shopping pass to the respective designers' showrooms. Nightly rates for the suites are US $10,500.
Tortuga Bay Hotel Puntacana Resort & Club, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Located on the eastern shore of the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana Resort & Club encompasses 13 beachside villas over 26 square miles. This Oscar de la Renta-designed property invites travellers to experience fashionable luxury in pristine villas, decorated with the finest furnishings and featuring spacious interiors and balconies surrounded by stunning scenery.
A palette of island colours, four-poster canopy beds, and villa concierges also await visitors to the resort along with a host of other attractive features. Nightly rates start at US $568.