10 Fashion Designer Hotels

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Some of the world's most famous designers have added hotelier to their résumé. And they aren't just slapping their name on the door. They are hands on, designing everything from the bedding to the bathrobes to the bellman's uniforms themselves. The properties are an extension of what the designers send down the runways, so fashion devotees know exactly what to expect.
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Fashion Designer Hotels

Some of the world's most famous designers have added hotelier to their résumé. And they aren't just slapping their name on the door. They are hands on, designing everything from the bedding to the bathrobes to the bellman's uniforms themselves. The properties are an extension of what the designers send down the runways, so fashion devotees know exactly what to expect. Rooms at Giorgio Armani's brand-new hotel in Dubai are sleek and classic, Christian Lacroix fills his Parisian hotels with bright patterns and trompe l'oeil, while Donatella Versace's Australian resort has her signature gold accents and over-the-top opulence. But you don't have to subscribe to Vogue to appreciate high design at these hotels - form never impedes on function. And while the price at times compares with haute couture hostelry, there are some that offer rates that are more ready-to-wear.

Fashion Designer Hotels

This June, ten rooms designed by the legendary Diane von Furstenberg will be unveiled at this classic British institution. This is DVF's first interior design project, but she was the natural choice for the hotel's renovation as she's been a frequent guest since the 70s (her 2009 cruise collection was also based on the hotel's Art Deco design). "Claridge's is the most glamorous hotel in the world. I regard it as my home away from home," she's said. Now, in addition to her famous jersey wrap dress, she'll be known for using bold prints and colors to put a 21st century spin on the iconic Mayfair hotel. www.claridges.co.uk

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Bold Donatella Versace was a pioneer in designer-owned hotels when she opened her first resort in 2000. Fronting a powder-white 18-mile long beach on Australia's Gold Coast, the palatial property is dedicated to Italian splendor. Everything gleams from the cutlery to the marble flooring. Hallways showcase the late Gianni Versace's artwork while rooms are decorated in rich colors. The onsite Versace boutique also means easy access to the label's latest designs. After gawking at the opulence, guests can play golf or take a private yacht cruise, while drinking in the fabulous life. The designer's second property, Palazzo Versace Dubai, will open in 2011 in a 1.8 million square-foot palace. www.palazzoversace.com

Fashion Designer Hotels

Scotland isn't quite where we'd expect an Italian fashion house to open its first property, but there's no question why Missoni entered into the hotel game. Their Missoni Home label is full of funky fabrics and furnishings and the signature sassy stripes and waves make many appearances at this hotel in the city's Old Town. Black and white patterns are balanced with bright turquoise, yellow and green in the bedroom while bathrooms are stocked with the label's robes and towels (all available for purchase). Rooms also have floor-to-ceiling windows offering view of the historic Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle. Free mini-bar treats, WiFi and breakfast make the reasonable rates an even better deal. www.hotelmissoni.com

Fashion Designer Hotels

It's no surprise that Oscar de la Renta was asked to design 15 deluxe villas at the 15,000-acre Puntacana Resort & Club. He's a DR native and long-time resident of this beach town. The exclusive hotel-within-a-hotel has a pool area and restaurant open only to villa guests and the legendary designer's impeccable taste is evident in the simple but sophisticated rooms. Meaning you won't find the garish tropical prints found at other Caribbean hotels. Instead, the suites are designed in soothing whites, beiges and yellows that do not compete with the views of the sparking Caribbean Sea. www.puntacana.com

Fashion Designer Hotels

Christian Lacroix already showcases his eccentric style at Paris' Hotel Bellechasse and Hotel Petit Moulin, and now his over-the-top imagination is on display at his third property, the Hotel Notre Dame. The 26-room guesthouse is in a 400-year old building near the River Seine that is just steps away from the Notre Dame. The rainbow palette of the rooms almost overshadows the front-and-center views of the Gothic cathedral. Playful themes like "The Angels," "Divine Garden," and "Spouses" feature exposed beams, textured "cowhide" wallpaper and animal prints. There's even a wall-to-wall carpet that resembles medieval paving stones. And while some rooms are outright outlandish, the rates, especially during the low and shoulder tourist season, are blissfully not. www.hotelnotredameparis.com

Fashion Designer Hotels

Beloved fashion designer Todd Oldham put his signature touch on everything from the pillows to the bathrobes in this Art Deco building. After a complete renovation, Oldham and a partner reopened the space in 1998 as The Tiffany Hotel, its original name. While the moniker has changed, Tiffany blue touches remain on hand-blown glass lamps, satin-ribboned pillows and airbrushed tiles. The Hotel also opened an oceanfront annex in January 2010 in a former apartment building right on Ocean Drive. For these rooms Oldham left the blue outside in the ocean and designed the interiors with deep reds and corals. www.thehotelofsouthbeach.com

Fashion Designer Hotels

Creative Director Rossella Jardini of the Italian design house Moschino stayed close to home and transformed a grand 1840's neoclassical train station in the heart of Milan into a whimsical boutique hotel. Features of the original 19th century architecture remain, including the wide windows that frame city views in The Prestige rooms. The 65 cheeky rooms include suites like "Life is a Bed of Roses" with its scarlet red rose petals blanketing the light fixtures and bedspread and the "Sleeping In a Ballgown" room featuring a bed designed with a huge, regal dress flowing atop it. Even the hotel's Clandestino Milano restaurant is unique. Be sure to order the Italian sushi. www.maisonmoschino.com

Fashion Designer Hotels

Haute hat designer and Galway native Philip Treacy recently infused his signature avant-garde flair into this modern hotel. The guestrooms are outfitted with Louis XVI-style chairs and Venetian-plaster moldings, plus special touches like conch-shell pillows. A jewel-toned catwalk-like carpet leads to lounges such as the Grand Salon where a thousand red Swarovski crystals accent the Cocktail Bar. Andy Warhol's pink camouflage print chairs accent the Ladies Lounge, while the Gentlemens Lounge sports blue walls and purple velvet sofas as textured as the designer's millinery creations. www.theghotel.ie

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The highly anticipated opening of Armani's first hotel, delayed several times, is finally here with a grand opening on April 22. Located on 37 floors of the Burj Khalifa tower, the world's tallest building, the 160-rooms were designed by Giorgio Armani himself. Expect them to a muted color palette, minimal furnishings and lots of touches from the Armani Casa collection. The hotel also houses eight restaurants, the Privéa nightclub and the world's first in-hotel Armani Spa. Shopping is a big part of the Armani experience, of course, and you can pick up gourmet chocolates from the Dolci sweet shop, buds at the Fiori floral shop, and naturally some of Giorgio's latest fashions. A second hotel is also scheduled to open later this year in Milan. www.armanihotels.com

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