Haute couture fabrics and prints from famous runway collections have made their way onto linens and wallpaper, as legendary designers have decked out select hotels around the world. We found ten swanky digs, where designers such as Kenzo Takada, Ralph Lauren, and Christian Lacroix have vitalized interiors, injecting them with a dose of serious fashion. Fashion lovers, look no further for your next unfrogettable hotel stay.
By Anja Mutic
UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa
WHERE: Trancoso, Brazil
Wilbert Das, former creative director of Diesel, has created the rustic-modern UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa, which is tucked into bright fishermen’s houses along the grassy square of Trancoso on the Bahian coast of Brazil. Combining local craftsmanship with the brand’s rugged flair, the eco-retreat is fitted with salvaged wood, Bahian art, custom-made furniture, and a green quartz pool.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Fodor’s Trancoso Guide
WHERE: Florence, Italy
Nestled on the edge of the Arno River, the nuova classicità-style Hotel Lungarno offers front-row views to Renaissance palazzos, Brunelleschi’s Dome, and Ponte Vecchio. The sixteenth-century manor owned by the Ferragamo family has seventy-three rooms where Picasso masterpieces, runway silks, and Italian fragrances are set against medieval towers, brick barrel vaults, and antique furnishings.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Fodor’s Florence Travel Guide
WHERE: Queensland, Australia
As the first haute couture-branded hotel in the world, Palazzo Versace opened its doors to design-conscious guests back in 2000. The 200-suite gem on the Gold Coast oozes the signature bling of the famed Italian design house. It comes complete with glitzy mosaics, gold leaf details, bright silks, a Juliet balcony, and a magnificent antique chandelier in the lobby.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Fodor’s Queensland Travel Guide
Hotel du Petit Moulin
WHERE: Paris, France
Christian Lacroix has applied his theatrical and eclectic style to the seventeen individually designed rooms at the Hotel du Petit Moulin in the ancient Marais quarter of Paris. Housed in a seventeenth-century former bakery, the bohemian-chic hideaway has been spiced up with zebra prints, floral wallpapers, and whimsical screenplay illustrations.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Fodor’s Paris Travel Guide
Bulgari Hotel & Resorts, London
WHERE: London, England
The glamorous Bulgari Hotel & Resorts in upmarket Knightsbridge has eighty-five oversized rooms and an underground spa in Vicenza stone inspired by the original jeweler’s sleek lines and elegant details. As a tribute to the luxury brand’s silversmith beginnings, silver chandeliers and a grand silver staircase are set against elegant heavy silk curtains and bespoke Italian furnishings.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Fodor’s London Travel Guide
Tcherassi Hotel + Spa
WHERE: Cartagena de Indias, Colombia
Colombia’s fashion designer Silvia Tcherassi turned a colonial mansion in postcard-pretty Cartagena into a trendy boutique hotel decked out with elegant fabrics from her runway collections. Wedged into the narrow streets of the old town, Tcherassi Hotel + Spa has an enchanting courtyard with a 3000-plant vertical garden and a rooftop pool overlooking the colorful lineup of houses below.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Fodor’s Cartagena Guide
Sofitel So Mauritius
WHERE: Bel Ombre, Mauritius
Architect Lek Bunnag and fashion designer Kenzo Takada have created an eco-chic collection of beach villas wedged into a palm-shaded paradise on a powdery beach. The Sofitel So Mauritius sanctuary uses Takada’s tropical flower prints and bright colors set against off-white concrete walls and floral-shaped windows to create an undisturbed connection between the inside and out.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Fodor’s Mauritius Travel Guide
Casa Camper Barcelona
WHERE: Barcelona, Spain
The famed Spanish shoemakers have taken their philosophy of comfort and imagination and translated it into the red and hip Casa Camper at the top of La Rambla in central Barcelona. The key-only access to the eco-conscious hotel reveals reversed room layouts with dark bedrooms and sunlit toilets, quirky wall messages, lounging hammocks, and the Michelin-starred Dos Palillos restaurant.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Fodor’s Barcelona Travel Guide
Sofitel So Singapore
WHERE: Singapore, Singapore
Haute couture legend Karl Lagerfeld has set his graphic mark at the newly opened Sofitel So Singapore, where French finesse meets urban hip in a 1927 neo-classical building. The designer dressed staff in his famed black and white collections and created the hotel’s “Lion’s Seal” emblem found embroidered on bathrobes, embossed onto leather-bound sketchbooks, and etched into the art-piece bookend amongst his personal book selections.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Fodor’s Singapore Travel Guide
Round Hill Hotel and Villas
WHERE: Montego Bay, Jamaica
Socialites have been coming to plantation-style Round Hill Hotel and Villas near Montego Bay since the 1950s to mingle under the Caribbean sun. At the property recently renovated by Ralph Lauren, the polo-shirt dress code goes hand-in-hand with the breezy beachside villas. The thirty-six-room Pineapple House exudes clubhouse elegance with panoramic windows, wicker furniture, and private patios overlooking chenille and palm gardens.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Fodor’s Montego Bay Guide