While many people don’t care where they stay during a trip, I always put in the effort to find a hotel, hostel or apartment that is both stylish and comfortable. Usually I’m not willing to splurge on a 5 star hotel, since I prefer boutique hostels & unique Airbnb apartments anyways, but these visually stunning properties designed by the fashion elite are certainly worth checking out for at least a night.
Recently Karl Lagerfeld announced that he will be designing a hotel in Macau, and the only detail he revealed is that the rooms are going to look like somewhere he’d want to sleep and live. Karl’s just the latest fashion designer to create a hotel to fit his whims – DVF, Oscar de la Renta and many more talented people have put their mark on travel destinations all over the world. Here are some of the fashion designer hotels I’d love to visit:
Photo: c/o Tcherassi Hotels
Tcherassi Hote + Spa in Cartagena, Colombia
Colombian fashion designer Silvia Tcherassi incorporated her taste for elegant fabrics and luxury into each room at the Tcherassi Hotel + Spa in Cartagena. It’s built in a restored colonial mansion located in the old city and offers fantastic city or garden courtyard views. There’s also a rooftop lounge and pool that offers a 360-degree view of Cartagena. Sounds like a dream to me, especially since Cartagena has been on my to-do list for a long time. [Read More: We Heart]
Photo: c/o Claridge’s
Claridge’s in London, UK
When I think about London, I think old world glamour – and the exclusive Claridge’s hotel is the essence of just that. The hotel has 20 suites that were designed by fashion queen Diane Von Furstenberg, whose famous prints are featured prominently throughout. Von Furstenberg also drew upon her own travels for inspiration for these suites, and you’ll find decor reminiscent of things she’s found abroad and photos from her trips hanging on the walls. [Read More: Maniac Magazine]
Photo: c/o Tortuga Bay Hotel, Punta Cana
Tortuga Bay Resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Another of the fashion designer hotels I’d love to get to is this resort designed by DR native Oscar de la Renta. I’m pretty sure this place is paradise. Who wouldn’t want to wake up and look right out onto the beach? The Tortuga Bay Resort in Punta Cana has 30 suites and 13 villas decorated in what can only be called “tropical chic.” [Read More: Departures]
Photo: c/o Uxua Casa Hotel
Uxua Casa Hotel in Trancoso, Brazil
I think this is my favorite of the list. The Uxua Casa Hotel is located in a small fishing village in Trancoso, Brazil, and was designed by Diesel’s creative director in collaboration with local artists. It was also designed with sustainability in mind, which gives them a lot of extra points in my book. For example, their kitchen utensils were carved from coconut shells and beach lounges built from old fishing boats. [Read More: Travel Cravings]
Photo: c/o The Exchange
The Exchange in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Just a short distance from Amsterdam’s red-light district is the The Exchange, a 61-room hotel created in collaboration with students and grads from the Amsterdam Fashion Institution. Some of the rooms look sparse and a bit strange but staying here would certainly make for a few interesting conversations. [Read More: The Cultureist]
Photo: c/o Casa Camper
Casa Camper in Barcelona, Spain and Berlin, Germany
Spanish shoe company Camper has opened two of their luxury boutique hotels, Casa Camper, in Barcelona and most recently Berlin. The rooms are minimal yet cozy with hardwood floors, fluffy rugs and 70s-inspired furniture. [Read more: AFAR]
Not willing to splurge on one of these luxury fashion designer hotels? An equally chic crop of stylish hostels is popping up all over the globe. Here’s a great article listing 16 of the coolest new hostels: Travel & Leisure.
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