Designer Digs

Hotels where high fashion sets the style

The g HotelHaute couture has found a new home in a growing collection of luxury hotels branded by fashion designers like Versace, Armani and Christian Lacroix. Following is a sampling of fashion-forward properties making statements across the globe.

The g Hotel
Gallway, Ireland

The Monogram Hotel Group’s flagship property, the 101-room g Hotel, was designed by the high-fashion hatmaker Philip Treacy. Since the early 1990s, Treacy’s elaborate creations, often more like sculptures than headwear, have been worn by supermodels sporting the runway collections of the likes of Valentino and Chanel. The g’s design reflects Treacy’s propensity for the surreal, as seen in the Pink Salon (above), which can be booked for private parties of up to 40 people. The property also offers six “occasion suites,” including a breakout room for up to 100 and a boardroom with a sky lounge, accommodating 20.

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Hotel Villa Amista
Corrubbio, Italy

In the countryside of Valpolicella, a few miles outside Verona, Italy, lies the 60-room Byblos Art Hotel Villa Amista, a renovated 15th-century Renaissance villa bedecked with accoutrements inspired by the Italian fashion label Byblos. Pieces designed specifically for the hotel are part of the Byblos Casa collection, the brand’s effort to combine high fashion and interior design. Furniture was inspired by 16th- and 17th-century iconography present in Venetian paintings, as well as more modern influences such as Frank Lloyd Wright’s wooden tables. The hotel has three meeting rooms, seating 55, 35 and eight people, respectively.

The following fashion labels are making their mark in the hospitality industry.

[GEORGIO ARMANI] The 160-room Armani Hotel Dubai is scheduled to open in 2009. Properties in London, Milan and New York City also are planned.

[CHRISTIAN LACROIX] The 17-room Hotel du Petit Moulin and the 34-room Hotel Bellechasse, both in Paris, sport interiors designed by the man himself.

[MISSONI] Due in spring 2009: the 136-room Hotel Missoni Edinburgh in Scotland and the 200-room Hotel Missoni Kuwait.

[BULGARI] The 58-room Bulgari Hotel Milan (Italy) and 59-villa Bulgari Resort Bali opened in 2004 and 2006, respectively. Possible future sites include London, Los Angeles, New York City and Paris. -- K.H.

Palazzo Versace

In June 2009, the world’s second Versace palace (the first being in Gold Coast, Australia) will open in Dubai Creek, in Dubai’s Culture Village development. Londoners were the first to view the resort’s extravagant decor, when three display windows of Harrods department store showcased model rooms (pictured below) this past May. Plans call for 213 guest suites and 169 private residences, male and female spas, rooftop labyrinth Palazzo Versacegardens, Lebanese and Italian restaurants, a scuba lagoon and a climate-controlled beach with a kind of outdoor air-conditioning that will guarantee comfortably warm temperatures, despite the hot desert sun.

Round Hill Hotel & Villas
Montego Bay, Jamaica

Round Hill’s 36-room Pineapple House, which offers beachfront Round HIll Hotel & Villasaccommodations (pictured) on the Caribbean Sea, emerged in 2005 from a $6 million room renovation led by Ralph Lauren, a longtime resident of one of the property’s villas. Lauren’s signature classic design is in evidence, with lots of white (walls, floors, ceiling, drapery) to complement the white sand outside. Splashes of color come through in furnishings such as chairs and sofas from Lauren’s Home Collection. The Pineapple House accommodates events of up to 120 people.