Sunday, August 31, 2008

Stay At Your Favorite Designer's Hotel

Fashion designers are expanding into the hotel market. Several hotels have been themed and decked out by world famous fashion designers. Prada, Versace, Lagefeld and Armani all have their names on designer hotels. Here are some of the best:

Palazzo Versace Hotel:
This 205-room, 72-condominium hotel opened in 2000, featuring the opulent Italian designs of Donatella Versace, including a pebble mosaic driveway and blue marble floors. There's also a 1,650-pound chandelier in the foyer that was purchased by Donatella's late brother, founding designer Gianni. Rooms are furnished in Versace home goods, including gold-foiled china, satin sheets and brocade sofas. Bathroom treats include mini bottles of men's and women's Versace fragrances and slippers.

Bulgari Hotels and Resorts:
Fine hotels have stocked Bulgari bath products in suites for years, but it wasn't until 2004 that fine jewelry brand--in partnership with the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company--opened its very own 58-room hotel in Milan, with a focus on spa and beauty. While the suites and rooms are furnished in contemporary, monochromatic tones of grey, tan and black, the spa features a gold mosaic swimming pool and a green glass hammam, similar in coloring to the Bulgari perfume bottle.

Armani Hotel:
Along with 175 guest rooms and suites, Armani's first hotel will include 160 luxury condominiums, five restaurants and a spa. The rooms are furnished with a specially designed line of Armani Casa products--like grey Italian marble floors and navy pleated silk linens--all depicting Armani's credo of understated luxury. For some time, the opening date was early 2009--now it's to be determined.

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