7 Hotel Rooms Designed by Dior, Bulgari and Other Fashion Icons
These days, fashion designers aren't about just the runway — they've also delved into hotel decor. Travelers can add a little couture to their trips by staying in a hotel or room designed or inspired by a famous fashion house or designer. As you may imagine, these rooms are not only beautiful, but impeccably styled to represent an iconic aesthetic. In other words, now traveling fashion hounds have another reason to sleep in!
1. The Dior Suite at The St. Regis New York
The sheer size of this New York suite already makes it amazing. At 1,700 square feet and overlooking the trees in Central Park, it features classic Dior's signature Parisian elegance combined with The St. Regis's glamour. The suite has a living room with a fireplace, an eight-person dining room, a marble bathroom with Laboratoire Remede bath amenities (plus another half bath) and a bedroom with luxurious Pratesi linens covering the king-sized bed. You'll also get a complimentary bottle of Champagne and, of course, that signature St. Regis butler service. Paintings, photos, a Dior coffee-table book and other decor all allude to the storied fashion house. The suite is also covered in Dior French grey and outfitted with Parisian chandeliers.
Rates for The Dior Suite start at $10,500 per night and unfortunately, though you can use SPG points for some of the guest rooms here, you can't use them to pay for this particular suite. Not a Dior fan? The hotel also offers a Tiffany suite and a Bentley suite, so take your pick.
2. The Bulgari Suite at Bulgari Hotel Milan
Bulgari boasts hotel properties in Bali, London and Tokyo, with more opening in Beijing, Shanghai, Dubai and Moscow in the next few years. But as it's an iconic Italian brand, staying at the Bulgari Milano, a onetime palace, is truly a special Italian experience, with the Bulgari Suite being the cherry on the cake. The suite features a wraparound terrace with views of the gardens and Milan's sprawling rooftops. Bookworm fashionistas will go crazy at the stacks of fashion coffee-table books in the living room, while others will make their way to the complimentary full bar or the fireplace that's available from both the terrace and the living room. Stunning floor-to-ceiling windows let in the perfect amount of light, too. If you're still not sold, there's a candy bar in the lobby, where you can fill your Bulgari bags with sweets to go.
If you're planning a trip to Milan and can't manage to get a room here, the city has plenty of other hotel fashion haunts, so check out the Fendi or Armani Hotels. If you can swing it though, the Bulgari Suite starts around 4,300 euros (~$4,800) per night.
3. The Diane von Furstenberg Suite at the One&Only in Hayman Island, Australia
Diane herself designed this luxury, 1,722-square-foot, two-bedroom penthouse suite that features a balcony with sparkling ocean views and two bathrooms, including one with the most enticing rounded bathtub you've ever seen. It also comes with a living room, dining room, kitchen and personal butler service.
The decor itself is so very DVF: Think busy, geometric patterns upholstered on furniture, curtains and bed linens, and animal-print rugs and couches reminiscent of that DVF wrap dress every New York woman has once had in her closet. Although the suite seems city-inspired, (after all, Diane is the quintessential New York woman), the relaxed lines, splashes of pink and sounds of the waves remind you that you are, indeed, on a tropical island.
Staying in this suite will cost you upwards of $5,400 per night, and there's a three-night minimum — so get ready to fork over at least $16,200 to stay here. If a palm-tree paradise just isn't your style but you love DVF, then perhaps Claridge's in London, where she worked alongside decorator Olivier Gelbsmann designing 20 guest rooms, including the famous Grand Piano Suite, would be more to your taste.
4. Badgley Mischka's Imperial Suite at The Breakers Palm Beach, Florida
Mark Badgley and James Mischka, the masterminds behind all those stunning red-carpet couture gowns, designed the Imperial suite at The Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida. Using the natural light and ocean views as inspiration, the decor is understated, elegant and full of warmth. Muted tones such as peach, pale green and beige let the expansive turquoise ocean just outside the suite be the focal point. But that's not to say the 1,700-square-foot suite is just about views, as it comes with five balconies, a foyer, wet bar, one and a half baths and a personal concierge service. Finally, you can stay at a hotel that actually encourages you to host a party in your room!
You'll most likely have to call well ahead to book this suite, as finding availability and pricing online is difficult. Be prepared to fork over a couple thousand dollars per night though, depending on the season.
5. The Maison Martin Margiela Curiosity Case Suite at La Maison des Champs Elysees Hotel in Paris
This camera-shy designer has never followed convention, and has earned a reputation as being one of the most elusive fashion figures out there. His non-traditional methods — like using car seat belts in his designs, colored ice to dye fabrics and challenging fashion show attendees to seat themselves according to their perceived importance — are widely known throughout the fashion world, and if one had to guess what type of hotel room he would create, something different definitely comes to mind.
Though all 17 rooms and suites in this hotel are designed by Margiela himself, the Curiosity Case Suite is the most interesting. Whereas most of the other rooms are white and filled with light, the Curiosity Case suite is dark and brooding with a sexy goth feel. The walls and floors are stained black, and the suite is filled with unconventional curiosity pieces, like random giant mushrooms or a lamp made out of feathers. This room may not necessarily be the most luxurious of all these stunning fashion spaces, but it may just be the most intriguing. It also happens to be one of the most economical rooms on our list, with rates hovering between 500 and 900 euros ($560 to $1,008) per night, depending on the season.
6. The Bottega Veneta Suite at The St. Regis Rome
The 1,400-square-foot Bottega Veneta Suite, designed by Bottega's creative direction Tomas Maier, is all about refined elegance. Bathed in taupe, this one-bedroom features a statement marble fireplace and plenty of fashion photos and unique artwork. Bottega's signature criss-crossed raised pattern decorates pillows, furniture and other decor. Naturally, the suite also comes with personalized St. Regis butler service.
Room rates start at 6,000 euros ($6,730) per night. If you're dying to stay at the suite but find yourself in Florence rather than Rome, you're in luck: There's also a Tomas Maier-designed Bottega suite at The St. Regis Florence that combines Bottega's signature style with elements of the Italian Renaissance.
7. Betsey Johnson's Eloise Suite at The Plaza in New York City
Even the youngest of fashionistas can enjoy a stay in a designer room. Remember reading the Eloise books as a child, where she lives in a room on the "tippy-top floor" of The Plaza Hotel? Designer Betsey Johnson, known for her crazy, whimsical style and love of pink, was clearly a fan, and added her unique touch to this colorful room on one of the "tippy-top" floors of The Plaza Hotel — the 18th, to be exact. "Pink" is the key word when it comes to this suite and you can expect all sorts of playful touches like candy-striped walls, zebra-print rugs, and plenty of sparkles.
Up to four children can stay in the Eloise suite, so if you're looking to spoil your child and all her friends, this is the place to do it. Nightly rates start at $2,043, which includes a copy of the Eloise book, an Eloise robe, keychain, tote, puzzle and afternoon tea among other perks. As Johnson designed this suite with kids in mind, parents may prefer something a bit more subdued, like the adjoining Edwardian-style Nanny Suite, which comes with Champagne and truffles. Rates start at $3,043 plus tax per night for both bedrooms.
Which of these hotel rooms are you excited about staying in?