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It seems a little uncouth to talk hotel swimwear the day after we’ve looked at
possibly the most beautiful hotel uniforms of all time, but this is Barcelona we’re talking about, and in Barcelona one goes to the beach.
The swimwear is, according to Tempest and the hotel, inspired by the “buzzing energy and vibrant colors” of Barceloneta, the city’s beachfront. And he’s done pretty well - love the turquoise mosaic pattern (mosaic = very Gaudi) and the metal detailing.
Greece’s new finance minister Euclid Tsakalotos may officially have made a(n intentional?) boo-boo yesterday when he rocked up to negotiations about the bailout situation with his prep notes in full view of the paps, but it was a moment that endeared him to us as we noticed from the notepad that he’s staying at one of our favorite hotels in Europe: The Hotel.
The Hotel is, indeed, the hotel of choice for diplomats and politicians visiting Brussels – even Barack Obama has stayed there. And you know who else has stayed there? HotelChatter. We spent a night there last year and loved it so much that we extended it for three more (as hotel addicts rarely do we go further than a one nighter). And yet it’s predominantly a business hotel, which is definitively not the style that this HC member goes for. So why did we fall so desperately in love with it? Because it’s not your typical business hotel. And here are 10 reasons why.
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It's a step and repeat of sorts for The Mark Hotel. Once again, the luxury Upper East Side hotel served as the departure point for several glamorous celebrities heading out to the annual Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday night. Leading the stylish pack was, as usual Anna Wintour, who was joined by hotelier André Balazs, designer Michael Kors, actors Emily Blunt, Kate Hudson, and Adrien Brody, rapper Common, and a slew of models from Jourdan Dunn to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Kendall Jenner.
Here are just a few shots of the fashion elite exiting the hotel.
The Vivienne Westwood-inspired penthouse suite for the luxury hotel will feature exclusive art and customized furnishings, as well as perks for the suite's guests such as--one hour of private shopping at the Vivienne Westwood store in West Hollywood and a special discount on all purchases; His and Her gift bags from Vivienne Westwood upon check-in; and Vivienne Westwood-branded amenities within the suite.
At 11,000-sq.ft., it will be the largest hotel suite in Los Angeles when it opens on May 18. Here's a bit more on the layout and style of the bi-level, two-bedroom suite, including its impressive rooftop terrace, all of which was done in collaboration with Richmond Design. There are a lot of design details to pore over, and since we don't want any of you eagle-eyed fashionistas to miss out, we've put the official suite description down below.
Alas, such a couture stay and all the Vivienne Westwood perks come at a very haute couture price--$25,000 a night. However, the hotel will also unveil three Metropolitan suites on May 18, ranging from 1,600-2,200-sq.ft. and which may be slightly more affordable.
The suites' unveiling will mark the end of the hotel's $25 million renovation, which has created a 110-seat Screening Room, along with new junket suites, new ninth floor suitesand a new 2,600-sq.ft. fitness center. We just hope those sacred Vivienne Westwood scarves are on a strict lockdown.
Downtown Los Angeles is in the middle of a certified hotel boom, echoing the larger development boom that is happening in this often overlooked area of Los Angeles. There's the Ace Hotel (which we know and love), the just-opened hybrid Residence Inn and Courtyard by Marriott, along with the forthcoming massive InterContinental Hotel, a hip Freehand Hotel/Hostel and the pending new look of the old-school Hotel Figueroa.
And in a few years, there will be a luxury hotel from Roberto Cavalli. Seriously.
DTLA's man about town, Brigham Yen reports that the new Figueroa Central complex, which just broke ground across from the Staples Center, has released the details on the planned 183-room hotel. And Roberto Cavalli, through the Dubai-based Pragma Group, will be doing the branding of the hotel.
We’re just going to let those two words – “timeless style” – taken straight from the Palazzo Versace website, sit alongside the above image for a minute. We’ll be here when you’re ready.
Taken it all in? Though we’ve spent much more than a minute looking at this and the few other visuals now available for the Dubai-based (where else) extravaganza, we continue to struggle putting into words what we think. It’s… very bright. To the point where we feel like you’d be wearing sunglasses inside. We also cannot sign off on the turquoise and the purple against the burnt sienna(ish) of the marble on the floor. Are we alone in thinking this?
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'Tis the season to be extra stylish at these fashion-minded hotels.
THE NEIMAN MARCUS CLOSET at St. Regis Washington, DC: Need the perfect dress for the holiday party but no time to shop? The Neiman Marcus Closet, as the service is called, will ask St. Regis guests a list of fashion questions before they arrive, such as "Who is your style icon?” along with sizes and body type. Neiman Marcus’ personal shopping team will then pick out a few items and set them up in the closet for the guest to try on and eventually, purchase. There is no cost for the service, which is arranged through the St. Regis Butler or the hotel's concierge. Guests only need to pay for the items that they want to wear, and of course, the room, which starts at around $300 a night.
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Way, way, way back before Kanye West turned into one-half of Kimye, he once semi-permanently lived at Soho's ultra cool Mercer Hotel. He then later hooked up The Mercer star with tickets to his concert. An employee even wrote in to tell HotelChatter just how nice Kanye was to them.
We wonder if Uncle Karl will be just as nice.
Page Six reports that fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has taken over three floors of the hotel while he's in town to celebrate his item for Louis Vuitton--a $175,00 punching bag emblazoned with LVs. Hmmm...we also can't help but wonder if he's looking to The Mercer for ideas for his next hotel project?
While regular guests were apparently turned away because of Lagerfeld's presence, the good news is he won't be in town forever. Rooms are still sold-out at the hotel but they will open back up on Thursday...for $750 a night, before tax.
GO INSIDE KARL LAGERFELD'S WORLD AT THE SOFITEL SO SINGAPORE HERE
Right after Shanghai (now 2016, but previously 2015) and before Dubai (2018), Bulgari Beijing is slated for early 2017, next to the Liangma river in the Embassy District. Its 120 rooms will, apparently, be some of the largest in the Chinese capital. There will also be an Italian restaurant, bar, spa and – wait for it – a private park.
The hotel will be designed by Bulgari’s regular team from Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners, and the look will be “contemporary Italian”, though there are no renderings yet. But know that Bulgari has high hopes – according to the website, “It is conceived as a link between the discerning traveler in search of nature and art, and the sophisticated elite of Beijing.” Backhanded compliment or clumsy wording? We can’t decide. Either way, let's hope it's not Vulgari.
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Now that the word is out regarding the sale of the Mondrian Soho to the Buddha-Bar Hotel Collection owner, Gerard Guez, we thought you might like to have a peek at the fairly-new Buddha-Bar Hotel Paris (opened as a Preferred Boutique Hotel in June 2013) to get an idea of what all the brouhaha is about regarding these properties in Paris, Prague and Budapest.
The 56-room Buddha-Bar Hotel Paris is located right in the fashion heart of the 8th arrondissement (and is often used in fashion shoots), just off Faubourg Saint-Honoré but, when you enter, you feel as if you’re not in Kansas (or Paris) anymore. All looks standard-issue Paris on the outside of the 1734 building, but step inside to face the 120 red-glass lanterns hanging at the entrance, and you imagine that you’ve been thrown into the movie classic, “Shanghai Express.”
With just a hint of opium-den design, the hotel and its rooms are full of mahogany wood, red or black lacquered doors and tabletops, golden brown or yellow walls and carpets, and grey or red sofas and chairs. Greeting you in the lobby, besides the Buddha-like black cat, is the Chinese Dragon woven into the carpet – a motif you’ll find throughout the hotel – as the official protector of travelers to this, and other, foreign lands.
Have a look at the photo gallery!
Luxury hotels are a dime a dozen in Dubai — OK, a million a dozen — and it really is only a matter of time before the world’s top fashion designers want to be part of the action. Bulgari Hotels and Resorts have just thrown their hat into the ring with the announcement of their fifth luxury hotel, Bulgari Hotel Dubai, to be located on Jumeirah Bay Island. The hotel group has not given an official opening date, but has said it will likely be in 2018.
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She's so fancy, but you already know...
After last year's
disastrous cutting edge punk party, the Costume Institute Met Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, co-chaired by Vogue's Anna Wintour, took on a more refined air this year with the "White Tie and Decorations" theme. Celebs and models alike came to the event dressed in the best of the best couture but probably left a little lighter in the pockets as tickets start at $25,000.
Before hitting the red carpet, the pretty faces and bold names strutted their stuff outside The Mark Hotel, the traditional pre-Met Gala party spot. Here's a look at what Anna, Posh and Becks, Bradley Cooper (another co-chair!) and our girl crush Lupita Nyong'o were wearing last night.
Bradley Cooper goes literal with the "White tie" theme.
Posh and Becks keep it, well, Posh and Becks style.
We heart everything about this picture. She can do no wrong.
While the tickets to the Met are out of your price range, the rooms at The Mark are "only" $695 a night for a superior queen room.
[Photos: Rob Kim/Getty Images via The Mark Hotel]