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A Magical Mystery Tour of Buddha-Bar Hotel Paris

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  Site Where: 4 rue d'Anjou, Paris, France, 75008
June 25, 2014 at 2:17 PM | by | Comments (0)

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!

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Bulgari Will Bring Fashion To Dubai In 2018

June 2, 2014 at 11:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

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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Wintour and Others Walk It Out at The Mark Hotel Before Last Night's Met Gala

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  Site Where: Madison Ave at 77th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10075
May 6, 2014 at 9:09 AM | by | Comments (0)

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]

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The Fashion World is Boycotting The Dorchester Collection of Hotels

April 25, 2014 at 9:59 AM | by | Comments (0)

What happens behind closed doors could have serious consequences in Brunei.

The Dorchester Collection hotel group is coming under fire from the fashion world and it could mean the loss of some very high-profile, and high-paying, guests.

The LA Times reports that the owner of the luxury hotel collection is the Brunei Investment Agency, an extension of the Brunei government just upped the penalty for being a homosexual from 10 years in prison to death by stoning.

Shoe designer Brian Atwood was the first to call attention to this new penalty on Instagram , then other fashion designers and those well-connected in the fashion world began to boycott the hotel groups in Europe during Fashion Week. That includes Principe di Savoia in Milan, Le Meurice in Paris and the flagship Dorchester Collection. It also includes our personal fave, The Beverly Hills Hotel. You can see the full list of Dorchester Collection Hotels here.

Given that the Dorchester Collection has a major stake in the fashion world--they offer the annual Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize and they teem up with various designers for promotions and offerings--this could have some very serious ramifications.

The hotel group, however, is trying to reassure its guests and its bold-named clientele in the fashion industry by reminding them that the laws of Brunei do not apply to their hotels. Here’s the statement they gave to the LA Times:

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Funky Friday: No Diamond Pendant is Too Big for La Maison Champs Elysees

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  Site Where: 8 Rue Jean Goujon, Paris, France, 75008
March 21, 2014 at 4:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to Funky Friday, a new segment we’re trying out which features one photo that we think singularly expresses a hotel’s inner psyche. We look for, and often find, a lot of wacky, wild and wondrous designs that seem to have one thing in common: a Type A personality. So why not have a bit of fun as we all wrap up our week by taking a quick look at some hotels that quite frankly, want our attention.

Have you noticed that when a fashion designer takes on the role of hotel designer, you really don’t know exactly what you’re gonna get? Once the initial hotel of a fashion house opens, we can then look for signature details or some visibly explainable transition from, say, a three-piece suit to a three-room suite.

Judging from the first hotel fully decorated by Belgian designer Martin Margiela, La Maison Champs Elysees Paris, we’re guessing that there won't be another quite like this one. Not even by Margiela himself.

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Tommy Hilfiger Buys The Raleigh; Finally Edges into the Hotel Business

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  Site Where: 1775 Collins Avenue [map], Miami, FL, United States, 33139
March 10, 2014 at 8:52 AM | by | Comments (0)

While we were still sobbing into our colorful patterned knitwear over the apparent death of the Missoni hotel brand, came news of another fashion house getting onto the designer hotel bandwagon. Our brief flicker of excitement was extinguished somewhat, however, when we found out it's Tommy Hilfiger.

Actually, the king of prep has been sniffing around the hotel industry for quite a while, though nothing has as yet come out of his hotel opening plans. He even tried to buy the former MetLife clocktower at 5 Madison Avenue (future site of the New York City Edition Hotel) a few years back, but that didn't work out for him.

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Are We Ready For This? Karl Lagerfeld to Design The Fashion-Branded Hotel in Macau

Where: Macau, China
March 7, 2014 at 1:08 PM | by | Comments (0)

We seriously thought Missoni Hotels would be a contender for the "fashion-branded" hotel opening at the Lisboa Palace, a hotel casino complex coming to Macau. But then Carslon Rezidor Hotel Group announced that Missoni Hotels would be closing down as of this June.

We thought Armani Hotels might also be a contender, especially since it could somewhat complement the Palazzo Versace from Donatella Versace that's also to open in the Lisboa Palace. But it turns out, our last suggestion was very right.

Also, Karl Lagerfeld of Chanel has been dabbling in the hotel design arts as of late. Perhaps the Cotai Strip could be his very first Karl Lagerfeld-branded Hotel. But remember, NO SWEATPANTS ALLOWED.

That's right, Karl Lagerfeld is designing his very own hotel in Macau. Here's what he had to say about it.

"An entire hotel designed by me. It's the first time for me! I think the idea is great!"

Of course you would.

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The WestHouse Hotel Just Got More Fashionable

Where: 201 West 55th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
March 3, 2014 at 9:29 AM | by | Comments (0)

With The Quin just around the corner offering its amazing/ridiculous Bergdorf Goodman on speed dial gimmick, we can't blame fellow Small Luxury Hotels of the World member WestHouse Hotel New York for upping the ante in the high-fashion stakes.

WestHouse has partnered with Net-a-Porter to offer guests access to a dedicated phone line to the Net-a-Porter customer care team, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week in 22 languages. Guests receive same-day delivery (to WestHouse) and, if staying in one of the hotel's 16 suites, direct access to personal shoppers from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. on weekdays and to customer care after hours and on the weekends. There's also seamless online direct connect to Net-a-Porter's website via in-room Intelity Pads.

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Which Fashion-Branded Hotel is Opening in Macau?

Where: Cotai, Macau, China
February 17, 2014 at 3:11 PM | by | Comments (0)

Just like hotels stacking a few different brands into urban skyscrapers,, multiple hotels combined into one massive resort seem to be a "thing" these days. We've seen it happening down in the Bahamas with Baha Mar hotel wonderland which will include Rosewood, Mondrian, Grand Hyatt and Melia hotels, along with the Baha Mar Resort and Casino. And now we will see it in Macau at Cotai with the Lisboa Palace which just recently broke ground. (It's opening next to Steve Wynn's new Wynn Palace.)

The destination, designed by firm WATG, will include the five-star Lisboa Palace with over 1,450 rooms, the Palazzo Versace Macau with up to 270 rooms and a "fashion-branded hotel", also with 270 rooms.

But what fashion brand could this be? Actually, the Palazzo Versace is from Donatella Versace and it will be a spin-off of her Gold Coast hotel. So the question really is--what other fashion-branded hotel could co-exist with Versace?

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Book a Suite, Borrow a Snazzy Burberry Trench Coat at Claridge's

February 3, 2014 at 1:38 PM | by | Comments (0)

Luxury hotels can lift us up with their thoughtful amenity touches--plush bathrobes, slippers by the bedside, exotic scents and the like--but they also can bring our luxury high crashing back to earth with the prices they often charge to use or borrow other amenities. But at Claridge's in London, not only can you look stylish with the hotel's newest amenity offering, you won't have to pay a thing.

The hotel has introduced a Burberry Trench Program which places a Burberry trench coat in every closet of the suites for guests to borrow, free of charge, during their stay. Sizes can even be requested too. If you love it so much, you can buy it. Considering the chances of rain in London during your stay are very good, you'll definitely get some use out of the coat. But even if the sun is shining, we think you should still step out in at least once during your stay.

The Claridge's sister property, The Berkeley, has unveiled a new fashion amenity program as well--the The Fashion Trunk, filled with coveted pieces and rare finds from 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, including Chanel earrings, a Dior necklace and a Pierre Cardin Studio evening clutch. The items are free to borrow and are also available for purchase.

Suites at Claridge's start at £720.00 a night, inclusive of all taxes.

[Photo: Claridge's]

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10 Fashion Designers Create Pieces Just for One&Only Resorts

January 14, 2014 at 11:07 AM | by | Comment (1)

Hot on the heels of St. Regis Bahia Beach inspired wedding dresses, along comes another opportunity to wear your favorite luxury resort.

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, resort chain One&Only Resorts have just launched 10 for 10, a capsule collection created in collaboration with ten fashion designers. Each of the 10 designers have created a signature item inspired by the brand, from high heel sandals by Charlotte Olympia ($1,095), a kimono by Talitha ($840), a Melissa Odabash hat ($135) and tailored shorts by Orlebar Brown ($275).

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Pick Up a (Chocolate) Jimmy Choo Bag at The Mandarin Oriental in Munich

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  Site Where: Neuturmstraße 1, 80331 , Munich, Germany
January 9, 2014 at 11:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

Where are Munich’s well-heeled women sipping oolong these days? We’d venture to guess it’s at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, which just partnered up with Jimmy Choo for an unusually shoe-centric tea service.

The Jimmy Choo Fashion Afternoon Tea takes place in the Lobby Lounge and Mandarin Bar, which is all leather club chairs and plush, patterned sofas. The tea, available through February 28, takes its cues from Choo’s 2014 Cruise collection. So think pointy toes, metal studs, and python skin—but, um, sugar-dusted? (Just go with it.)

The service starts at $53 a head, and offers goodies like chocolate-raspberry macaroons, fruit-caviar shooters, and organic green tea. And then, there’s the piece de resistance: pink candy purses, filled with chocolates. (Modeled, of course, on Jimmy Choo’s swanky bags.) There are some glitzy extras, too: Guests get a glass of bubbly and a gift set with the fashion brand’s perfume.

So, the tea service itself is definitely cheaper than a pair of Jimmy Choos. A stay at the hotel, though, is a different story. We took a peek at rates for this weekend, and they range from $783 to $1,460 a night.

[Photo: Mandarin Oriental Munich]