LONDON, September 3, 2008 - TripAdvisor(R), the world's largest travel
community, today announced the top 10 hip fashion hotels in the world,
according to traveller popularity and TripAdvisor editors.
1. Raising the Bar: Hôtel Costes, Paris, France - Average
Nightly Rate: GBP330
With a world-renowned bar - confirmed by its own popular CD collection
- Hotel Costes is draped in gold and purple with beautiful dangling chandeliers.
Stay during Paris Fashion Week and you're guaranteed to knock champagne
glasses with some mingling fashion editor. As one TripAdvisor traveller
put it, "There are so many fab hotels in Paris, but we love Hotel Costes
for its gorgeous courtyard, where we eat, meet our friends for drinks,
and people watch too!"
2. Bullish on Bulgari: Bulgari Milano, Milan, Italy - Average
Nightly Rate: GBP577
A short dash to the fashion quarter, Bulgari Milano exudes style with
a lobby featuring black marble falls, white walls, green accents and a
fireplace to warm the scantily clad. Before hitting the fashion shows,
feel like a god or goddess by indulging in the Bulgari Spa, accented with
a gold mosaic pool and green glass hammam (or bath). As one TripAdvisor
traveller said, "A palace of super cool luxury. Gorgeous finishes in absolutely
every nook and cranny, charming detail to hospitality (yummy house scent
as a gift, sumptuous fabrics everywhere, signature Bulgari toiletries)
and simply awesome spa."
3. Bow to the Bowery: The Bowery Hotel, New York City, New York
- Average Nightly Rate: GBP330
Shunning popular minimalist interiors, the Bowery Hotel embraces regal
opulence by indulging in the past. Popular with fashion's finest, the baroque-style
living area - doused in reds, lanterns and dark woods - provides a lounge
area not to be missed. One TripAdvisor traveller recommended, "Overall,
the hotel is fabulous - a bohemian hideaway providing an authentic New
4. Making Hay: Haymarket Hotel, London, U.K. - Average Nightly
Bursting with bold colors and prints contrasting with oak floors and
steel sculptures, Haymarket Hotel features a modern English interior, designed
by duo Tim and Kit Kemp. For a drink, head to the lively bar Brumus, or
stroll downstairs to the magnificent pool area, featuring a pseudo-sunset
light installation and stainless steel bar - where you're sure to make
a splash. According to one TripAdvisor traveller, "The lounge areas are
comfortable and, again, stunningly decorated. The pool is fab."
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5. Top Heavy: Hotel Unique, Sao Paulo, Brazil - Average Nightly
Living up to its name, there is no hotel that resembles the Hotel Unique,
which has four rooms on the second floor and 30 rooms on the top floor.
With an audacious structure and boasting a truly unusual interior, even
the most avant-garde outfits will blend right in. As one TripAdvisor traveller
said, "The hotel is extremely beautiful, with very modern architecture,
a beautiful lobby and really nice and clean modern rooms. The restaurant
on the top is very trendy and serves an amazing (but expensive) breakfast."
6. Deluxe Digs: Lux 11, Berlin, Germany - Average Nightly Rate:
Situated in the heart of Berlin's hip fashion district and designed
by London duo Claudio Silvestrin and Guiliana Salmaso, Lux 11 embraces
luxury and style with stark-white interiors, open-plan rooms and clean
lines. The in-hotel amenities, including a salon, spa, and clothing store,
make primping convenient, especially with one of Berlin's most popular
meeting spots on the ground floor. According to one TripAdvisor traveller,
"Cutting-edge style and urban sophistication make this hotel a fitting
complement to trendy East Berlin/Mitte."
7. Park's the Place: Park Hyatt Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan - Average
Nightly Rate: GBP326
Nothing compares to the perfection of the Park Hyatt Tokyo, with its
uber-chic gadgets (temperature-adjusting toilet seats) yet relaxed atmosphere.
Enjoy magnificent scenery at the New York Bar, where the beautiful mingle
and the Tokyo skyline appeases as the backdrop. As one TripAdvisor traveller
said, "The service is flawless and unobtrusive. The style of the place
is modern, but nothing like a spaceship."
8. Fish Story: Hotel Arts Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain - Average
Nightly Rate: GBP331
With its inside-out facade (steel beams reflect the sun), the Hotel
Arts Barcelona is an extraordinary building designed by Skidmore, Owings
and Merrill. A true Spanish hotel, Frank Gehry adds his touch with a fish-inspired
structure - fittingly adjacent to the pool. As one TripAdvisor traveller
said, "The Hotel Arts is directly on the Mediterranean and stands like
a monument to modern luxury. High-tech and chic, this hotel is stunning
in a multitude of ways. The men and women working look like Vogue ads or
GQ models but act like true professionals."
9. Water Works: BLUE Sydney, Sydney, Australia - Average Nightly
Sip a cocktail in the BLUE Sydney at the Water Bar, a popular spot
for the fashion elite, complete with plush ice-blue cushions and open lounge
areas. The spacious lobby creates a relaxed and inviting environment, while
integrating the wharf-planks and all. According to one TripAdvisor traveller,
"The hotel is stylish and very well-presented and the rooms are comfortable.
There are also great views from the city-facing rooms."
10. Star Gazing: Chateau Marmont - West Hollywood, California
- Average Nightly Rate: GBP260
Half the fun is star gazing at the Chateau Marmont, where you're bound
to rub elbows with an "A" list celebrity, but follow Hollywood legend Harry
Cohn's advice, "If you must get in trouble, do it at the Chateau Marmont."
Modelled after a chateau in the Loire Valley, it's no surprise that fashion's
international elite would feel most at home here. As one TripAdvisor traveller
commented, "What you get when you stay here is access to a fun world of
musicians and movie producers hanging out, an historic and beautiful setting,
and some of the nicest hotel rooms I've ever stayed in."
"These hotels are guaranteed to be the top spots to stay during fashion
weeks across the world," said Luke Fredberg, director of communications
for TripAdvisor, Europe. "The unique nature of these hotels draws fashion
industry luminaries, models and their admirers to eat, drink and party,
turning the hotels themselves into a runway."
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