From a crystal-clad jewel in the heart of Manhattan to a factory-turned-five-star-hotel in a quiet corner of Milan, these hotels have deep roots in the fashion world

Baccarat Hotel, New York, USA

A stay at Baccarat Hotel in New York is like living inside a jewellery box: impossibly elegant, understatedly ornate and, of course, filled with fabulous shiny objects.

The whimsical interiors were brought to life by Paris-based design duo Gilles & Boissier, who left no crystal unturned when it came to the hotel’s soaring common spaces and 114 rooms and suites.

The entire property is adorned with Baccarat crystal in the form of glassware and chandeliers, complemented by pops of fiery Baccarat red—including in the form of fresh red roses.

Its beauty offerings are pretty sweet, too, going all out with luxurious bathroom amenities by French perfumer Francis Kurkdjian. The property also boasts the only dedicated spa in the US by premium skincare brand La Mer.

The hotel is in a prime location in the heart of Manhattan, just a block away from MoMa, a short walk from Eric Ripert’s Le Bernardin restaurant and a stone’s throw from Fifth Avenue. If you’re venturing further out, you can cruise the streets of the city in style thanks to the hotel’s luxury house car service.

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Magna Pars Suites, Milan, Italy

Less well known but no less legendary, Magna Pars has something of an “if you know, you know” status among the jet-set crowd, who flock to secure one of its 39 suites during Milan’s fashion events.

The boutique hotel is housed in the former ICR perfume factory, owned and operated by the Martone family, which has been involved in Italy’s perfume industry for three generations. Once upon a time, they produced fragrances for the likes of Gianni Versace, Nazareno Gabrielle, Nicola Trussardi and Romeo Gigli, the Italian fashion designer whom the Los Angeles Times credited for “singlehandedly changing the course of fashion” in the 1980s.

And since smelling good is more or less religion at Magna Pars, at the heart of the hotel is a serene courtyard filled with fragrant trees and flowers including magnolias, azaleas and roses.

Magna Pars is tucked away on Via Vincenzo Forcella in Navigli, Milan’s trendy canal district, which is refreshingly free of tourists compared to other parts of the city, with casual-chic restaurants, bars and cafes, as well as Mudec, a museum dedicated to art and culture.

Armani Hotels

Clean lines, chic minimalism and an unwavering commitment to quality—the Armani Hotel properties in Dubai and Milan embody everything we know and love about the Italian fashion house. Ever the perfectionist, Giorgio Armani himself has vetted every aspect of the hotels’ design and facilities, from the bespoke furnishings to the restaurant menus.

Armani Hotel Milano is located in the city’s Quadrilatero della Moda, or couture district, and features sculptural interiors in shades of pearl and stone. The hotel encourages guests to embrace la dolce vita—the Armani way, of course. Enjoy an aperitivo at the impressive Bamboo Bar before a Michelin-starred Italian meal at Armani/Ristorante.

The 160-room Armani Hotel Dubai is housed in the iconic Burj Khalifa, where soaring floor-to-ceiling windows frame stunning vistas of the desert city. Each guest is assigned a personal “lifestyle manager” who handles everything from arranging childcare to securing bookings at the hottest restaurants and clubs. Tatler tip: we particularly love the Ambassador Suite, which offers views of the Dubai Fountain from a private, wooden-decked terrace.

Bulgari Hotels

Bulgari Hotels have mastered creating a sense of place, capturing the spirit of each location and giving it the Bulgari touch.

Its London property in the heart of Knightsbridge, for example, features plush city touches such as a leather-bound travel-trunk-turned-minibar in every room and damask silk curtains. There’s even a private, state-of-the-art cinema with space for nearly 50 cinephiles.

Bulgari Hotel Bali, meanwhile, has 59 private villas, each with a private infinity pool and designed in earthy tones, with textures including hand-cut volcanic stone, Indonesian woods and marble walk-in showers. It’s perched on a cliffside in Uluwatu, and its private beach and beachside restaurant, La Spiaggia, are only accessible via the resort’s private Inclinator lift.

Bulgari also has hotels in Milan, Dubai, Beijing and Shanghai, and has announced that a property in Rome—occupying a magnificent building that was constructed between 1936 and 1938—will open as soon as this year.

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Hotel Continentale, Florence, Italy

The seductive luxury of Salvatore Ferragamo's golden age takes form at this Florentine gem, which is the second property in the Ferragamo-owned Lungardo Collection of hotels. 

Continentale is the antithesis of the city's many overly-opulent hotels, choosing instead to go for a soothing, minimalist approach: think blonde hardwood floors, breezy white curtains with bright pistachio and pink accents for a subtle pop. The hotel's walls are adorned with black and white fashion photographs, while classic European films play on a loop on a giant screen in the foyer.

La Terrazza Rooftop Bar is popular among Florence's fashion set. And why wouldn't it be? With its views of the Arno, Brunelleschi's Dome, San Miniato, Palazzo Vecchio and Forte Belvedere.

Round Hill Hotel & Villas, Montego Bay, Jamaica

In in the 50s and 60s, this Montego Bay hotel was the tropical hideaway of choice for Hollywood legends like Clark Gable, Grace Kelly, Alfred Hitchcock, and even the Kennedys. 

Since then, the property has enjoyed a facelift or two—most notably its 36 plush guest rooms designed by Ralph Lauren, who is also a co-owner of Round Hill Hotel & Villas

The all-American designer adopted a preppy-meets-palm trees aesthetic, with rich mahogany paneling, white stone, chinoiserie decorative objects and straw accents. Caribbean subtleties, like green racing stripes and louvered windows and doors that opened to the ocean breeze, have become a signature of the hotel's design. 

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