Fendi Private Suites, Rome
Fendi Private Suites, Rome

Fashion hotels: From Versace in Dubai to The Pelican in Miami

Landmark places to stay courtesy of designers including Renzo Rosso, Ralph Lauren, and Christian Lacroix

Aoife Oriordain
Friday 04 March 2016 12:15
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Fendi Private Suites, Rome

Fendi is the latest of Italy's luxury fashion houses to check in to the hotel business. In this case, fashionistas can slip between the sheets of seven newly opened suites on the third floor of the Palazzo Fendi, overlooking Largo Carlo Goldini, near Rome's Spanish Steps. The elaborate 17th-century palazzo once belonged to the aristocratic Ludovisi Boncompani family and has been home to the label's flagship store for 11 years. Each of the suites, designed by architect Marco Constanzi, has been given a Fendi makeover, complete with coloured marble, Gio Ponti mirrors and custom-made furniture from the Fendi Casa line.

Palazzo Fendi, via della Fontanella Borghese 48, Rome, Italy (00 39 06 977 980 80; fendiprivatesuites.com). Doubles start at €500, room only.

Palazzo Versace, Dubai

Palazzo Versace, Dubai

Versace is not known for understatement, and the same could be said for its hotels. It's a case of bring on the bling at its latest outpost at Dubai Creek in the emirate's Cultural Quarter. The hotel is built to resemble a 16th-century Neoclassical palazzo, with a large mosaic of the brand's Medusa logo, created using 800,000 pebbles, greeting guests from the centre of the driveway. There are 215 rooms, five restaurants and the first Qs Bar, from music legend Quincy Jones.

Culture Village, Al Jadaf, Dubai, UAE (00 971 4556 8888; palazzoversace.ae). Doubles from £575, room only.

Bulgari Hotel, London

Bulgari Hotel, London

Founded in the 1880s in Rome, the house of Bulgari extends beyond jewellery these days. After outposts in Milan and Bali, the third Bulgari Hotel opened in 2014, in London's upmarket Knightsbridge area, overlooking Hyde Park. Designed by Italian architect Antonio Citterio, its 85 rooms are sleek and sophisticated. One stand-out feature is the luxurious, subterranean spa with a mosaic-clad lap pool. Next up are hotels in Shanghai, Dubai and Beijing.

171 Knightsbridge, London SW7 1DW (020 7151 1010; bulgarihotels.com). Doubles from £490, room only.

Hôtel Jules César, France

Hôtel Jules César, France

French designer Christian Lacroix has several successful Paris hotels, as well as the Jules César, which opened in Arles two years ago. It's a riot of Lacroix's signature, colourful style married with the building's historic charm. The back story of this 17th-century Carmelite convent, inspired Lacroix, with some of the decor relating to previous guests, such as the monochrome hues of the cloister rooms intended to evoke the works of Pablo Picasso and Jean Cocteau.

9 Boulevard des Lices, Arles (00 33 4 90 52 52 52; hotel-julescesar.fr). Doubles from €150, room only.

Round Hill Hotel & Villas, Jamaica

Round Hill Hotel & Villas, Jamaica

One of America's most successful designers, Ralph Lauren, turned his eye to designing the 36 Oceanfront Suites at Jamaica's Round Hill Estate. Set on a peninsula overlooking Montego Bay, it was built in the Fifties as a colony of cottages for its jet-set visitors. It's one of the island's landmark places to stay and Lauren's classic style is the ideal complement, with breezy hues of white and blue with plantation-style touches such as louvred shutters and four-poster beds.

John Pringle Drive, Montego Bay, Jamaica (001 876 956 7650; roundhill.com). Doubles from $520 (£371), room only.

The Pelican, Miami

The Pelican, Miami

Renzo Rosso, founder of the Italian clothing brand, Diesel, is known for his sense of fun. That philosophy extends to the brand's hospitality venture, the kitschily designed Pelican Hotel in Miami's South Beach. In the heart of the city's landmark Art Deco district, each of the 30 rooms has its own diverse decorative theme, whether it's the 1950s, Tarzan or the Wild West – with a heavy dose of humour.

826 Ocean Drive, Miami, Florida, USA (001 305 673 3373; pelicanhotel.com). Doubles from $300 (£214), room only.

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