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June 13, 2024

Best designer-owned luxury hotels around the world 

By Schenelle Dsouza  
Cross industry collaborations are afoot in the luxury industry. And when it comes to the hospitality sector, brands and companies have been investing their creative genius to curate completely unique experiences. One such sector is the fashion industry.  
In a world where style and sophistication intertwine, the realm of luxury travel has been graced by the creative genius of celebrated fashion designers who transfer their knowledge of extravagant design and elegant aesthetics, towards personalized experiences that redefine the essence of luxury hospitality. 
From posh luxury hotels to sophisticated private residences, LuxeBook explores the haute couture of hospitality, where style, comfort, and creativity merge seamlessly to create unforgettable experiences. Where fashion isn’t just what you wear, but also where you stay. Welcome to a realm where comfort, luxury, and style merge to create unforgettable stay with a seamless fusion of fashion and hospitality.  
Check out these remarkable luxury hotels across the world designed by some of the industry’s top fashion designers. Each hotel is a testament to the designer’s dedication, to not only creating lavish accommodations, but also immersive and unforgettable experiences. 
Armani Hotel, Dubai
Armani Hotel, Dubai
 The Armani Hotel in Dubai matches the posh aesthetics of the city, presenting an accommodation that is dressed in understated luxury. Designer Giorgio Armanni chose the city’s iconic skyscraper, Burj Khalifa as the site of his hotel which includes about 160 guest rooms spread across a total of eleven floors; these are located on the first eight floors, with a few more along the 38th and 39th floor. Everything from the interiors to décor, echoes classic Italian design, exemplified by a muted colour palette featuring signature tones of brown, bronze, grey, and taupe. 


Photo courtesy: Armani hotel, Dubai
Given the site of the hotel, the views are expected to be a glorious site. And the hotel room’s curved floor-to-ceiling glass windows do justice to the view, especially at night when downtown Dubai is well lit up. The Armani Hotel avoids the traditional box-shaped designs with sharp lines, and instead opts for curved design, both in terms of the design and décor. The lobby for example, features gigantic, curved arches carved in bronze, with sculptural flower arrangements thrown here and there. Armani was sure to add its trademark logo to practically every object in the room, be it toiletries, pencils, or even sugar cubes.  
Going the extra mile, the Armani Hotel has something called personal lifestyle managers to assist guests with whatever they need including making deliveries and booking appointments and tours. For meals guests can choose from about seven different restaurants; each of these has an “Armani/” prefix. Armani/Mediterraneo is a delicious pork-free gourmet breakfast buffet, that is a must for all guests. Armani/Hashi (Japanese), Armani/Amal (Indian) or Armani/Ristorante (Italian) are fine dining restaurants while Armani/Lounge and Armani/Deli offer a more casual dining experience. The hotel’s Armani/Privē nightclub is a great place dive into Dubai’s nightlife. 
Bulgari Hotel, London  
Photo courtesy: Bulgari Hotel, London
Bulgari has one of the most expensive hotels in London and with good reason. The luxe designer hotel sits on the edge of Hyde Park in Knightsbridge and is said to offer some of the most extravagant accommodations. Italian architect Antonio Citterio was responsible for transforming this decade-old building into the luxury hotel it is. And while luxury and glamour are the idea behind the hotel, the main building hardly does justice. The building does have a seemingly so-so exterior with clean lines yet is bland in design. But don’t go on the hotel’s drab exterior; the interiors are where the opulence exists. Chic, sophisticated and comfortable, the hotel has a mid-century design with 85 rooms and seven signature suites.


Photo courtesy: Bulgari Hotel, London
Now one would expect the rooms to be an extension of Bulgari’s design sensibilities, however, the rooms are actually much more contemporary in style, with a dark-glamour aesthetic. The 85 guest rooms are more or less the same in terms of design and décor – a deep colour palette, with dark leather furnishings, and black floors and columns complemented with rich walnut walls, complete with sustainable design features and state-of-the-art technology. 
The hotel’s Italian restaurant, Sette is said to serve some of the best Italian food in the city. A great night out experience is delivered in the form of Nolita Social, a bar that brings to London the vibrant the New York night aesthetic with great live music, DJs, and a delicious selection of crafty cocktails. 
Fendi Private Suites, Rome
Photo courtesy: Fendi Private Suites, Rome
Fendi introduced a luxe selection of private suites on the third floor of its flagship boutique – Palazzo Fendi in Rome. The enchanting city combined with the opulent ambience of the rooms make for a magical experience for the luxury traveller. The brand designed a limited number of rooms with just seven suites in order to maintain exclusivity and avoid crowds, noise and chaos found in other luxury hotels. Marble is one element that was used in plenty, and by plenty we mean an abundance. From the walls and floors to the pillars and countertops, marble is practically everywhere, and in every single room.


Photo courtesy: Fendi Private Suites, Rome
It goes without saying that Fendi ensured each room be an extension of the brand’s personality. The rooms showcase a rich palette of colours in deep, neutral tones, with crisp lines, hardwood floors, polished wooden walls, and sumptuous, sophisticated décor. Furnishing the private suites was a collaborative project. In the sense that while most of the furniture and upholstery came from Fendi Casa, there were a number of unique pieces from different designers. For example, there are some stunning black and white portraits shot by designer Karl Lagerfeld himself, some crafty chairs by Fritz Hansen, vintage couches by the Campana Brothers, contemporary lighting fixtures by Lindsey Adelman, and mirrors by Gio Ponti. While breakfast can be served in the room, guests will be able to enjoy private dinners at Zuma – a rooftop, izakaya-style Japanese restaurant, or the Robata Grill for a more casual dining experience.  
Hotel Le Bellechasse by Christian Lacroix, Paris


Photo courtesy; Hotel Le Bellechasse by Christian Lacroix, Paris
Forget the debate between minimalism and maximalism, Christian Lacroix’s Hotel Le Bellechasse in Paris brings back retro art theme. Located in the fashion district of Saint Germain, the boutique hotel is bright, eclectic, and fun, best recognised for its flamboyant decor. While still a luxury hotel, Hotel Le Bellechasse includes a cluster of 33 rooms, each one boasting a whimsical soul of its own. 


Photo courtesy; Hotel Le Bellechasse by Christian Lacroix, Paris
Walk into any room, and you will find a mix and match of colours, themes and textures with whimsical décor imbued in gothic decadence. There’s dragonfly wallpapers, colourful murals, and dramatically heavy drapes in a neo-classic palette of dark reds and gold. A dedication to the Christian Lacroix label, the walls feature patterned imagery, while the plush fittings present a warm, comforting aesthetic. The décor is said to be inspired by art, literature, music, theatre and cinema, which is beautifully showcased throughout the hotel. And don’t be fooled, the hotel’s timeless exterior does well to conceals stark contrast withing.  
A cheerful contrast to the interiors, the terrace is a popular spot for residents to relax during the day and enjoy breakfast or an early tipple, although the hotel’s Le Butterfly bar is the best spot for cocktails. Unlike the terrace, the indoor breakfast room mimics the eclectic Christian Lacroix designs with deep purple wallpapers, plush printed chairs and whimsical décor. 
Versace Imperial Hotel Gold Coast, Australia


Photo courtesy: Versace Imperial Hotel Gold Coast
Versace expanded its line of hotels with a new Palazzo Versace Hotel in Dubai, but itsw predecessor in Australia is said to be grander offering. A true definition of luxury, glamour, and sophistication, the Palazzo Versace or Imperial Hotel Gold Coast features some spectacular architecture with a stunning waterfront setting. This was one of the first hotel’s to be opened by a fashion designer.  
Photo courtesy: Versace Imperial Hotel Gold Coast
The hotel currently houses over 200 luxury rooms and suites, which give you an idea of just how massive the property really is. The palatial Roman-style architecture was inspired by the character and spirit of Gianni Versace and was in some way a tribute to the late designer. His colourful prints on the soft furnishings in the lobby to the Grecian motifs that grace the decadent entrance, every detail echoes the spirit of Versace.  
The hotel has some truly standout details like the intricate chandelier in the State Library of Milan or the Medusa mosaic along the entranceway, the details can be subtle or grand, but never out of place. Apart from its state-of-the-art décor, the hotel also showcases impeccable pieces of art, like sculpture, and featured artefacts that give the interiors something special. As if that’s not enough, the hotel also features Australia’s only Water Salon — a pool cabana oasis with a “Cabana Couture Collection” offering special hotel packages for lounging in luxury by the pool. 
The Karl Lagerfeld, Macau
Photo courtesy: Karl Lagerfeld. Macau
Post the death of Karl Lagerfeld, the world saw tributes pouring in, be it at the Met Gala or on social media platforms. But the biggest tribute to date, was the opening of the new The Karl Lagerfeld Hotel in Macau. The hotel is the first ever project to be designed entirely by a fashion designer, that’s right, Karl Lagerfeld designed the hotel prior to his passing. 


Photo courtesy: Karl Lagerfeld. Macau
The project features some of the boldest, brightest, most imaginative elements. For example, the lacquered, glossy black and white walls, the chandeliers from Terzani; or the Ming Dynasty inspired furniture; not forgetting the moon gate-shaped walls and golden mosaics which further reference traditional Chinese craftsmanship. The Book Lounge is by far one of the most impressive sections and is home to more than 4,000 books selected to reflect Karl Lagerfeld’s eclectic taste. 
The hotel is expansive with 271-rooms and is located inside the Grand Lisboa Palace Resort. The design pairs together a bold colour palette with chinoiserie elements, combining classic Chinese design with contemporary Western touches. Lagerfeld’s passion for collaborations was known to all. Reflecting this very passion, the interiors of the hotel include elements like sculptures by Dutch artist Marcel Wanders and French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel, and so on. 
The largest accommodation in the hotel is the Autograph Suite spread across 350 square metres. The space is divided into two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a study, a living room, a massage room, a dining room, and a media room with karaoke! The standard-size rooms are spread across 350 square metres. For meals, guests can indulge in the hotel’s contemporary Portuguese restaurant, Mesa which has a The Great Gatsby-like ambience. The highlight of the restaurant, however, is the state-of-the-art LED ceiling which re-creates a starry sky, giving you the joyous experience of dining under a starry night sky. 


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