Lauren Steventon explores the new fashion suites at Sofitel Fauborg Saint Honore and takes a peek at two more designer destinations.
Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg, Paris
Hidden just off one of the most fashionable streets in Paris is the terribly chic Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg.
Just a short walk from the Place de la Concorde, the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, and the main department stores, this is the place to stay if you have some serious shopping in mind. Perhaps surprisingly, given its central location, the hotel is a haven of tranquility – just the place to sit back after a serious bout of shopping. The courtyard garden is lovely for a summer lunch, surrounded by greenery and far removed from the Paris crowds.
The hotel isn’t just in a fabulous location for Paris-bound fashionistas: the Prestige suites were recently unveiled. Designed by Didier Gomez, they evoke a chic Parisian style themed around what the city is most famous for – fashion. The hallways are lined with black and white couture images, welcoming visitors into a world of timeless elegance.
In the 21 suites, ivory, grey and black mix with amethyst, bronze and crystal as modern day meets 18th-century, Parisian style. Contemporary furnishings sit side by side with original features, cornicing and classic imagery. Bedrooms and sitting rooms are comfortable, with plenty of room for stowing your purchases, while large bathrooms (complete with Hermes products) are perfect for preparing for a fashionable night out.
Even that doesn’t sound lavish enough? The Couture Apartment boasts a sleek, designer look complemented with the painterly photography of Catherine Naundorf. In the bedroom – huge chestnut satin headboard with hand-painted wall paneling; in the lounge – separate dining and work spaces: a fashion-focused home from home in the heart of Paris.
Hotel Missoni, Edinburgh
Edinburgh is a beautiful city, but one hardly famous for its colourful nature. In fact, it is more usually associated with grey: grey stone, grey skies, grey weather. Well, all that has changed thanks to a Italian explosion of bright colour courtesy of Missoni.
To suit the Scottish style, the hotel comes in a sophisticated monochrome palette. However, the black and white is splashed with trademark Missoni brights: stripes on the walls, patterns on the furnishings, spots on the stairs.
Contemporary design furnishings and typical Missoni flair combine in rooms that feature bold spots and stripes almost to the point of psychedelia – fashion fabulous! Missoni are opening their second venture in Kuwait this Autumn.
Armani Hotel, Dubai
Not content with having several clothing lines and a homewares business, Mr. Armani has ventured into the hotel trade. The Dubai outpost bears all the trademarks of the legendary sleek and chic Armani style, filled with Armani Casa items and decorated with a pared down, sexy style.
Completely different to the bling and opulence that often characterises Dubai properties, rooms here are pretty minimalist, with tip-top materials throughout: Japanese tatami mat floors, Florentine leather walls and Brazilian marble bathrooms. For true Armani taste, book the Armani Dubai Suite, personally designed by Armani himself.
It’s not just the rooms that are top quality – every guest has a dedicated Lifestyle Manager who will look after them right from booking to the end of their stay – talk about personal service…
To complete the Italianate picture, pop along to Peck, Milan’s famous deli now open in Dubai and providing all sorts of yummy tidbits. For something a little more substantial, ARMANI/Ristorante is dark and seductive with a classy Med menu.