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Designer Hotels: Gucci is Gearing up to Launch a Dubai Hotel

June 9, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

GucciMove over, Armani. Gucci is getting in on the Dubai hotel action. The Italian fashion house has announced plans for the first ever Gucci hotel, slated to open by the end of 2010 in Dubai's Media City. The Associated Press reports that the building has already been completed, though work on the interiors hasn't yet begun. What's planned? 87 suites, a pool, fitness center, cigar club, and spa. This will be the first property for Elisabetta Gucci Hotels and Resorts. The daughter of the late fashion designer Paolo Gucci is looking to expand to Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, China, Brazil, and Russia.

Summer in London: Rooftop Movies and the New Koffmann’s Restaurant at The Berkeley

June 8, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Berkeley, LondonAs if The Berkeley didn't have enough draws already (the happening Blue Bar, Pret-a-Portea (Fashionista's Afternoon Tea), the acclaimed Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley), the Knightsbridge hotel is pulling out all the stops for a fab summer in London. The buzz in town? The opening of the highly-anticipated new eatery called Koffmann's, which marks the return of the celebrated French chef to The Berkeley, where he operated La Tante Claire for many years. Celebrating French provincial gastronomy and particularly Gascon cuisine, the menu is informal but no less magnificent than Koffmann's much-praised haute cuisine. In fact, the menu du jour promises to be a great value.

More summer fun at The Berkeley: film screenings on the rooftop terrace. This past winter, the Health Club & Spa transformed its terrace for the first time into a pine-filled winter wonderland where guests watched winter classics on the big screen while sipping hot chocolate and getting cozy under pashminas. The private cinema is back for Friday evenings in June, July, and August. Tubs of ice cream and popcorn included.

Sex and the City Mania Continues: Sip a Champagne Cocktail at Shangri-La Sydney’s Blu Bar

June 2, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Shangri-La Hotel SydneyDespite the horrific unflattering reviews, "Sex and the City 2" continues to rake in millions at the box office. And Carrie Bradshaw-inspired hotel packages are taking the world by storm-- in Manhattan, of course, but also circling the globe. Case in point: Shangri-La Hotel Sydney-- the top-notch hotel smack dab in the heart of the historic Rocks district-- is offering Sex and the City themed cocktails at its Blu Bar on 36, the chic watering hole known for its stellar views and sky high cocktails. Moët & Chandon has designed four drinks inspired by Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha called (what else?) The Fashionista, The Socialite, The Bombshell and The Player, which will be served up until June 27, 2010. Get your drink on and toast the return of your favorite leading ladies. $25 each. Official drink descriptions below:

The Fashionista is a combination of punchy seduction and romanticism with a touch of pomegranate and is accessorized with a rose petal. The Socialite is undeniably sweet with notes of elderflower and brown sugar. The Player is a complex combination of citrus and ginger. The Bombshell is a bold pairing of the classic bitterness of cherry with the vibrancy and sweet flare of tangerine.

Armani Hotel Opens in Dubai’s Burj Khalifa; New Hotel Planned for Milan

April 29, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Armani Hotel DubaiAt long last, the Armani Hotel has opened in Dubai's Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building. After years of hype and anticipation, the designer's first hotel is welcoming guests to floors 0-8 (along with 38 & 39) of the soaring, 2,717 foot building. (The Burj Al Khalifa is also home to the world's highest mosque and swimming pool.) To quote the Telegraph UK: "Not content with letting his many collections be a feast for the eyes, the Italian fashion maestro seems determined his hotel should be a feast in every sense of the word. The Armani Hotel Dubai boasts not one, not two, not even three or four - but EIGHT restauarants, ranging from Italian (certo!) and Indian to Japanese and Mediterranean." And Armani himself designed these restos.

The Huffington Post quotes Armani at this week's opening: "Yesterday when I arrived and saw the hotel, I felt really emotional. After five years of working on this project, I finally saw how it all came to life. Working with me is not always easy, I think everyone here would agree because my standards are very high." The hotel features 160 guest rooms, a spa, the Armani Prive nightclub with $800 table reservations, and various shops (including an Armani boutique, Armani Dolci (sweets) and Armani Fiori (flowers). Price tag? Suites cost as much as 40,000 dirhams ($11,000) a night. Next up for Armani? A second hotel in Milan- to be built with partner Emaar Properties PJSC.

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Fashion Hotels: Maison Moschino Hotel Opens in Milan

April 9, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Maison MoschinoVisitors to Milan (especially the fashionista set) are in for a treat. Maison Moschino officially opened in March and it's full of eye candy. Billed as "a world where fashion is king, fairytales come true and dreams are realized," the new 65-room hotel was realized by Stefano Ugolini of Hotelphilosophy, designer Rossella Jardini, and the Moschino creative team. The surreal interiors conjure a dream state, inviting guests "to immerse themselves in a world of imagination and fantasy." Housed in a neoclassical 19th century railway station in the heart of the city, the hotel offers a wonderland of individually designed rooms following imaginative themes like "Little Red Riding Hood," "Clouds," "Luxurious Attic," "The Forest," and "Sleeping in a Ballgown." Your first glimpse inside is of the famous Moschino staple lampshade dress-- now a lamp illuminating the main lobby where origami clouds dangle from the ceiling. The bar and Clandestino Milano restaurant are likewise creatively decorated, channeling Moschino's iconic designs (think dresses and stilettos). Get this: After you've dived into a feast (sushi, meat, vegetarian or vegan dishes), you'll be treated to a palate cleanser: a sake and mint based "mouth wash." Breakfast? No less inventive. The "Mos kit" is served in a container that looks like an elegant shoe box.

Spring Shopping in Milan: Discounts with the Swank Principe di Savoia

March 18, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Principe di Savoia, MilanSpring fever? Why not jet to Milan to get a new look with the new season? Stay in style at the Principe di Savoia, the five-star favorite situated on the Piazza della Repubblica in the heart of the Italian fashion capital. Witness to a recent glam make-over by acclaimed architect Thierry Despont, the hotel is home to some of the best digs in the city, including the Imperial Suite and nine new Principe suites, each appointed with hand-painted frescoes, Murano glass vases, Lasa marble baths, and traditional Italian furniture. Take advantage of the "Spring Package," available from March 22- April 11, 2010, and you'll receive the exclusive Principe Shopping Card, which allows you 10% off the most important designer boutiques in the famous Fashion District, a stone's throw from the hotel. Starting from €295 in a Classic Premium Room, the "Spring Package"also includes buffet breakfast, a voucher for two cocktails at the new Principe Bar, one scrub treatment at the Club 10 Spa, and daily complimentary Limo Shuttle service. Two-night stay required.

Designers and Their Hotels: Diane von Furstenberg Remakes Claridge’s, London

March 15, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Diane von Furstenberg, Claridge'sOver the last few years, we've witnessed a growing trend in the hotel world: top designers are being enlisted to add some glam to hotels' interior design. From Missoni to Armani to Vera Wang, luxury hotels around the world are being transformed with star power. The latest announcement: Diane von Furstenberg is designing a series of rooms and suites for Claridge's, the famed Art Deco hotel in Mayfair that's home to Gordon Ramsay at Claridge's. (This is the same luxury lodging that showcased a dazzling Christmas Tree by John Galliano this past winter.) To be unveiled in June, the rooms will feature "bold prints, bright colors, and originally-crafted pieces of Diane von Furstenberg furniture." Here's the designer quoted in Vogue Magazine UK:

"One of my fondest memories was when I was in London as a young, independent businesswoman and stayed at Claridge's," von Furstenberg said today. "I knew I had made it. To me, Claridge's is the most glamourous hotel in the world; I regard it as my home away from home. I am honoured to become part of the hotel's legacy and rich design history."

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Breaking News: The Scoop on the New Hotel Missoni Kuwait

March 5, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Missoni Kuwait

Come September 2010, Kuwait City will be the site of one of the hottest resort openings of the year. Smack dab in the city center near the world-famous shopping district, the new Hotel Missoni Kuwait promises to lure quite a few fashionable globetrotters to the shores of the Arabian Sea. Why are we so effusive about this property? For one, the partnership of the Milan-based fashion house and the Rezidor Hotel Group seems to be a winning combo; glam interiors feature Missoni's iconic colorful prints and designer furniture, while the facilities encompass a Six Senses Spa, the Cucina Missoni restaurant and Choco Cafe, stylish meeting facilites, and a pool tiled with the signature Missoni patterned stripe. We also dig the complimentary wireless Internet access.

Hotel Missoni Kuwait

What’s New in Chicago: Marc Jacobs Store Opens at Elysian Hotel

February 24, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Marc Jacobs at Elysian Hotel, ChicagoAnother reason to check out the new Elysian Hotel, already a Gold Coast hot spot since its debut just months ago... The Marc Jacobs Collection store has opened in the hotel's street-level retail space, bringing to Chitown the "designer's main line of fresh-from-the-runway threads for men and women." The word from Metromix Chicago: "We're psyched for the boost this luxury boutique will give our city's fashion cred." Racked National describes the space as having "high ceilings, striking black tile mosaics, plush brown carpeting."

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Buy the Westin Heavenly Bed (and Other Goods) on

February 23, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Westin on Amazon

Didn't want to get out of bed the last time you stayed at a Westin? Wish you had that heavenly bed at home? Now you'll be able to buy the chain's Heavenly Bed and Bath products (not to mention the signature White Tea candles) at This partnership between and Starwood Hotels and Resorts is billed as the "first hotel-branded storefront on the shopping Web site." Snatch up the goods on Here's a deal for travelers that The New York Times is reporting: stay twice at Westin properties on Mondays through Thursdays and you'll receive Amazon gift cards worth $100.