There’s nothing quite like fashion week in the world’s greatest cities. Whether navigating New York’s hip Meatpacking District or dodging the street style snappers in London’s Soho, catching rays on the cobbles at Milan’s palatial outdoor venues or people watching at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris, every fashion darling needs a chic address to lay their head after a long day of showhopping. But stylish hotels aren’t just for fashionistas, so whether you’re looking for a sleek bolthole for a weekend away, or a long-established residence with fine dining for a business trip, these are the hotels you need to know about. Just don’t let the fashion crowd bag all the rooms
New York, September 7-14
The quaint and quiet one
If what you want during fashion week is easy access to the shows then look no further than The High Line Hotel. Conveniently located off 10th Avenue, there’s a secluded Parisian-style courtyard in which to dine, and the 60 rooms are unusually large for Manhattan. Inside, the Gothic style of the 18th century former General Theological Seminary complex has been well maintained; think ornate fireplaces, oriental rugs, and Edwardian and Victorian antiques sourced from flea markets by designers Roman and Williams. “Every season we host unique events for top magazines, brands, and personalities,” says Nestor E. Lara Baeza, vice president at Geoffrey Weill Associates who looks after the hotel’s PR. “Guests and neighbors love the relaxed vibe of the hotel. Alta Linea, the property's seasonal outdoor restaurant, is one of the buzziest during Fashion Week – Anna Wintour has been spotted there.”
The new kid on the block
The Beekman has a long-standing connection to the fashion world, and according to its designer Martin Brudnizki, “both Martin Margiela and Harpers Bazaar have held shoots within the atrium.” The hotel reopened its doors this summer after a three-year long renovation, and, if the party was anything to go by, it looks set to attract all the fashion darlings, despite being slightly further south of the action. Inside, Brudnizki – whose work includes Soho Beach House in Miami and The Ivy in London– has kept original elements such as the scrolled iron balustrades and original pyramidal skylight in the central atrium. The rooms have also been sensitively reworked with gem-toned furniture in plush fabrics and steel-topped bar carts. Don’t miss Augustine, the brasserie helmed by legendary chef Keith McNally of Balthazar and The Odeon fame, his first in the area. But perhaps most importantly – according to Brudnizki – the hotel also features “a cozy and impressive bar that is the perfect pit stop between shows.”
London, September 16-20
The Art Deco gem
“The Beaumont is perfectly located on quiet Brown Hart Gardens and the hotel has a spa and hammam that is perfect for relaxation after a long day of shows,” says Martine de Geus, marketing and communications director at acclaimed hotelier and restaurateur Corbin & King. “The American Bar is great for a post-show catch-up, as is The Cub Room, a cozy hideaway for hotel guests only.” Treading the boards between old-world glam and new-world design, The Beaumont is decked out in dark wood while plush furnishings in muted creams and soft amethyst add to the soothing effect. It’s handily located in Mayfair, but if your heels tower too high for the walk, there’s a Daimler on hand to drive you to the shows. Extra design nous was added with Antony Gormley’s ROOM, a suite which, from the exterior of the hotel looks like a giant robot perched on the hotel’s Art Deco façade.
The designer hideaway
With most of the big shows taking place in Soho at the British Fashion Council show space, Ham Yard Hotel is exceptionally well-placed, tucked away in a quiet leafy courtyard near Shaftesbury Avenue. “During LFW the hotel is filled with press and designers, due to its location just a two-minute walk from the show space, and the bar is always buzzy,” says Sally Swadling, PR manager for Firmdale Hotels. Doyen of design Kit Kemp has worked her magic across the spacious rooms and suites, each uniquely decorated with graphic wallpaper and bespoke artworks. A large breakfast and dining area takes over the ground floor and a sweet outside courtyard bedecked with candles and greenery is the perfect spot for an aperitif. The library bar is the place to recline with a nightcap, or you could try a thyme-infused Black Margarita at the long pewter bar in the main room, which gets busy around 9pm.
Milan, September 21-27
The ultimate indulgence
“Although fashion week is one of our most exclusive appointments, creative directors stay with us throughout the year,” says Attilio Marro, director of operations at Bulgari Hotel Milano. “One of the best parties we hold is the annual, invitation-only fashion week party.” Fittingly located near Milan’s upmarket Via Montenapoleone, a street packed with luxury boutiques and high-end designer stores, the 1950s build has been decked out with luxe materials such as black Zimbabwe marble, teak and Navona travertine accompanied by a hushed palate of creams, slate gray, and pops of color from the freshly plucked floral arrangements. There are four dining and drinking options, including the newly minted Dom Pérignon Lounge and Raw Bar tucked away in a secluded part of the grounds, and there’s the Bulgari spa to help you unwind.
The fashion designer’s project
Fashion designer and architect Vincenzo De Cotiis has reimagined a 19th century palazzo into Hotel Straf – conveniently close to the Duomo Cathedral – a designers’ dream with stripped bare interior walls, oxidized brass, poured concrete, split slate, and cracked mirrors. “The hotel has been conceived as a type of installation, making it the ideal place for creatives from the world of fashion,” says communications manager Silvia Fondrieschi. “During fashion week it is well known for its street bar, where the atmosphere is alive and vibrant, and becomes particularly addictive at nighttime, with DJ sets and live music.”
Paris, September 27-30
The big reveal
The cultural cachet of the Ritz Paris is unrivaled: Coco Chanel called it her home, Ernest Hemingway was known to prop up the bar and the fashion world’s elite has all taken turns inside its hallowed halls. It’s been closed for renovations since 2012, so fashion week jetsetters have had to look elsewhere for palatial properties. Until now. Amid much fanfare it reopened its gold-festooned doors in June. “There is no other hotel like the Ritz Paris,” says press and communications manager Matthieu Goffard. “With a unique location on Place Vendôme, plus historic suites with luxurious décor, and beautiful gardens, it’s one of the few hotels in the world where history is very present. It feels more like a private residence rather than a corporate hotel.”
The party palace
Legendary Les Bains started life as a bathhouse in 1885 but has since lived life in many guises. It’s been a concert hall, restaurant, and nightclub, always a rallying point for thinkers, artists, and their muses. Marcel Proust, Kate Moss, and Karl Largerfeld – as well as Depeche Mode, Bryan Ferry, Simple Minds, Keith Haring, Johnny Depp, and Sean Penn – have all been to worship at the altar of Les Bains Douches. Today it’s reimagined as slick hotel, but with a concept fashion store across the street, and a club in the basement. Michelin-starred chef Philippe Labbé has crafted the menu at ground-floor Restaurant La Salle-à-Manger, and the eating takes place under a superb, blood-red lacquered ceiling that pours in columns to meet the tiled floor. “We’ve hosted show dinners and parties for Dior, Balmain, Vivienne Westwood, Courrèges, and Louis Vuitton,” says owner Jean-Pierre Marois. We say, if only these walls could talk…