London, Milan, and Paris are meccas of all things fashion, where upcoming seasons’ looks are showcased, and fresh, new styles are born.
New York, Madrid, and Los Angeles also lead on the fashion forefront, drawing style observers and fans from all corners of the globe. Visitors to these cities have no trouble eyeing out cutting edge trends and snapchatting epic street style left, right and centre.
For the chic traveller looking to check into some of fashion’s motherlands, Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travellers with over a million properties, has found the best places to stay in each city. After running from boutique to boutique, you’ll certainly find your beauty sleep at any of these fabulous accommodations.
New York is unquestionably one of the most luxurious shopping destinations. Whether you’re hitting up Bergdorf’s on Fifth Ave or the Alexander Wang store in SoHo, true fashion inspiration will come from the stylish New Yorkers themselves. Home to the ultimate street style, fashion enthusiasts will be smack dab in their element on touching down in NYC.
Stay here: The Langham Place
Located in the coveted district of Midtown Manhattan, Langham Place offers a Fifth Ave experience unlike any other with personalized service, views of the iconic Manhattan skyline and 24-hour dining services. The best part? The hotel offers complimentary ironing services of up to five items per day, so you can stop to fix that crease in between events.
With British fashion icons like Kate Middleton and Kate Moss, it’s inevitable that London has some of the best fashion designers. From the classic Burberry to the out-of-the-box Charlotte Olympia, London’s many shopping choices offer a rich and diverse selection of ready-to-wear, footwear, bags and accessories. Bringing or buying an empty suitcase would be a wise investment as you’re sure to leave London with more threads than you arrived.
Stay here: Onefinestay – City of London Private Homes
This fashion-forward, luxury collection of apartments offers different locations around the financial district, near St. Paul’s Cathedral, Barbican and the Museum of London. Onefinestay is perfect for the fashionista on-the-go, with a supplied iPhone that has free data, local calls, area recommendations and general assistance (available 24/7)! Each apartment also features free WiFi, a living area, a fully-equipped kitchen with linen and towels provided.
While the thought of Milan may bring up pizza and pasta, the beautiful Italian metropolis is also known for its legendary designers. Fashion-watchers can expect to see the work of Gucci, Prada, and Versace everywhere they turn. When you’re not people-watching European street style, visit the shops on Via Montenapoleone – essential for luxury shopping and nearby to the iconic Duomo cathedral.
Stay here: Hotel Manzoni
If you really want to fit in with Milan’s fashion elite, the 4-star Hotel Manzoni is located within the highly popular shopping area of Via Montenapoleone. Ideal for the street style star seeking unique shops and a short jaunt to some of Milan’s greatest architectural masterpieces like the Duomo Cathedral and the Sforzesco Castle.
Did you know the word ‘chic’ is French-derived? And for good reason! Paris, the home of fashion legends Coco Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent, oozes innovative couture, luxurious garments, and sleek silhouettes. Where else would you expect Raf Simons to transform the Louvre into a floral mountain for Dior’s 2016 show? From the array of Hermès locations to Christian Dior’s Avenue Montaigne flagship, Paris attracts every celebrity and major fashion editor to the city of lights.
Stay here: Regina
Overlooking the Louvre and the Tulieres Garden, Regina is sure to inspire the creative minds of fashion lovers. With direct access to the Opera Garnier, the Champs-Elysees, Musée d’Orsay and luxury boutiques, guests will have plenty to do when not perusing boutiques. Get the ultimate experience by arriving at your nightspot of choice with the hotel’s limousine service.
Often known for its elegant architecture, history, and world-class museums, Madrid is a fashion lover’s paradise. From bohemian to posh, Madrid’s styles of choice are nothing if not colourful, contemporary and eclectic. Shoppers would be wise to hit Calle de Serrano, one of Spain’s ritziest streets with high-end department stores like Jardin de Serrano as well as high street brands and smaller shops set up in what were at one time small palaces.
Stay here: TÓTEM Madrid
Located in Madrid’s swank Salamanca neighbourhood, TÓTEM’s combination of modern décor within a historic building is the perfect home away from home for the most style-savvy of travellers. Take a shopping break to check out nearby cultural must-sees Retiro Park, the Golden Triangle and Cybeles Fountain. Start each new shopping day with a refreshing cleanse in your room’s rain shower with 100% organic, handmade toiletries.
Many know Los Angeles as a health and wellness hot spot, though let us not forget its highly warranted reputation as one of the key hubs for glitz, glam and, without question, fashion. Visitors come from all corners of the globe to hit up famous, luxury shopping street Rodeo Drive. Celebrity favourite Robertson Boulevard boasts both high-end labels and unique independent boutiques with a flashy Dolce and Gabbana flagship, Tory Burch, Kitson and more lining the street that is made up of nearly 75% clothing stores.
Stay here: AKA Beverly Hills
Just half a mile from Rodeo Drive and two miles from Robertson, this boutique Beverly Hills hotel’s suites feature panoramic views of the Hollywood Hills. Each suite includes a fireplace, cable TV with HBO film channels, A/C, and a washer and tumble dryer – great for those with stylish items they may want to wear twice during their in-vogue L.A. adventure. Bathrooms incorporate marble and glass accents plus custom toiletries.