Hotels Designed by Doyens of Haute Couture ...

Fashion designers have the ability to make our jaws drop or make us shake our heads with their incredible catwalk creations. What they can do with fabric and color is incredible. But does that eye for style and design extend beyond the catwalk? Let’s take a look at what happens when fashion designers apply their creativity to hotels.

1. Hotel Du Petit Moulin, Paris, France

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Located in the heart of Paris's famous Marais district, the Christian Lacroix decorated boutique hotel boasts 17 luxuriously appointed bedrooms and suites that pay homage to old Paris in their interior design. Offering a unique flair and charm among Europe's designer hotels, the Hotel du Petit Moulin is surrounded by art galleries, street artists and high fashion

2. Palazzo Versace, Queensland, Australia

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Donatella Versace's signature bold designs are not necessarily everybody's cup of amber nectar. Contrasting patterns and colors in wallpaper and fabrics decorate every luxurious room. Gold features heavily here. It may be regarded as a temple of elegant opulence, dripping with Italian flair and a hint of Renaissance architecture, but waking up to Donatella's creations may not be everybody's idea of a relaxing vacation. Still, there is the wonderful restaurant to look forward to...

3. Claridge's, London, United Kingdom

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Claridge's is the Art Deco jewel in the crown among designer hotels. Boasting twenty luxury rooms and suites in central London, Claridge's timeless elegance has attracted fashion designers and dignitaries for more than a century, providing a temporary home for movie stars like Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, Yul Brynner, Bing Crosby and Katherine Hepburn during their time in Britain.

4. Lloyd Hotel and Cultural Embassy, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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Just like every traveler is unique and has unique needs, the Lloyd Hotel's rooms are different, every one decorated by several popular Dutch designers. It doesn't matter if you're on a budget or rich enough to order a genuine Rembrandt with your bacon and eggs. Rooms ranging from one to five stars are predominantly classified on size here. It's an art lover’s home away from home.

5. Heidelberg Suites, Heidelberg, Germany

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Considered to be one of the world's most romantic cities, historic Heidelberg in southern Germany has attracted travelers from all four corners of the globe for centuries. The Heidelberg Suites were decorated by Florentine architect Michele Bonan, who wanted to pay homage to the city's long history and German romanticism with her designs. The former mansion now boasts a neoclassical decor with contemporary gray walls, a very tempting spa and spacious, well-appointed rooms.

6. G & V Royal Mile Hotel, Edinburgh, Scotland

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Thankfully, there's little evidence of tartan at the G&V Royal Mile Hotel, but staff do wear plaid, so be warned. There may be bagpipes later. This designer hotel was decorated by Italian fashion house Missoni, each room as unique as Scotland's many types of heather. Bold, colorful designs make every guest room a visual feast.

7. Armani Hotel, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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No list of designer hotels would be complete without a mention of Armani. Dubai is home to the tallest building in the world and naturally, its dimly lit hallways and spacious guest rooms should ooze luxury with dark wood, Italian leather and opulent textiles from every pore. Calming hues of mushroom, cream and pearl gray make each room a haven of tranquility in this busy city. Eat your way around the globe at the hotel's restaurant, which serves a selection of Indian, Italian and Japanese dishes. Don't forget to treat yourself to a pre-dinner cocktail or a nightcap from the world's finest selection of wines and spirits in this larger than life hotel.

So what do you think? Should fashion designers stick to clothes or should they branch out and use their skills in other arts?

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