Livingetc selects three chic hotels in London, New York and Paris that are perfect for a city shopping holiday
Get your fashion fix from Paris to New York and London – check into these three must visit hotels tailor-made for a city shopping holiday.
HOTEL VERNET, Paris
THE LOWDOWN Chic boutique hotel in the heart of Paris’s most exclusive shopping district.
BEST FOR Art lovers and those who want Paris on their doorstep, from Chanel to the Champs-Elysées.
This chic 8th arrondissement hotel marked its centenary with a spanking new refurb over its seven floors. Interior designer François Champsaur has done a fine job of breathing new life into this post-Haussmann building with its classic ironmongery and ornate glass dome ceiling, created by the landmark engineer Gustave Eiffel, no less.
The hotel offers sophisticated comfort with walls filled with the kind of serious contemporary art to make any serious collector go weak at the knees.
The modern 60-cover restaurant – located under the stunning dome – is worth visiting even if you’re not staying. Its location couldn’t be better either: it’s just a hop and a skip from the Arc de Triomphe and is located inside the city’s golden triangle for pure shopping bliss. Nearby, check out the Montaigne Market (a bit like London’s Dover Street Market), home to more than 60 world-beating brands. For a gastronomic treat, skip brekkie at the hotel and take a 10-minute walk to avenue des Ternes where you’ll find Maison Kayser, one of the finest artisan boulangeries in Paris.
BOOK IT Approx £199 for a superior room.
THE JAMES, New York
THE LOWDOWN An urban sanctuary in downtown Manhattan with panoramic city views.
BEST FOR Hanging out with the local hipsters at Jimmy, the inhouse see-and-be-seen rooftop bar.
You can’t miss this stylish skyscraper of a hotel, smack bang in the heart of SoHo – it’s the tallest building on the block. But that’s not why it turns heads. This 114-room hotel oozes designer charm, particularly its jewel in the crown, a penthouse suite created by Dutch interior designer Piet Boon with sweeping views of Manhattan’s skyline. Other suites feature reclaimed materials and state-of-the-art tech, including a remote-controlled privacy screen for the bathroom.
The restaurant, David Burke Kitchen, has a more rustic charm with a barn-meets-loft feel; sit near the carving station to watch the kitchen in action. It’s a bustling hotel with rooftop pool
doggy amenities, plus outdoor film screenings and croquet in the minimalist Urban Garden. There’s even a house stylist, who can help you fill your bags with the season’s hottest gear. If you can bear to leave the hotel, step on to SoHo’s cobble-lined streets for the latest names in fashion and art. New kids on the block include NYC fashion designer Rachel Comey (she has a big cult following in the city) and Other Criteria headed up by artist Damien Hirst and chums, selling books, prints and jewellery.
BOOK IT From approx £211 for a queen room.
HAM YARD, London
THE LOWDOWN A charming, eclectic hotel just a stone’s throw from Piccadilly Circus.
BEST FOR Design fans and urban explorers.
This 91-room hotel in Soho is fresh, witty and has designer Kit Kemp’s trademark style stamped all over it. Quirky fabrics, bespoke chandeliers from India, hand-painted furniture and vintage posters make this Firmdale group hotel a statement of eccentricity and charm – perfectly fitting for the West End and all its theatricality. Check out the Fifties-style bowling alley downstairs, complete with karaoke bar and dance floor.
A 176-seat theatre also shows film screenings and comedy. Make sure you take a trip up to the magical fourth-floor roof terrace, with its olive trees, veg patch and stunning views, plus don’t miss the mesmerising 135-dial digital clock wall in the floodlit lobby as you walk in. The rooms are pretty spacious for a London hotel, with the quieter side facing Smiths Court and roofscape views.
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Soho’s shopping opportunities include fun French brand Elevenparis, masters of understatement You Must Create and the iconic Liberty.
BOOK IT From £310 for a double room
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