Sometimes when we travel it’s the hotel that’s the destination. Sometimes it’s even the room that’s the destination. This is especially true when the hotel is the creation of a noted fashion designer. In honor of this month’s Fashion Weeks in New York, London, Milan, and Paris, we’ve scoped out 10 Hotels with Fashion Flair. If you’re thinking about a getaway to one of these dream worlds, here are a few tips to make it even more dreamy:
Save such high-fashion havens for lazy or romantic trips.
Face it: You are not going to want to leave your room. If you’ve got a jam-packed sightseeing itinerary, you’ll only end up frustrated that you’re not in the hotel more. So choose such hotels for trips where you plan to spend half the day in your room anyway.
Make time for a photo shoot.
You’ll have a backdrop that fashion magazines pay good money to use. So bring your best camera, pack a nice outfit, and take advantage of the near-theatrical setting. Shoot a photo of the two of you for your Christmas card, your engagement announcement, or at the very least for your Facebook page.
If you’re celebrating a special occasion, tell the hotel.
If it’s a wedding anniversary or birthday, say so. Hotels want to make such occasions memorable—so you’ll tell your friends about the amazing experience you had and spread good word of mouth about the hotel—and they may do so with a special amenity or a complimentary upgrade. If it’s a city hotel, book a Sunday night to increase your chance of an upgrade. (On Sunday nights a city hotel is at its least full, since weekend leisure travelers have left and Monday’s business travelers have not arrived yet.)
Connect with the hotel on Instagram.
Photogenic hotels and fashion houses are very active on Instagram, and hoteliers want you to post photos of the cool visual details around their property. So tag the hotel to indicate you’re excited about your upcoming visit, then tag it again when posting images during your stay. A smart hotelier may want to do something special for you (e.g., send a photogenic cocktail or gorgeous chocolates) to incentivize you to post even more photos that show off the hotel.
Pack an extra zip-top bag. You know you’ll want to take home those little bottles of designer shampoo, conditioner, and the like. And you know they belong in a sealable plastic baggie. If you’re traveling with only carry-on luggage—which means you’ll need to fit all your liquid toiletries into one quart-sized zip-top bag for the flight home—start your trip with minimal liquids: Leave your own shampoo and moisturizer at home.
What are your tips for making the most of a getaway to a high-fashion hotel?