Designer Digs: Hotels Meet High Fashion

PHOTO: Puntacana Resort & Club in Tortuga Bay, Dominican Republic is part of Oscar de la Renta.
Puntacana Resort & Club

New York's Fashion Week is almost over, but the traveling fabulous can extend the experience with a stay at one of these hotels with ties to high-end designers. From Ferragamo to Armani and Italy to the Caribbean, check out these five options for designer digs.

PHOTO: Lungarno Hotels, part of Ferragamo.
Lungarno Collection
Ferragamo -- Lungarno Hotels Collection

Founded by Salvatore Ferragamo, this collection of luxury hotels is Italian in its tradition. There are 10 properties in the collection, seven in Florence, one in Rome and two in Tuscany.

"Entering the world of hospitality was very important to my family as it's very similar to the world of fashion, giving us the opportunity to create a different experience and lasting memories," Leonardo Ferragamo, Salvatore Ferragamo's son and the company president, said on the hotel web site.

And fashion is very much at the forefront of the individual hotels. The Portrait Hotel near Rome's Spanish Steps liken its suites to a fashion studio. And at Florence's Gallery Hotel Art, the the hotel is described as a "favorite local meeting place in the heart of Florence amongst fashion, art, and stylish people."

PHOTO: Puntacana Resort & Club in Tortuga Bay, Dominican Republic is part of Oscar de la Renta.
Puntacana Resort & Club
Oscar de la Renta -- Tortuga Bay, Dominican Republic

On the beaches of Punta Cana -- known more for its mega all-inclusives than luxury boutique hotels -- is tiny Tortuga Bay. Oscar de la Renta, a native of the D.R., designed the hotels interiors and brings the same luxurious touches to the villas as he does to his clothing designs. Guests can expect Frette linens and L'Occitane amenities in the plantation-style digs.

The resort is also home to de la Renta's first resort boutique. But instead of couture, you'll find casual apparel, resort wear, accessories and home décor.

PHOTO: Bvlgari Hotels & Resorts.
Bvlgari Hotels & Resorts
Bulgari Hotels & Resorts

With several locations -- including Milan, London, Bali and a to-be-opened property in Shanghai -- Bulgari Hotels & Resorts are luxury all the way. But you may not know the brand is owned by a far more common name: Marriott. The brand was introduced in 2001 and is a joint venture between Bulgari S.p.A., the celebrated jeweler and luxury goods retailer, and the Luxury Group, a division of Marriott International. They are, according to the Marriott web site, an "exclusive celebration of contemporary design and superior service."

PHOTO: The signature suite at Armani Hotel.
Armani Hotel
Armani -- Armani Hotels & Resorts

They call themselves "timelessly elegant" and take their design inspiration from Giorgio Armani himself. And Armani personally designed each element of the brand's two properties -- one in Milan and the other in Dubai. The rooms in Milan are said to embody the "hallmarks of the Armani brand: elegance, comfort and sophistication" while those in Dubai reflect "understated elegance."

PHOTO: Hotel Missoni in Edinburgh.
Hotel Missoni
Missoni -- Hotel Missoni

With locations in Kuwait and Edinburgh, Hotel Missoni turns understated elegance on its head and instead goes for the bold patterns and bright colors the designer is known for. Each hotel, the company said, is unique and "an individual expression of Rosita Missoni's creative vision." The result is spaces inspired by the "warmth and color of Italian family life."

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