Shop & stay
These hotels not only offer chic accommodations but a chance for their enamoured guests to bring home some exclusive lifestyle wares.
Fly to: Toronto
Stay at: Templar Hotel, a luxurious, custom-built retreat in one of coolest entertainment districts in the city. But besides its vantage address, the eight storey property serves as a gallery for visual art and a showroom for bespoke furnishings. All 27 rooms and suites feature linen sheets, Egyptian cotton duvet covers, silk-stuffed pillows, plus in-room iPads and elegantly scented toiletries by Red Flower and Malin+ Goetz.
What to buy : Up for sale are bookshelves, closets and desks that are the results of the collaborative efforts between Poliform (Italian furniture company) and the designers at rhed. And if you see any artwork that takes your fancy, just ask. It’s probably for sale too.
348 Adelaide Street West, Toronto, Ontario Canada. Room rates from CAD 325 to 3250 per night (S$410 to S$ 4,100).For reservations and enquiries, call 001 800 37 46 83 57 or visit www.designhotels.com.
Fly to : St Tropez
Stay at : Hôtel Sezz Saint Tropez, which is naturally fortressed by a verdant private garden. The resort resembles a small Provencal village with 35 bungalows, cocoons and two villas grouped around an azure pool. The look of the place is unequivocally French Rivera chic, and the brainchild behind the design is internationally renowned French designer Christophe Pillet, who conceptualised every nitty-gritty detail from the light fixtures to the faucets in the bathrooms.
What to buy : Among the exclusive pieces that guests can purchase is the Summer Set Chair—a single shell chair fashioned from woven metal cables and softened with white linen cushions.
Route Des Salins, Saint Tropez, France. Room rates from €450 (S$742) a night. Sezz St Tropez will open for the season from 5 May. For reservations and enquiries, call 001 800 37 46 83 57 or visit www.designhotels.com.
Fly to : New York
Stay at : Ace Hotel New York City because spending the night here is like sleeping over at your cool best buddy’s house. It’s unfussy (think plaid bedspread and wood floorings), comfortable and you feel like you can help yourself to anything in the fridge well stocked with NY favourites such as Utz crisps. Each space is individualised by chalkboard paint on the walls and murals by emerging artists; their best loft rooms also feature a turn table and vintage furniture.
What to buy : Ace Hotel’s “It” vibe is translated into lifestyle wares that are designed by like-minded partners. There is the capsule collection of travel and tech accessories from collaborations with Incase, and even bandanas as well as handmade leather gloves from teaming with Beams Japan (a Tokyo-based fashion house).
20 West 29th Street, New York City. Room rates from $329 (S$414) a night. For reservations and enquiries, call +1 212 679 2222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Excerpt from the April issue of epicure.