LUX Travel: Top Shopping Hotels
Everyone loves a good shopping mall and hotels have been taking this trend into consideration when choosing their prime location for business. Shopping hotels, which strive to facilitate the best shopping-focused travel, have made their way onto the hotel scene. From Las Vegas and Bangkok to New York City and London, these top shopping hotel destinations are prime spots for some of the best shopping in the world! Now it’s time to shop ‘til you drop!
Considered Sin City’s “shopping wonder of the world,” Las Vegas offers various high-end hotels that specialize in high-fashion shopping experiences. Caesar’s Palace features the must-see Forum Shops that extend all the way out onto the Strip. This premiere shopping destination is home to approximately 160 stores representing some of the biggest names in fashion such as Balenciaga, Burberry, Christian Louboutin and Gucci. When spending some cash at The Shops at Crystals in the CityCenter, guests can stay at any of the hotels like Aria, Vdara or the Mandarin Oriental. The Wynn is another fantastic choice offering the best of fashion with stores like Louis Vuitton, Manolo Blahnik and Chanel. And, of course, these hotels are all within a short walking distance down the strip to the Fashion Show Mall with even more luxury stores.
Bangkok, Thailand is one of the most popular shopping capitals of Asia. With a long list of malls in its premiere shopping district including CentralWorld, Platinum Fashion Mall, Pantip, Gaysorn Plaza, Amarin, Siam Center, Siam Discovery, Siam Paragon and Siam Square, Bangkok has an amazing amount of fashion to offer natives and visitors. To be close to their shopping oasis, guests can stay in luxury hotels in between shopping trips like the Baiyoke Sky Hotel and Centara Grand at CentralWorld’s mall. From low-end to high-end shops, the shopping options in Bangkok are endless.
New York City
Home to some of the most prestigious and diverse shopping in America, New York City highlights the best of shopping experiences with various shopping neighborhoods. Conveniently located in the midst of these prime shopping areas in New York are top-notch hotels that hold equally high standards. Near some of the finest Fifth Avenue luxury shopping is The Plaza, which is set right between Park and Madison Ave, and the Four Seasons New York. SoHo features the Soho Grand Hotel close to Chanel, H&M and Dolce & Gabbana, while the Meatpacking District is known for trendier stores like Helmut Lang and Catherine Malandrino. Those opting for MePa will not want to miss a chic stay at the Hotel Gansevoort.
Famous for its hard edge and rock-n-roll street style, London is also a fashion hub for large department stores, small boutiques and shopping malls. Sectioned into various districts, the city lets visitors indulge in some retail therapy while enjoying the most luxe hospitality. Bond Street, home to Chanel and Louis Vuitton, offers the Claridge’s Hotel, which is a five-minute walk down the street to shops. The Mandarin Oriental is close to the Knightsbridge area, which is home to famous department stores Harrods and Harvey Nichols. When staying in Oxford Circus at The Sanderson, guests can walk a few minutes to Topshop, one of the world’s largest fashion retailers. Covent Garden is home to several small, yet high-end boutiques like Agnes B and Paul Smith in proximity to The Covent Garden Hotel. The must-see shopping mall in London is surely the Westfield London Mall.
The UAE, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain are all known for their extravagant shopping hotels. Experiencing a boom in mega-malls, Middle Eastern countries plan to build even more malls that house hotels inside or on the grounds. Travelers should stay tuned this year for Dubai’s Mall of the Emirates to open a Sheraton Hotel and Abu Dhabi’s Yas Mall which plans to feature seven different hotels on location.
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