The Liz Taylor Suite, Villa e Palazzo Aminta,
Tis may not be the biggest suite but, in terms of the view, it’s defnitely the best. Step out onto the private terrace and you’re met with a sweeping panorama of Lake Maggiore, dotted with islands that have names like Isola Bella (and, yes, it is bella – ridiculously so). Elizabeth Taylor stayed in this room with Richard Burton in 1966 – a time when she was generally hailed as the most alluring woman in the world.
Like Liz, every surface of the Aminta is gilded and adorned. Murano glass chandeliers dripping with stunning colours hang in the restaurant and the little salons are flled with antique furniture, over-stufed embroidered cushions, objets d’art and interesting paintings. Curtains are swagged and tasselled, the foors arepolished marble, and in the basement lies a spa that is a showpiece in its own right – looking like a cross between classical Roman baths and a Jackie Collins novel, covered with gilt-inlaid tiles, the Jacuzzi twinkles with diferent-coloured lights.
Elizabeth Taylor The Liz Taylor Suite, Villa e Palazzo Aminta, STRESA, ITALY Photo Gallery
Te treatment menu is fabulous, too, as are the products in the suite’s bathroom and the fact that you can enjoy the view of the mountains literally from your bathtub. In the bedroom, there’s an opulent goose-down duvet and Egyptian-cotton bed linen; in the sitting room, a fatscreenTV and cosy sofa. At night, stroll the cobbled streets of nearby Stresa. Any restaurant you choose in the pretty town square will have you cooing at its out-of-this-world mozzarella and local ham – but save some room for pistachio and crème caramel gelato, and for the morning, too, where drinking a glass of complimentary champagne with your yummy made-to-order omelette is positively encouraged.now Let’s hear it for the boys…he’s booking? make sure your man follows in these a-list footstepsryan GosLinG: The Bowery, new yorkRyan loves this East Village hotel, which is not only seriously cool but joyously luxe, too.
The Lobby Bar is the place to be seen (if Gosling’s not enough, Jake Gyllenhaal and Robert Pattinson have stayed here too), while the minimalist, loft-style suites upstairs are packed with fun extras (the mini bar features a hangover kit and a ‘pleasure’ kit!) as well as an iPod dock and retro DVD menu, and most rooms have huge bathtubs with a view. The restaurant serves delicious food all day, or check out the nearby B Bar and Grill for brunch, where you can sample its damn-the-diet dessert menu, before heading out for some serious sightseeingBraD piTT: aLfonso Xiii, seviLLeBrad has cuddled up for a good night’s sleep at the Alfonso XIII – but then so has everyone from Princess Diana to Jackie Kennedy, and we can totally see why. It’s just jaw-droppingly beautiful. Given a spruce-up in 2012, the Moorish decor (think intricate mosaic walls, rich Moroccan rugs, wrought-iron balconies and canopied beds) make for one of the chicest hotels we’ve seen. The hotel is perfectly located for a visit to the city’s 14th-century Mudéjar Alcazar Palace and Guadalquivir River.
Be sure to ask for a room with a tropical rainshower in its decadent marble bathroom, but if you really want to up the luxe factor, the Torreon Suite has a private terrace with views across Seville.Johnny Depp: The CorinThia, LonDonWhen Johnny was recently in the capital, he stayed at this über-stylish Whitehall hotel. We love The Writer’s Penthouse (pictured), which feels more like you’re in someone’s home than a hotel. With a charming library-like lounge packed with books, a cute little terrace overlooking London and an ebony cocktail cabinet (is it 6pm yet?), you won’t want to check out. And maxing-out the luxury, this suite comes with a private lift to the king-size bedroom, a marble bathroom and even its own 24-hour butler.
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