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Five of the Best Hotels for a Shopping Break

By Susan Ward Davies

The Best Hotel for a Paris Shopping Break: Hotel Lancaster

Where do you start with planning a Paris shopping break? Do you go Louvre/Tuileries/Rue Saint Honoré or Boulevard Haussmann? Or the other way entirely, with independent boutiques in the Marais and fleamarkets of Saint-Ouen? If it’s more the former you’re after, Hotel Lancaster is the place. Just around the corner from the Champs-Elysees (and mere steps from the Louis Vuitton flagship), it’s not quite as eye-gougingly expensive as its grand counterpart, Hotel de Crillon, but it’s still plenty formal enough for that spoiling Paris weekend away feel.

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The Best Hotel for an Istanbul Shopping Break: Sofa Hotel

Nisantasi is to Istanbul shopping what Bond Street is to London and Madison Avenue is to New York: shopping central. Harvey Nichols might be over in Levent, but pretty much everything else is here, from sprawling Turkish department stores like Beymen and Vakko, designer stores from Ermenegildo Zegna to Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Armani, and a handful of super-stylish local boutiques like Arzu Kaprol. And right slap-bang in the middle of it all is the ultra-stylish, design-led Sofa Hotel.

The Best Hotel for a London Shopping Break: The Mandeville

The Mandeville is a hotel that often manages to slip under the radar. But for a London shopping break it could hardly be better placed – stroll in one direction and you hit Bond Street and Regent Street; saunter the other way and you’re right on Marylebone High Street. And after a hard day’s pounding the pavements, you can get your breath back over its fab afternoon tea, served on gorgeous Zandra Rhodes crockery.

The Best Hotel for a Marrakech Shopping Break: Riad Meriem

Riad Meriem is right in the heaving heart of the Marrakech medina, and just a few short steps from one of the main entrances to the souks. While finding anything in Marrakech can be tricky, with a stay here at least you’ve got a fighting chance of coming across chic tailors, Beldi, fashionable gallery Ministero del Gusto and Berber-meets-Japanese boutique +Michi. Or you can always just dive straight into the melee and haggle away like crazy for a natty pair of babouches…

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The Best Hotel for a New York Shopping Break: Hotel Gansevoort

The Hotel Gansevoort is a favourite for its seriously shopping-friendly location in the West Village end of the Meatpacking District. Starting the day with brunch at Pastis (opposite the hotel), you can work your way through the likes of Jeffreys, Theory, Louboutin and Helmut Lang, before finishing up, cocktail in hand, by one of the city’s best rooftop pools, gazing out at the New York skyline.

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