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December 10, 2009

Winter Holidays with LUXE City Guides

Hot chocolates, first snowfalls, cosying up with (or buying!) the softest cashmeres and furs. . . there are lots of things to love about spending the winter holidays in a cold weather city. But none more so than being whisked off the bustling streets to discover hidden shopping gems or warm, hearty restaurant enclaves with your winter satchel essential, a LUXE City Guide. Whether it’s the chic boutiques of Paris, the haute hotels of London or the newest fashionable foodie heaven in New York, the editors at LUXE have given us a specially edited list of their top picks to spark your excitement for all things festive and frosty. For more of the hottest travel tips, check out their new website and LUXEtasy blogand let your steamy winter fantasies run wild. . .

STAY - The Mercer: Christian Liaigre’s creamy, iron-clad loft fantasy is the perennial it-spot for fashion and media players, though being in the midst of Soho ‘mall’ means frightful crowds. Check out secret SubMercer bar and happening Mercer Kitchen. Want to find out more? Click here
STAY - The Bowery: Handsome buck with views across the still-a-tad-gritty nabes below. The dark, hunting lodge-as-lobby and bar, plus bucolic Italian Gemma juxtapose with airy, Shaker-sensible yet comfy lodgings with industrial windows.Want to find out more? Click here
EAT Corton: It’s fine dining post-Madoff in a cool, sorbet white cocoon, with smooth service and phenomenal French fare at fair prices from fiery chef Paul Liebrand. Take the prix fixe menu. (+1 212 219 2777)
SHOP – What Comes Round Goes Around
This well-edited boutique is simply it for vintage denim, but if you’re not feeling blue, they also carry a great collection of high-end pre-loved togs and accessories, as well as their own label of contemporary clothing. (+1 212 343 9303)

STAY - The Rookery: Creative urbanites love the crisp, homely 18th century redux vibe of this handsome nook, with 33 antique-filled rooms as well as all the mod cons you’re used to, in a characterful Clerkenwell location, steeped in history but making a firm crank on the hip handle. Want to find out more? Click here
STAY - The Soho Hotel: The fashion and media set can’t get enough of this English country meets metro-eccentric warehouse touched with the Kit Kemp fabulous stick. The spacious rooms decked out in florals, checks, stripes and candlewick bedspreads, as well as floor to ceiling industrial windows, buzzy Refuel Bar and prime Soho locale makes it one of our favourite places to rest our heads in the capital. Want to find out more? Click here
EAT – Terroirs: Good wine, good meat, good grief let’s eat. This double-storey bistro offers well-priced, knockout artisanal food, plus a stagger list of wine by sustainable, organic or biodynamic wineries. Book ahead for a table, or pop in to snag a seat at the no-res bars. (+44 20 7036 0660)
SHOP – Browns: Sublimely edited, unmissable label collections for him and her by the likes of Balmain and Raf Simons, plus the edgier Browns Focus and fantabulous 12,000 sq ft Browns Shoes just two clicks of your Alaia heels away. Purses out! (+44 20 7514 0016)

STAY - Le Placide: A breath of pared back freshness amidst St. Germain’s chintz. With just eleven rooms, crowding, privacy and being a faceless guest aren’t issues. Instead, think contemporary, minimalist design, sylvan wallpaper and windows at either end of the room creating a sense of space, light and air – a stylish gateway to your own Parisian fantasy.
LUXE City Guide Offer: Complimentary mini bar including alcohol, replenished daily. Want to find out more? Click here
STAY - L’Hotel: Perfectly positioned in the super-chic 6th, this enchanting classic hotel de charme piles it on in a riot of opulent fin de siècle velvets, silks, rich décor and vintage furniture. At once romantic, eccentric and clandestine, L’Hotel manages to pull it all of with considerable applomb and a decent dose of Gallic insouciance. LUXE City Guide Offer: 20 % off room rate from Sunday to Friday in December 2009 and January 2010, plus a complimentary bottle of wine with any lunch reservation at their restaurant. Want to find out more? Click here
EAT – Le Comptoir du Relais: Reserve ahead for the fab and deservedly popular weekday prix fixe dinner at this classic bistro of chocolatey timber chairs, mirrors and art deco details. Not the planning type? Try your luck at lunch sans reservation by arriving before noon. (+33 1 44 27 07 97)
SHOP – Suite 114: Plush dressing den and up-comer international label destination on chic Rue du Bac for those gals who really like to mix it up with insider labels like Kris Van Assche, or are just clam lazy (they deliver). (+33 1 42 84 07 56) 

Whether you’ve been naughty or nice this year, everyone deserves a little treat at Christmas. Wishing you a LUXEtastic holiday and Then Some!

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