Shopping and Travel? Here’s Your Guide to the Best in the US
There’s no question that New York City is one of the top fashion capitals in the world, but it’s not the only U.S. city with a burgeoning fashion scene. As another “fashion week” comes to an end, Hotels.com® has unveiled a list of the country’s best shopping districts where Americans and foreign visitors can find the latest in brand name and couture designs beyond Fifth Avenue.
New York is second only to London according to the Global Language Monitor’s Top 50 Fashion Capitals, but a number of U.S. cities also appear on the 2012 list, including Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, and Austin.
“Shopping is a must-do activity for many travelers and is often the sole reason for a trip to a city like New York or Los Angeles,” said Taylor L. Cole , APR, travel expert for Hotels.com. “We try to make it as easy as possible for customers to find highly-rated properties within close proximity to their interests through our handy landmarks search option. In the spirit of fashion week, we’ve gone a step further to highlight some of our top guest reviewed properties nearby the nation’s best shopping destinations.”
Rodeo Drive – Beverly Hills, California
Made iconic by the likes of movie stars and socialites, Rodeo Drive is best known for designer label boutiques and is the perfect place for travelers whose wanderlust is high fashion or luxury. For a hotel stay that is just as luxurious as the duds in their shopping bags, Hotels.com recommends travelers check out the The Mosaic Hotel. Located less than a half a mile away from Rodeo Drive, The Mosaic has a Hotels.com Guest Review rating of 4.6 out of 5 and many specific call-outs for its excellent staff.
The Magnificent Mile – Chicago, IL
An alluring mix of upscale boutiques and the country’s leading department stores, mixed in with a slew of critically acclaimed restaurants, the Magnificent Mile is a dream-come-true shopping experience. The Sofitel Chicago Water Tower is a 4.5 star hotel located only one and a half blocks away from the heart of the shopping district. It has racked up over 750 guest reviews on Hotels.com, with an average outstanding rating of 4.8. In addition to its great location, guests also love The Sofitel for its comfort, sleek furnishings, and amazing views of the city.
Newbury Street – Boston, MA
This past year, Boston made its debut at number 44 on the Global Language Monitor’s annual ranking of top global fashion capitals. At the center of Boston’s fashion district is Newbury Street , a trendy strip of name-brand fashion houses and unique local boutiques, co-mingled with a number of charming, independent book and music shops. Encompassing the unique personality of the street on which it’s located, The Newbury Guest House is a top-notch recommendation for travelers looking to shop until the drop. The Lenox Hotel, located just two short blocks South of Newbury, is another highly-rated option touting a 4.8 average guest review rating for features like its decadent decor and spot-on bartenders.
Union Square – San Francisco, CA
Widely known as one of the largest shopping districts in the U.S., Union Square is also one of the premier destinations for luxury shopping. Guests staying at the 4-star San Francisco Marriott Union Square will have the likes of Tiffany & Co, Marc Jacobs , Salvatore Ferragamo , and a flagship Macy’s location (to name a few) all within two blocks of their reach. The Omni San Francisco Hotel is another great stay for shop-goers as it boasts a 4.7 guest rating and features an award-winning steak house on-site.
SoCo and 2nd Street District – Austin, TX
Unlike some of the other top fashion districts in the U.S. style-seekers don’t descend upon Austin for the legendary labels they’ve already heard of. These trending locales are more for the discovery of the “next big thing” whether it’s in an eclectic, vintage boutique or at the table of a street vendor during the area’s popular, monthly “First Thursdays” event. Austin Fashion Week is approaching in May, making this spring the perfect time to check out the city’s shopping scene. Hotels.com suggests The Driskill Hotel for a stay that will deliver when it comes to great location and amenities with the added benefit of its intriguing historical background and design.