Bed-hopping with Antonio Berardi

Bed-hopping with Antonio Berardi

The British designer known for his fine tailoring tells Lisa Grainger about his bespoke hotel experiences

Soho House New York, New York
‘It’s buzzy, in a nice way. As soon as you walk through the door, everyone knows your name. Because it’s a members’ club, it feels like home. You arrive, drop your bags on a sofa, and relax. Room 20 is my favourite, with a big bed, wooden floors and lots of wardrobe space.’

Doubles from about ?240;
Our guide to New York

Emelisse Hotel, Greece
‘I started going here with my friend Sophia [Neophitou]. It’s like a series of apartments with their own gardens and pools, set around a big bar area. If you want solitude, you can retreat to your villa. It serves delicious Greek specialities, including grilled halloumi and the best seafood.’
Doubles from about ?180;
Our guide to Greece

Masseria Montelauro, Puglia
‘I stayed here with eight friends last summer. You sit at big tables for meals, don’t have to lock your door and there’s a real feeling of community. Each room, with a lovely bed and day bed, opens on to a garden. It feels very chilled – a place where you always make new friends.’
Doubles from about ?145;
Our guide to Puglia

Boundary, London
‘Everyone is super-friendly here and the rooms are filled with fabulous designs (there’s an Andree Putman room and a Le Corbusier room). You can sit on the rooftop when the weather’s nice. It’s very clean, which is important to me. I’m rather OCD about cleanliness.’
Doubles from ?170;
Our guide to London

3 Rooms, Paris
‘These are three beautifuli spaces next door to Azzedine Alaia’s shop and home, where I stay during the Paris fashion shows. Each is like a big apartment, with polished-concrete floors and furniture from the 1950s and 1960s. If Azzedine is about, I eat with him. He’s a brilliant cook and there are always interesting people around the table.’
Doubles from about ?385; 00 33 1 44 78 92 00
Our guide to Paris

Verdura Golf & Spa Resort, Sicily
‘I stay here when I visit my family, who live up the road, because I can relax on my own and it has amazing beaches and pools. The rooms are decorated in a clean, spartan way, which I like. And there is delicious Sicilian food such as caponata, and pasta with sardines spiced with wild fennel and cinnamon.’
Doubles from about ?200;
Our guide to Sicily

Thumbs down?
‘Carpets: they feel dirty. Rooms in which people have smoked, even though I’m a smoker. Dirty sheets and towels: I want mine changed every day. And shower gel. I’m a real soap person. I always take my own.’

Published in Conde Nast Traveller May 2013.

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