Design + Architecture

Fashion Hotels

by Mark Ellwood

THE WILD ONE

When you first see the G's Alice in Wonderland look and realize that renowned milliner Philip Treacy was behind the design, it's awfully hard not to make a Mad Hatter joke. So go ahead, take a seat in the bright op art–patterned Pink Salon, have a couple of cocktails, and tell everyone you've fallen through a rabbit hole. One of the Irish Monogram chain of hotels, the G is located in the up-and-coming port town of Galway, where Treacy was raised. He had a hand in the entire place: the rainbow-hued chairs, the fabulous Tom Dixon globe chandeliers, the Warhol-print upholstery. He even hung up the iconic Irving Penn portrait of Jean Patchett that he bought at Christie's. The 101 rooms are more normal than the public spaces might suggest (dare we say too normal?). We especially like the baths carved of fossilized Jura limestone. If it's available, book a night in the 2,500-square-foot Evangelist suite—named after Treacy's own muse. No word on whether it will make you refuse to get out of bed for less than $25,000.

The G
Tel: 353 91 865200
Doubles from $285

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