Hotel Missoni Kuwait
Before the onslaught of recession and revolution, new hotels in the Middle East generally aimed for over-the-top, 14-karat glamour. These days, travelers want less marble upon gold upon crystal--and more high design. So it seems the new Hotel Missoni Kuwait, done in the Italian fashion house's signature stripes and patterns, has opened in the right place at the right time.
The 18-story hotel has a bold palette of violet, turquoise, and marigold throughout, with custom Missoni textiles framing windows overlooking the Persian Gulf in all 63 guest rooms. Missoni stripes even appear in mosaic tile form in the pool. The staff speaks more than 14 languages, and the latest iPad technology makes for a speedy check-in. After all, what's style without a serious dose of substance?
Photo: Courtesy of Rezidor Hotel Group