The left bank of Florence's Arno River is filled with specialized ateliers, while the right bank (especially between Via Tornabuoni and the Ponte Vecchio) abounds with high-fashion shops offering Italian leather, designs and papers. The understated but elegant Hotel Helvetia & Bristol
is ideally located near the city's most popular sights and boutiques, and some of its sumptuous rooms have views of the Duomo.
Shoppers in Marrakech have an embarrassment of riches at their disposal, whether you are looking for rugs and lanterns in the souk or modernized jewelry and fashion in the new town. The Palais Namaskar
, with its luxurious pools throughout, is an oasis of cool temperatures and peace for guests tired from a day of treasure hunting.
Tokyo boasts a fascinating combination of mega stores selling the latest gadgets (in the Akihabra district), fashion (in Ginza and Shibuya), and funky boutiques (in Daikanyama, Harajuku and Omotesando). The classically Zen Hotel Okura
, the century-old Imperial Hotel
, which features a daily chanoyu (Japanese tea ceremony) and the gleaming, contemporary Palace Hotel Tokyo
all create ideal stays for their guests, with plugged-in concierges who will offer the latest in shopping tips.