Take Three: Shopping breaks
Nicola Brady picks her favourite hotels in London, Dublin and New York for those who like to leave space in their suitcase.
Where: London, England
Why: There's no better match for a shopping break than one of the stylish Malmaison hotels. Dotted all around the UK, the boutique chain has outposts in prime locations in some great shopping cities, and are usually in quirky, impressive buildings (former prisons, warehouses and nurses homes, to name but a few).
To sweeten the deal, each of the hotels offer a Shopping Break, which includes a full breakfast, free cocktail and a £50 (€62) voucher to local shopping areas. Stay in Oxford, for example, and you can redeem the voucher in nearby Bicester Village, a haven for outlet shoppers. In London, you can treat yourself in Selfridges, where you'll find all of the best labels under one roof.
The hotel is just a short hop on the tube from the famous department store, and is in the heart of trendy Clerkenwell, where you'll find some great gastro pubs.
How: Shopping Breaks cost from £239 (€299) in London, or from £139 (€174) in other locations.
NB: All prices subject to change/availability.
Why: With a location just seconds from Grafton Street, the Westbury will always be the hotel of choice for shoppers in Dublin. They become more appealing still with their Style on Sunday package. Available on any Sunday until the end of September, the deal includes a night in a superior room, complimentary parking, full breakfast in the impeccable Wilde restaurant and a personal shopping appointment with a stylist in Brown Thomas, which is just around the corner. You'll also have an exclusive introduction to the store by a member of the team, who will give you an overview of what you can find and where.
How: The Style on Sunday package starts from €180 for one night.
The Mark Hotel
Where: New York, USA
Why: The city of New York is synonymous with shopping breaks. From the dizzyingly huge department stores to side streets filled with boutiques, there's no better place to max out your credit card. But at The Mark hotel, shoppers are given a distinctive edge. All guests staying at the super stylish bolthole on Madison Avenue are given exclusive 24-hour access to Bergdorf Goodman. The high-end department store will open its doors at any hour for a guest of The Mark, providing access to personal shoppers, as well as complimentary delivery of your purchases to the hotel. In store you'll find all the top labels, with the biggest savings coming from American brands. The Mark is as chic as you'd expect, mere steps from Central Park and the shops of the Upper East Side. Take a stroll up Fifth Avenue and you'll find the city's best museums, from the Met to the Guggenheim. And luxury lovers will no doubt adore the welcome gift of Ladurée macaroons left by your bedside.
How: Rooms start at $525 (€395) per night.