Sometimes an ordinary hotel room just won’t do.
In many fine hotels across the United States, opulent suites are hiding behind very ordinary-looking doors. Many of these suites have served as a home-away-from-home for Presidents, celebrities, billionaires, and high rollers. Some come with incredible features, including original artwork by sought-after artists, a private pool, or a rooftop glamping tent.
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Oceanfront Penthouse at the Hilton Bentley Miami/South Beach
WHERE: Miami, Florida
This two-bedroom rooftop penthouse at the Hilton Bentley Miami/South Beach comes complete with a 1,500-square-foot private terrace filled with lush greenery. Guests can enjoy the rooftop’s private pool with jaw-dropping views of South Beach. The suite has two other balconies, one off each bedroom, offering unparalleled views of the beaches and Florida’s eco-scenery from the incredible vantage point 100 feet over the Atlantic Ocean. This suite also boasts opulent Italian marble bathrooms, multiple dining areas, a full kitchen, and a living room. The suite spans 3,500 square feet, and spending a night there runs about $2,700.
The Royal Suite at the Ritz Carlton
WHERE: New York City
The Royal Suite at the Ritz Carlton may have the best views in New York City. It has breathtaking panoramic, unobstructed views of Central Park. If guests want to look more closely at the goings-on in the city, they can use the in-room telescope. NYC’s chic urban penthouses inspired the Royal Suite. It boasts custom furniture, Carrera marble bathrooms, two living rooms, two bathrooms, a dining room that seats 12, and a dedicated workspace. The artwork also sets this suite apart. The suite doubles as a private art gallery since it is decorated with specially commissioned, limited-edition pieces of art reflecting NYC life. The suite also has personal butler service and a complimentary bar with locally produced beverages and snacks. The Royal Suite is over 2,000 square feet and costs approximately $30,000 a night. An adjoining room can also be reserved to create a massive four-bedroom suite.
The Empathy Suite at The Palms
WHERE: Las Vegas, Nevada
Everything in Las Vegas is a little extra, including the Empathy Suite designed by modern Artist Damien Hirst. Some of Hirst’s work can be seen at Tate Gallery in London, but a night in the Empathy Suite allows guests to appreciate his famed pill and butterfly motifs up close, in the privacy of their own space. The artist is also known for preserving animals in formaldehyde, and this suite has two preserved sharks as part of the over-the-top décor. The Empathy Suite also boasts a pool on its private terrace, a private healing salt room, a private fitness room, and more. The suite is over 9,000 square feet and can be booked for about $75,000 a night. If that’s out of your budget, the Palm has other incredible suites, including a bowling alley, private cinema, indoor basketball court, and locker room, among other themes.
Waldorf Townhouse at Waldorf Astoria
WHERE: Washington, D.C.
This bi-level, two-bedroom suite has a dining room that seats 16, two living rooms, a private workout room, and two luxurious spa bathrooms with soaking tubs and a private workout room. Although the Waldorf Townhouse is located discreetly just off the hotel’s lobby, it has its own private entrance on Pennsylvania Avenue and a separate butler’s entrance. That makes it easy for suite residents to take advantage of all of the hotel’s amenities or experience a stay that truly resembles a stay in a private home. That’s the best of both worlds. The suite is just a few blocks from an even more famous Pennsylvania Avenue address, The White House. At over 6,000 square feet, this suite is the largest in Washington, DC, and is bigger than most McMansions. An average night in this opulent suite costs over $27,000.
The Veranda Suite at The Beverly Wilshire
WHERE: Beverly Hills, California
Guests can only access the Veranda Suite by climbing a hidden wrought iron staircase and accessing a secret entrance. The real attraction of this suite is its astounding 2,140 square foot terrace with sweeping views of Beverly Hills. The terrace features a dining table for eight, a firepit surrounded by comfy chairs, and a second seating area. However, many guests book a night (or two) to spend an evening in the suite’s outdoor glamping tent. The tent is decked out with a crystal chandelier, marble lamps, antique nightstands, and rugs. If guests want to head inside, the suite also has 750 square feet of indoor space, including a bedroom and marble kitchen. The chance to spend a night under the stars at the Beverly Wilshire runs about $3,500.
Alii Royal Suite at Four Seasons Resort
WHERE: Lanai, Hawaii
Any fabulous suite in Hawaii must involve unparalleled ocean views. The lavish two-bedroom Alii Royal Suite, located on the hotel’s second floor, delivers. The suite features three private balconies with spectacular panoramas of the Pacific and the pristine Hulopoe Bay marine sanctuary. The sanctuary is home to spinner dolphins, coral reefs, and a wide colorful fish. To make sure guests don’t miss a thing, this lavish suite comes with tripod telescopes for gazing. Elsewhere on the suite’s balconies, there are plenty of lounge chairs, an oversized daybed, and a dining table. When not appreciating the natural beauty, guests can head indoors to enjoy the suite’s dedicated media room, library, oversized living room, dining room that seats six, and custom artwork. One of the suite’s three bathrooms includes a double Japanese soaking tub and a double walk-in steam shower with seating. The Allii Royal suite is just under 4,000 square feet and starts at $26,000 a night.
Big Sur Forest Shower Suite at Alila Ventana Big Sur
WHERE: Big Sur, California
The Big Sur Forest Shower Suite takes the concept of forest bathing to a new level. The Alila Ventura Big Sur hotel is set among 160 acres of stunning rolling meadows and redwood forests in the heart of the California Central Coast. Perched above the redwoods, the Forest Shower Suite offers the unparalleled experience of enjoying the vista of the surrounding forest from a luxe open-air shower built from two. The spacious deck includes a wood-burning fireplace and an oversized outdoor hammock. Inside, guests will find a deep soaking tub for two. Lounging in the tub with the huge open windows closely approximates the experience of bathing outdoors, complete with more incredible views of the redwoods. There is also an indoor fireplace, an artisan-curated minibar, and Bose sound system. The suite has 619 square feet inside, with an additional 295 square feet of private outdoor space. A night in the suite starts at $2,100.
Conrad Hilton Suite at the Hilton Chicago
WHERE: Chicago, Illinois
Named for the founder of Hilton Hotels, the opulent Conrad Hilton Suite is the largest suite in the Midwest. The Midwest White House’s three-bedroom suite is spread over two floors. It has a grand salon with a roaring fireplace, a dining room that can seat up to 14 guests, and a private kitchen. Guests never need to step outside the suite to have a great time. The suite also has its own library, pool table, bar, and grand piano. The Conrad Hilton Suite is a spacious 5,000 square feet and costs $10,000 per night.
Penrose Suite at The Broadmoor
WHERE: Colorado Springs, Colorado
The three-bedroom Penrose Suite still looks much as is it when the wife of the resort’s owner, Julie Penrose, lived there from 1944 to 1957 and decorated it in a style typical of the 40s. The former three-bedroom private apartment still has a private entrance, a formal living room with a fireplace, and a glass-enclosed sunroom. The Broadmoor resort sits at the gateway to the Rockies, and the suite has spectacular views of the mountains. Staying in the historic suite is a rare opportunity to be immersed in 1940s glamor and step back in time. The suite is 3,000 square feet and costs an average of $3,000 a night.
Suite 1986 at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa
WHERE: Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Suite 1986 is part of Dolly Parton’s DreamMore resort and spa. However, up until 2022, the suite served as Parton’s tour bus and was where she often slept and worked while on tour. Parton put over 350,000 on the bus and wrote dozens of songs there. The Leading Lady of Country traveled in style, and Suite 1986 has Parton’s touches throughout. The suite has hand-painted murals, movie props, and a guitar. Other décor includes Parton’s signature blond wigs, some of her retired clothing, and jewel-encrusted shoes. A stay in this one-of-a-kind suite includes a VIP dining experience featuring some of Parton’s favorites and southern specialties. Guests in Suite 1986 are also pampered with Dolly-themed goodies, including a vinyl album or a bottle of Dolly’s favorite perfume. Because Patron made so many customizations to her bus, the suite’s square footage is unknown. However, the suite clocks in at a comfortable 45’x8′. The tour bus-turned-suite is booked for two nights at a time, and a stay costs $10,000.
Sir Richard’s Flat at the Virgin Hotel
WHERE: Dallas, Texas
Richard Branson, the founder of the Virgin Group, designed his very own suite at the Virgin Hotel in Dallas, Texas. The billionaire business mogul reportedly stays in the penthouse-style suite, dubbed Sir Richard’s Flat, whenever he is in town. The suite has floor-to-ceiling windows and a private balcony that offers spectacular 360-degree views of the city. The spacious suite has a large living room and kitchen with a full wet bar and table with seating for six. The “Sleeping Lounge” is a highlight of the suite. It includes a walk-in closet, a huge bathroom with an extra-large walk-in shower, and a modern clawfoot tub in Virgin’s signature red and white color scheme. Falling asleep in Sir Richard Suite involves using a high-tech Bryte Bed that continually adjusts pressure points throughout the night for maximum comfort. The mattress can also be set to warm or cool depending on a guest’s preference and can be customized in other ways. That means everyone who books a night can sleep, as well as the world’s hippest billionaire – as long as he’s not sleeping there himself. A stay in the suite also comes with access to the hotel’s Cadillac Escalade to use for trips around Downtown Dallas. Sir Richard’s Flat is 1,400 square feet, and rates average $2,000 per night.
Jackrabbit Suite at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa
WHERE: Scottsdale, Arizona
The Jackrabbit Suite oozes with Southwest charm, complete with cacti and exposed rustic beams. The suite has a large living room complete with a wood-burning fireplace. It also has a full kitchen, wet bar, and dining room. A highlight of the suite is the expansive, secluded deck with a private, curved private pool with sweeping views of desert vistas and the surrounding mountains. The patio also has plenty of chairs for sitting or sunning. The Jackrabbit Suite is over 1,700 square feet and starts at $2,499 per night.