HC Celebrates Today With One Sweet Presidential Suite
February 18, 2013 at 6:35 PM
Did you work today? We know a few lucky firms that had off today to celebrate all things Presidential. We're quite jealous. Last time we had this day off, we we wore tube socks, a bubble coat and a hoodie…sigh. Anyway, while those folks are out there purchasing appliances and stimulating the economy, we'll stimulate your hotel lust.
Yes, we've picked *one* Presidential Suite to highlight on this day of days. One sweet suite with its over-the-top opulence.
We picked the tony St. Regis Hotel in New York. The 3,000 square foot, three-bedroom palatial Presidential Suite, is a "Grand New York" apartment that's as swank as they come, but not obnoxious, given the hotel's historical beginnings. The large marble foyer leads to a formal dining room that winds into an decadent living room. There's also a yummy walnut-paneled library, and four bathrooms that we'd make sure we used each one, just for GP. And the views are tremendous--Central Park and Fifth Avenue. There is a full-kitchen, but it has a separate entrance-natch.
Reading the suite's description we thought it might need some updating unless there really is a CD player/stereo/VCR and fax machine? But, if there's a Luddite guest in residence, maybe these electronics are quite appreciated. Plus we're sure the at-your-service butler can help work them in case a newfangled docking station snuck up in there as we do know the suite was redesigned after its "Devil Wears Prada" and "Sex and the City" cameos.
Plus when your guest list over the decades have been as varied as the St. Regis--we're talking Marilyn Monroe, Tony Bennett, Scarlett Johansson, Sarah Jessica Parker, and former President Bill Clinton (who visited the hotel for an event) its only natural you'll need to maintain some of that old glamour, yet embrace a bit of the 21st century.
That's where the price tag would come in. Back in 1974, a single room at the St. Regis started at $35.
The approximate rate for the Presidential Suite today? About $22K clams a night.
Yeah, we'd say they've adjusted quite well.
[Photos: St. Regis Hotels]