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When we stood on its terrace back in November 2012, the Dome Penthouse at Hotel Café Royal London was still a raw space, waiting to be turned into one of the hotel’s top suites. That would take another year, along with the historic suites that we looked at and the very serene Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre buried underneath Regent Street.
With Paris Hilton having just checked out, we had a chance to see the finished suite with our own eyes the other week. Standing next to the statue of Britannia is still a very London moment, but inside we got a demo of some of the other unique features the suite has, which includes the ability to turn it into your own nightclub / movie theater. On the wall that separates living room and bedroom/bathroom, a rotating light installation brings the visual effects to go along with the music from a pretty serious sound system. If you need a suite where you can throw a party (Paris?), this is for you.
New York is never short of hotel rooms big and small (mostly small), but suites are still something special, even if they cost more than your monthly rent. Here are two new hotel suites from The Ludlow, a casual boho joint on the LES side and from the AKA United Nations, a buttoned up spot for professionals to er, let their buttons out in Midtown East.
THE LUDLOW: This LES hotel from Sean MacPherson opened last June but the Ludlow Penthouse took a little longer to open and for good reason too. The 1,500-sq.ft. pied-à-terre has a full kitchen, a dining table for six, a large living room, a skybox sitting area, two full bathrooms with rain showers, a windowed soaking tub and a large bedroom with a king-sized bed. The vibe is decidedly "rocker-chic" with intriguing handmade Moroccan chandeliers, cheeky bronzed backside stools from Novello Finotti and an entertainment center stocked with a record player and vintage vinyls.
But the pièce de résistance is clearly the 1,000-sq.ft. outdoor furnished terrace, located along the side of the building, with killer views of the World Trade Center, Brooklyn Bridge and the city beyond. Rates start at $1,950 a night.
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Khloe Kardashian, no stranger to luxury hotels, recently Instagrammed this video of her hotel room which has its own shark tank inside. Actually, it kinda looks like the room is inside the shark tank, instead of the other way around. Part of us is green with jealousy over such a cool suite, the other part of us is simply, " Girl. Bye."
The suite costs about 60,000 AED a night or about $16,335 USD a night. It has three levels, a dining room for six, complimentary WiFi, in-suite check-in, complimentary return airport transfers to and from Dubai International Airport, complimentary 24-7 butler service, a complimentary interconnecting room, and a one-bedroom suite with ensuite bathroom and that stunning Ambassador Lagoon view.
But that's not all. The suite also comes with several other over-the-top complimentary perks such as two Dolphin Encounters at Dolphin Bay, two head, neck and shoulder massages per stay, two 30-minute personal training sessions per stay, use of the steam, sauna and jet pool facilities at ShuiQi Spa, a private cabana at pool, beach and Aquaventure, on demand in-room movie service, full access to Imperial Club and unlimited access to The Lost Chambers Aquarium and Aquaventure Waterpark. So in other words, you'll get your money's worth if you can afford this suite.
But as is the Kardashian way, Koko had this spot comped. We just hope she doesn't kick down a room door during her stay.
[Video via @KhloeKardashian/Instagram]
This is the most literal interpretation of Sweet Suite that we've encountered.
Everyone wants chocolate to melt in their mouth, not in their beds, which is especially true if you are staying in the Chocolate Suite at Langham Boston.
Promising " a scene out of 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory'", the suite consists of a chocolate-themed, two-level loft suite fully stocked with chocolate and candy "as far as the eye can see." A special in-room dining dinner menu is served with chocolate-infused items such as piri-piri chili shrimp with cocoa nibs, cocoa-dusted filet mignon, and cocoa butter seared New Bedford sea scallops, followed by dessert of course.
In the morning, guests can have chocolate-infused breakfast in bed such as dark chocolate croissants and Nutella and banana and hazelnut brioche French toast. When taking a break from eating chocolate, guests can watch chocolate on the TV with movies like “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Chocolat,” and “Forest Gump."
But the real highlight of the package takes place out of the suite at the hotel's Chocolate Bar Buffett.
Ink48 Hotel claims "unobstructed, panoramic views" of the City and the Hudson River and you know what, they may be right – especially if you’re sitting on this amazing penthouse terrace.
Take for example, Ink48 Hotel, a former printing house with a front-page position to take in the Midtown urban scenery and the Hudson River. With spring in full swing, and Cinco de Mayo around the corner, Ink48 has just the spot, so to speak, for your special whatever whenever – the “Heaven Over Hell” Penthouse Suite.
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Originally opened as the Hotel Bellevue in the oldie days of 1875, the Park Weggis hotel (part of Swiss Deluxe Hotels) – on Switzerland’s Lake Lucerne – has definitely renovated since that time. One of its latest renos, completed in 2007 (they also renovated some rooms in the main building in 2011), was to add ten uber-modern Adara Suites and this is where our story starts.
Many of the luxury hotels in Switzerland are beautiful, yes, but tend to lean towards a more traditional elegance. What strikes us about these suites, which brings the room count up to 52 at this boutique Relais & Chateaux property, is their modernity.
We stayed in an Adara Deluxe Junior Suite – the Adara ones come in Deluxe Junior Suites and then Suites – which was about 70 sq m (750 sq ft) and we’ll tell ya, the green-tinged black marble bathroom took up about half of that space. If your idea of relaxing is to set your one-touch mood lighting to “evening,” hang out in the deep soaking tub in the middle of your bathroom with a glass of prosecco, and then shower under the Dornbracht Bigrain rain shower using the Bulgari Red Tea toiletries (surprisingly hard to come by and, in case you’re wondering, we did take them home with us), then this is the luxe crash pad for you.
There are so many more pics in the photo gallery!
We’ve been fans for a while now of Austria’s Weitzer Hotels: a teeny, family-run hotel chain of just four properties in Graz and Vienna. From the honey produced on the roof of the Vienna property to the magnificent new Speisesaal at the Wiesler Graz, they’re continually innovating. And now here comes the best innovation yet: the Loft Cube, a room on top of the roof of Hotel Daniel Graz.
Available from May 6 (yes, that is exactly a year since we took you inside on opening day), the Shangri-La Suite is one of three “final and most spectacular suites” of the hotel, the other two being the Westminster and London Suites. We talked about these way back when, with their completion at the time projected for fall last year, but here they finally are.
Above a rendering of the Shangri-La suite’s living room, which comes in at 188 sq m (2,023 sq ft) and comes with 180-degree views of the city from floor 39. Creams and golds dominate (or for the more refined: “champagne, citrine, and bronze), with all furniture custom designed for the suite. Access is through a private elevator, there is a 24-hour butler, and you will have a private chauffeur, too.
The Vivienne Westwood-inspired penthouse suite for the luxury hotel will feature exclusive art and customized furnishings, as well as perks for the suite's guests such as--one hour of private shopping at the Vivienne Westwood store in West Hollywood and a special discount on all purchases; His and Her gift bags from Vivienne Westwood upon check-in; and Vivienne Westwood-branded amenities within the suite.
At 11,000-sq.ft., it will be the largest hotel suite in Los Angeles when it opens on May 18. Here's a bit more on the layout and style of the bi-level, two-bedroom suite, including its impressive rooftop terrace, all of which was done in collaboration with Richmond Design. There are a lot of design details to pore over, and since we don't want any of you eagle-eyed fashionistas to miss out, we've put the official suite description down below.
Alas, such a couture stay and all the Vivienne Westwood perks come at a very haute couture price--$25,000 a night. However, the hotel will also unveil three Metropolitan suites on May 18, ranging from 1,600-2,200-sq.ft. and which may be slightly more affordable.
The suites' unveiling will mark the end of the hotel's $25 million renovation, which has created a 110-seat Screening Room, along with new junket suites, new ninth floor suitesand a new 2,600-sq.ft. fitness center. We just hope those sacred Vivienne Westwood scarves are on a strict lockdown.
For those looking to kickoff the spring season in style look no further than Starwood, as once again it’s time for their annual Suite Week promotion over in New York City. The fun started earlier this week and runs through April 7, as room packages, discounts, and other goodies call all be yours—and at a discount.
Offers include a 30% discount on rates, complimentary WiFi, early check-in and late check-out, and plenty of other goodies depending on the property. Of course getting away now would be great, but even if you book now during the promotion you can enjoy the fun later—through March 24, 2016.
Many of the Starwood properties in New York City are getting in on the fun, so think of spots like W New York locations from Union Square to Downtown, plenty of Westin prosperities, and even The St. Regis New York—complete with that new Bentley fleet. Even properties in Hoboken and Jersey City are getting in on the fun as well.
In addition to the discount on rates those visiting the W New York can score a 30% discount on all Bliss Spa services, a Bliss welcome gift, two complimentary signature cocktails, complimentary breakfast for two, and even free parking. Other properties are offering up things like welcome drinks, discounted tickets, and free breakfasts for two.
So there you go—looking for a suite and some savings in NYC? Give a click over to your favorite Starwood property, and enter those credit card digits.
[Photo: W New York | Facebook]
We’ve seen London hotel rooms with balconies, terraces, and outright gardens, but retractable roofs that turn it into an indoor/outdoor space where you can still watch TV even if a little British rain makes an appearance?
That’s a new one we think, on offer from May onwards at The Marylebone Hotel, when three new suites – the Marylebone, the Wimpole, and the Harley – will come online. Above a shot of the Marylebone suite’s terrace, the largest at 860 square feet inside and 430 square feet underneath that retractable roof. And yes, that is a fireplace you spot underneath the TV.
Yes, we did say inside two of the top suites at The Peninsula Paris, and we will take you on a full tour, but we had to start with this: a shot from the private rooftop garden of La Suite Katara, a vast outdoor space with knee-buckling views of Paris, including the replica of l’Oiseau Blanc (the French bi-plane that disappeared during its attempt to complete the first transatlantic flight) suspended next to the restaurant of the same name and the Eiffel Tower in the distance.
Part of a trio (the third being the Historic Suite), La Suite Katara and La Suite Peninsula are the latest addition that round out the total of 200 rooms and suites in the 1908 grand hotel on Avenue Kléber. Ready to see what $22,000 and up a night gets you in the City of Light? Here we go.