A hotel room is usually a place where travelers can hang their hats. Unless, of course, it’s a sequel. But while most luxury properties offer suites, meaning accommodations with a separate bedroom and living area, not all are created equal.
Some are simply larger than a typical room while others are truly extravagant, with their striking decor, expensive finishes, and expansive views.
“The most exceptional suites are those that create their own destination within a hotel,” says Stacy Fischer-Rosenthal, president of luxury travel and lifestyle company Fischer Travel Enterprises. “They allow for personal or business entertainment in your own private living and dining room and usually have names.”
Luxury hotels around the world, especially in Europe, are recognizing the importance of creating such lavish suites to meet the growing demand from elite travelers, says Fischer-Rosenthal.
“Their experience starts from the moment they walk in and sets the mood to capture memories for a lifetime,” she says.
Here are some exceptional suites for your travels in Europe.
Haute Couture Eiffel SuiteHotel Plaza AtheneeParis
Decorated by famed French interior designer Marie-José Pommereau, the Haute Couture at Plaza Athénée has a Haussmann-style aesthetic. Red, pink and gray are the color theme with items such as silk curtains, velvet sofas and cushions by couture embroiderer Lesage. The 1,400-square-foot space also features a black-trimmed crystal chandelier and a grand piano. The breathtaking views of the Eiffel Tower add to the “wow” factor.
The apartmentThe Connaught, London
Located on the top floor of the elegant Connaught Hotel, the apartment is a two-bedroom suite with artistically carved entry doors, a double-height living room and a chandelier by sculptor Philippe Anthonioz. The 3,000+ square foot space has a palette of blues, lavenders, and grays with metallic accents and silk curtains. There are also two terraces and a separate dining room adorned with commissioned artwork where Michelin-starred chef Hélène Darroze, who has a restaurant at the hotel, can serve dinner.
Amalfi FolliaHotel Santa Caterina, Amalfi
It’s hard to match the incomparable setting of Follia Amalfitana to the family-run Santa Caterina. Surrounded by orange and lemon trees and colorful bougainvillea, the suite overlooks the sea. You can soak up the views from the large terrace with swimming pool or from the hot tub in the bathroom. Interiors, meanwhile, have a bright and uplifting feel with their emerald ceramic tiled floors juxtaposed against white walls and curtains.
Sultana SuiteCiragan Kempinski Palace, Istanbul
Live the life of a Turkish king by staying in the opulent Sultan’s Suite at Ciragan Palace Kempinski, which dates back to the 17th century. With a living area of 4,300 square feet, the suite offers a direct view of the Bosphorus, a dining area for 12 people, a traditional Turkish hammam and a bathroom with a hammam, a gold-plated shower and taps crystal bathtub. Guest amenities include a soap butler service where guests have a choice of handmade olive oil soap in 12 scents; a dedicated butler cuts a fresh piece for each use.
Palladian SuiteCipriani, A Belmond Hotel, Venice
Housed in a former 15th century palace accessible by a flowery path, the Palladio Suite is distinguished by its floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the waterways of Venice. It is adorned with antique furniture and features frescoed ceilings, gold finishes and marble floors. There are two bathrooms, a spacious living room, a large deck with a plunge pool and a private dock.
Penthouse apartmentsHotel Martinez, walking sticks
New this year, these two penthouse apartments at the Tony Hotel Martinez extend over a sumptuous 14,000 square feet each and offer views of the bay of Cannes. They were designed in collaboration with the icons of French cinema Thierry Frémaux and Isabelle Huppert and have vast dining rooms and lounges, projection rooms and studies. Fremaux and Huppert each led the design of an apartment: Huppert is decidedly feminine with its white and gold hues and bespoke silk rugs, while Fremaux features bolder colors and a more muted aesthetic. Both selected the bespoke books, photos, playlists and scents for their respective suites.
Grand Panoramic SuiteHotel Eden Roc Ascona, Swiss
This two-bedroom retreat at Eden Roc Ascona, located on Lake Maggiore, has been decorated by renowned local designer Carlo Rampazzi. Known for a style that borrows from different design aesthetics and eras, his work here favors cream tones, tesserae stones, and furniture of varying shapes and sizes. The large terrace overlooking the lake and the mosaic in the bathroom are particularly impressive.
Hassler Penthousethe stalker, Rome
The legendary Hassler atop the Spanish Steps has a namesake penthouse that’s a generous 3,500 square feet. It overlooks the rooftops of Rome and famous landmarks such as Piazza di Spagna, the Barcaccia Fountain, and the upscale Via Condotti shopping street. Other features include two marble terraces, a grand piano, contemporary bespoke furnishings and fine china, and a fully stocked cocktail bar.
The Royal Suitefrom England, Copenhagen
Located in the city’s main square, England’s Royal Suite has welcomed everyone from royalty to movie stars. The 1,600-square-foot space features hand-carved crystal chandeliers, gold trim, antique wood furniture, and intricate ceiling moldings. The bathrooms are awash in alabaster marble. The large balcony offers views of the main square and the Theater Royal, while the spacious living and dining areas are ideal for entertaining.