Sometimes when you’re heading away for a luxury city escape, you want to go all out. When a luxury double room won’t do, there’s a suite and when a suite won’t do there are these suites – the most expensive, exclusive and utterly extravagant hotel accommodations in Europe.
Next time you fancy a spot of shopping along the Champs Elysee, visiting a fashion show in Milan or hunting for watches in Geneva, these are the suites that will elevate the experience to unforgettable heights.
Geneva: The Royal Penthouse Suite at Hotel President Wilson
It goes without saying that the largest suite in Europe – totalling a grandiose 1,800 square metres – is going to command a hefty sum of money wherever it happens to be. Add in flawless panoramic views of Lake Geneva and you have what is arguably the most exclusive stay on the continent.
12 bedrooms, each with its own marble-clad bathroom and Hermes bath products, two master bedrooms complete with lake-facing private jacuzzis and one of the biggest TVs in the world, the suite proves that while size might not be everything it certainly helps. Indeed, there’s enough space for a full on dinner party and, with a Steinway Grand included, the entertainment’s all sorted.
Price: £61,000 per night
Paris: The Royal Suite at Hôtel Plaza Athénée
The French Regency might not have had the best of ends, but they knew how to spend their money – at least, if the Royal Suite at Hôtel Plaza Athénée is anything to go by. With all the frills and frippery of a French fop, the 450 square metres of floor space is draped in enough pink and gold to make an opera house blush.
Whatever you think of the extravagant style, you can’t deny the stunning views of Avenue Montaigne, and being one of the few super luxury suites with a kitchen is more of a selling point than the four bedrooms and bathrooms combined. Sneak in a private chef and you can cook up a gallic feast worthy of the complimentary bottle of Krug.
Price: £19,500 per night
London: The Royal Suite at the Lanesborough
If you’re defined by the quality of your neighbours than the Royal Suite at the Lanesborough is the one for you. You can’t get closer to staying at Buckingham Palace unless you happen to be a head of state which, incidentally, is the case with plenty of the Lanesborough’s guests.
With a grand total of seven bedrooms and bathrooms there’s enough space for a full entourage, all of whom will be able to enjoy the views of palace grounds afforded by the 450 square metres of floor space. To complete the feeling of British aristocracy, the suite comes with its own butler and chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce Phantom.
Price: £26,000 per night
Milan: The Presidential Suite at Principe di Savoia
With 500 square metres of space the Presidential Suite at Principe di Savoia will put many a renaissance-era lordling to shame. Looming over the Piazza della Republica, the ‘suite’ is more a palace, complete with a treasure trove of more art and antiques than most Milanese hotels can muster in their entirety.
The living room, dining room complete with French crystal and three stunningly-appointed bedrooms are easy to ignore in the face of the Pompeii-style spa, complete with a private swimming pool, whirlpool, jacuzzi and Turkish bath. It’s perfect for a spot of butler-served aperitivo ahead of a catwalk show.
Price: £15,300 per night
Berlin: The Royal Suite at Hotel Adlon Kempinski
Ultra-cool underground clubs, cutting-edge design and eclectic contemporary art… this hotel has none of that. In fact, there’s very little of modern Berlin at the Hotel Adlon Kempinski. Still, what would you expect from a 110-year-old institution?
Berlin’s most classic hotel’s 185-square-metre Royal Suite has played host to many a royal personage, including our own Queen Elizabeth. There’s even a signed photo of HRH. It has everything you want from a suite overlooking the Brandenburg Gate, including a dining room, study, and a sumptuously comfortable master bedroom – just the ticket after an all-night techno rave.
Price: £23,200 per night