2021 saw many of us opt to escape the crowds and vacation closer to home as we attempted to navigate ever-changing border restrictions and testing requirements. But with the world (hopefully) on its way to opening once again, city breaks are very much back on the agenda. Now is the time to dust off your passports and start thinking about the destination for your next trip away. To help, we’ve rounded up our favorite suites in the most exciting cities on the planet, fresh from our annual Top Suites in the World list.
From a sprawling neoclassical mansion in the heart of São Paolo to an 18th-century palace in the fabled ‘Pink city’ of Jaipur, we’ve chosen the most unique (and luxurious) abodes that guarantee an unforgettable city break.
Lotte New York Palace, The Jewel Suite
It seems fitting to begin our list of lavish city suites in the Big Apple. Walking through the immaculate gated courtyard and into the impressive lobby of Lotte New York Palace, you know you’re in for a serious treat. Located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, there’s no better location for exploring the city and taking in the breathtaking skyline views. Filled with $1.5 million worth of esteemed jeweler Martin Katz’ creations, you’ll be hard-pressed to find anywhere as extravagant as the Jewel Suite. Spanning 5,000 sq ft and three floors, the apartment is an Art Deco dream elegantly decorated with plush silver and pearl velvet chairs, a cascading two-story chandelier and mirrors at every turn.
The Joseph, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Presidential Suite
If you’re planning a trip to Nashville, The Joseph is well worth a visit. Dotted with pieces of contemporary art from the Pizzuti family’s private collection, the stylish hotel prides itself on celebrating the city’s diverse cultural scene. Up on the 20th floor, the aptly named Presidential Suite is the ideal setting for entertaining. The open plan living room features floor-to-ceiling windows, a striking Italian marble bar with seating for eight and wraparound sofas in shades of silver and gray. In a nod to Nashville’s legendary reputation as the ‘Music city’, a fully restored 1920s era Steinway grand piano sits in the corner and there’s a collection of specially curated vinyl records to play on the turntable.
Mandarin Oriental Barcelona, The Penthouse Suite
Situated on the Passeig de Gràcia, a stone’s throw from Gaudi’s iconic Casa Batlló, the Mandarin Oriental offers guests a tranquil refuge in the middle of Barcelona. The rooftop pool is the perfect spot for cooling off and unwinding with a cocktail after a day spent wandering the cobbled streets. Occupying the entire top floor, the 2,540-sq-ft Penthouse Suite has been elegantly decorated in shades of gray, white and mink by revered interior designer, Patricia Urquiola. The stunning apartment boasts two shady outdoor terraces for al fresco dining and a private butler service to take care of your every need. Downstairs, you can sample Catalan-inspired culinary delights at the hotel’s two-Michelin-starred restaurant helmed by talented chef, Carme Ruscalleda.
The Ritz Paris, Suite Impériale
Home to Coco Channel for over three decades, it’s easy to see why the legendary fashion designer lived at The Ritz Paris for so long. Overlooking Place Vendome, the historic hotel oozes timeless sophistication and glamour. Taking inspiration from the Palace of Versailles, the Suite Impériale is fit for royalty. Elevating luxury to new heights, the wood paneled bathroom features a giant marble tub complete with gold taps, while the master bedroom boasts dramatic chandeliers, antique clocks, gilded oil paintings and a silk-draped canopy four-poster bed that is an exact replica of that found in Marie Antoinette’s private quarters.
Aman Venice, Alcova Tiepolo
As the chosen setting for George and Amal Clooney’s wedding, this waterside hotel is seriously exclusive. Perfect for a romantic weekend away, Aman Venice is set within a 16th century palazzo overlooking the Grand Canal. For an unforgettable stay book the Alcova Tiepolo Suite. Adorned with Tiepolo’s Rococo style frescoes, marble fireplaces and gilded ceilings, the 1,810-sq-ft abode is nothing short of spectacular. If you can bring yourself to step foot outside your suite, there are three gourmet restaurants to choose from and a cozy bar where you can sip bespoke cocktails created by award-winning resident mixologist, Antonio Ferrara.
The Langham, Sterling Suite
Since opening its doors in 1865 as Europe’s first “Grand Hotel”, The Langham has counted Charles Dickens, Winston Churchill and Princess Diana among its star-studded clientele. Just moments from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Circus, the iconic London hotel offers guests impeccable service and a laid-back atmosphere. Home to Palm Court, the birthplace of the British afternoon tea tradition, you can enjoy a mouthwatering selection of pastries and sandwiches with a menu overseen by Michel Roux Jr. The six-bedroom Sterling Suite is the most extravagant of the private residences. Spanning 4,884 sq ft, the elegant apartment features an expansive entry lobby, drawing room with a piano, master bedroom complete with an opulent marble ensuite and a butler’s pantry.
Palácio Tangará, Grand Suite São Paulo
Set within the lush tropical greenery of the Burle Marx Park nature reserve, the Palácio Tangará is a tranquil haven from which to explore the vibrant city of São Paulo. The sprawling neoclassical mansion (built for the third wife of playboy billionaire Baby Pignatari) features three ballrooms, two pools, a spa and fitness center. Dotted with original artworks, bespoke furnishings and bold materials, the 3,000-sq-ft Grand Suite São Paulo is as stylish as it is opulent. Ideal for hosting larger gatherings, the apartment features multiple living spaces, a dining room for up to 14 guests and a spacious outdoor terrace.
Royal Mansour, Grande Riad
Built by King Mohammed VI, no expense has been spared at the Royal Mansour. Set within the walls of Marrakesh’s old city, the lavish hotel is comprised of 53 uniquely decorated private riads (instead of suites), surrounded by peaceful courtyards and shady gardens. The interiors are nothing short of spectacular: think silky fabrics, crystal chandeliers, and plenty of marble. Accessed via a discreet entrance, the Grande Riad spans almost 20,000 sq ft, featuring three stunning bedrooms complete with adjoining dressings rooms and bathrooms. Upstairs you can enjoy panoramic views of the Atlas Mountains from the roof terrace and unwind with a visit to the hammam, cinema and private pool.
Rosewood Hong Kong, Harbour House
Next on our list is the ultra-luxe Rosewood Hong Kong. Situated on the tranquil Kowloon waterfront with sweeping views of the city skyline and Sha Tin mountains beyond, the towering skyscraper boasts 413 stylish rooms and suites. The best place to take in the magnificent views is Harbour House up on the 57th floor. Boasting two outdoor lap pools, a private gym and wraparound landscaped gardens, it’s little surprise this 12,000-sq-ft apartment boasts one of the most expensive nightly rates in this year’s Top 100 Suites.
Rajmahal Palace Jaipur, Maharaja Suite
Set within the UNESCO world heritage site of the ‘Pink city’ of Jaipur, this 18th-century palace was originally built for the royal family of Rajasthan. As you would expect, the interiors are fit for a king. With just 13 rooms and suites, the Art Deco hotel guarantees the utmost privacy for its guests. The 3,126-sq-ft Maharaja Suite is not to be missed. Previously the private suite of the two Maharajas, Sawai Man Singh II and his son Sawai Bhawani Singh, the entrance hall is filled with relics from its royal past. The apartment is bursting with color, from its bespoke patterned wallpaper to the plush red velvet chairs dotting the master bedroom. Of course, there’s plenty of room for entertaining thanks to the spacious living room, separate bar and drawing room which opens onto a private terrace.
See all of our Top 100 Suites here.