Allow us to introduce you to some of the ultimate, ultraluxe designer hotel suites in the world. Far from utilitarian, each of these suites has fallen under the magic touch of a world-renowned fashion designer - and the results are so stunning, you may never check out (assuming you can afford to check in, that is). - B.H.
The Vera Wang Suite
Halekulani, Waikiki, Hawaii
Pacific and Asian in mood, this elegantly sensual suite celebrates Hawaiian culture while showcasing the savvy design instinct that is Vera Wang. Buddhas and antique Chinese furniture merge with one-of-a-kind Vera Wang creations, including throw pillows, china, crystal, and candles.
$5,000 to $6,850 per night.
The Fashion Rooms
Royal Windsor Hotel Grand Place, Brussels
To celebrate Brussels's nascent fashion scene, this hotel entrusted the redecoration of 10 of its corner rooms to an equal number of acclaimed Belgian fashion designers. Idiosyncratic and novel, each suite is like a clothing item created by luminaries such as Kaat Tilley (a vintage, all-white symphony), Marina Yee (futuristic, unexpected spaces and organic forms), and Nicolas Woit (sumptuous velvet, a palette of reds, and a starlit sky).
$296 to $532 per night.
Oliver Messel Suite
The Dorchester, London
A theatrical fantasy, this room owes its dramatic effects to famed stage designer and bon vivant Oliver Messel, who decorated it with a rococo flair on an unlimited budget in 1953. Highlights such as a private terrace overlooking Mayfair; hand-painted, silk-lined walls; gilded moldings; and a bed festooned with breathtaking swags and golden acorn finials continue to attract a regal clientele.
$5,120 per night.
The Bottega Veneta Suite
The St. Regis Hotel, New York City
With windows that overlook Fifth Avenue, this beaux arts hotel is just the place we’d expect to find an ultraluxurious suite designed by Bottega Veneta. In quintessential earth tones and soft leathers, and utilizing clean lines and natural elements (limestone floors and New Zealand wool carpets), this two-bedroom getaway dazzles with a sophisticated tranquility. While its furnishings include exclusive Bottega Veneta (such as a leather-sheathed dining-room table), much of the hotel’s existing furnishings were used after being reupholstered in mohair velvet and Ultrasuede.
$5,500 to $6,500 per night.
The Bernstein Suite
Hôtel Crillon, Paris
Recently revamped by fashion designer Sonia Rykiel (her ode to Louis XV) and Parisian interior designer Sybille de Margerie, this hotel offers many fascinating suites. But the Bernstein, named for the famed maestro and sporting one of his pianos, presents a more modern mood. For iconic vistas of Paris, have your breakfast on the wraparound terrace.
$9,793 to $10,779 per night.