Top 5 luxury hotel suites in Europe

Whether you’re planning a once in a lifetime honeymoon trip to Europe or are a celebrity and only the best will do for you and your entourage, you’ll want not just a 5-star hotel in a great location, but a suite, preferably one with a fantastic view.

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Here are my picks for the best luxury hotel suites in Europe, taking into account location, hotel and service quality, and of course the suite itself.

The Penthouse, Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris

You only live once, and The Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris is a truly luxurious and romantic choice, with its stunning flowers by floral designer superstar Jeff Leatham, beautifully appointed rooms and suites, sublime spa treatments, and Michelin 2 star dining at Le Cinq. Best of all is the attentive yet friendly service; professional but warm. At the end of the day, enjoy a swim in the hotel’s pool (one of the few in a central Paris hotel) or soak in the Jacuzzi, surrounded by trompe l’oeil murals reminiscent of Versailles.

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If only the best will do for your Paris honeymoon or anniversary and money is no object, book the Penthouse on the 8th floor — it’s like having your very own pied-a-terre romantic hideaway, with glorious 360 degree views over the city and of the Eiffel Tower. The Penthouse has a more modern, light and airy style compared to most of the hotel’s other rooms and suites. Can you picture enjoying exquisite Michelin star dining on your private terrace, with views of the Paris skyline and city lights?

The Royal Penthouse, Corinthia Hotel London

Some of London’s 5-star hotels are elegant but with a very heavy and formal classical style. The Corinthia Hotel London marries an elegant façade, from a historical building that was once the base for MI9 (the British Directorate of Military Intelligence during World War II), with a beautifully light, modern and stylish interior. Its soaring and light filled lobby with a stunning Baccarat Chandelier is a lovely setting for traditional British Afternoon Tea, and rooms are spacious and tastefully appointed.

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If you really want to splash out or if money’s no object, book the Royal Penthouse, the largest in London at 5000 square feet over two floors that are connected by both a grand staircase and a private elevator. Take in 180 degree panoramic views of the London skyline, including the London Eye, from your private terrace. The master bathroom is a sanctuary unto itself, with a free standing Apaiser stone bath, walk-in shower, fireplace, and even a private spa suite.

Royal Suite, Lotte Hotel Moscow

Favored by heads of state and celebrities, the Lotte Hotels Moscow’s Royal Suite is not only the largest in Moscow, at nearly 5300 square feet, but also comes with bullet proof windows, a meeting room for 14 people, and a large living room complete with an open bar and a Bechstein piano. Still, your favorite room may be the master bathroom, with its large round Jacuzzi bathtub, Bulgari toiletries, and even its own private sauna. Royal Suite guests also enjoy complimentary access to the Club Lounge, with 5 different menu presentations daily. Superb French cuisine is just an elevator away, at Les Menus par Pierre Gagnaire.

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Royal Penthouse, Hotel President Wilson, Geneva

Hotel President Wilson in Geneva is not the most aesthetically pleasing building on the outside, and lower category rooms are generally nothing to write home about. But if you can afford the Royal Penthouse on the eighth floor, you’ll have ample space for your extended family or a small entourage:

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the enormous suite, which is 18,083 square feet, consists of 12 rooms and 12 bathrooms. Enjoy serene views of Lake Geneva from most rooms and from the private terrace, invite guests to a dinner in the formal dining room, or relax with billiards or in the living room, which includes a Steinway grand piano.

Villa Cupola, Westin Excelsior Rome

As with the Hotel President Wilson in Geneva, entry level rooms in the Westin Excelsior aren’t particularly noteworthy, and service can be a bit hit and miss. What is special is the Villa Cupola, at the very top of the hotel, covering 7000 square feet over its two floors, plus another 1,800 square feet of private terraces. While its classical Roman styling won’t appeal to those who prefer a modern aesthetic, the artistic details nevertheless are impressive. There’s the painstakingly hand painted frescoes, including horizons that match those outside, fine tapestries in the living room, and an antique Murano glass chandelier in the dining room. Enjoy your own private spa with a Jacuzzi, sauna, fitness room and sun deck. And for a cinephile, the private 8 seat cinema is the piece de resistance.

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Which European luxury hotel suite do you dream of staying in?

Hilary Stockton is the CEO at TravelSort.

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