Elite Traveler & the Suite Life | Luxe Lodgings

The prestigious “Top 101 Suites in the World” list has been launched by global private jet magazine Elite Traveler.

For the first time ever, the annual list includes a fun look at the “Coolest 10 Suites in the World”.

In the main list, the US wins the battle of the nations with nineteen hotels and suites, 10 ahead of second-place China.  New York leads the US charge, with five hotels and suites included in the guide including one favored by tennis champion Serena Williams.

The most expensive suite out of the five New York-based properties is The Peninsula Suite, The Peninsula, New York - coming in at a cool $24,000 per night.

The other New York based suites included in the Top 101 Guide are:

·         Conrad Suite, Conrad New York at $5,000 per night

·         The Fitzgerald Suite, The Plaza at $2,795 per night

·         The Bentley Suite, The St Regis New York at $10,500 per night

·         Extreme WOW Suite, W New York – Times Square at $4,500 per night

The most expensive of all the Top 101 on the Elite Traveler list is in Paris, France; the Plaza Athenee Hotel’s Royal suite at $33,731 a night. By comparison, one of Eva Longoria’s favorite suites, at the Garza Blanca Preserve Resort and Hotel in Puerto Vallarta in Mexico is one of the lowest priced in the list at a relatively modest $1,800 a night. The Bentley Suite in the St Regis in New York is Serena Williams’ favorite:

The 5 times Wimbledon champion says “The suites at The St. Regis New York are beyond compare in both design and luxury.”

When looking at the full list, a night’s stay in each of the 101 hotel suites on the list would cost $826,324 and combined they take up over 416,000 square feet of space.  By comparison, the National Association of Home Builders reports the average American home is 2,700 square feet and costs $270,000.  Hotels report that typical length of stay varies from 10 days to three weeks depending on location and time of year.  Typical guests come from around the world, and the suites are popular with families, heads of state, royalty, celebrities, and elite business leaders.

The list is not necessarily comprised of only the most expensive suites.  According to Travel Editor TovaSyrowicz, “We are always looking for suites and villas that have just been opened or have not been publicized yet.”  Eighty percent are new suites in new hotels, new suites in existing hotels and seriously renovated suites.  The remaining 20 percent come from a panel of luxury travel agents and celebrities and existing suites in top hotels that haven’t made the list in previous years. Also included are villas that are part of hotel complexes.  In other words, high prices alone won’t get your hotel on the list, which is whittled down from over 400 nominations.

Elite Traveler readers spend over $400,000 per household annually at luxury hotels and resorts making the subject very appropriate for the magazine.

The full list with details of all the world’s top 101 suites can be accessed at http://www.elitetraveler.com/category/destination-guides/top-101-suites-in-the-world-2013

Source: Elite Traveler

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