16 Celebrity Hotel Suites We Dream of Staying In
Butlers are practically a given. Private check-ins and maxed-out thread counts, too. But an in-room electric guitar collection? A private helipad? To paraphrase Fitzgerald, the rich and famous roll different from you and me. And maybe we can’t stay where they stay, but we can take a peek, now and then, through the keyhole. So here are 16 of the sweetest celebrity-graced hotel suites around the world, with hat-tips to the stars that made them famous.
Rihanna: The Royal Penthouse Suite at Park Hyatt Vienna
The Park Hyatt Vienna is home to the largest suite in Austria: the Royal Penthouse Suite, whose 8,820 square feet span two floors, two bedrooms, three kitchens (because every entourage needs its noms), four leafy terraces, four bathrooms, a sprawling living and dining area and—if the onyx staircase doesn’t provide enough exercise—a gym. Note: If you were staying at the Park Hyatt Vienna when Rihanna was during her ANTI World Tour, you might have missed her thanks to the suite's private elevator. Otherwise, you and RiRi totally would’ve hung.
Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas: The Maharani Suite at Jodhpur's Umaid Bhawan Palace
Yes, this Taj Hotel is an actual palace, formerly home to Maharaja Umaid Singh and his wife, the Maharani. The Deco-inspired suite created in her honour is a favorite among VIP visitors to Rajasthan’s dreamy Blue City—not least, Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas, who are presumed to have spent their first night as a married couple here. We have to think the 10-person dining room went unused, but the Maharani Suite also comes with plenty of honeymoon-friendly features, from the enormous master bedroom to the couple’s massage room. There's even a yoga room to eradicate any last scintilla of wedding stress. Fun fact: The bath was designed by artist Stefan Norblin from a single piece of pink Italian marble.
The Rolling Stones: Suite 100 at Zurich's Dolder Grand
Perched on a hill above Zurich, The Dolder Grand blends a 19th-century castle-like structure with two new wings designed by Lord Norman Foster. Head to the top floor of the Spa Wing and you'll find Suite 100, a 60s-chic spread—all arc lamps and S chairs and hot pink accents—where Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and the rest of The Rolling Stones once cooled out. Named after London's 100 Club, (where, coincidentally, the Stones have also made appearances), this suite may be rock and roll on the inside, but as soon as you step onto the vast terrace, the alpine lake views will remind you you've landed squarely in Switzerland—perhaps on the private jet that the hotel happily dispatches to guests’ home airports.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z: Villa Luna at Paradise Valley's Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa
In another case of stars gravitating to starchitecture, Beyoncé and Jay-Z spent their honeymoon in a space designed by Frank Lloyd Wright associate Christopher Yager: the 5,500-square-foot Villa Luna at Sanctuary at Camelback Mountain. The secluded master suite has floor-to-ceiling windows with surreal mountain and valley views, plus an indoor/outdoor shower and oversized soaking tub. There are also four more bedrooms and bathrooms (because you never know who might crash your honeymoon), plus ample living and dining areas, a gourmet kitchen, and a deck that rolls on for days.
Sophia Loren, George Clooney: The Imperial Suite at Le Bristol Paris
Since it opened almost 100 years ago, Le Bristol Paris has hosted every celeb from Sophia Loren to George Clooney in its famous Imperial Suite. There's almost no luxury you won't find in this 3,475-square-foot spread (well, minus the somewhat hidden steam room), but the one that’s got our noses pressed closest to the glass is the 12-person dining area that comes with a garden view and—if you want them (and why wouldn’t you?)—meals overseen by a guy with three Michelin stars.
Jessica Alba: The Residence at the Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina
When Jessica Alba issued a poolside proclamation to her Snapchat followers that "Four Seasons Ko Olina is everything," here's how she was defining totality (at least in the case of her suite): three-bedrooms, each with its own private balcony, three-bathrooms, a living area, dining room, pool table, and oversized lanai with ocean and mountain vistas worthy of not just Snapchat, but possibly even old-school photo paper and frames.
Helen Mirren: The Dama Suite at Rome's Palazzo Dama
Set back from the banks of the Tiber in the historic home of the Malaspina family, Palazzo Dama continues to nod to the noblewomen who’ve lived here through the centuries. In fact, the 18th-century Marchesa Anna Maria Malaspina—renowned for her wit and refinement—is the real-life dama behind the hotel's name and swankiest suite. Perhaps not coincidentally, a latter day dame of renowned wit and refinement has passed through those very digs: Dame Helen Mirren. But whatever title comes before your name, you'll love the suite's sumptuous velvets and cashmeres, the dramatic bathtub, and the terrace with views of the garden and pool.
Will.i.am: The Musician’s Penthouse at London's Corinthia Hotel
You don't have to be a musician to stay in the Corinthia Hotel's Musician’s Penthouse, but you’ll probably appreciate it more if you are. Just ask Will.i.am, who, despite not having his own branded piano on hand, no doubt took advantage of the suite's Steinway Model O to chase down those middle-of-the-night inspirations. Other rock-star touches include the state-of-the-art turntables, a selection of electric guitars, dramatic vintage chandeliers, and the master bedroom’s handcrafted leather headboard. The outdoor terrace ain’t so bad either, what with its fireplace and epic views of the London skyline.
Will Smith: The Honeymoon Suite at Costa Rica's Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa
If you're looking for a place to get away from the paparazzi, 900 acres of lush Central American rainforest is a pretty safe bet. Sure, some celebrity photogs consider hotel balconies fair game, but the one off the Honeymoon Suite at Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa exposes you to an entirely different kind of visitor: toucans, tree frogs, and howler monkeys. Maybe that—or else the unreal views of Arenal Volcano—explains why Will Smith holed up in the suite. The onsite, volcanically-heated waterfalls and pools probably didn't make him sad either.
Roger Federer: The Two-Bedroom Pool Residence at Anantara Naladhu Private Island in the Maldives
When a private-island resort simply isn't enough (and really, when is it?), go for the private beach, private infinity pool, and private butler, too. That's what you'll get at the Two-Bedroom Pool Residence at Anantara Naladhu Private Island, where Roger Federer and Kate Moss have each peaced out. This overwater mega-bungalow also comes equipped with a beach cabana, jumbo deck and a second-story master suite, where the ocean-facing daybed balcony may be the best perch of all.
Lady Gaga: The Villa Retreat at Scottsdale's Boulders Resort & Spa
This Boulders Resort & Spa megasuite—it’s actually two homes connected by a dramatic, negative-edge pool—offers private helicopter access, a lagoon with a waterfall, two great rooms, six bathrooms, so many bedrooms you'll lose count, and a fire pit. Oh, and in case the two chef's kitchens aren't enough to feed your posse (maybe ask Lady Gaga how they worked out for her?), there's also an outdoor barbecue area with insane views of the surrounding desert. You'll definitely be inspired to do some hiking, but just in case you're trying to lie really, really low, your quarters come with a fitness room, too.
J. Lo, Katy Perry, Snoop: The Presidential Suite at Miami's Kimpton EPIC
If you think South Beach has the monopoly on visiting celebs, head over to Downtown's Kimpton EPIC, where the Presidential Suite has played home-away-from-home to everyone from Jennifer Lopez to Katy Perry to Snoop Dogg. The 1,100-square-foot spread includes two bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, living and dining areas, and two wrap-around balconies for taking in the glittery skyline. And though the suite doesn't come with its own pool (this is downtown, after all), A-Listers-in-residence can sneak into the poolside cabana that's reserved for them daily. Pro tip: big shades, big hat keep you on the DL.
Paul McCartney, Bill Clinton, Oprah: The James J. Coleman Presidential Suite at New Orlean's Windsor Court Hotel
You'd be hard pressed to come up with a star who hasn't stayed in this French Quarter icon, but the short list of those who have includes actors (Matthew McConaughey, Kathy Bates, Ryan Gosling); musicians (Sir Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Justin Timberlake); and assorted public figures (Bill Clinton, Oprah, Peyton Manning). Most want to check into the James J. Coleman Presidential Suite, a penthouse spread with two bedrooms, two-and-a-half-bathrooms, a library, a dining room, two river-view terraces, a baby grand, original art—and perhaps most important to the VVVIP set: a private lounge with dedicated concierge service.
Leonardo DiCaprio: Casa Estrella at Belize's Cayo Espanto
Of course, the ideal is to have your own off-the-grid piece of Belizean paradise, but as Leo's been waiting for his to open, he's gone for the next best thing: Casa Estrella at Cayo Espanto, a private island off the coast of San Pedro, Belize. The two-story, two-bedroom villa has two private docks, a spacious deck, plunge pool, and outdoor showers. And not for nothing is the place so secluded: The downstairs living area opens on three sides, while the entire upper floor is dedicated to an open-air bedroom (well, and a bathroom and two balconies). So even if you weren't as eco-conscious as Leo, AC wouldn't even occur to you here.
Prince William and Kate Middleton: Webb Tent at Australia's Longitude 131
Even royalty likes to go camping—or at least glamping: When Prince William and the Dutchess of Cambridge (formerly Kate Middleton) visited Australia’s Northern Territory, they stayed at the poshest of Longitude 131's desert pavilions: the Webb Tent, which has floor-to-ceiling windows looking onto the outback, with majestic red Uluru rising in the distance. Nature may steal the show, but the paintings by Aboriginal artist Ruby Tjangawa Williamson are nearly as amazing—and so are the tent's custom beds. The outside version, which a butler will happily make up for an evening under the stars, comes with a fireplace, an array of liqueurs at turndown, and that all-important private pool.
The Kardashians: Soori Estate at Soori Bali
You knew we weren't going to get through this story without a Kardashian—or several. And sure enough, when Kim Kardashian West was turning 38, the birthday girl—plus Kourtney, Khloe, Scott Disick and all their kids—took off for Soori Bali, a member of Leading Hotels of the World. The crew rented out the onsite 56,510-square-foot Soori Estate, which comes with 10 bedrooms, four infinity pools (that’s three times as much infinity as we usually get), a spa room, a gym, a helipad, a library (lightly, uh, used in this case, we’re guessing ), and epic views of this black-sand-fringed stretch of the Indian Ocean.