Soaring success (and credit card limits) come with their share of perks—lavish hotel suites not least among them.
Traveling A-listers like Mick Jagger, Elton John, Bill Clinton and Gwyneth Paltrow have frequented these ten super-swanky penthouse suites, which come with everything from private infinity pools to saunas, libraries, bars—even secret passageways.
The view from the top is looking pretty good.
THE PENINSULA BEIJING: Outfitted with floating red lanterns, an 18-seat dining room and its own private gym, the penthouse at the Peninsula Beijing would definitely be the preferred suite for James Bond were he on a top-secret Chinese mission. Nightly from $7,900; details at peninsula.com/beijing.
HOTEL BEL AIR: The ritzy Presidential Suite
Hotels atop the iconic Hotel Bel Air comes with appropriately glam creature comforts including a full-size pool and grand piano. Reservations upon request; details at hotelbelair.com.
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THE CARYLE HOTEL: Designed by Theirry Despont, the 2,600-square-foot penthouse atop New York's Carlyle Hotel boasts killer views of the Manhattan skyline along with a glass sunroom and artworks hand-picked by a curator from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. From $15,000 per night; details at thecarlyle.com.
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HASSLER ROMA: Oozing with old-world romance, it's no surprsie that Grace Kelly and Prince Rainer spent their honeymoon in the Hassler Roma penthouse, where A-listers enjoy marble floors, a personal rooftop terrace (complete with citrus trees), and a private gazebo. From $4,100 per night; details at hotelhasslerroma.com.
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INTERCONTINENTAL HONG KONG: Lined in blue LED lights, the infinity pool at the Intercontinental Hong Kong—which peers over the dramatic Hong Kong skyline—is reason enough to fork over the $11K plus nightly rate. Inside the suite, guests also enjoy five bedrooms, a dining room, and private sauna. From $11,892; details at hongkong-ic.intercontinental.com.
CIRAGN PALACE ISTANBUL: This airy Istanbul penthouse suite is fit for a sultan, with gilded faucets, handmade hammam, and a claw-footed bathtubs. The walls are furbished with 19th century art objects and paintings, so you can seamlessly slip into another time. Nightly from $41,000; details at kempinski.com.
ONE&ONLY CAPETOWN: Bill Clinton and U2 are among the famous folks to have slept inside this lavish Capetown penthouse, which features a private swimming pool, courtyard, and wine loft stocked with 280 bottles of local wine and champagne for toasting the good life. Nightly from $8,600; details at capetown.oneandonlyresorts.com.
THE FAIRMONT SAN FRANCISCO: With towering ceilings and unusual architectural features, this 83-year-old San Francisco suite has hosted the likes of Mick Jagger and Elton John, and comes with luxe amenities like a circular library and secret bookshelf passageway. $15,000 per night; details at fairmont.com.
THE CONNAUGHT LONDON: Gwyneth Paltrow ordered an exact copy of the dressing room inside the Connaught's fresh, whitewashed penthouse suite, which comes with a king-sized master bedroom, chef's kitchen, and two teak terraces. Nightly from $13,400; the-connaught.co.uk.
THE DOLDER GRAND ZURICH: The grand-scale Maestro Suite at the Dolder Grand Zurich is named after conductor Herbert von Karajan, and comes furnished with some of the music-master's favorites like a cozy seating area, exposed beams, and outdoor sauna. $18,800 per night; thedoldergrand.com.