It would be hard to catalog every gorgeous hotel with an amenity-rich suite, guesthouse, or penthouse—but it’s a little easier to track the places where iconic celebrities have stayed (or seem likely to have stayed, even if the paparazzi didn’t spot them there). Most of these suites have sky-high square footage and nightly rates, so it makes sense that they would draw the world’s elite.
Here, check out a handful of hotels, located everywhere from Monaco to Zurich, where stars from Prince and Jay Z to David Bowie and Mick Jagger are reported to have laid their heads.
The 3,230 square-foot Belle Etoile Suite at Le Meurice in Paris features a gorgeous marble bathroom, walk-in-closet, kitchen and pantry that can accommodate a personal chef, and a terrace with 360-degree views of the city. No wonder, then, that it's a favorite of Beyoncé and Jay Z, who recorded his Watch the Throne hit song "Niggas in Paris" at the hotel with Kanye West (and nodded to Le Meurice in the lyrics, calling it a great place to "ball so hard" and "get faded.")
Rates from $20,735 per night.
Prince is reported to have stayed at the legendary Hotel de Paris in Monaco. Among the hotel's most luxe accommodations is the Diamond Suite Charles Garnier, a lush, 1,830-square-foot, two-bedroom space that goes for no less than $8,000 per night.
Suite 100 at The Dolder Grand in Zurich was inspired by the Rolling Stones, who stayed there in 1967 for a concert they were performing. Mick Jagger complained that it was too bright, so as a result, Suite 100 was designed to be ultra-private, with retro furnishings and DeSede sofas (of the same model Jagger owned) gracing its 1,770 square feet.
Rates from $5,750 per night.
The 2,807-square-foot Nirvana Suite, in the penthouse of the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, has a huge bar, outdoor terrace, and heated plunge pool. Christina Aguilera, Pete Wentz, and Ashton Kutcher have all been spotted there, and hotel creative director Brandon Powers said, "We embrace the spirit of rock 'n' roll. People can trash their room ... so long as we don't have to clean up after it in the casino."
The Hollywood Roosevelt hotel, founded in 1927, has housed everyone from Marilyn Monroe to Kate Moss, and is a nightlife hot spot for Miley Cyrus, Joe Jonas, and Demi Lovato. The three-level, 3,200-square-foot Gable & Lombard Penthouse, pictured here, features a rooftop patio with panoramic Hollywood views, as well as contemporary decor with vintage accents by Dodd Mitchell.
The GuestHouse, the 1,500 square-foot three-bedroom penthouse suite at the Dream Midtown hotel, features skyline views of Central Park, Moroccan-inspired decor, and contemporary art by Britannie Bond. Reservations for the space start at $1,500, and if you're lucky, you could be neighbors with the Fat Jew, who currently calls the hotel home. (The hotel's sister location, Dream Downtown NYC, has a rooftop lounge called PH-D that's also frequented by celebs including P. Diddy, Sienna Miller, and Cameron Diaz.)
The relatively small 506-square-foot Knightsbridge Suite in London's Knightsbridge Hotel is characterized as "spacious, light, and quiet," with contemporary English decor, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a view of Beaufort Gardens—possibly just what David Bowie needed when he stayed at the hotel with his family during his last visit to London before his death.