The Penthouse Suite Effect

Design cues for the latest billionaire homes come from the world’s most exclusive penthouses and presidential suites.

Hotel suites are special spaces. Many at the higher end afford the chance to try out a place adorned by the world’s most renowned designers, some from the world of fashion, as well as interiors. For penthouses with rates starting at $10K and upward, not a single detail is overlooked. Original art is displayed on the walls and technology is state-of-the-art.

The London West Hollywood Penthouse (Photo: Courtesy).

The London West Hollywood Penthouse (Photo: Courtesy The London West Hollywood).

The London West Hollywood’s newly renovated penthouse is perfect for entertaining. Vivienne Westwood designed the two-story space in collaboration with Richmond Design. The British fashion designer’s work includes customized furnishings and art, including a handwoven tapestry that hangs over a king-size four-poster bed. In true Ms. Westwood style, the rooms are trés chic, with a palette of greens, blues, whites, marble and gold-edging. The two-bedroom goes for a nightly rate of $25,000.

The New York Palace Jewel Suite (Photo: Courtesy The New York Palace).

The New York Palace Jewel Suite (Photo: Courtesy The New York Palace).

Two years ago, what is now the Lotte New York Palace completed a $140 million dollar renovation. Among the lavish dwellings is the Jewel Suite. A-list jeweler Martin Katz co-designed the space with global architecture, engineering and planning firm HOK. The suite is adorned with chandeliers resembling earrings. The dining room houses a hand-blown chandelier and glass mosaic designed by Mr. Katz, while mirrored wall coverings and glass tables evoke diamonds. Fabrics are mostly jeweled-toned; think purple and blue gemstones. The triplex comes at a shiny rate of $25,000 a night.

The Mulia Mansion, Bali (Photo: Courtesy Mulia Mansion).

The Mulia Mansion, Bali (Photo: Courtesy Mulia Mansion).

The six-bedroom Mulia Mansion, Bali starts at nearly $20K a night. It will not only inspire the creative urge for custom furniture; the outdoor shower, massage room and at-home theater are part of the new “must-have” list for homeowners seeking a special touch. The rooms feature exclusively commissioned paintings throughout the resort. The Mulia Mansion embodies the island and culture by inviting the outdoors inside. Coral reefs achieve this in the main living room, along with fresh flowers throughout. 

The Presidential Suite at the Park Hyatt Tokyo (Photo: Courtesy Park Hyatt Tokyo).

The Presidential Suite at the Park Hyatt Tokyo (Photo: Courtesy Park Hyatt Tokyo).

When you think of the Park Hyatt Tokyo Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation comes to mind. (Are you picturing Bill Murray sitting on the bed and the panoramic views?) The entire hotel is the work of interior designer John Morford. The Presidential Suite features a library, replete with books on Japanese culture, gardening and travel. There is a grand piano in the living room, and two kinds of beds in the master bedroom. Rates for the presidential suite start at $10,000.

The drawing room of The Goring (Photo: Courtesy The Goring).

The drawing room of The Goring (Photo: Courtesy The Goring).

The Royal Suite at The Goring is most notably known as the place where Kate Middleton got some shut-eye before the royal wedding. The two-bedroom suite takes up the entire top floor of the hotel. London-based fashion-turned-interior designer Russell Sage furnished the rooms with antiques, including Georgian glassware. There is also a collection of royal artifacts, from handwritten letters and stationery to military regalia. Not to mention a life-size portrait of Her Majesty Queen Victoria in the shower of the master bathroom encased by aircraft safety glass. The walls of the bathroom are covered in the same wallpaper as the silk that adorns the throne room in Buckingham Palace. Prices start at $13,800 a night.

The Dior Suite at the St. Regis, New York (Photo: Bruce Buck).

The Dior Suite at the St. Regis, New York (Photo: Bruce Buck).

The Dior Suite at the St. Regis, New York is a nod to the French fashion house’s ateliers, with colors regularly updated according to the latest collections. In the living room is gray upholstered seating with nailhead trim, white lacquered furniture and gold side-tables, along with a fabric-tufted coffee table. Fashion books and paintings adorn the softly hued spaces. The dining room seats eight and is accented with gold sconces and a buffet table. Windows are floor-to-ceiling and overlook Central Park. The price tag starts at $10,550 a night.

The main floor in The Quin (Photo: Courtesy The Quin).

The main floor in The Quin (Photo: Courtesy The Quin).

The penthouse at The Quin, New York takes up the top three floors of the midtown hotel. It features an open living space with a dining area for 14 people. Details are found in the myriad of accents. DK Johnston curates the artwork—rotating original works by artists including Blek le Rat and Robert Christian Malmberg. The space is $15,000 per night.

Actual presidents have likely stayed in the presidential suite at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C. Located on the top floor of the hotel, the suite features double-height ceilings with a crystal chandelier in the center of the room. From the office, both the Tidal Basin and Jefferson Memorial are visible. Guests also have a view of the city’s cherry blossom trees, Washington Monument and The Pentagon. As for the decor, like all Mandarin Oriental properties, it reflects the city it is in: in this case think American flags on the desk and a marble vestibule entry. Of course, this is juxtaposed with Asian-inspired details, making it a true East-meets-West design. The three-bedroom suite starts at $15,000 a night.

The penthouse suite a.k.a. appartement couture at Sofitel Paris le Faubourg ranges from $2,000 a night to $10,000 during the highest season. The suite has a black, ivory and gold color-scheme. Art Deco inspiration is found in the patterns from the tiling of the bathroom to the carpet in the rooms. The Hermés amenities are fitting of the haute couture style. 

The Penthouse Suite Effect