Presidential Suites

The Penthouse Suite at The Joule -- Dallas

The Penthouse Suite at The Joule -- Dallas

When even the prices of the standard rooms at some of our favorite luxury hotels shock us, you can only imagine our heart palpitations when we see the nightly rates of these hotels’ top-of-the-line suites. But if we were going to splurge on anything in life, it’d probably be a stay at one of these suites. After all, they’re priced high for a reason; they are some of the most beautiful spaces we’ve ever seen, with stylized decor, all of the high-tech amenities anyone could want, and extra services for the lucky guests who can afford to book one of these spots. So would you prefer a brand-new car or a one-night stay at the most expensive suite at The New York Palace? Our photos after the jump may make you think twice »

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Rather than dish out our travel news in standard form, we’re going to be doing it in true Oyster fashion: by presenting the latest hotel happenings in a unique, fun and ‘lil bit freaky way.  Every week we’ll make a synopsis of goings on in our hotel collection, with crazy facts and fun stories that you’ll have to try to guess if they’re facts or true Oyster fakeouts. Take your chances, answer the questions, and check out the results — you may be surprised to find out what you learn!

The Presidential Suite at The St. Regis New York; New York, NY The Presidential Suite at The St. Regis New York; New York, NY

1. FACT OR FAKEOUT: The St. Regis New York’s Presidential Suite can hold 68 of The Jane Hotel’s smallest rooms.

2. FACT OR FAKEOUT: The most expensive item on the Bryant Park Hotel’s sex toy menu tops the NYC spot’s nightly room rates.

3. FACT OR FAKEOUT: The Inn at Palmetto Bluff (in Carolina’s Lowcountry) offers Alligator Tracking as part of its Adventure Program.

Check out the answers after the jump!

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Presidents Day is just around the corner and of course that makes us reflect on our country’s leaders. But c’mon, we’re a hotel website so what it really makes us think about is presidential suites. The most lavish accommodations in hotels, presidential suites are fit for, well, presidents. In fact, they reportedly got their name from President Woodrow Wilson, who had a strict list of requirements for his hotel rooms. Some of those requirements may be standard nowadays (such as en-suite bathrooms) but the over-the-top luxury remains. Last time, we highlighted the best presidential suites in New York City and Washington, D.C. so this time we’re heading to the West Coast to find the most drool-worthy presidential eye candy in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Presidential Suite at the InterContinental San Francisco; San Francisco, CA

Presidential Suite at the InterContinental San Francisco; San Francisco, CA

The Hotel: InterContinental San Francisco
Built in 2008 in the business-oriented neighborhood of SoMa, the modern InterContinental has luxury-level service, high-tech guest rooms, a lap pool, a popular spa, and a Michelin-star restaurant.

Presidential Suite at the InterContinental San Francisco; San Francisco, CA

Presidential Suite at the InterContinental San Francisco; San Francisco, CA

Oyster.com’s Favorite Feature of the Presidential Suite:
There’s a lot to love about the two-floor presidential suite, but we really go gaga over the wrap-around balcony with amazing city views and the funky light fixtures.

Square Feet: 2,000
Average Price: $1,200/night

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President’s Day is a week away, and this year, we’d like to take a moment to tip our hats to one of our favorite presidents: Woodrow Wilson, the rumored creator of the “Presidential Suite.” Apparently Wilson was a bit of a finicky traveler (we can relate), and on his trips away from Washington he required his hotel rooms to meet certain specifications: They had to have en-suite bathrooms (not a common treat back in 1913), walk-in closets, and south-facing orientations. Today’s VIP travelers have gotten, if anything, even more demanding, and so long as they’re willing to pay the price of a new Toyota each night for a suite that has everything, the top hotels will continue to deliver. Which begs the question – what exactly does one get for that kind of cash? To find out exactly how much bling you get for your buck, we’ve found five of the most drool-worthy presidential suites in the country, the cheapest of which starts at about $4,559 per night.

Jumeirah Essex House

  • Price: $4,559 – 10,000/night
  • Square feet: 2,500 sq. ft.
  • Notable features: Central park views, a 24-hour butler, a security room with video surveillance, a specially curated art collection
  • Celebrity sightings at hotel: Angelina Jolie, Sheryl Crowe, Reggie Jackson
Presidential Suite at the Jumeirah Essex House

The Jumeirah Essex House Presidential Suite overlooks Central Park.

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