Almost all high-end hotels boast about their impressive suites, but only a select few of these rooms get the accolade of being called the most extravagant of the bunch. Luxury suites aren’t a new phenomenon, but the caliber of this top room category debuting at upscale properties worldwide in recent years is another level altogether, according to Jack Ezon, the founder of the luxury travel company Embark Beyond. “The latest suites aren’t necessarily the biggest, but they feature incredible design and one-of-a-kind collectibles, from furniture to art,” he says. “Every little detail has been thought out.”
The Belle Etoile Suite at the Le Meurice in Paris is a prime example (from $28,300 a night). The seventh-floor penthouse accommodation features a 360-degree view of the city that includes 18 landmarks—the Eiffel Tower, Palais Garnier, and Place Vendôme are all on the list. It’s hard to top the terrace here, which is immaculately landscaped to mirror the Tuileries Garden in front of the property and spans 3,000 square feet.
Belle Etoile’s design is a collaboration between Charles Jouffre, Margaux Lally, and Luc Berger and plays up elements such as bronze and gold shades, lightly aged oak, and formal furniture in various materials like silk. The long dining table seats 10, and the cinema-style sitting room is meant for entertaining family and friends. Then there’s the marble-clad bathroom—a retreat unto itself—where guests can see the Sacré Coeur in Montmartre while taking a soak in the oversized tub.
Le Meurice’s general manager, Franka Holtmann, describes a stay in Belle Etoile like being in your own Parisian apartment. “You get views of iconic landmarks and are in opulent surroundings that are very private,” she says. “There is a sense of home.”