No matter where you’re traveling, you should know ahead of time that you’ll be resting your head stylishly. And, if you’re like us, not only would you want the best hotel, but you would want the best suite in that hotel too. Here are four of our picks for top-notch hotel suites. If you’re in the right city, make sure you stop in and tell them we sent you.
If you’re in Atlanta :
Wingate by Wyndham, Buckhead
Hidden out of the way off of Piedmont Road, but close enough to serious shopping outlets like Lenox Mall and Phipps Plaza, this 100 percent smoke-free, independently owned hotel thrives on making you feel welcome. Sure, it has a hospitality limo that can zip you all around Buckhead and amenities like hydrotherapy tubs and in-room coffee makers, but that’s not the draw for the A-list celebrities who frequent it. Husband-and-wife owners Burges and Freny Jokhi are on-site almost every day making sure that hotel guests are pampered to their hearts’ content. It sounds cliché, but the couple really does make you feel as if you’re at home, which is why the hotel is consistently ranked by consumers as No. 1 in popularity out of more than 200 hotels in the Atlanta area (tripadvisor.com). The hotel’s excellence has also been recognized by Expedia.com, which has given the establishment its Insiders’ Select ranking—an honor for hotels ranking in the top one percent of Expedia’s hotels and resorts—for two years. Spacious and comfortable, the two-room suite at the Wingate is well appointed with a bathroom the size of some New York apartments and all the space you need to entertain. Plus, if your guests are still chatting after you get tired, no worries, there are frosted glass doors to separate the bedroom from the living space.
3600 Piedmont Rd. 404.869.1100
If you’re in New Orleans :
W New Orleans (Poydras)
One of two W Hotel’s located in the Big Easy, we like the W on Poydras Street because of its height (better views) and its proximity to Riverwalk, a swank waterfront shopping area where you can find everything from bow ties and candles to art-house movies and beautiful furniture. Valet-park your car at this W and be prepared to leave it there for a while because inside you’ll find two trendy bars (Whiskey Blue and Living Room Bar) to whet your whistle and a restaurant (Zoë) on the second floor with an innovative tapas menu. Once you get upstairs to the Fantastic Suite, you’ll be even less inclined to leave the premises. Low, leather furniture and huge windows with wooden shutters overlooking the Mississippi River will give you the vague sense of house-sitting for wealthy art collectors rather than staying in a hotel. Two hallways lead you to different destinations: one to the bedroom and the other to the living/dining area. Both areas are equipped with everything from flat-screen TVs and huge bathrooms to stylish artwork and dim lighting. The biggest selling point, however, is the view. The inner harbor of New Orleans is busy and the French Quarter is always twinkling with lights. You’ll have a front-row seat every night.
333 Poydras St. 504.525.9444
If you’re in Nashville
Luxury may not be what comes to mind when you think of Nashville, but the city is not all about country music anymore. Right in the heart of downtown on West End Avenue is The Hutton hotel. Opened in March of last year, The Hutton is a study in elegant minimalism. Walk into the lobby and you’ll see your check-in staff sitting behind stately desks rather than a counter. All sorted away? Walk past the 1808 Grille and the drink station that serves complimentary wine to guests every Friday, and you’ll arrive at the elevator bank. Only one elevator runs to the penthouse level, so you’ll need to swipe your specially coded room key to summon it. Once on the penthouse floor, you’ll be blown away by the decor in the hallway and even more so when you open the door to Penthouse East. It has the best of everything: With massive floor-to-ceiling windows, an ornate chandelier, and more than one thousand feet of lounging space, you’ll swear you’re in a mansion. The amenities are just too numerous to list. A few of our faves? Since it’s a “green” hotel, a slot on the wall holds your room key and powers the lights. Take your key as you’re leaving to go out, and the lights turn themselves off. And the shower is unreal. Touch a button outside the shower stall and five showerheads spring to life at your preset temperature. Gives the word shower a whole new meaning.
1808 West End Ave. 615.340.9333
If you’re sailing on the Atlantic Ocean:
Oasis of the Seas
You’ve likely heard of Oasis of the Seas already. Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines pulled out all the stops in an effort to tell the world about its behemoth of a cruise liner, the Oasis. Because it’s longer than four football fields and taller than the Empire State Building, you’d think the biggest news about Oasis of the Seas would be its size. Not so. The Oasis of the Seas is the first cruise ship to adopt a neighborhood approach to cruising. To wit, the Oasis is broken up into seven distinct neighborhoods, each offering an entirely different experience. You’ve got The Boardwalk, Central Park, Royal Promenade, Pool and Sports Zone, the Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center, Youth Zone, and Entertainment Place. There are also rock climbing walls, two Flowriders (surfing simulators), a water show, a casino, a comedy club, zip lines, and a wide sampling of restaurants that include the Rising Tide, a champagne bar that moves from one level to the next on hydraulic lifts. Want to stay out of the fray and observe? Slip into the Royal Loft Suite and you’ll have a first-rate experience: Two floors, your own private bar, an outdoor Jacuzzi, a baby grand piano, and a bathroom with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the ocean are just a few of the extravagant amenities awaiting you within the suite’s doors. Plus, you’ll have a perfect view of all the many activities below.
1050 Caribbean Way (Miami). 866.562.7625
$19,603 per/seven day cruise (off-peak)