The writer Joan Didion once said of hotels that they “have always been social ideas, flawless mirrors to the particular societies they service”. It’s an observation which rings particularly true when you consider the hotel penthouses that only an elite minority can afford to spend the night in. After all, in order to stay at the top of these iconic buildings, you need to have reached the top of the financial ladder yourself. From the dizzying heights of a suite at The Plaza, to a fashionable haven amidst the French Riviera, here are our choices of the best hotel penthouses in the world.
The Mark Hotel’s Grand Penthouse
The historic Mark Hotel has long been a gem on New York City’s Upper East Side. Originally built in 1927, the property was completely reimagined by French interior designer Jacques Grange. Six years later, the hotel’s lavish penthouse was revealed, and to this day, it remains unmatched in both size and price tag. Spanning over 10,000 square feet, the Mark Hotel’s penthouse is North America’s largest and most expensive hotel suite.Cost per night: $75,000
Hôtel de Paris Princess Grace Suite
Housed on two floors, the Monte Carlo’s Princess Grace suite was designed with the blessing of the Monaco royal family, which donated Princess Grace’s artwork, family photos and her favourite literary and poetic works from their private collection. The elegant terrace features a manicured garden, a heated infinity pool and Jacuzzi, not to mention 180-degree views from the Prince’s Palace to the Italian Riviera. Price per night: €30,000
The Penthouse at George V
Every inch the perfect romantic destination, your stay in The Penthouse begins with breakfast on the terrace backed by Eiffel Tower views, includes afternoons spent relaxing in the sumptuous living room and private conservatory, and ends with a glass of Champagne on the bedroom balcony’s four-poster daybed. The terrace offers panoramic views across the French capital, alongside an infinity bathtub. Cost per night: £16,950
Hôtel du Cap Eden-Roc Suite
Once described as a “summer resort of notable and fashionable people” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc is truly a legendary retreat. And, whilst it has always been renowned for the refined luxury of its rooms, suites and villas — guests really come here to encounter a slice of Hollywood glamour amidst the glittering setting of the azure sea and riviera palms. The Eden-Roc Suite is the height of luxury, occupying pride of place atop the Eden-Roc Pavilion and commanding unrivalled views of the Lérins Islands and the Mediterranean Sea. Cost per night: €5,000
The Plaza Penthouse King Suite
As an established staple for lavish society affairs and blockbuster films since October 1, 1907, The Plaza Hotel has remained a New York icon hosting world leaders, dignitaries, captains of industry, Broadway legends, and Hollywood royalty. The immense Grand Penthouse Two Bedroom Terrace Suite is located on the penthouse level of the Plaza and offers breath-taking views of Central Park and the New York City skyline. Cost per night: $12,500
Originally written and posted by Anna Galbraith for GJ.