We think that where you stay makes half the trip. After all, it is the place you return to after a day of activities and exploring the locale. That is why we have rounded up some of the most comfortable and lavish suites across Europe in cities across the Northwestern region of the continent. Your suite would be the choice space from which to foray into adventures at the Wordsworthian, awe-inspiring natural landscapes of Scotland and explore the city said to have inspired the Harry Potter series. In your suite, you can turn over in your mind the arts, culture and history closely connected with places like the Berlin Wall, the Kronborg Castle, and the Museum Square in Amsterdam. Here are the list of suites that challenge the very definition of suites and luxury.
It comes as no surprise that hotels in the city keep potential guests informed of their proximity to the Museum Square. After all, the Square houses the key reasons for art fans to visit and revisit the city – the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum, and the Stedelijk Museum. Amsterdam is a city known for its arts and culture, but it does not come short in terms of luxury. As the most expensive suite in the city, The Imperial Suite at Hotel Okura fetches a price of over 10,000 euros per night.
The Imperial Suite at Hotel Okura Amsterdam
We begin with the most exclusive suite in the city, which also promises privacy. The two-storey, 485 square metres space boasts two spacious bedrooms and two unique bathrooms, a cinema with a 84-inch screen that seats 12, equipment to excite gaming enthusiasts, walk-in closets, and to top it off, a private entrance so you and the people you care about can enter and leave discreetly.
Hotel Okura Amsterdam, Ferdinand Bolstraat 333, 1072 LH Amsterdam, Netherlands, +31 20 678 7111
The Presidential Suite with a view and terrace at NH Collection Amsterdam Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky
If you are looking to bring an animal friend on the trip, it might interest you to know that this very hotel is pet-friendly, and offers guide dogs at no additional cost. The two-level suite houses two bathrooms with a walk-in rain shower and a hot tub, and a rooftop terrace, all of which you can enjoy while admiring views of the Royal Palace and the city’s characteristic symbol: the canal.
NH Collection Amsterdam Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky, Dam 9, 1012 JS Amsterdam, Netherlands, +31 20 554 9111
The Penthouse Suite at The Conservatorium Hotel
Just two words — Piero Lissoni — alone would make this suite worth the stay, and it has indeed housed many celebrities during their stay in Amsterdam. The 170 square metres suite is the top-tier of three suites that make up the hotel’s Signature collection, all three of which are designed by the Living Divani Italian designer. Expect Persian rugs, a LCD mirror TV in the bathroom and a super-size 80-inch monitor screen in the dining room, easily convertible to an entertainment space. It helps that all this is happening in a building with a history that dates back to the late 1800s.
The Conservatorium Hotel, Van Baerlestraat 27, 1071 AN Amsterdam, Netherlands, +31 20 570 0000
In 1946, Winston Churchill gave his iconic ‘Iron Curtain’ speech, with this line that went down in history: “From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent.” Nowhere was the Cold War made more clear than in the division of the German capital until the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. With hotel brands known for luxury staking their claim in the capital, it is safe to say that centuries-old Berlin is a city where the upmarket meets history, arts and culture.
The Royal Suite at Hotel Adlon Kempinski
The 185 square metres suite literally lives up to its name. By selecting the suite, you lodge where Queen Elizabeth II stayed during her visit to Berlin. The suite is furnished with a separate living room and bedroom, a dining room and an entertainment centre, and the elaborate bathroom comes with a jacuzzi and a sauna. There is, of course, also the winning factor that the hotel sits in sight of the Brandenburg Gate.
Hotel Adlon Kempinski, Unter den Linden 77, 10117 Berlin, Germany, +49 30 2261 0
The Presidential Suite at The Regent Berlin
This is a fantastic opportunity to learn why celebrities like Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, and Bruce Willis chose this exact suite during their stay in the German capital. Situated on the eighth floor of the hotel, the 140 to 220 square metre expandable two-room suite provides a fine view of the pretty-as-a-picture Gendarmenmarkt from the balcony. The Gendarmenmarkt square is a must-visit for architectural aficionados, and considered by many locals as the most beautiful spot in Berlin. If there were an award given out for best views in Berlin, The Presidential Suite at the Regent Berlin would likely nail it.
The Regent Berlin, Charlottenstraße 49, 10117 Berlin, Germany, +49 30 20 33 8
The Bel Etage Suite at Das Stue
Like to be spoilt by space? Here is what you can do at Das Stue: ask for The Bel Etage Suite to be connected with three other suites and the Bel Etage Salon. That makes the total space you have to roam about 400 square metres large, with ceilings that are five metres high. Reserve the suite at full price and drive around Das Stue and the rest of Berlin in an Audi limousine or sports car, available for your time in the city entirely free of charge. Be sure to stopover at the nearby beloved park Tiergaten, which houses the Berlin Zoological Garden.
Das Stue, Drakestraße 1, 10787 Berlin, Germany, +49 30 311 722 0
Being one of the two cities on the list where you can marvel at the beautiful expanses of natural beauty, Geneva stops time with its famed fountain: the Jet d’Eau. The iconic water feature brings out the charm of Lake Geneva, and serves as an entrance point to the resident mountain of Geneva, Mont Salève. The highest peak in the European Union, the renowned Mont Blanc, is a weekend trip away at the Chamonix Mont Blanc resort. Switzerland is known for its hospitality schools, so expect top-notch service for the amount you are paying.
The Royal Penthouse Suite at Hotel President Wilson
This happens to be the most expensive suite in the world, literally speaking, and we think we know why it costs as much as it does: expansive space. The entire suite spans 12 — indeed, you read 12 — bedrooms and bathrooms, and covers 1,680 square metres over the entirety of the eighth floor. Guests can have a private dinner in the suite’s large terrace overlooking Lake Geneva, take in views of Mont Blanc, work out at a private fitness centre, charm their loved ones with classical music played on a Steinway Grand Piano, and surf through the channels with the Bang & Olufsen BeoVision 4-103 LCD screen. If shopping and dining are your prime activities on travels, it might be worth bringing this to your attention: you do not have to leave the hotel to shop Tom Ford or to have Michelin-star fare.
Hotel President Wilson, 47, Quai Wilson, Geneva, 1211, Switzerland, +41 22 906 66 66
The Royal Armleder Suite at Le Richemond
The spacious and extravagant penthouse suite is made up of three bedrooms, a living room with a fireplace, a dining room fashioned for private entertaining, a Hamman and rainforest showers. Having a good lookout is important in Geneva, and the suite gives beautiful views of Lake Geneva, Brunswick Gardens, the Alps and Mont Blanc from its terrace. We appreciate the fine touches, like the canapés served in the evening, the bottle of Krug champagne and L’Occitane en Provence toiletries.
Le Richemond, 8-10, Rue Adhémar-Fabri, 1201 Geneva, Switzerland, +41 22 715 70 00
The Royal Suite at Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues
The Four Seasons arm of hotels is known for its service with a keen attention to detail, and this hotel is no exception. Guests of the Versailles-inspired Royal suite could ask for the recommendations of a multilingual concierge on experiences in Geneva, or stay in and browse through a 300-movie, 3,000-song entertainment library. Like the previous two suites in Geneva, the Royal Suite promises views of the city’s iconic lake from its terrace. If you are planning on inviting several loved ones along, the suite can be expanded to house five bedrooms.
Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues, 33, Quai des Bergues, 1201 Geneva, +41 22 908 70 00
We are certain that by now, hygge needs no introduction, and this is the city to experience the Danish way of life alongside world-renowned Danish design. With the Danish knack for smart ideas and invention, it is no wonder we are left wondering why other cities do not have wifi in their cabs yet. Watch your pace of life slow as you frolic in the Tivoli Gardens, stop at the must-see The Little Mermaid sculpture and walk round the Kronborg Castle of Hamlet fame. Before and after you step out to these sights, here are some places which spell comfort that you can lounge in.
The Royal Suite at Hotel D’Angleterre
Hotel D’Angleterre is lauded as an institution alongside the Royal Danish Theatre and the Charlottenborg Academy. Expandable to 400 square metres to become the largest presidential suite in Copenhagen, the Royal Suite provides views, of course, of the Kongens Nytorv square and is in close proximity to the Nyhavn, known for its signature colourful houses. Again, the finer details stand out to us – guests can expect champagne and handmade chocolates, as well as complimentary airport transfer.
Hotel D’Angleterre, Kongens Nytorv 34, 1050 København K, Denmark, +45 33 12 00 95
The Executive Suite at Nimb Hotel
If you are looking for a boutique option that is small-dog-friendly, this is the one to go for on the list. Otherwise, being in close proximity of the grounds of Tivoli is good enough reason to stay here. The 1,431 square feet suite of the highest tier in the palatial building is one of only 17 rooms and suites in the hotel, which was voted the world’s top Small Luxury Hotel in 2015. The Executive Suite boasts an open fireplace, a balcony, and a BeoVision 10 television.
Nimb Hotel, Bernstorffsgade 5, 1577 København V, Denmark, +45 88 70 00 00
The Royal Suite at the Copenhagen Marriott Hotel
Set on a private access floor so you and your loved ones can have the space to yourselves, the 170 square metres presidential suite has a separate living room and dining room, a walk-in closet, a library and a study, complete with views of the Copenhagen Harbour Canal. Enjoy round-the-clock room service, access to the executive lounge, and generous food and beverage selections without additional cost, including hors d’oeuvres, continental breakfast and dessert.
Copenhagen Marriott Hotel, Kalvebod Brygge 5, 1560 København V, Denmark, +45 88 33 99 00
The Scottish capital features beautiful hills such as the Calton, the breathtaking extinct volcano Arthur’s Seat, and quaint cafés — The Elephant House and Spoon — where JK Rowling did some of her writing for the Harry Potter series. If someone you know is not quite sold on the city yet — though we trust that you are — scan its festival calendar. Edinburgh is known for festivals covering a diverse range of intellectual pursuits, with highlights such as the Edinburgh Art Festival, the Edinburgh International Science Festival and the Edinburgh International Festival.
The Scone & Crombie Suite at The Balmoral Hotel
JK Rowling chose this hotel as the place from which to complete Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and the exquisiteness of the interiors might be a great reason why. There are two words we would use to describe the interior of the suite designed by Olga Polizzi: intricately beautiful. With a copious amount of space, the Old Town in sight, elaborate furnishings, and a working fireplace, this suite is where royalty meets fantasy. Guests can enjoy an undeniably Scottish bespoke experience, which could mean a Whisky Journey in Scotch, or convenient fast-track access to the Edinburgh Castle.
The Balmoral Hotel, 1 Princes St, Edinburgh EH2 2EQ, UK, +44 131 556 2414
The Suites at Nira Caledonia
The hotel has six plush suites, each with its own unique character. Be sure to ask for one with an in-room jacuzzi. To enjoy nature alongside contemporary amenities and comforts, we suggest a suite with a garden terrace from which you can take in views of the Edinburgh Botanical Gardens. For literature aficionados, the hotel has an added attraction. Romantic poets’ William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s friend, magazine writer John Wilson, once resided at the address that is now Nira Caledonia.
Nira Caledonia, 6-10 Gloucester Pl, Edinburgh EH3 6EF, UK, +44 131 225 2720
Garden Paradise Suite at G&V Royal Mile Hotel Edinburgh
For an exemplary experience of Scottish design, lodge in this suite by Edinburgh-based artist and textile designer Hatti Pattisson. The suite promises panoramic views of the Scottish capital. Apart from the hotel’s commitment to a truly Scottish experience within the suite, the hotel is situated near iconic attractions like the Edinburgh Castle, The Royal Mile and The Museum of Scotland. For a luxurious shopping experience, head over to George Street nearby.
G&V Royal Mile Hotel Edinburgh, 1 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1AD, UK, +44 131 220 6666
Correction: In the previous edition of the article, it was stated that the Imperial Suite at Hotel Okura Amsterdam has two master bedrooms, two spacious ensuite bedrooms and three bathrooms. However, the Imperial Suite has two spacious bedrooms and two unique bathrooms. The accurate number has been reflected above.