Travel Like a Star: 7 Suites Where Celebrities Have Stayed
We’ve all heard celebrities complain about how difficult it is to be famous -- and we understand that sometimes you just want to grab a coffee without having a dozen paps photographing your every move. Still, when sponsors regularly put you up in $7,000-a-night Presidential Suites that we can only dream about, please excuse us if we’re not feeling all that sorry for you. But to be fair, we here at Oyster are just as guilty as the next person of loving all that’s glitter and glamour, so we’ve been checking out where some of the top celebrities have stayed. Keep reading and discover the stars’ not-too-shabby digs!
The Celebrity: Kim Kardashian
The Hotel: Gansevoort Park Avenue - New York, NY
- Price: Starts at $8,000.
The Gansevoort’s Presidential Suite was Kim’s pick during her stop in New York to film a season of Kim and Kourtney Take New York. The 2,700-square-foot, bi-level penthouse has an expansive terrace with city views; a dining area with a wet bar; a living room with a foosball table and a fireplace; a lofted bedroom featuring a plush king bed and a top-notch sound system; floor-to-ceiling windows, and two bathrooms, one of which has its own steam shower and whirlpool. The hotel also features a chic outdoor pool, a myriad of popular late-night spots, and a renowned Italian restaurant.
The Celebrity: John Travolta
The Hotel: The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel - Orange County, CA
- Price: $795 to $2,750 per night
The Ritz-Carlton is one of the most stunning hotels in Orange County, and has attracted an A-list crowd since its opening in 1984. U.S. Presidents Ford, Carter, Reagan and Nixon, and celebrities such as Michael Jackson and John Travolta (whom a former hotel employee claimed to have a wild romp with in his suite), have all spent time in this elegant retreat. With two large pools, a wine bar, and the elegant Raya Restaurant, this Ritz has the amenities of a large, luxurious resort, but all within a quiet, relaxing setting. All rooms have top-notch amenities, but the suites have some wonderful extras, including a personal butler, free use of the gorgeous spa, and twice daily VIP housekeeping service.
The celebrity: Justin Timberlake
The Hotel: The Kahala Hotel and Resort - Oahu, HI
Price: $2,750 to 2,500 per night
A celebrity retreat since 1964, the Kahala is quite possibly the best hotel in Oahu. Stars love it for its relaxed vibe -- it’s more "family fun" than "pretentious glitz" -- as well as it's top-notch restaurants and quiet setting. Suites have been individually decorated with elegant furnishings and wood floors, and feature great services, such as private transportation to and from the airport, daily breakfast at the Beach House, packing and unpacking services, and use of a reserved beach cabana. For added luxury, the Signature Suites offer free spa treatments, free non-motorized water sports, nightly VIP turndown service, and preferential oceanfront seating at two of the hotel’s top restaurants. We're sure the recently-married Timberlake enjoyed all the perks -- and then some!
The celebrity: Angelina Jolie
The Hotel: Langham Hotel London
- Price: $7,000 per night
Dozens of celebrities have chosen the Langham for their stays in London -- and for good reason. The hotel is luxurious, stately, and composed, and projects an undeniable air of exclusivity. It features an ultra-luxurious spa, a lovely pool, and gorgeous rooms. One of the most popular suites among celebrities is the opulent two-bedroom Infinity Suite, which boasts a four-poster bed, two dressing rooms, a chromotherapy bathroom, and a kitchen. Plus, it offers guests access to the hotel’s Club Lounge, which serves breakfast and evening drinks and hors d’oeuvres.
The celebrity: Demi Moore
The Hotel: Four Seasons Chicago
- Price: $439 to $927 per night
It could be the hotel’s great location right on the Magnificent Mile, its elegant rooms with upscale amenities and stunning views, or the Four Season’s great amenities -- which include a gorgeous indoor pool with a skylight and great views, an expansive spa, and a restaurant helmed by Michelin-star Executive Chef Kevin Hickey -- but this upscale property is one of the preferred spots for celebrities when visiting Chicago. Suites, recently revamped by Pierre-Yves Rochon, start at 575 square feet and offer a wide array of luxury services and amenities, including a dedicated concierge, full marble bathrooms, and stylish decor in a plum palette. Most also offer spectacular lake or city views.
The celebrity: Steve Tyler
The Hotel: Sunset Marquis Hotel & Villas - Los Angeles, CA
- Price: $425 to $725 per night
The Sunset Marquis has come a long way since it opened in the 1960s as a cheap motel for broke musicians. With a low-key bar, spacious villas and suites with stylish décor and high-tech amenities, and a top-notch professional recording studio, the Sunset attracts an A-list clientele nowadays (although it saw plenty of soon-to-be A-listers back in the day). It's not uncommon to spot a couple of rock stars or celebrities at any given time at this see-and-be-seen spot, particularly by the pool.
The celebrity: Leonardo DiCaprio
The Hotel: The Lanesborough, a St. Regis Hotel - London, UK
- Price: $1,484 to $5,600. The Presidential Suites prices are available by request.
The Lanesborough is a luxurious property overlooking Hyde Park in Knightsbridge, a celebrity hot spot. All of its rooms have palatial bathrooms, big flat-screen TVs, and free butler service, but the suites offer the ultimate luxury, boasting Carrara marble bathrooms with separate showers and deep soaking jetted tubs; triple-glazed windows; beautiful classic furnishings, and ample living and dining areas. The Michelin-rated restaurant Apsleys, ground-floor piano bar, and traditional afternoon tea make the Lanesborough a popular pick among the rich and famous.