This is how Presidents live

June 29, 2014
There are certain perks that come with being a Head of State, jetting around the world while staying in some of the most awe-inspiring hotel suites being one of them. Luckily for the rest of us, we can enjoy renting out the same Presidential Suites without having the enormous pressure of running our own country. Here are our four favourites:

InterContinental Hong Kong

As far as picturesque city views go, there are few that can beat the kaleidoscope that is Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour. With that taken as read, it’s hard to argue that the huge 230-square-metre, wrap-around, harbour-view terrace in the InterContinental Hong Kong’s Presidential Suite is not one of the city’s most sought-after spots. At 650 square metres, the five-bedroom suite is Hong Kong’s largest. The duplex living room, private gym, master bedroom and even the bathroom all have panoramic views over Hong Kong Island. And that is before we factor in that it comes with a rooftop infinity swimming pool and Jacuzzi offering what the hotel describes as “an IMAX experience of the city”. [gallery link="none" ids="4457,4456,4459,4458,4455,4454,4453,4452"] Details: visit

Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Paris

‘Grandeur’ is a word that springs to mind when stepping foot into the Royal Suite of Paris’ famous Hôtel Plaza Athénée – and not just because it is one of our favourite French words. Having hosted presidents, kings, moguls and A-list celebrities, everything about the four-bedroom suite exhibits class – from the antique furniture and luxury brand fabrics, to the marble mosaics and views over the Avenue Montaigne and Eiffel Tower. Equipped for those looking to stay a while, the suite has two master bedrooms – each with their own private dressing rooms – and a dining room that can seat 12 people. It’s also our duty to mention that if you ask politely enough you might be able to organise having room service delivered from Alain Ducasse’s three Michelin-starred restaurant, located downstairs. Now, that really is luxury. [gallery link="none" ids="4463,4461,4460"] Details: visit

Mandarin Oriental, Washington

There’s no more perfect a place for a first-class Presidential Suite than in Washington D.C. If you stay at this suite, complete with floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the National Cathedral, Lincoln Memorial, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and more, you’ll be joining Heads of State, celebrities and other high-rollers who have chosen to rest their weary heads here. Complete with master bedroom (with a walk-in closet for those who pack heavy), 24-foot living room, dining room, master bath with infinity edge SOK tub and spa shower, and study with leather walls, there is also a second mini-suite with a separate bathroom – big enough for even the most demanding of Commanders in Chief. [gallery link="none" ids="4467,4466,4465"] Details: visit

InterContinental London Park Lane

While not exactly being a ‘Presidential Suite’ per se, we are happy to include the Royal Suite at the InterContinental London Park Lane. Why such a blatant disregard for the rules, you ask? Well, the hotel is built on the former childhood residence of Queen Elizabeth II – 145 Piccadilly. Following a recent redesign, the elegant 197-sqare-metre, five-bedroom suite features a calm grey and metallic colour palette, oak floors, custom-made furniture and excellent views of Hyde Park and Hyde Park Corner through large windows. Attention is in every detail of the design that shows signature styles from Her Majesty’s early life through to the present, such as a hand-blown glass chandelier in the living room inspired by her diamond collection, and brass stud patterns on the doors inspired by her wardrobe. Located on the eighth floor, the suite sits at the heart of a new ‘By Appointment’ suite collection, whereby guests can request a reservation of the suite in written form only. [gallery link="none" ids="4471,4470,4469,4468"] Details: visit