Next time you’re staying at a truly great hotel, treat yourself to a suite. For no other reason than they’re far more fun


The true test of a great hotel suite is that when you check in, you want to invite your friends around. Nowhere more so than in the ‘attico’ (ie penthouse) suite at the newly opened Fifty House hotel in the Tribunale area of central Milan. Walk in and you immediately get a sense of how vast this space is – as there’s a sitting room, a kitchen and dining room, and a spare room (complete with en-suite bathroom) between you and your bedroom. And alongside all of the above, the length of the suite, a wide terrace, overlooking the interior courtyard but with imposing views of the Milanese skyline. And if you are inviting your friends over, you could easily throw a party for 100 here.


For a room with a view in London, head to Marylebone Hotel on Welbeck Street. This dual-aspect Marylebone suite has a spacious cedar-clad roof terrace, complete with outdoor television and even a fireplace – great for entertaining – and the retractable roof means it can be used throughout the year.  Inside, the suite features a generously-sized open-plan living area with a concealed 60” mirrored TV and a separate dining area.


La Reserve in Paris combines the levels of service you’d expect from ‘palace’ hotels such as the Ritz or Le Bristol with the bijou cosiness of a boutique hotel, for this hotel has just 40 keys. It’s not the largest suite in the hotel – which is on the Avenue Gabriel, just by the Champs Élysées, but the Duc de Morny suite is our favourite, named after the 19th century grandee whose home this once was – a half-brother of Napoleon III and the grandson of the celebrated diplomat and strategist Prince Talleyrand, and one of the Second Empire’s wealthiest men. Downstairs is all plush and rich colours, as a luxe Parisian hotel interior ought to be. But the suite is simple and calm and elegant. You might never want to leave.

James Collard