Woodrow Wilson was a notoriously demanding traveler, known for dictating everything from the cardinal direction his windows faced to the size of his closet. His finicky ways eventually led to the establishment of the “presidential suite,” an accommodation determined to be the finest—and the most expensive—in a hotel. Today, presidential suites are not just for presidents. With their lavish decor, over-the-top amenities, and attentive service, they ensure every guest feels like a head of state. And though every day is a good day for a stay in a presidential suite, Presidents’ Day is perhaps the most appropriate. In celebration of Wilson—and every president who has enjoyed a luxurious hotel suite—the Robb Report, the reliable guide to fine living (and traveling) has put together a list of their favorite presidential suites around the world.
Some are gigantic, like the Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai’s Presidential Suite, encompassing nearly the entire 25th floor of the hotel and featuring two private rooftop gardens, its own wine cellar, and a private gym. Others are merely palatial, like Le Meurice’s Presidential Apartment in Paris (above), with Versailles parquet floors, silk rugs, white marble fireplaces, 18th-century furniture, crystal chandeliers, and 19th-century paintings. Others are designated Presidential because of a visit by an actual President like the ones at Caesars Palace (Barack Obama) and Ireland’s iconic Ashford with its Reagan Presidential Suite. To view the Top Ten slideshow at the Robb Report, click here.