Hotel suites make ideal locations to host a private function during an event, and not just because they are an easy elevator ride away from the meeting room. Properties in the luxury market are pushing the envelope on design, and nowhere is this more evident than in their penthouses and suites that, when they aren't filled with guests paying as much as five digits per night, have become in-demand party places. These five stunners have what it takes to make any gathering a smashing success.
• The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas has been undergoing a more than two-year, $690 million renovation. Late last month, the hotel finally lifted the curtain on what have instantly become two of the Strip's most luxurious suites — the Hardwood (pictured: top) and the King (pictured: left). The 10,000-square foot, two-story Hardwood is a sleek, edgy pad with its own whiskey room, game room with pool and poker tables, a fully stocked 16-seat bar — and its own basketball court. Designed by Joshua Vides, the black-and-white court's walls fold down to reveal three murphy beds for guests who need to nap immediately after a game. The court alone will undoubtedly be responsible for singlehandedly crashing Instagram. While the Kingpin suite, which has its own deejay booth, is half the size of the Hardwood, it features a cool 1970s vibe with leather banquettes, Technicolor paintings and a groovy chrome starburst chandelier. But it's the bowling alley in the suite's capacious living room, complete with shoes, balls and an automatic scoring system, that's the real party draw.
• At just over 4,000 square feet, the Bulgari Suite in the 119-room Bulgari Hotel, Beijing, which opened in 2017, is a seamless blend of Italian aesthetic design and traditional Chinese influences. Touted as one of the largest suites in a city where luxury hotels jostle to stand out, this luxe retreat overlooks the Liangma River, the hotel's private gardens and the city's skyline. Flourishes include floor-to-ceiling windows, black granite floors, woven bamboo walls and warm teak finishes. As with the entire Bulgari portfolio, which now numbers six hotels, it all is the work of Italian designers Antonio Citterio and Patricia Viel.
• Overlooking Boston's waterfront, the ultra-lux John Adams penthouse suite, inside the rotunda of the Boston Harbor Hotel, is a show stopper — and not just because it has its own 1,000-square-foot terrace overlooking the harbor. Unveiled in mid-2018 following a major renovation, the suite's dramatic, opulent design includes a 20-foot-tall glass-domed ceiling with a multitiered crystal chandelier, a state-of-the-art media room, an enormous living and dining area, and, not surprisingly, its own elevator to whisk guess to and from the party in complete privacy.
• The Mark, a stylish Upper East Side hotel in Manhattan, confidently bills its penthouse as the largest in the U.S, but royal watchers know it better as the environs where Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, held her recent star-studded baby shower. This ravishing penthouse clocks in at more than 10,000 square feet, including its own private 2,500-square-foot rooftop terrace overlooking Central Park, and is the epitome of modern luxury. Set over two floors, the five-bedroom suite has six bathrooms, four fireplaces, two bars, its own library and conservatory, as well as a living room with a 26-foot-high ceiling, which can be transformed into a ballroom. Need more? It's furnished with one-of-a-kind custom pieces created by famed French interior designer Jacques Grange Lounge. Suite!