A hotel stay can be a fun treat. Fresh linens, giant tubs, room service, local snacks and beverages, comfy robes, pillow mints and more. It’s a cherished experienced shared by honeymooners, family vacationers and business trippers alike. But there are a select few hotels in the South that really elevate the experience for their guests … but they come with a price!
In these luxurious suites throughout the South, you will find everything from grand marble staircases to sweeping balcony vistas to signed celebrity memorabilia and a slew of top-notch pampering amenities. Here are some of the South’s most opulent hotel suites that will cost you at least a grand a night. Hide your wallet until you’ve finished reading!
The Muhammad Ali Suite | The Brown Hotel in Louisville, KY
COST: $1,000 per night
Dedicated in 2001 by “The Greatest” himself, Louisville’s The Brown Hotel‘s Muhammad Ali Suite showcases signed Ali memorabilia, photos and boxing gloves. Opulent and oversized, it is decorated in shades of gold and black and features a separate living room with a wet bar, dining room with crystal chandelier and hardwood floor and two full bathrooms. The bedroom has a mahogany four-poster king bed and master bath with marble jacuzzi tub. The gorgeous space can be reserved as a one- or two-bedroom suite and is a unique way to experience a part of Louisville’s history.
The Fairlane Penthouses | Fairlane Hotel in Nashville, TN
COST: $4,000 per night
The Fairlane Hotel in Nashville has a collection of showstopper penthouses that are combinable for more than 4,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space. Talk about the party pad of the century. The outdoor terrace boasts a fire pit, cozy lounge seating and soft astroturf. Chic, mid-century mod decor, a hanging fireplace, rich wood paneling and velvety furniture make you feel like Don Draper might show up at any moment. The hotel offers full catering for events of up to 100 people, and suite guests can even use a discerning private elevator service upon request (we’re very intrigued as to who has used this service). Two bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, a mini kitchen and a massive living room mean ample space for day-to-night celebration in this stunning suite.
The Jefferson Suite | The Jefferson in Richmond, VA
COST: $2,400 per night
The Jefferson‘s Jefferson Suite — at more than 1,400-square-feet and newly renovated — boasts original woodworking and ornate fireplace mantels that have been carefully preserved to maintain the historic charm of this iconic Richmond, Virginia hotel. The suite features a master bedroom with a king-sized bed, large-screen television, an adjoining dressing area and a beautiful marble master bath. In the parlor, you’ll find a grand piano, luxe living room seating around a fireplace and French doors leading onto a marble balcony overlooking picturesque Franklin Street. The suite also includes a second living area, a dining room table for six, a kitchen with a full-sized refrigerator, microwave and wet bar, along with a half-bath. You can just see and feel The Jefferson hotel’s rich history in this palatial suite!
The Lake House | The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee in Greensboro, GA
COST: $7,500 per night
The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee property is highly lauded no matter where you stay, but one suite, in particular, blows everything out of the water, so to speak. The Lake House boasts 5,404 square feet, three floors, and four master bedrooms, each with private bath and oversized soaking tubs. A chef’s kitchen with a work island is stocked with modern appliances and a pantry of cookware and tableware for entertaining or cooking in. The lower level “great room” has billiards and game tables, a wet bar and large TV, and leads out to a private pool overlooking the lake. This suite comes with club lounge access, which means all-day dining, morning newspapers, garment pressing, access to putting greens, bikes, tennis courts and more.
The Presidential Suite | The Hermitage Hotel in Nashville, TN
COST: $2,834 per night
The Hermitage Hotel‘s Presidential Suite redefines luxury with elegant furnishings and distinctive amenities designed for relaxation and coveted privacy. This deluxe apartment-style suite of 1,500 square-feet includes a separate king bedroom, formal living room area, powder room, butler’s pantry, full dining table and the option to add on a connecting guest suite. It’s a perfect honeymoon suite and offers unmatched views of downtown Nashville and the historic State Capitol building. Unique amenities to this suite that we love include 600-thread-count Frette linens, a complimentary wine-by-the-glass experience, a Nespresso machine and an in-room pillow menu. Sign us up!
The Hemingway Suite | Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, LA
COST: $1,500 per night
This family-run hotel, originally opened in 1886, is steeped in history from the classic furnishings to its roster of esteemed guests. Literary legends like William Faulkner, Tennesee Williams, Eudora Welty and Ernest Hemingway stayed at Hotel Monteleone, and Hemingway mentioned the Carousel Bar in his short story The Night Before Battle, so it’s interesting to note that the Hemingway penthouse is located in the section of the hotel that once housed Union Troops. This unique suite with dual balconies offers both city and French Quarter views and is adjacent to the rooftop pool and fitness center. The penthouse main bedroom has a king bed with an optional connecting guest room. The marble and granite bathroom includes a garden tub and separate glass shower, and the suite features a wet bar, refrigerator, ice maker and other upscale amenities.
Presidential Suite | The Peabody Memphis in Memphis, TN
COST: $1,400 per night
The Peabody Memphis is vintage elegance at its finest, and the presidential suite is a stunning example. The suite sits privately on a key-controlled floor with spectacular views of downtown Memphis, a dedicated concierge, welcome wine, continental breakfast, afternoon snacks, evening hors d’oeuvres, turndown pastries and valet parking. In addition to the stunning decor and in-room amenities, explore the bevy of shops on the famous, historied lobby level … Elvis, of course, being The Peabody’s most-loved customer. And lest we forget to mention the ducks. What first started as a drunken joke by a hotel manager in 1933 became a storied tradition. The Peabody ducks are guided from their luxurious rooftop home down an elevator and through the main lobby to the fountain where they bathe and relax until the Peabody Duckmaster returns them at night. The twice-daily marching of the ducks draws a crowd. Stick The Peabody on your bucket list, and choose one of their many impressive suites for your next getaway or staycation.
Nashville Suite | The Westin in Nashville, TN
COST: $1,400 per night
The Westin‘s Nashville Suite is adorned with sophisticated metallic accents and offers breathtaking panoramas of Music City. Some of the luxurious offerings in this 2,000+-square-foot suite are the five different TVs, an en-suite whirlpool-tub-fit-for-two that overlooks the city, a walk-in closet and access to a private club lounge with billiards, beverages and more. The over-the-top luxe amenities and decor will make you feel like a celebrity — even if just for a night or two.
The Presidential Suite | The Greenbrier in Sulphur Springs, VA
COST: $25,000 per night
Last but arguably the grandest, most opulent and historically significant suite in this list is The Greenbrier‘s Presidential Suite. Since 1778, dignitaries like the Duke and Duchess of Windsor have frequented the palatial suite to experience the resort’s fabulous activities, royal treatment and elegant atmosphere year after year. President Dwight D. Eisenhower held the North American Summit Conference here in 1956. A devoted staff pampered these high-society guests and indulged their every whim, and the same opulent decor and elegant service still exist today. This massive, two-story suite boasts a formal dining room, a grand staircase, a private patio, a library, a den and a living room with a grand piano. This suite includes seven bedrooms, can accommodate 14 guests, and is fit to entertain 200 people. (Yep, you read that correctly!)
Note that the prices listed might be higher based on date and demand. Call each hotel for more information on booking and rates. Here’s to a suite splurge on your next vacation or celebration-worthy milestone!
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