Published on January 10th, 2013 | by Mark Chesnut
The Suite Life in Latin America: 7 Great Hotel Suites
BY MARK CHESNUT
REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION FROM LATIN BUSINESS TRAVELER
What some hotels call a suite is nothing more than a slightly enlarged standard guest room. But a few truly worthy suites offer much more: with a crucial combination of space, amenities, decor and, most likely, the best view on the property. These suites can be a haven of relaxation as well as productivity for harried business travelers. Here, highlights from a few of the most noteworthy suites around Latin America.
W Mexico City
The Extreme Wow Suite in Mexico’s capital aims to impress, despite its small size of 590 square feet. With two rooftop terraces, a split-level living room, a dining room for eight, bar and kitchen, it manages to do so. It also sports two bathrooms – including one with what the company calls a “car wash” shower with 16 water injectors.
Live Aqua Bosques, Mexico City
This relatively new Mexico City luxury hotel has two presidential suites: the 1,981-square-foot Luna Presidential Suite and the 1,733-square-foot Sol Presidential Suite. Both are equipped which private Jacuzzi, 46-inch television (the Luna also has a 22-inch TV in the bathroom) and panoramic views of Mexico’s capital.
Fairmont Mayakoba, Riviera Maya, Mexico
Situated on the Caribbean coast of Mexico’s Mayan Riviera, this AAA Five-Diamond beach resort is a popular choice for meetings and conventions, thanks to its 26,495 square feet of meeting and event space. Those looking for a posh place to escape from tedious interactions will want to reserve the La Tortuga presidential suite, which measures 2,130 square feet and includes living and dining rooms, a Bose wave radio and CD player and a private infinity pool. Guests looking for more space can add the two adjacent casitas to create a three-bedroom suite. Even larger is the beachfront, 2,205-square-foot El Camaleon presidential suite, which has two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a meal preparation area.
JW Marriott Bogota
One of the newest hotel options in Colombia’s capital is the JW Marriott, where the top-of-the-line presidential suite is loaded with a living room with balcony and six-person dining table, a bedroom with king-size bed and two marble bathrooms, one of which has an attractive free-standing bathtub as its centerpiece.
Grand Hyatt São Paulo
The one-bedroom, 1,830-square-foot presidential suite at this popular hotel sits on the top floor, with a private balcony, living area, home theater system, electronic curtains, a dining area for eight people and a kitchen with butler service. An adjacent second bedroom with twin beds is available if needed. Guests in the presidential suite also enjoy Grand Club benefits, including access to the private Grand Club lounge, which serves continental breakfast and evening cocktails.
W’s trademark contemporary style is a key design element in its suites throughout Latin American, where it complements the brand’s style with local design flavor. The one-bedroom, 1,087-square-foot Wow Suite at the W Santiago has 11.5-foot ceilings, a dining area that seats six and 1.5 bathrooms, all graced with Chile-inspired colors and artwork. For more space, opt for the evocatively named, 1,905-square-foot Extreme Wow Suite, which comes with an eight-person dining table and a 400-square-foot private terrace.
Park Tower Buenos Aires
The presidential suite at this member of Starwood’s Luxury Collection occupies more than 4,000 square feet on the top floor, with a 360-degree view of the surrounding metropolis. Handpicked furniture from England blends with antiques from Buenos Aires, and the separate living and dining rooms – as well as the full kitchen – are staffed by a 24-hour butler service.
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