When it comes to selecting your bridal suite—you know, the spot where you’ll get ready for your wedding in the morning and sleep away the revelry come night—now is not the time to cut corners.
“This is where the fun of reminiscing about the first dance, your guests, and all those wonderful memories begins,” says destination event planner Guerdy Abraira. “You want the right setting, so splurge away.”
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So what makes a suite worth the splurge? Per Abraira, beyond luxury, comfort, and (if you can get it) a nice view, there are also certain logistical things to consider. You’ll want ample room for your wedding party to spread out, outlets in several different areas for hair and makeup artists to plug in their tools, a kitchenette for keeping drinks and snacks cool, and separate sleeping quarters so your bed area can stay an oasis of calm. Ideally, your sweet will have a balcony for folks to retreat to for a bit of fresh air or to take a private phone call during the exciting morning.
For maximum comfort, avoid suites on the ground floor or close to an elevator, and also book the accommodations for the nights before and after your wedding.
It’s a lot of ground to cover in just one room, but our roundup of stand-out bridal suites more than gets the job done. Read on for a look at 11 of the most jaw-dropping pre-wedding and wedding night accommodations in the U.S. and beyond.
The Guild House Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Feminist couples will be happy to know that Philly’s newest high-design boutique hotel was brought to life by a female-led interior firm and is situated in a historic building that once housed New Century Guild, a women’s club that offered safe spaces to suffragists, activists, artists, and more. All of the suites at Guild House are named after New Century Guild members, with The Alice—Guild House's largest suite at 1,000 square feet—named for Dr. Alice Norton, who oversaw the club’s musical and theater productions. (Hence its rock ‘n’ roll vibes!) With a large living space, a kitchenette, and two full bedrooms and bathrooms, it will give you and your future spouse the option to dress separately before coming together in the common area. (An ideal approach for couples who wish to share the day from start to finish!) An “invisible service” concierge, along with the ability to rent out all of the hotel’s twelve rooms, ensures privacy and intimacy ahead of your wedding.
Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris, France
Located within walking distance of both the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower, Paris’s 94-year-old George V is considered by many hospitality pros to be the bar against which all luxury hotels are set. And for those who can think of nothing more romantic than a Parisian-themed wedding in the City of Lights itself, the hotel’s 1,506-square-foot Eiffel Tower suite is the perfect place to start and end the day. The classic creme interiors give way to an expansive terrace that offers unobstructed views of, you guessed it, the Eiffel Tower itself. Marble bathrooms complete with double vanities provide ample space for hair and makeup, and the serene sleeping spaces make for a beautiful retreat.
Riggs Washington DC in Washington, DC
The Riggs Washington DC is gilded in glitz and glamour—probably because the 181-room hotel once served as HQ for a national bank. Housed in what once served as the bank’s boardroom, the 720-square-foot Riggs suite fills with natural light—ideal for makeup and photo ops—through a row of arched windows in the open-plan living space, which features a wet bar, dining table for 12, and a private vanity. (The space can accommodate up to 25, so there’s more than enough room for your entire crew to spread out.) One or two adjoining king bedrooms can be added to the reservation, and the downstairs Silver Lyan, an opulent red-velvet speakeasy that sits in what was once the bank’s vault, is a sexy spot to grab a “just-us-two” nightcap before heading to bed—or to your afterparty.
Downtown L.A. Proper Hotel in Los Angeles, California
Leave it to design icon Kelly Wearstler to leave no corner of the uber-stylish 147-room Downtown Proper L.A. Hotel unclothed in a gorgeous textile or utterly Instagrammable furniture moment. It’s the exact kind of setting befit for the city’s celeb set, and the property’s 2,777-square foot Pool Suite is the exact kind of bridal suite to book for a true celeb experience. Unlike most penthouse-type accommodations, this one isn’t marked as such. (Its double doors are unlabeled for privacy—how’s that for VIP?) Then, when you walk in, there’s the star of the show: a 35-by-12-foot indoor swimming pool set at the perfect 82 degrees. Whether you wish to wake up with a few pre-ceremony laps or plan to host an exclusive after-afterparty, this unique amenity will absolutely make for an unforgettable wedding day experience. A king bedroom, open dining and living spaces, and Aesop bath products round out the space.
Perry Lane Hotel in Savannah, Georgia
With its artfully inviting interiors and rooftop pool, the Perry Lane Hotel sits high on our list of the most romantic hotels in Savannah. Soon-to-be-newlyweds who are especially looking forward to the getting-ready portion of the wedding day will want to book the hotel’s 1,080-square-foot Celebration Suite for one key reason: the separate vanity room, which boasts three individual mirror stations. Two separate bathrooms offer additional vanity space, the minibar will keep the champagne flowing, and, come night, you’ll sleep easy in the Frette linens on the bed. Marriott loyalists will also be happy to know that Perry Lane is part of the megabrand’s Luxury Collection, which means you can cash in those points you’ve been hoarding for your stay.
Rosewood Mayakoba in Riviera Maya, Mexico
If a beach wedding in Mexico is at the top of your destination wedding dream list, then a Deluxe Overwater Lagoon Suite at Rosewood Mayakoba should be at the top of your dream bridal suite list. Situated less than 30 miles from the Cancun airport, this sophisticated but still laid back resort evokes a secluded-in-the-jungle feel when you opt for its more private lagoon accommodations. In the 977-square-foot suite, you’ll experience the best of indoor-outdoor living thanks to sliding doors that pocket away to reveal a private plunge pool on the terrace. The bathroom boasts an outdoor garden shower, and the open floor plan of the main living space provides flexibility for gatherings ranging from hair and makeup for the bridesmaids to an intimate after-wedding brunch with your VIPs.
Caldera House in Jackson Hole, Wyoming
If Caldera House is good enough for the Kardashian clan, then it's definitely good enough for your Jackson Hole wedding night. With rustic-cool interiors dreamed up by buzzy design studios Commune Design and Carney Logan Burke, the intimate-in-scope property is situated at the base of the slopes and offers just eight suites. For true mountain lodge luxury, opt for the 5,000-square-foot, four-bed Valles suite. It’s got everything you need to extend your wedding day into a full-on ski weekend: snowmelt patios, a private outdoor balcony with a fire pit, hot tub, and wood-burning fireplace. The master bath comes with heated floors and a soaking tub, and you’ll also have a dedicated concierge during the entirety of your stay.
The Betsy South Beach in Miami Beach, Florida
Real talk: There’s no shortage of ultra-luxe, ultra-large accommodations in Miami, particularly in the glitzy South Beach neighborhood. If you’re looking for something a little more intimate that’ll better fit your micro wedding, go with the Skyline Penthouse at The Betsy South Beach. This 710-square-foot loft-style suite doesn’t skimp on details, such as a baby grand piano and a glittering Viennese chandelier, but the real draw is the 1,000-square-foot wraparound terrace, which could easily host dinner—or maybe even the ceremony itself!—for a small group. Added bonus: the hotel is pet-friendly, so your dog can be there for every part of your big day.
Park Lane in New York, New York
Situated forty-six floors above ground level, the Conservatory Suite at New York’s Park Lane hotel offers two rare finds in the Big Apple: panoramic views of Central Park and ample space for spreading out. (The ADA-compliant one-bedroom suite covers 1,315 square feet.) The unique sitting room wall mural provides an artful backdrop for getting-ready photos and the bathroom is stocked with Le Labo toiletries. Marrying couples who book the suite are also granted a standing reservation for two at Darling, the hotel’s swanky rooftop lounge, and a complimentary bottle of champagne for every evening of their stay.
Palazzo Avino in Ravello, Amalfi Coast, Italy
Set atop craggy cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, the five-star Palazzo Avino is considered to be one of the top hotels on the Amalfi Coast. While each of the 10 suites in this 12th-century village is stunning in its own right, there’s something particularly wedding night-worthy about the Infinito Suite. The property’s largest accommodations at 1,076-square-feet, this duplex-style suite includes two bathrooms, a large downstairs living space, and an upstairs terrace complete with private infinity pool. Extend your wedding right into your honeymoon with dinner at the property’s Michelin-starred restaurant or the Lobster & Martini bar.
Commodore Perry in Austin, Texas
Everything really is bigger in Texas, especially when you consider the sprawling 10,800-square-foot Commodore Perry that sits just ten minutes north of downtown Austin. If the impeccably manicured grounds of the Italianate mansion aren’t enough to get you, then the Magnolia Suite just might. At 1,000-square-feet, the property’s largest one-bedroom suite is anchored by a buttery leather sectional and a gorgeous forest mural wraps around the separate dining area. The dressing area comes complete with a personalized cocktail cart, French doors lead to a sage and rosemary-filled garden, and a sturdy four-poster bed evokes the romance of bygone eras.