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Dreamy Suites: My Ten Best Hotel Room Discoveries Of 2012
Forbes Magazine
December 17, 2012

By Ann Abel

The best hotel suites, in my book, are the ones that have a personality—the ones whose proprietors and designers weren’t afraid to go a little bit out there. If the description of a room begins, “This isn’t for everyone,” it’s probably for me.

The most memorable rooms often have bright colors, rich textures, and bold themes, and make guests say, “I couldn’t live here, but…” For a few days, they epitomize the fantasy and glamour inherent in staying in any luxury hotel. If you live in a sleek, minimalist, neutral-toned home, a few nights under red velvet or magenta satin can feel like the ultimate indulgence.

The suites that seduced me this year weren’t necessarily the biggest or most expensive in their hotels, but the ones with the most character. (My stays in some of them were comped.) A few common themes prevailed: lots of glass and light (the Aviary Cottage at Twin Farms in Vermont, the Diplomatic Suite at the Park Hyatt Seoul), or sometimes the exact opposite (the Valesques Suite at No. 11 Cadogan Gardens in London); a view that’s an unfailing joy to wake up to (the Victoria Suite at the new Palazzo Victoria in Verona); and of course a dramatic bathtub (George’s Spacepad at the Roxbury Motel in upstate New York).

See the slide show for ten that stood out.

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