Each week at Tatler Asia’s The Suite Spot, we showcase the world’s most over-the-top and extravagant hotel suites. This week, we look at the Presidential Suite at Hotel Bel-Air, one of the most sought after hotels by Hollywood's A-list

The Presidential Suite at Hotel Bel-Air

Suite Size: 6,775 square feet of indoor-outdoor living space. Basically, your own private Bel-Air mansion. 

Suite Specs: The Presidential Suite at Hotel Bel-Air is housed in a hacienda-style standalone home, complete with its own private full-size swimming pool enclosed in a Spanish-style courtyard. 

It features a large living room with vaulted ceilings, a grand piano and fireplace, a dining room that seats up to 10 guests, a full kitchen with a separate entrance for staff, and a private office. Both the bedroom and living room feature French doors that open to the suite's 4,515 square foot courtyard. 

There's also a separate, smaller terrace with an outdoor dining area and a hot tub.

The price of staying at Hotel Bel-Air's Presidential Suite is US$300,000 a month. The property is listed with real estate agents James Harris and David Parnes, stars of Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles (could this place get more Hollywood?). And while that's a pretty hefty sum, it's actually a bargain compared to its nightly rate, which can be as high as US$18,000, depending on the season.

 

Suite Design: The Hotel Bel-Air is one of 10 luxury hotels in the Dorchester Group, which includes the likes of the Hotel Plaza Athénée in Paris and The Dorchester in London in its portfolio. 

In 2009, Hotel Bel-Air closed for a two-year renovation led by renowned designer Alexandra Champalimaud—who also oversaw the renovation of Raffles Hotel in Singapore.

The hotel's design makes the most of the property's Spanish-style buildings and tropical flora; and embraces the hotel's history as a Hollywood icon, adopting the timeless charm of its golden era with mid century-modern pieces and bold textiles, while bringing it into the now with modern comforts—from the luxury Fili d’Oro Egyptian cotton bed linens, marble bathrooms with mosaic details and the Bang & Olufsen HD TVs. 

Suite History: Oh, if these walls could talk. Hotel Bel-Air is one of the most sought-after hotels by A-list celebrities, and many an iconic moment has been had here. 

Hotel Bel-Air opened in 1946 at the height of Hollywood’s golden age, and instantly became a magnet for some of history's most notorious and beloved stars and starlets. Cary Grant, Lauren Bacall, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor and Jimmy Stewart were regulars at the Hotel Bel-Air, and Grace Kelly stayed so there so often that they named a suite after her

Marilyn Monroe lived at the Bel-Air off and on during her marriages to Joe DiMaggio and Arthur Miller. Six weeks before her tragic passing, it was at Hotel Bel-Air that she stayed for her last photo shoot, which resulted in a collection of more than 2,000 pictures taken in various locations around the hotel. 

Tony Curtis, who starred in Some Like It Hot in 1959 alongside Monroe, was also deeply fond of the hotel, calling the Hotel Bel-Air “the best wife I ever had.”

“If I could, I would marry Hotel Bel-Air tomorrow,” Curtis said. “She doesn’t ask me where I’ve been all night. She doesn’t mind if I bring a girl home. She makes my bed every day, feeds me regularly, takes my messages faithfully and puts my laundry in the little boxes tied up with ribbon.”

In 1977, late photographer Terry O'Neill shot the iconic photo of Faye Dunaway by the pool the morning after she received her Oscar for her for her performance in Network.

Prince Charles stayed in the Presidential Suite on a U.S. tour in the 1990s, and summed up the experience to British magazine The Week as "like staying at a rich friend’s home.” He also claimed he had “slept better in the Presidential suite of the Bel-Air than in any other hotel in the world.”

The star-studded stories at Hotel Bel-Air are plenty, and that's just the ones we know of... 

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