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The Graceland Suite at the Hard Rock Orlando.
The Graceland Suite at the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando.

In Florida, swanky penthouse suites feature expansive floor plans, a number of special VIP perks, and spectacular views from the top.

Graceland Suite
Named after Elvis Presley’s Memphis mansion, Graceland, the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando’s Graceland Suite provides luxury accommodations fit for a rock idol. The 2,000-sq.-ft. Penthouse Suite has its own living room decorated with a baby grand piano, a glass encased-double sided fireplace, and a 65-inch flat-screen TV, as well as colorful flowers and art pieces. The master bedroom features a WaterTile body spray marble shower, a whirlpool tub, and a 42-inch flat-screen TV. Guests with a larger party have the option to purchase a connecting 375-sq.-ft. bedroom with two queen beds. Rates start at $1,241.

The hotel itself is great for clients with small children. Parents can enjoy a night out at Universal CityWalk while the kids play in the supervised Camp Lil’ Rock activity center. On family dinner nights, guests can dine in the Kids Crib at The Kitchen, where children watch their favorite cartoons while enjoying their kid-friendly meal. Adults can spend additional downtime exercising in the body rock fitness center or relaxing at the Mandara Spa. As guests of the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando, your clients receive theme park benefits, including the Universal Express Unlimited ride access to skip the regular lines, early park admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and priority seating at select restaurants. Regular room rates start at $259. For more information, call (888) 273-1311 or visit or

The living room inside the W Fort Lauderdale's Extreme WOW Suite.
The living room inside the W Fort Lauderdale’s Extreme WOW Suite.

The Extreme WOW Suite
From its trendy address on Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard to its modern decor, The W Fort Lauderdale’s Extreme WOW Suite evokes luxury. As soon as guests step into the 2,607-sq.-ft. suite, they’re immediately greeted with an oversized foyer and polished bamboo floors leading to a large living room. The living room comes fully decked with a marble-topped wet bar, books, and board games, as well as a Bang & Olufsen entertainment system with a 50-inch LCD TV, a sound system, and Tivoli alarm clock/radio and iPod docking station. Adjacent to the living room is a powder room with an above-counter custom bowl sink. Sliding window doors lead outside, where panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean surround a 1,000-sq.-ft. wrap-around outdoor terrace, which looks out onto the bustling Downtown Fort Lauderdale strip of beach bars and restaurants. After a long day spent lounging on the beach or by the hotel’s infinity-edge pools, guests can grab a snack in their suite’s full-service kitchen then retire to the spare bedroom, featuring a free-standing concrete cast tub, a glass-walled shower, and a 32-inch LCD TV or the master bedroom, which has a 42-inch wall-mounted LCD TV, a king-sized custom-designed bed, and walk-in closet, as well as a rainforest shower with access to the outdoor terrace, a Chromatherapy whirlpool soaking tub, and an indoor cabana. Extreme WOW Suite room rates start at $4,500 per night.

Every guest of this 517-room oceanfront hotel is treated to Whatever/Whenever Service, a resource for guests who want to plan special moments. The W Fort Lauderdale staff can arrange anything from a sunset cruise to mariachi-serenaded spa services for an extra fee. Onsite amenities include a retro 1950s-inspired Bliss spa, a contemporary steakhouse STEAK 954, and a 1,360-sq.-ft. FIT fitness center. Guests can also enjoy cocktails and dancing at the Whiskey Blue Bar and the Living Room lounge. Complimentary beach boot camp and yoga classes are offered to guests Tuesday through Sunday. Regular room rates start at $295. For more information, call (954) 414-8200 or visit

The master bedroom in the Hilton Bentley's Penthouse Presidential Suite.
The master bedroom in the Hilton Bentley’s Penthouse Presidential Suite.

The Penthouse Presidential Suite
In South Beach, the fourdiamond Hilton Bentley offers a 3,500-sq.-ft. Penthouse Presidential Suite frequented by celebrities, politicians and athletes. Guests take a spiral staircase up to their dual-leveled 2-bedroom suite, which includes a full kitchen, dining room and living room. Both bedrooms feature king size beds, marble bathrooms, and whirlpool tubs, as well as walk-in closets, an LCD flat-screen TV and private terraces. On the rooftop terrace, guests can take in panoramic views of South Beach from their private pool and whirlpool tub. Room rates start at $1,500 per night.

The hotel’s studio, 1-, and  2-bedroom suites feature kitchenettes, European furnishings, and Italian marble floors. At the Asian-styled Spa 101, guests can pamper themselves with massages, facials, and body treatments and scrubs. Dining options include the James Beard-awarded De Rodriguez Cuba and the Prime Italian Steakhouse. Guests can relax on the pool deck, in the sauna, or on the beach itself under a cabana with cocktails and entrees served by a beach butler. The Hilton Bentley is located on Ocean Drive near Lincoln Road, restaurants, and numerous clubs. Regular room rates start at $202. For more information, call (305) 938-4600 or visit