New Suite Stays Around the World

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Rocco Forte's Hotel Astoria's Czar Suite.
Rocco Forte’s Hotel Astoria’s Czar Suite.

New suites are opening up around the world offering guests everything from views of the Colosseum to health-inspired packages.

To celebrate Rocco Forte’s Hotel Astoria’s 100th anniversary, the St. Petersburg hotel has debuted a new Czar’s Suite overlooking St. Isaac’s Square.

The 3,500-sq.-ft.-suite is set on the sixth floor and features a library with 300 Russian classics; a full kitchen and bar with a dining room seating up to 16 people; a gym with treatment area; a bedroom with a walk-in closet; and a marble bathroom with a double shower and flat-screen TV. The suite also incorporates antiques, from gold lamps to striped armchairs and sofas, that were returned to the hotel from President Putin’s Konstantinovsky Palace.

“As with all of our properties, the Czar’s Suite reflects its location in the heart of St. Petersburg. We have created a contemporary Russian feel with a nod to the city’s fascinating heritage by using an eclectic mix of authentic Russian art and antiques, original parquet flooring along with more modern elements including rugs with bold constructive geometric patterns, silk wallpapers and contemporary classic pieces,” says Olga Polizzi, the director of design for the brand.

The new suite is part of the hotel’s multi-million dollar renovation that included 50 new jr. suites, the new Astoria Cafe with a Russian brasserie-style menu and the new Lichfield Bar.

Call for rates. For more information, visit

Palazzo Manfredi's Ludus Magnus Suite
Palazzo Manfredi’s Ludus Magnus Suite.

Rome’s Palazzo Manfredi has added a new suite that overlooks the Ludus Magnus ruins, which were once a gladiator training school.

The Ludus Magnus Suite’s design combines modern touches with historic influences from imperial homes of Rome with velvet, bronze and gold hues. The bathroom also draws influence from ancient Rome and has a window facing the Colosseum. Guests can also take in views of the Colosseum from the bedroom windows that face the Roman landmark.

The 16-room hotel, a member of Relais & Chateaux, features Aroma Restaurant, set on the hotel’s terrace offering lunch and dinner; American Bar, with a lounge and terrace; and a rooftop prime for buffet or a la carte breakfast.

Rates start at $1,462 per night. For more information, visit

Matthew Kenney Wellness Suite.
The Shore Hotel’s Matthew Kenney Wellness Suite.

For travelers seeking a wellness escape, the boutique Shore Hotel in Santa Monica, CA, has launched a collection of Wellness Suites.

The hotel partnered with local health and wellness brands to create three oceanview suites, starting at $649 per night. In the Matthew Kenney Wellness Suite, guests receive a book by the raw food chef; a dinner or lunch for two at the raw restaurant M.A.K.E. at Santa Monica Place; and in-room amenities such as raw snacks, fresh-pressed juices and other healthy bites.

Meanwhile, in the Paleta Wellness Suite, guests sample the farm-to-table home meal delivery program created by personal chef Kelly Boyer. The suite includes a 1-day juice cleanse or 1-day meal delivery; recipes from the chef; and an in-room amenity with Paleta products and healthy lifestyle gear.

The third suite, the Tikkun Wellness Suite, teams up with holistic Tikkun Spa to provide guests with an infrared sauna and detoxifying massage; a signature scrub treatment; and an in-room amenity with organic spa products and Tikkun Spa offerings.

The suites can be booked through Dec. 31. For more information, call (800) 599-1515 or visit