There is a secret world of unlisted hotel suites, sometimes described internally as ‘owner’s residence’ or partnership rooms, carrying a hefty price tag and only shared with very special VIP guests by invitation or through exclusive membership clubs.

This article describes some, including a 2,100 sq ft 2-storey suite at the Retreat at the Blue Lagoon just outside Reykjavik; the soon-to-open Hotel Bennett in Charleston, with guests personally signed off by the developer; Paradise Beach on Nevis, where two new beach houses can only be rented via a vacation club with $125,000 initiation fee; penthouses at JW Marriott Essex House in New York and St. Regis San Francisco have to booked via email to allow guests to be vetted before confirmation; the 21 Boulevard penthouses at Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, unlisted, reserved for those who spend $1,000,000 in the lounge.

At the other end of the luxury scale is Marriott’s Moxy Hotel in Times Square, New York, with 120-square-foot $99 Crashpad rooms only bookable via the drinks menu, for guests who have overindulged at the at the rooftop bar.

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(image: One of the Boulevard suites at the Cosmopolitan, in Las Vegas. Photographer: Thomas Hart Shelby)


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