Fit for a Pres­i­dent

To mark the month when the United States elects a new “Leader of the Free World,” Chloe Street rounds up the most pres­i­den­tial of all suites in the land of the Stars and Stripes

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ho­tel Bel-air, los an­ge­les Long a favourite hide­away of the rich and fa­mous— Grace Kelly, Cary Grant, El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor and Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe have all been guests—thanks to its se­cluded lo­ca­tion in the canyons of Los An­ge­les, the Ho­tel Be­lair, which opened in 1946, was re­cently re­fur­bished. The new Pres­i­den­tial Bun­ga­low of­fers 6,775 square feet of in­door and out­door liv­ing space, mak­ing it the largest suite in Los An­ge­les. There’s pri­vate dining for 10, a pro­fes­sional chef’s kitchen, a study, a wet bar and even a grand pi­ano. Step out into your very own Span­ish court­yard to find a pri­vate pool, Jacuzzi and out­door lounge and dining ar­eas. A sep­a­rate ho­tel en­trance al­lows for ex­cep­tional pri­vacy—you can just pic­ture Mar­i­lyn sneak­ing in to see John F. Kennedy. dorch­ester­col­lec­tion.com

the stay­ca­tion

The jef­fer­son, washington What bet­ter place for a pres­i­dent to en­joy a stay­ca­tion than a ho­tel that has orig­i­nal Thomas Jef­fer­son-signed doc­u­ments on dis­play and a li­brary filled with leather-bound vol­umes on the found­ing father’s favourite sub­jects? The bal­conies of the 2,000-square­foot Thomas Jef­fer­son Pres­i­den­tial Suite pro­vide views over the Washington Monument and the White House. The suite’s grand salon gives way to a dining room that seats eight. And for vis­it­ing dig­ni­taries, there’s a small re­ceiv­ing area con­nected to a pri­vate pantry—per­fect for pre-in­au­gu­ral ad­dress gin and ton­ics. Obama has vis­ited the ho­tel so many times through the back en­trance that they re­named it the Ba-rack en­trance. jef­fer­sondc.com

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