They all offer tons of floor space, top-of-the-line amenities, world-class service and commanding views. But it's the price tag that separates the swankiest hotel suites in the Boston/Cambridge area from all the luxury suites - that, along with the privilege of being even able to afford spending the night in one of the most coveted rooms in the area.
A survey conducted by the Boston Business Journal Research Department of hotels here with a AAA four (luxury) and five-diamond rating (ultra luxury) found 10 of the more expensive rooms. With prices ranging from $2,000 to $8,000 per night before taxes for these showcase suites, we asked the hotels on our list for other juicy details about these very special rooms and exactly what their lucky guests get for the money.
We now know what room 25 U.S. presidents stayed in and where Mick Jagger, Babe Ruth and the Dalai Lama slept while in Boston. Answer: Boston Omni Parker House Hotel.
And how about former President Bill Clinton and his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton? Where do they like to crash here? That would be The Charles Hotel in Cambridge.
We also know why conductor John Williams chooses to stay at the Four Seasons while visiting Boston. Hint: It has to do with the Baby Grand Piano that was installed there 26 years ago.
And, only the Four Seasons offers its suite guest the opportunity to share an exclusive jog with Boston Marathon legend Bill Rogers in the morning, a private Duck Boat tour in the afternoon and a $1,200 bottle of wine in the evening.
One more fun fact learned from this informal survey. Of the dozen or so hotels we contacted for this story, almost all claimed that their most expensive suites are in high demand; occupied at least 65 percent of the calendar year.
For a glimpse into the best of the best hotel suites in Boston/Cambridge, click on the following slide show.