Have you ever been tempted to press the “PH” button on a hotel elevator? It’s hard not to wonder what you’d find if you stepped onto the penthouse floor or into a coveted presidential suite, which can have a nightly rate as high as $5,000 (and some change). Wonder no more. Here’s a look at some of the grand suites across the state, complete with dazzling interiors and breathtaking views that you can enjoy from a private terrace or even an outdoor soaking tub. No reservations required.
Glass staircases lead the way in the three-story über glamorous Penthouse East at the Joule in Dallas. The main floor is dedicated to a state-of-the-art Viking kitchen, and the top floor features a private terrace set stylishly above Main Street.
Photography Courtesy of The Joule
Rustic meets refined in the almost 1,200-square-foot Capitol Suite at the Houstonian Hotel. It describes the wood floors and rich wood paneling as "Texas Tycoon" decor. The room key to the suite fit for T. Boone comes with access to a private concierge lounge stocked with house-made pastries, coffee, and tea in the morning and cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in the evenings.
Photography Courtesy of the Houstonian
On the top floor of the Four Seasons Austin is the newly renovated presidential suite, which is almost 1,500 square feet. Sliding glass doors open up to 180 degree views of Lady Bird Lake. The marble and brass bathroom boasts a soaking tub and walk-in shower.
Photography courtesy of the Four Seasons Austin
Each of the presidential suites at the JW Marriott in San Antonio (some as large as 2,000 square feet) is inspired by iconic Texas ranches and offers sweeping views of the Hill Country. No presidential suite complete without a well-appointed office, of course.
Photography courtesy of JW Marriott San Antonio
The two-bedroom, two-bathroom suite at the newly renovated Adolphus in Dallas is complete with a spacious terrace that overlooks the downtown Dallas skyline.
Photography courtesy of The Adolphus
Bathing al fresco is just one of the many luxuries offered in this penthouse suite at the Hotel ZaZa in Houston.
Photography courtesy of the Hotel ZaZa
Channel the spirit of maritime ship captain Albion E. Shepard, who in 1882 founded the town of Marathon, which he so named because of the nearby mountainous landscape's striking resemblance to Marathon, Greece. His own namesake, the Captain Shepard House, was restored by the Gage Hotel in 2012 and features the main building, build in 1890, and a more intimate Carriage House. For a luxury West Texas escape, stay in one of the two king rooms in the Carriage House.
Photography courtesy of the Gage Hotel
When a suite is named after the hotel itself, you know it's going to be good. The St. George Suite at the Hotel St. George in Marfa is no exception. The 800-square-foot room is located on the third floor (almost as high as it gets out West) and touts the best seat in town to enjoy a West Texas sunset.
Photography courtesy of the Hotel St. George
Austin's South Congress Hotel manages to pull off stark modern interiors that also feel warm and inviting. The Milton Suite has a private patio that overlooks the always happening rooftop pool.
Photography Courtesy of the South Congress Hotel
The 34 Villas are a new addition to La Cantera Resort & Spa in San Antonio. Book one and get access to a private pool as well as your own golf cart for cruising around the beautiful grounds of the resort. The luxe Briscoe suite is pictured.
Photography courtesy of La Cantera