THE RITZ-CARLTON,Dana Point
Per-night rate: $2,000
Size: 1,840 sq. ft.
Amenities: two bedrooms; master bedroom includes spa, glassed-in shower, separate tub, and marble double vanity; living room with VCR, TV, sofa, chairs, wood-burning fireplace, wet bar; study; pantry; service entrance; dining room table seats eight; ocean view
Patrons: movie stars and business executives
FOUR SEASONS HOTEL,Newport Beach
Per-night rate: $1,500
Size: 1,800 sq. ft.
Amenities: master bedroom with king-size four-poster canopy bed, oversize tub and separate shower and dressing area; second bedroom with two twin beds; living room with sofa, leather chairs and grand piano; dining room table seats 12; service pantry; library/study; ocean view
Patrons: rock stars, movie stars, politicians
DANA POINT RESORT,Dana Point
Per-night rate: $1,200
Size: 1,840 sq. ft.
Amenities: master bedroom with king-size bed; second bedroom with double; parlor with baby grand piano, marble floors; ocean view
Patrons: business executives
Per-night rate: $1,150
Size: 2,418 sq. ft.
Amenities: master bedroom with king-size bed, private bath; two additional bedrooms, each with two double beds and private bath;
living room with wet bar, gas fireplace, large-screen TV, couches; dining room table seats eight to 10; balcony; city-lights view
Patrons: President Bush, former President Reagan, entertainment/business executives
ANAHEIM HILTON AND TOWERS,Anaheim
Per-night rate: $1,050
Size: 1,800 sq. ft.
Amenities: master bedroom with king-size bed, sunken marble bath, whirlpool and separate shower and dressing area; second bedroom has two double beds; living room with wet bar, TV; marble foyer; dining room table seats eight; exercise bicycle; personal maid; center pieces designed by hotel florist; maitre d' available; city-lights view
Patrons: Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Chrysler Chairman Lee Iacocca, business executives, convention presidents, movie stars and executives
LE MERIDIEN HOTEL,Irvine
Presidential suite (will open July 15)
Per-night rate: $800
Size: 1,500 sq. ft.
Amenities: newly decorated two-bedroom suite on concierge floor; master bedroom has king-size canopy bed; second bedroom has two double beds; living room with corner sectional, large-screen TV with VCR; dining room table seats eight; gas fireplace; concierge and bar open to suite floor of which presidential suite is a part; city-lights view
Patrons: business executives, rock stars, entertainers
Per-night rate: $650
Size: 900 sq. ft.
Amenities: master bedroom with king-size bed, bath with marble tub, bidet, marble make up vanity; oversize guest room with armoire and sitting area; living room with couches and easy chairs, full wet bar; pantry; marble foyer with double doors; dining room table seats eight; city-lights view
Patrons: Former President Reagan, business executives
NEWPORT BEACH MARRIOTT,Newport Beach
Per night rate: $600
Size: 1,320 sq. ft.
Amenities: two stories; king-size bedroom upstairs has private bath with separate tub and shower; downstairs has living room with sofas, TV, wet bar, dining room table seats six to eight
Patrons: convention VIPs booked at hotel
COMPARABLE STAYS WHEN YOU'RE AWAY
FOUR SEASONS HOTEL, Washington D.C.
Presidential suite: $1,485
PLAZA HOTEL, New York City
Plaza suite: $1,660
MARK HOPKINS HOTEL, San Francisco
Royal suite: $1,475
BALLY'S GRAND CASINO RESORT HOTEL, Las Vegas
Executive suite: $650
ADOLPHUS HOTEL, Dallas
Penthouse suite: $1,450
CHICAGO HILTON & TOWERS, Chicago
Towers suite: $735
BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL, Beverly Hills
Presidential suite: $3,100
SHERATON ROYAL HAWAIIAN, Honolulu
Kamehameha Suite: $1,650
AND IF YOU'RE REALLY OUT TO IMPRESS . . .
Consider the Penthouse Suite at San Francisco's Fairmont Hotel.
After the limousine picks you up at the airport and delivers you to the Fairmont, take your private elevator to this eight-room suite. If you want to blast around town for a while, store your excess cash in the suite's burglar-proof vault and make your way downstairs. The limousine's at your disposal.
If you want to hang around, though, you won't lack for diversions. There are four television sets. If you're feeling more civilized, though, pour a brandy from the fully stocked bar, grab a snack from the tray of complimentary California-grown fruits and slip into the two-story circular library with domed ceiling. Or maybe a tour of your digs, with its original art by contemporary American artists, would be more enjoyable. Considering you have more than 6,300 square feet to roam around in, it'll take a minute or two.
Too contemplative, you say? Nip into the game room, with its Persian-tiled walls and stained-glass skylight, or knock out a few tunes on the grand piano in the drawing room.
But you don't want to lavish all this just on yourself, do you? If you bring along 20 of your closest friends, you can all partake of several wines and an elaborate dinner prepared by the hotel's French or Chinese chefs.
Seems like a crowd? Not to worry. The dining room accommodates up to 50. And if some of your crowd need to improve their table manners, exile them to the full eat-in kitchen. It's not a hardship sentence, though, for they too can use the special silver and china.
After dinner, they won't even have to leave the city. There are overnight accommodations for 14 in the adjoining Fairmont Tower. Six of them will have to make due in your suite's second and third bedrooms, each with two double beds and private bath.
Once the gang's dispatched, take a seat in front of one of the four wood-burning fireplaces, inlaid with lapis lazuli and marble, and enjoy the feeling. This is, after all, a spot usually home to royalty, diplomats, celebrities and top corporate executives. In fact, Secretary of State Edward Stettinius used the place as his headquarters when he was helping draft the United Nations charter in 1945. And don't forget to take in the killer view of the city lights from your private outdoor terrace.
And so, finally, to bed. In your case, to the master bedroom with its king-size bed. The pillows are 100% down, with goose feathers imported exclusively from Ireland. Sample the bedside tray of petit fours. And if there's a problem, ring the butler or maid; they're available round the clock.
In the morning, after breakfast in bed for you and your guests, all of them, bomb down to the health club for a workout. When you get back, step into your private bath with separate shower and marble tub with 24-karat gold-plated fixtures.
By that time, your limousine back to the airport will be ready to leave, even if you're not.
Oh yes, the bill. For your one night, $20,000.
Reservations: (415) 772-5000.
Source: Individual hotels