This glamorous: The party took place in a suite of conference rooms in a 1970s-vintage slab concrete hotel in Birmingham.
Ford has generally held meetings in his suite, however, in what's called the "protocol lounge" just outside his private office.
The suite was appropriate, since he had a good chance of defeating Nicolas Sarkozy in the upcoming French presidential election.
1670s, "train of followers or attendants," from French suite, from Old French suite "act of following, attendance" (see suit). The meanings "set of instrumental compositions" (1680s), "connected set of rooms" (1716), and "set of furniture" (1805) were borrowed from French or re-spelled from suit on the French model.
A group of related pieces of music or movements played in sequence. In the baroque era, a suite was a succession of different kinds of dances. In more recent times, suites have contained excerpts from longer works, such as ballets, or have simply portrayed a scene, as in Ferde Grofé's Grand Canyon Suite.