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November 5, 2019,   2:20 PM

The World's Most Expensive Hotel Suites

Hannah Stewart


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What would you do with a spare $100,000? In the unlikely event that nothing springs to mind, here are a few options: You could buy two kilograms of gold, take out a five-year lease on a two-bedroom apartment in central London, or purchase a Porsche 911 or Corvette Stingray. Alternatively, how about taking up residence in a 5-star hotel on Paris’ Champs Elysees for four months, buying 1,460 shares in Microsoft, or bagging yourself a small but perfectly formed apartment in Dubai?

For those with all of the above, or those who simply like to enjoy the moment, why not splash the cash on a single night of luxury in one of the world’s many exclusive hotel suites? Here is a round-up of the most expensive on earth.

Empathy Suite
Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas
Price per night: $100,000

This 9,000-square-foot duplex sky villa overlooking the Vegas Strip is the most expensive hotel room in the world, and it’s made all the more expensive by the hotel’s minimum-two-night-stay policy.

The suite was designed by artist, Damien Hirst, and contains a medicine cabinet filled with diamonds. Visitors are greeted by two 13-foot bull sharks in a tank set into the suite wall. The room also features a 13-seat curved bar, two lounge and theater areas that can accommodate up to 52 guests, a cantilevered Jacuzzi, a private healing salt room, and two massage rooms—because let’s face it, one is not enough.

Villa de Stephen
The 13, Macau
Price per night: $100,000

The 13 is the most luxurious hotel ever built, at an estimated cost of $1.4 billion—or $7 million per room. It comes as little surprise, therefore, that the hotel is also home to one of the most expensive suites: The Villa de Stephen.

The 30,000 square-foot villa is named after Stephen Hung, co-chairman of The 13 Holdings Limited, which owns the hotel. The suite is accessed via a private elevator and occupies almost a whole storey on the hotel’s top floor. Inside, the rooms are inspired by Baroque, with frescos, ornate furniture and sculptures as far as the eye can see. The 13 also possesses an impressive fleet of red and gold Rolls-Royce Phantoms, with one reserved specifically for Villa de Stephen.

Grand Penthouse
The Mark Hotel, New York City
Price per night: $86,000

The Grand Penthouse is New York’s most expensive hotel room, and at 12,000 square feet, it is also the largest. The apartment, which is reportedly worth $60 million, was recently renovated and is now ready for bookings. It comprises five bedrooms, six bathrooms and a grand living room spread across two floors, as well as a 2,500 square-foot terrace with panoramic views across Central Park.

Royal Penthouse
Hotel President Wilson, Geneva
Price per night: $80,000

This 18,080 square-foot penthouse offers one of the best views in Switzerland, with floor-to-ceiling bay windows that look out onto both Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc.

Security is paramount at the Royal Penthouse, with added “extras” such as bulletproof glass, armored doors, a panic room, a giant fortified safe, CCTV systems and a Helipad. The suite comes with a private lift, as well as a round-the-clock personal assistant, private chef, and butler. As for interiors, on entering the penthouse, guests are greeted by a 1930 Brunswick billiard table, Steinway grand piano, and Bang & Olufsen home cinema system. With a perfect combination of luxury and safety, it’s no wonder high profile families such as the Clintons and the Gates have chosen to stay there.

Delana Hilltop Estate
Laucala Island, Fiji
Price per night: $64,000

Laucala Island in Fiji is a private island home to just 25 villas—the Hilltop villa is the most prized of them. Perched atop one of the island’s highest points, the villa enjoys panoramic views, overlooking white sandy beaches, coconut groves, and lush green rainforest.

With 1.5 acres of space, the Delana Hilltop Estate is a resort inside a resort. It consists of three buildings, two guest residences, a jacuzzi and an infinity swimming pool supplied by a waterfall. The suite also comes with a private cook, a chauffeur, and a nanny, as well as jet skis and private boats. If all of this isn’t enough, then the hotel gives guests the option of renting the entire island for $170,000 per night.

Penthouse Suite
Grand Hyatt Cannes (Hôtel Martinez), Cannes, France
Price per night: $53,000

The Grand Hyatt Cannes witnesses its fair share of Hollywood glamor during the Cannes Film Festival which is held in the resort town every year, but it also attracts the rich and famous all year round. The Art Deco hotel’s 3,122-square-foot terrace offers spectacular views of the Boulevard de la Croisette, the bay and the hotel’s private beach.

On the uppermost floor of the hotel, guests will find the Penthouse Suite, complete with four master bedrooms adorned with paintings by Picasso and Matisse. The luxurious suite comes with two grand living rooms, two dining rooms, and marble bathrooms, as well as a private jacuzzi on the terrace.

The Royal Villa
Grand Resort Lagonissi, Athens
Price per night: $50,000

Perched on the edge of the Aegean Sea at Cape Sounio, this luxurious three-bedroom suite pampers guests with two pools (indoor and outdoor), a 640 square-foot garden and even its own private beach.

It also comes with a private massage area, gym and personal trainer, as well as a chef, butler and VIP transport by helicopter and limousine.

Penthouse Suite
Faena Hotel, Miami Beach
Price per night: $50,000

This Miami Beach hotel, owned by Argentine hotelier Alan Faena, includes a restaurant run by celebrity chef Francis Mallmann, an ultra-luxurious spa, a cabaret-style theater, and a larger-than-life gilded woolly mammoth sculpture by Damien Hirst.

Naturally, the 10,000-square-foot penthouse at the Faena Hotel is as over-the-top as the rest of the Art Deco-inspired property. It boasts five bedrooms, five bathrooms, four powder rooms, a living room, a media room, a great room, a chef ’s kitchen, an open eat-in kitchen, and a laundry room. It also has an interior elevator and a staircase, as well as balconies with sunset and sunrise views. The hotel interiors were designed by film director Baz Luhrmann and his set designer wife, Catherine Martin.

Ty Warner Penthouse
Four Seasons Hotel, New York City
Price per night: $50,000

Hovering 700 feet above Manhattan atop the Four Seasons Hotel, this 4,300-square-foot suite offers a stunning 360-degree view of the city, as well as a $65,000 bed complete with 22-karat gold woven throughout the covers. The suite also boasts a wardrobe that costs almost a million dollars, a private elevator and an onyx-clad chromotherapy soak tub, which overlooks Central Park. For every guest, help is always on hand, with a chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce and personal butler ready to tend to your every need. The luxury suite is named after the owner of the building, Ty Warner, and reportedly cost $50 million to build.

Shahi Mahal Presidential Suite
Raj Palace Hotel, Jaipur, India
Price per night: $45,000

This restored ancient royal castle is located in one of India’s most well-known heritage sites. The opulent presidential suite glimmers in gold leaf, stucco, ivory, silver, ornate mirrors and furniture, and Italian marble floors.

The 17th-century property has a potent blend of history, luxury, and state-of-the-art technology. Royalty and movie stars have been drawn like magnets to the 16,000-square-foot suite that comes with six bedrooms, grand living rooms, a dining room, a home theater system, a gym, spa, pool, office, and library.

The Grand Riad
The Royal Mansour, Marrakech
Price per night: $44,000

The Grand Riad was designed by order of Morocco’s King Mohammed VI, which might explain the gold-plated walls, terracotta pink facade, and onyx floors. The three-story Riad, built in traditional Moroccan style, is located in the most tranquil part of the hotel complex. It houses three bedrooms, a rooftop with views of the Atlas Mountains, and a sheltered courtyard with fountains and a pool set in a private garden. Add to this a private cinema room, private gym, and of course a private Moroccan hammam and you have the perfect combination.

Royal Bridge Suite
The Atlantis Palm, Dubai
Price per night: $36,000

One of Dubai’s most iconic hotels, the Atlantis, The Palm’s most expensive room—The Royal Bridge Suite—is accessed via private elevator. The three-bedroom suite sits on the hotel’s 22nd floor and spans a massive 9,945 square feet, stretching out to form the bridge that connects the two Atlantis towers. Two grand terraces offer panoramic views of the pristine blue waters of the Arabian Sea and the Palm Island. It also comes with a private library, a media center, a massage room, and a 24-hour dedicated team of chefs and butlers.

These features have enticed many celebrities and A-listers from all over the world into choosing to spend the night, including Kim Kardashian, Charlize Theron, Kylie Minogue, Justin Timberlake, and Naomi Campbell. Bollywood megastar Sharukh Khan, also chose Atlantis, The Palm as the location for his movie “Happy New Year” and stayed in The Royal Bridge Suite.

The Royal Suite
St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi
Price per night: $35,000

This 22,600 square-foot suite is the largest in the U.A.E.’s capital city, and the most expensive. It occupies the top two floors of the resort’s west wing and comes with a private movie theater, game room, spa, sauna, and outdoor swimming pool.

Gracing the first floor is a Steinway grand piano and the living room features sweeping views of the Arabian Gulf. Earth tones of beige, sand, teal, and blue are used to decorate the suite and evoke the hotel’s sea and desert surroundings. There is a dining room that seats 12, and meals can be catered through the hotel’s butler service. Guests descend the elaborate winding staircase to arrive at the master bedroom, which takes up the entire lower floor and includes an expansive walk-in closet, dressing area, spa, sauna, and ocean-facing bathroom with double shower and bathtub.

Royal Two-Bedroom Suite
The Burj Al-Arab, Dubai
Price per night: $27,000

This 8,396-square-foot suite lets you live like royalty, with its glamorous furnishings and opulent color schemes, as well as the added bonus of breathtaking views of the Arabian Gulf. The suite boasts super sleep technology—with 14 pillow types, Egyptian cotton, eiderdown duvets, remote curtains, and posture-controlled king beds ensuring a restful stay. The suite also has an elevator, cinema room, library, discreet check-in, butlers, Rolls-Royce chauffeurs, and a helipad.

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