Most Expensive Hotel Suites in the World
In the opening to his 1925 short story Rich Boy, F. Scott Fitzgerald famously wrote, “Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me.” For one thing they get to stay in the world’s most expensive hotel suites.
The Royal Penthouse Suite
The President Wilson Hotel in Geneva, Switzerland caters to the many dignitaries that visit the United Nations whose bills are picked up by their country’s taxpayers; for those travelling on their own dime the lowest-priced rooms are from $593 a night. It’s that tricky word “from” that can bring grief to the tourist. But, here’s the good news, if you book through Expedia you score 1,599 points.
The hotel must have some picky customers because it gets a rating of 4.2 out of five.
But, heads of state and other VIPs can’t be expected to sleep in a room occupied the night before by a family from New Jersey. For these special people there’s the Royal Penthouse Suite at a heart-stopping $81,000 a night, (breakfast not included).
For this kind of money what does the busy national leader get? The Timeslists some of the luxuries: the four-bedroom suite is “bristling with surveillance cameras, bullet-proof windows, armoured doors, and bedside panic buttons―as well as a butler and views across Lake Geneva to Mont Blanc … it’s littered with period pieces, including a 1930s billiard table and a Steinway grand.”
But wait, there’s more. There are carefully chosen artworks and Persian carpets and the suite has its own gym. There’s a dining room for 26 and a helicopter evacuation is available should someone get careless about smoking in bed, or there is an urgent need to make a quick exit to deal with an attempted coup back home.
There are half a dozen bathrooms with vast marble tubs, so guests can guarantee to come out of the place all nice and scrubbed squeaky clean.
The President Wilson Hotel is, of course, discreet about who stays in its Royal Penthouse Suite and with whom; especially with whom. But, word has leaked out that Bill Gates and Richard Branson have checked in (well, obviously their people did the tedious business of checking in). So too have Matt Damon, Michael Douglas, and Rihanna.
If your budget doesn't run to this kind of sumptuous lodging you can go with airbnb and get some cosy accommodation nearby for about $120 a night. For the same price as one night in the Royal Penthouse Suite you can have a room in an apartment for 675 nights.
Hugh Hefner Sky Villa, Las Vegas
There aren’t a lot of diplomats looking for a night’s rest in Las Vegas. Here, the clientele with deep pockets is more likely to be sports superstars, entertainers, and bankers. For them, there’s the Hugh Hefner Sky Villa at $40,000 a night, unless you’re Hugh Hefner―he staid free.
USA Today’s Steve Friess describes the accommodations that include “an indoor waterfall; a round, rotating bed with ceiling mirrors; and a pool cantilevering off the edge of the new Fantasy Tower at the Palms Casino Resort … plasma TVs, a massage room, sauna, exercise room, media room, and two bedrooms.”
Neither breakfast nor Playboy bunnies are included.
The Palms Resort and Casino in which the Sky Villa is relocated underwent a $620-million renovation in 2018.
Ty Warner Suite, New York
Budget-conscious billionaires can indulge their taste for luxury in the Ty Warner Suite at the Four Seasons Hotel in Manhattan at a mere $45,000 a night.
The Guardian reports that guests “get the entire 52nd floor of the hotel, comprising four main rooms (bedroom, living room, library, spa/exercise room with unlimited treatments from a masseuse) … walls are inlaid with mother of pearl, curtains with gold thread, the bathroom floor with onyx, and the coffee table is appropriately covered with shark skin.”
Relaxation is provided by a Zen room with a waterfall or a soak in a tub overlooking Central Park as well as the obligatory high-end grand piano. And, what self-respecting plutocrat doesn’t demand and get calfskin lined walls in their closet?
There’s a chauffeur on standby with either a Rolls Royce or Mercedes Maybach should there be a need for one.
Less Expensive Suites
Business Insider provides a rundown of some of the lower-priced suites available; but they’re still too pricey for those who have to ask how much they cost:
The Five-Bedroom Terrace Suite, The Mark, New York City, New York—$75,000;
The Penthouse, Faena Hotel Miami Beach, Miami, Florida—$50,000;
- The Grand Riad, The Royal Mansour, Marrakech, Morocco—$43,480;
- The Penthouse Suite, Hotel Cala di Volpe, Porte Cervo, Italy—$41,177;
- The Princess Grace Suite, Hotel de Paris, Monte-Carlo, Monaco—$37,000; and,
Suite 5000, Mandarin Oriental New York, New York City, New York—$36,000
At the other end of the scale is a standard room at the Sayang Maha Mertha Hotel, on the Indonesian island of Bali. At $14 a night “with fan” the place is fully booked most of the time.
- The Benjamin in New York City (from $206) suggests guests with children take advantage of its Winks’ Kidzzz Club. This “provides children age two to 10 with a child-sized pillow and bathrobe, a library of family bedtime books, and an official Winks’ Kidzzz Club Sleep Certificate awarded at check-out.” It’s complimentary.
- Travelling with the family hound? You’ll want to check into the Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel, which bills itself as “pet-friendly.” Fido gets his own “plush brown suede pet bed.” Plus … “you can also request a large silver food bowl filled with treats and a silver water bowl with a bottle of Fiji water.” (Although in reality, Fido would probably be just as happy drinking out of the toilet). And, for dinner there’s a “grilled eight-ounce New York strip steak with sliced baby carrots.” Pampering the pooch starts at $35 a night on top of the $800 and up for its owners.
- Las Ventanas al Paraíso is in Los Cabos, Mexico. It can get warmish on the tennis court, so hotel staff is on hand to dispense cold towels and spray guests with mists of Evian water. That kind of attention doesn’t come cheap; how does $1,590 a night sound?
And, Here's What you Get for About 8o Cents a Night, Incorrectly Identified as India
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- “Take a VIP Tour of the World’s Most Expensive Hotel Suite Which Costs a Staggering £52,000 A NIGHT.” Mail Online, July 30, 2013.
- “$40,000 to Make Like Hefner for a Night.” Steve Friess, USA Today, September 29, 2006
- “Room for the Night – Yours for Just £15,000.” The Guardian, August 31, 2007.
- “Peek Inside the World’s Most Expensive Hotel Rooms.” Daisy Carrington, CNN, March 4, 2014.
- “10 Absolutely Ridiculous Perks at Fancy Hotels.” Business Insider, undated.
"The World's 10 Most Expensive Hotel Suites." Sarah Schmalbruch, Business Insider, July 19, 2018.
© 2017 Rupert Taylor