Let’s be honest for a second here: if you have a ton of money, you’re not going to sit around at home with it (unless you’re swimming in it Scrooge McDuck-style, which is completely legit). You want to get out and live the life in style. To help you out, here are the top ten most expensive hotel rooms to stay in while vacationing.
10. Royal Suite, Burj Al Arab, Dubai ($19.6k/night)
A vision in opulence, this suite can be rented with a chauffeur driven Rolls Royce, BMW or helicopter transfers. Inside, you can relax in your lounge, read a book in your library before taking your PRIVATE ELEVATOR or marble and gold staircase upstairs. There, you can catch a movie in your private cinema before retiring to your master bedroom with a rotating four-poster canopy bed, or perhaps changing it up and going to the second bedroom. Call of nature? Both rooms come with adjoining marble bathrooms with a spa bath and walk-in shower. If you decide that after all that you’d like to smell a little better, there are full sized Hermes 24 – Faubourg fragrances and body products.
9. Imperial Suite, Park Hyatt, Vendôme, Paris ($20k/night)
While living it up in the City of Love, the Imperial Suite is the most luxurious room in town. A palace of a room sitting on the 2nd floor (a floor for nobles in Haussmanian buildings!), the suite is a whopping 250-sq. metres with an 85-sq. metre living room, dining area, kitchenette, and working area. Soaring ceilings add to the old-world elegance, but you don’t have to give up any modern amenities while here. Free use of an in-suite computer with a gigantic monitor, free high-speed internet, and satellite television can keep you amused and informed. If you need some relaxation, head on into the spa bathroom, complete with a whirlpool bath, and steam room shower, and a dedicated table for massages.
8. The Bridge Suite, The Atlantis, Bahamas ($22k/night)
Unfortunately for you impulse-vacationers, this suite has a five year waiting list, even at its price. Located in the bridge between the two towers of the resort, the Bridge Suite requires you to stay at least four nights in order to reserve it, and has been the room of choice for Oprah and the late Michael Jackson. This suite includes ten rooms, which span over 5,000 square feet of living space. Great for games of hide and seek, or Marco Polo. The suite also comes with its own butler and cook, and includes a baby grand piano for those nights when you invite your favourite pianist to jam with you. Plus…it’s in the Bahamas. Drinks with little umbrellas in them for all!
7. Presidential Suite, Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo ($25k/night)
A gorgeous suite with a breathtaking view of Tokyo, Mount Fuji and Roppongi Hills, this room offers the famed hospitality of the Ritz-Carlton and the technical prowess of Japan. Want to grab a limo? Call your dedicated club concierge. Want to watch some television? You can choose between the 40-inch flatscreen in the main lounge and the 20-inch flatscreen in the bathroom. Never again will you have to time your bathroom breaks to commercials! Speaking of bathrooms, this one comes equipped with a deep, oversized marble bathtub for soaking, or an individual rain-shower booth if you’d rather rinse. You also have access to your own indoor pool and fitness studio – so work up a sweat before you dive into your four-poster feather bed.
6. Villa La Capula Suite, Westin Excelsior, Rome ($31k/night)
This hotel, made famous by Fellini’s movies, gives both the fifth and sixth floors to this incredible suite. Covered in gold and scarlet, the suite covers 6,099 square feet and has another 1,808 square feet of balconies and terraces. While it only has two bedrooms, you can join an extra five bedrooms up to it. Live like a roman emperor with a cupola, a Pompeii-style Jacuzzi pool, stained glass windows, and frescoes that were designed to match the original ones. Downstairs features a private kitchen, and a dining room with an antique Murano glass chandelier a private wine cabinet with over 150 wines, and your own private cinema.
5. Presidential Suite, Hotel Cala di Volpe, Costa Smeralda, Sardinia ($34k/night)
Located on the same coast as the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me, this suite is located in the tower of the resort. Another multi-level suite, this baby stretches over 250 square metres with 2 living rooms, 3 bedrooms, and 3 bathrooms. You can use them as intended, or engage your friends in the greatest Mediterranean Nerf battle ever, the choice is yours. The architecture is gorgeous, letting the sun in through huge windows. The real luxury comes in the form of your very own private salt-water swimming pool on the rooftop terrace.
4. Ty Warner Penthouse, Four Seasons Hotel, New York ($35k/night)
Fourth place is the Ty Warner Penthouse, designed by I.M. Pei, Peter Marino and hotel owner Ty Warner. The suite can only be accessed through a private elevator, and dominates the entire 52nd floor of the hotel. Decorated with specially commissioned artwork and furniture, the suite is stunning to say the least, and boasts an incredible view of New York. A Grand Piano in the lobby, a waterfall in the Zen Room, and an infinity soak tub overlooking Central Park are yours to enjoy, as well as full spa treatments, a personal trainer, and a butler on-call 24/7. As an added bonus, you are always guaranteed a table at the hotel’s famous L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon Restaurant, which only costs $1,416 an hour.
3. Hugh Hefner Sky Villa, Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas ($40k/night)
Any straight man’s dream, the Sky Villa is where Kanye West chilled out at the MTV 2007 VMA awards. Featuring an outdoor cantilevered Playboy Jacuzzi pool with glass end wall and an absolutely mind-blowing view of The Strip, the villa includes a huge living room, full bar, media room, dining room, fully equipped gym and sauna. Need to chill out after a hard day of gambling? For the metrosexuals amongst us, a spa-style treatment room is yours as well. As if this all isn’t classy enough, you can enjoy the glass elevator, eight-foot round rotating bed for…sleeping, an extra-large show tub, pop-up (POP-UP) plasma televisions, a poker table, and outdoor terrace with Strip views, and sunbathing areas with a bar. You’ll only leave when they pry your fingertips from the doorframe.
2. Royal Villa at Grand Resort Lagonissi, Athens ($50k/night)
Technically a villa, the Royal Suite doesn’t skimp on style. The living room and dining area are decorated with designers’ furniture, satellite television, playstation, DVD set and CD player. The business center includes a laptop, fax machine, printer, and video phone. There is an indoor pool area with a gym, a heated pool with reverse mode system and hydro massage as well as a steam bath and separate massage room. Then again, who needs a pool when you have your very own private marina and a magnificent private beach! For that extra bit of pizzazz, there are butler’s quarters, barbeque facilities, and a fully equipped kitchen. Are you like Homer Simpson and require pork chops at all hours of the night? Never fear! Upon request, they can supply you with a private chef!
1. Royal Penthouse Suite, President Wilson Hotel, Geneva ($65k/night)
The most expensive suite in the President Wilson Hotel, the Royal Penthouse suite takes up an entire floor and comes with bulletproof windows and doors. With four bedrooms and six bathrooms, booking this suite can only be done through the chairman of the hotel. Take your private elevator up to your floor and enjoy the fully stocked cocktail lounge, which can hold up to forty guests. The suite of choice for celebrities and world leaders in town for United Nations business, it’s definitely worth every penny.