As the age of the oligarch becomes more and more entrenched, so the price of hotel rooms soar. For the price of a down payment on a home, you can spend a night in a hotel suite. Read on for 10 of the most bling, beautiful and downright expensive hotel rooms in the world (in price order).
1. Royal Penthouse Suite, President Wilson Hotel, Geneva
Price: 82,000 USD
The Royal Penthouse Suite, President Wilson Hotel in Geneva is the most expensive hotel room on our list (and quite possibly, the world). For more than USD 82,000 per night, you can lounge on a 1,700 square-metre terrace with views of the mountain-lined Lake Geneva, play a Steinway grand piano, wash in your pick of 12 marble bathrooms and sleep soundly behind bulletproof glass.
2. Owner’s Villa, Cheval Blanc Randheli, Maldives
Price: Price upon request
A sign of true oligarchy comes in three words: ‘price upon request’. Such is the pricetag at LVMH’s Maldivian hotel, Cheval Blanc Randheli. The Jean Michel Gathy-designed, four-bedroom Owner’s Villa is on its own private island and has a 25-metre swimming pool, dedicated chefs, an outdoor shower… and Guerlain products.
3. Ty Warner Penthouse, Four Seasons, New York
Price: 56,876 USD
The Ty Warner Penthouse is the highest hotel suite in New York city. Designed by I.M Pei and Peter Marino, it is a lesson in elegance: artesan materials are used throughout the rooms, including hand-applied straw, stamped Venetian velvet, Chinese onyx and Japanese silk. The glass-balconies (there are four) and floor-to-ceiling windows mean uninterrupted, 360-degree views.
4. Hilltop Villa, Laucala Island, Fiji
Price: 52,457 USD
Described as a ‘resort within a resort’, the Hilltop Villa perches atop Laucala’s high green hills. It’s got panoramic views from its lap pool, unusual design and verdant, landscaped gardens. There’s access to a nanny, private cook and chauffeur, as well as the opportunity to explore the plantations and beaches on the estate’s Fijian horses.
5. The Palace, Jumeirah Bodrum Palace, Bodrum
Price: 44,407 USD
There are more bathrooms than bedrooms in Jumeirah Bodrum Palace’s most bling-tastic offering: The Palace. Expect gold lion statues in the pool, a private pier and its own hammam.
6. Shahi Mahal Suite, Raj Palace, Jaipur
Price: 44,000 USD
Expect nothing less than a suite fit for a Maharaja at the Raj Palace, which was an actual palace built in the 1700s. The four-floor Shahi Mahal Suite, which is accessed through a private entrance through the Charbagh gardens, is decorated in gold-leaf and ivory. It also has a theatre, library and roof terrace with whirlpool tub.
7. Penthouse Suite, Grand Hyatt Cannes Hôtel Martinez, Cannes
Price: 42,174 USD
The Grand Hyatt Cannes Hôtel Martinez has had a rich and long history, with many-a-star staying under its blue-tinged sign during film festivals past – and we bet the Penthouse Suite has seen a thing or two. The suite, which is one of the largest in Europe, overlooks the Boulevard de la Croisette, the Bay of Cannes, and the hotel’s private beach (the largest in Cannes).
8. Amanyara Villa at Amanyara in the Turks & Caicos
Price: 34,665 USD
The Amanyara Villa in Turks & Caicos combine indoor and outdoor living: think a black infinity pool, day beds and outdoor showers and baths. Rooms are serviced by cooks, housekeepers, and come with golf buggies, so getting around the 18,000 acre nature reserve, in which the Amanyara resort is based, shouldn’t be a problem. The rate does not include local tax and service charge.
9. Presidential Suite, St Regis, New York
Price: 34,664 USD
Modelled on a Fifth Avenue apartment, with an imagined globetrotting owner, the St Regis’ Presidential Suite has floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook Fifth Avenue. As well as the usual offerings – deep tubs, mirror TVs, butler service – the suite also allows guests access to the hotel’s Day & Night Bentley Fleet.
10. Two Storey Sky Villa, Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas
Price: 34,651 USD
Nowhere will you find a cantilevered, glass-enclosed swimming pool except in Las Vegas. It even overlooks The Strip. The Palms Casino Resort’s Two Storey Sky Villa also has a dry sauna, 24-hour butler service and a glass lift. Fan of basketball? Check into the hotel’s Hardwood Suite which has a full court.