Business or pleasure, whatever your reason for staying over at one of these beyond-fancy hotels, the one thing you can be absolutely certain about is that the experience will leave a very significant impact on your mind (not to mention your pocket!).
So which hotels currently figure on the list of the world’s most expensive hotels? And what price would you be willing to pay to experience what they have on offer?
1. The Royal Penthouse Suite, Hotel President Wilson, Geneva
Price for a one-night stay: $65,000
12 rooms and 12 bathrooms across over 18,000 square feet of extreme luxury, the world’s most expensive hotel room, the Royal Penthouse Suite of the President Wilson Hotel, covers the entire top floor of the hotel.
Overlooking the beautiful Lake Geneva, the Royal Penthouse Suite ensures maximum privacy, with your very own billiards room and fitness table, while bullet-proof glass and CCTV afford very high security levels. And if you’re travelling with stuff that needs to be locked away – which is likely if you can afford a stay at this hotel – the Royal Penthouse Suite offers a personal safe for you to keep your valuables secure.
Among other features, the sparkling marble bathrooms come installed with personal hot tubs, while the suite has its own cocktail lounge and private terrace overlooking Lake Geneva.
2. The Royal Villa, Grand Resort Lagonissi, Athens
Price for a one-night stay: $45,000
Another European getaway, the Royal Villa at this very decedent Greek resort offers everything that an uber-luxurious beach-side resort possibly could.
As opposed to the Royal Penthouse Suite, which offers a luxury experience from an eight-floor height, the Royal Villa, with an occupancy of 5 people, presents itself more as a charming, luxurious private home, equipped with two master bedrooms with king-sized beds and huge marble-lined bathrooms and a spacious living room with a fireplace, not to mention the butler’s quarters which includes a room and another marble-lined bathroom.
You have the luxury of relaxing in your own 47 sq. m. indoor heated pool and steam bath, working out in privacy in your fully-equipped gym, or taking this feeling of being pampered to the core outdoors, to your large private wooden terrace which also has an outdoor heated pool, 62 sq. m. in size, with hydro massage and counter current device.
Other features offered by this 410 sq. m. villa include a separate bar area with fully equipped kitchenette and grill as well as BBQ facilities by the outdoor heated pool, a private massage area with a massage-table, separate glass enclosed shower / steam baths in each marble bathroom, in-room safe box, plasma screen television, Video-on-demand, fireplace in bedroom, wooden walk-in closet, remote controlled mattresses & curtains, heated floors and private parking area.
3. Hugh Hefner Sky Villa, Palms Casino & Resort, Las Vegas
Price for a one-night stay: $40,000
Popularly known as the Playboy Mansion, this suite presents itself as 9000 sq ft of utter over-indulgence spread over two stories (if you’ve got the money to stay here, well, why not over-indulge?).
With the cantilevered Playboy Jacuzzi overlooking the world-famous Strip below, this suite also features a rotating bed set beneath a mirrored ceiling, a glass elevator, massage and spa rooms, around-the-clock butler service, work-out room and poker table, fireplace, three bedrooms, and pop-up plasma TVs.
As a special note, this villa has apparetly been designed to host upto 250 people!
4. Ty Warner Penthouse at the Four Seasons, New York City
Price for a one-night stay: $35,000
Offering a hugely awe-inspiring 360-degree view of Manhattan, this nine-room luxury suite gives the impression of living in a space closely interwoven with numerous layers of art.
Located at the top of Manhattan’s tallest hotel, this suite has been customized at every level of detail, from semi-precious stone surfaces to fabrics woven with platinum and gold. Heightening the sense of being “on top of the world”, the suite boasts 25-feet high cathedral ceilings, with cantilevered glass balconies and floor-to-ceiling bay windows underneath.
Among other amenities, the Ty Warner Penthouse offers the services of both a personal butler and a personal trainer/therapist, a private chauffeur for unlimited travel during your stay in your choice of a Rolls Royce Phantom or a Mercedes Maybach, unlimited global telephone calling and TVs programmed for every channel worldwide.
5. Royal Plaza Suite at the Plaza Hotel, New York City
Price for a one-night stay: $30,000
The Royal Plaza Suite in the 20-storey Plaza Hotel, inspired by Louis XV’s royal court, spreads across over 4000 sq ft, and overlooks some of Manhattan’s best views; the Fifth Avenue, the legendary Pulitzer Fountain and Central Park South.
Unique oval and round vestibules connecting the suite’s formal entertainment areas, give a distinct impression of classic grandeur. With exquisite furnishings, and a décor that includes original art pieces from Christie’s, the Royal Plaza Suite, with three bedrooms and three bathrooms, boasts a dining room that can seat 12 people alongwith a very well-equipped kitchen for those who prefer the cuisines dished up by their personal chefs.
An in-suite gymnasium with state-of-the-art fitness equipment offers guests living here additional privacy, while – as a measure of just exactly how luxurious this suite is – all the bathrooms boast 24-carat gold faucets.
So, got some extra cash you're itching to blow away on well-deserved luxury? Now you know where to go!