25 of the world's most expensive hotel rooms
What would you do with $50,000? Would you put a down-payment on a house? Pay off your student loans? Or would you buy a BMW M2? Some may be tempted by the thought of booking a single night in one of the fanciest hotel suites on Earth. For those who can afford it, luxury accommodations are just another perk of being rich. Think rooms with fireplaces, views of the Alps, wraparound terraces, Bentleys complete with chauffeurs, and white-glove butler service. This isn't just the lap of luxury; for tens of thousands of dollars per night, you get the legs, feet and even the chair that luxury's sitting on, too.
The most expensive hotel rooms in the world are jaw-dropping in both their beauty and their opulence. Many are decorated with hand-selected fine art; some have private pools. Almost every room has a unique and memorable view. These sprawling rooms are parked atop lavish hotel towers (or, in some cases, set in hidden gardens a few steps down from other guests). They are penthouses, manors, and villas both regal and presidential. They're each hotel's crown jewel, so it's essential that they sparkle; they're the show-pieces of the hospitality world. Hotel owners bring in famous designers to dream them up, and they cost millions to build.
The search for sumptuous suites meant speaking with hoteliers from New York and Los Angeles to Abu Dhabi and Sardinia. Of course, London and Paris overflow with luxury lodging; more surprisingly, Lisbon, Portugal, and Orlando, Florida had suites that made the list. For movie stars, there are plenty of bank-breaking options in Beverly Hills or along the French Riviera for the Cannes Film Festival. Most hoteliers were happy to share details about their fanciest rooms, but some preferred to keep the details private. Part of the draw of an opulent vacation abode is privacy; for some hoteliers, discretion was key (at least when it came to sharing the price per night).
Here are 25 truly lavish, luxurious, and expensive hotel rooms from around the world. These are places where a weekend getaway will set you back the equivalent of a tiny house, or where a week-long jaunt with the family cost the same as putting someone through medical school. These are 25 of the swankiest, most expensive suites on the face of the earth.
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Four Seasons Hotel Megève; The Suite Noémie: $8,232/night
The tiny southeastern French town of Megève has become famous as an Alps ski resort because of its proximity to the towering, legendary Mont Blanc. The Four Seasons Hotel Megève's Suite Noémie is an elegant, luxurious way to take in the 3,000-person mountain town. The 1,507-square-foot three-bedroom suite has a fireplace and the look of a gorgeous upscale cabin. It also has a large balcony with a striking view of the snow-covered valley.
The Langham, Chicago; The Infinity Suite: $9,000/night
The Midwest is known for its understated practicality and Chicago, the region's largest city, fits that stereotype to a tee. But even the Second City needs some opulence, and the Langham, Chicago's Infinity Suite, delivers extravagant luxury in spades. The two-bedroom suite has a formal dining room, a living room with a fireplace, a grand piano, and, best of all, floor-to-ceiling windows with incredible views of the Chicago River.
Viceroy L'Ermitage Beverly Hills; Presidential Suite: $15,000/night
Tucked into a quiet tree-lined street in Beverly Hills, a short walk from the crowds on Rodeo Drive, the Viceroy L'Ermitage Beverly Hills offers a beautiful blend of privacy, luxury, and convenient location. The boutique hotel's 4,400-square-foot Presidential Suite has three bedrooms, a dining room for 10, a grand piano, a screening room, and striking artwork in every room. Throughout the expansive suite, there are five balconies with French doors, each offering different views of Beverly Hills—they're perfect places to star-gaze, day or night.
Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C.; Presidential Suite: $15,000/night
It's only fitting that the nicest room at the Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C. is called the Presidential Suite. The 3,520-square-foot room has two bedrooms, a dining room for eight, an office, and a den. It also has a circular living room with views of the Tidal Basin and is steps away from the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort; Royal Suite: $15,000/night
The Royal Suite at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort can change the most magical place on earth to one of the fanciest in the world. With 3,300 square feet of space, the residence has a media room, a fitness area, and a great room with towering vaulted ceilings. A special feature of the extravagant suite is a 1,000-square-foot wraparound terrace with nightly views of Walt Disney World's famous fireworks shows from 16 floors above the park.
Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel; The Penthouse: $15,000/night
The famed Beverly Wilshire was finished in 1928 and has been home to Hollywood stars and starlets and a setting in countless films. The Penthouse, perched on the 14th floor of the Beverly Wing, is 5,000 square feet of movie-star decadence. With three king bedrooms with marble bathrooms, a dining room, a kitchen, and a media room to screen films, the Penthouse is a passport to Hollywood and Beverly Hills that sits right on top of Rodeo Drive. On top of it all, the suite has a wraparound terrace with 270-degree views of Los Angeles.
The Langham, New York, Fifth Avenue; The Presidential Suite: $15,000/night
The Langham, New York, Fifth Avenue sits between Bryant Park and the Empire State Building in the heart of Manhattan, a city famous for impossibly expensive, impossibly small apartments. The giant 1,900-square-foot, two-bedroom Presidential Suite sits on the hotel's top floor and is luxurious as can be with two king-sized bedrooms with rain showers and soaking tubs, a living room, a dining room, and, of course, incredible sky-high views. As a bonus, the Presidential Suite offers exclusive in-suite service from the Langham's Ai Fiori restaurant, which has a Michelin star.
Four Seasons Hotel Firenze; Royal Suite della Gherardesca: $17,360/night
Florence is famous for its palazzos, and the Four Seasons Hotel Firenze offers guests a chance to stay in a palazzo of their own. Until a 2008 restoration and renovation, the Four Seasons Hotel Firenze was the Palazzo Della Gherardesca, a home for Florentine nobles for five centuries. The Royal Suite della Gherardesca appears just as grand and decadent as the buildings originally use implies. The 2,518-square-foot residence has vaulted ceilings adorned with frescoes, ceramic floors, marble bathrooms, and a view of the Giardino Della Gherardesca.
Fairmont San Francisco, The Penthouse: $18,000/night
Perched atop San Francisco's Nob Hill, the Fairmont San Francisco is all elegance with a view of downtown and the San Francisco Bay to match. The Penthouse fills the entirety of the hotel's eighth floor—it's 6,000 square feet are filled with three bedrooms, a library, a billiards room, and a living room with a fireplace. The Penthouse has a historic outdoor terrace to take in all the beauty that San Francisco has to offer—the best way to see the City by the Bay is on a terrace atop a hotel atop one of San Francisco's seven historic hills.
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai; Makaloa Villa: $18,000/night
A one-story bungalow nestled right beside the Pacific Ocean, the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai's Makaloa Villa is a luxurious way to take in paradise. The resort sits on the northwest part of the Big Island, and the three-bedroom, 3,885-square-foot villa has window walls in its living room, dining room, and office to take in the breathtaking sights such as tropical gardens, the Waiakauhi Pond and, of course, the Hawaiian sunset over the ocean. The Makaloa Villa has its own hot tub, private pool, outdoor lava-rock showers, and a hammock; each guest also gets a lei upon arrival at the resort recently voted the Best Hotel in America by U.S. News & World Report.