Living a life of lavish luxury comes at a cost... a ludicrous cost, as it happens. The next time you feel like getting a taste of the high life, spring an evening at one of these fine establishments!
Here are 10 of the most expensive hotel rooms in the world.
The Mark Hotel, located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, gives guests the chance to live large in one of the world's most expensive cities. In fact, the hotel's five-bedroom terrace suite is the most expensive hotel 'room' on earth. But of course it's much more than just a room.
The penthouse offers expansive views of Central Park. On beautiful days, you might find yourself gazing across the city from the 2,500-square-foot rooftop terrace that overlooks the park. The entire suite is a massive 12,000 square feet -- and all for just $100,000 a night. Not in the mood to go out on the town? Allow the famous chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten to provide you with an in-suite meal, all-inclusive of course.
The living room ceiling is 26-feet high and doubles as a ballroom during soirees. No classy get-together is complete without two wet bars and a 24-person dining table. The intellectually inclined will appreciate the library lounge, and all five bedrooms feature beds draped in plush Italian bedding. (Each room has a private bathroom, naturally.)
The five-bedroom terrace suite is sure to make you and your party feel like royalty, although if you're staying here, you probably already are.
The second most expensive hotel in the world isn't in Las Vegas, Paris, London, or New York. Instead, it overlooks Geneva's Lac Leman in Switzerland. The Royal Penthouse Suite in the Hotel President Wilson rents for an eye-watering $80,000 per night. What do you and your entourage get for all that money? For one, a panoramic terrace complete with a retro, gold-plated telescope for stargazing. The unit sleeps up to 12 guests, and of course, everyone gets their own bedroom. Don't fret about fighting over the master bedroom either; the Royal Penthouse Suite is equipped with a second master, with its own jacuzzi and marble flooring.
The suite is a staggering 5,500 square feet and takes up the entire eighth floor. But wait, there's more! The sky-high price tag comes complete with an on-call chauffeur, a private chef, and access to a private fitness room. When you're all tuckered out from your private workout, take a load off in front of the world's biggest flat screen television from Bang and Oleufson. Did I forget to mention that all the windows are bulletproof? Hey, it pays to be protected while you live in decadence.
If you've got about $60,000 burning a hole in your pocket, you could splurge on a night in the Ty Warner Penthouse at New York City's Four Seasons Hotel. This 4,300 square foot palatial suite offers a 360-degree panorama of the city. And from 52 storeys up, that's surely a view to die for.
Your reservation comes with a chauffeured Rolls-Royce, your own Guest Relations Manager, an extensive library, four balconies, and a private spa. But, somewhat surprisingly, this suite only has one bedroom. However, if you're willing to forgo the en suite spa and get your nails filed in public like a peasant, the staff can convert it into a second bedroom upon request.
The penthouse suite at the historic art deco Grand Hyatt in Cannes offers its occupant(s) 1,000 square meters of personal space -- half of which is dedicated to the veranda. Since the penthouse is naturally located on the top floor, this means you'll have plenty of room to sprawl out and soak up the sun while enjoying the view out into the Mediterranean. Assuming you have $45,000 to pony up for the privilege, that is.
Penthouse also comes with a private terrace on the seventh floor where you can dine al fresco. But the suite itself only has one bedroom, so your entourage (which, of course, you have!) will have to find their own rooms or sleep under the stars.
Greece has a strategy to strengthen its sluggish economy. It's called "renting out one of the most expensive hotel rooms in the world." For a pinch above $40,000, you can spend an evening in the most lavish suite in all of Greece. The Royal Villa has hosted the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio and Mel Gibson. It has two bedrooms, but no, Leo and Mel didn't crash here together. Each bedroom is also fitted with spacious, marble-floored bathrooms.
For when you're in need of additional ambiance or bedtime music, a pianist is available to play upon request. The suite is fully fitted with a kitchen and outdoor barbecue grill for hosting entertaining guests and grilling to your heart's content. Concerned about the butler cramping your style? Don't worry, the butler has his own separate entrance and bathroom. The Royal Villa also comes equipped with a heated outdoor pool. Swimming outside in bad weather doesn't exactly scream luxury, though. That's why the unit has an indoor pool as well.
When you're done with your swim(s), squeeze in a quick workout at your private gym. Then settle into your ensuite massage room and let the on-call masseuse work out those pesky knots.
For the ultimate splurge in the sun, catch a flight down south to Las Ventana al Paraiso in Los Cabos. The 28,000 square foot space will run you $35,000 a night. (That's well over $1,000 per square foot!) Not a bad price to gaze out "the windows of paradise," which is what "Las Ventanas al Paraiso" means in Spanish. You can bathe in the sunlight while soaking in an unmatched vista of the Sea of Cortez.
No need to head down to the beach for a dip; the unit's private infinity pool is all yours to enjoy. The retractable roof over the pool means you can swim rain or shine, and you don't even need to leave the water to grab a drink at the swim-up bar.
Las Ventanas truly is an all-inclusive package. Upon arrival, your bags are whisked away, and you're guided to a quick 10-minute massage. Fill out your stay with private surf lessons, a personal photographer, and your own holy Shaman. You heard right: prepare to have a spiritual experience. At a price!
The Shangri-La Suite takes up nearly half of the top floor of the hotel of the same name in Istanbul. Its two bedrooms come with separate sitting and dining rooms, and separate balconies overlooking the Bosphorus Strait that connects the Mediterranean with the Black Sea. And it will only set you back a paltry $30,000 a night or so. That's a fair deal, right?
There are three terraces altogether, so you can see "all seven silhouettes of Istanbul" from this massive penthouse. But at these prices, they should probably go ahead and invent an eighth!
The Presidential Suite of Shanghai's Mandarin Oriental Hotel eats up most of the 25th floor. In American currency, it will likely set you back about $30,000 per night -- plus or minus a few grand worth of pocket change.
For that princely sum, you'll be treated to your own wine cellar, wine bar, meeting room, and a 540 square foot bathroom. But the real selling point are the two roof gardens attached to the suite, from which you and your guests can admire the lay of the city below from every conceivable angle. Inside, the appointments combine traditional Chinese decor with modern touches.
Porto Cervo is a tiny seaside village in northeast Sardinia, off Italy's west coast. Although it has a permanent population of less than 500 people, it is a popular retreat for the super rich with their super yachts. In 2013, one of its 'suburbs' was named the most expensive place to live in Europe, with home prices reaching €300,000... per square meter!
In that context, the penthouse at the Hotel Cala di Volpe may seem downright reasonable, as it will only set you back $30,000 per night or so.
The penthouse is a multi-level suite that includes a rooftop terrace with dining room and private swimming pool, a wine cellar, and a solarium. The design is bright, open, and typically Mediterranean -- accented with local artworks. Not a bad way to make yourself feel at home among the billionaire boat brigade of Porto Cervo!
The Penthouse Suite at the Beverly Wilshire on Rodeo Drive can be rented for a meagre $25,000 per night, a steal compared to the world's other top-tier suites. The 5,000-square foot Penthouse Suite sits atop the 14th floor and overlooks the city. No luxury high rise penthouse would be complete without a full wrap-around terrace. But the city isn't visible from every vantage point; a paltry 270-degree view will have to suffice. The master bedroom boasts a spacious walk-in closet, and an oversized tub and shower. The Beverly Wilshire is by far the most extravagant place to stay while shopping Rodeo Drive. That is, of course, if you want to party like a rockstar.
Whether you're on Rodeo Drive, at the beach, or in the heart of NYC, you're sure to feel like a king at the most expensive hotel accommodations in the world. You know... if you win the lottery. But it's ever so nice to dream, isn't it?