When many world travelers think of luxury, they think of top-tier elite status, rooms with spectacular views, and getting waited on with the finest meals. While these touches can make a vacation perfect, there is a level of luxury that stretches beyond what you see in the media and from travel blogs, to a secret world that in many cases, only money can buy?
If you dream of suites bigger than your home and only the finest service, you’ll want to save your pennies now. These are the ten most expensive hotel rooms money can buy.
1. The Muraka at The Conrad Maldives
Price: $50,000/night (4-night minimum)
The Maldives is considered the beach getaway of the rich and famous, offering crystal-clear water gently splashing against white sand. Although the over-water cabins and bungalows are spectacular in of itself, the real luxury can be found underwater.
The Muraka at The Conrad Maldives is the first fully underwater suite, and runs around $50,000 per night with a four-night minimum. The per-night cost is lower than some of the other hotels in this list, but the 4-night minimum, which brings your total to $200,000 before taxes, makes this the highest priced hotel stay in the world. The two-story tall features an overwater living space, with the bedroom located 16 feet below the Indian Ocean. Should you get bored of watching the fish swim over your head, you’ll also be able to access a private boat, bar, gym, infinity pool, and meals prepared by a private chef. As a member of Hilton Hotels, the price tag also comes with Hilton Honors Diamond status through the next year.
2. The Empathy Suite at The Palms, Las Vegas
Price: $100,000 per night
Arguably, the most expensive hotel room in the world can’t be found in Dubai or Macau, but instead Las Vegas. For $100,000 per night, The Empathy Suite at The Palms is a 8,500 square-foot exclusive penthouse featuring a “hanging pool,” six art pieces commissioned specifically for the room and a butler available 24-hours a day. Don’t bother renting a car with this suite, because you’ll get your own chauffeured car available on demand, and a $10,000 credit to use at the Palms Resort. If you consider strictly on a per night basis, this is the most expensive hotel room in the world.
If the super-suite is just a little out of your reach, the Palms has other decadent rooms available, including the Kingpin Suite with a working bowling alley, and the Hardwood Suite with a basketball court. The lower suites start at $15,000 to $20,000 per night.
3. The Royal Penthouse at Hotel President Wilson in Geneva, Switzerland
Price: $80,000 per night
For those who want the privacy and elite feel of a royal, look no further than the Royal Penthouse at Hotel President Wilson in Geneva, Switzerland. For $80,000 per night, you can stay in the same 18,000 square-foot residence as celebrities, government leaders, and even royalty (as the name suggests).
The experience starts when you go up a private elevator to the top-floor penthouse. The room features 12 bedrooms and personal bathrooms, views of both Lake Geneva and the Swiss Alps, and maximum security. In addition to the attention of a 24-hour personal assistant and private suite, this room features a private gym, a Steinway grand piano for entertaining, and a wrap around terrace. If you can’t find anything else to do, catch up on your Netflix list on a 103-inch TV, billed as the largest in the world.
4. The Mark Penthouse at The Mark Hotel, New York
Price: $75,000 per night
For $75,000 per night, The Mark Penthouse at the Mark Hotel, New York lets you experience Manhattan like never before. The 10,000 square-foot suite is one of the largest hotel rooms in North America, towering over Manhattan. Inside are five bedrooms, six bathrooms, two bars and a rooftop terrace. If you’re feeling hungry, Michelin-star chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten offers in-suite dining at all hours of the day and night.
Getting out and about around New York is easy. For 12 hours daily, you’ll get access to a chauffeured car with cars from McLaren, access to the hotel’s private sailboat, a butler who will gladly help you pack and unpack, as well as exclusive transfers from New York’s airports to the hotel by helicopter. For those looking for the top luxury in New York, this is it.
5. The Penthouse at Hotel Martinez, Cannes
Price: $60,000 per night
Known for its star-studded film festival every year, Cannes attracts both celebrities and film afficionados for the artistic value and relaxing atmosphere on the French Riviera. While there are plenty of hotels to choose from, the most luxurious room of all may be found at the top of Hotel Martinez.
The 3,200 square-foot Penthouse will run guests back around $60,000 per night, but gives them a European experience like no other. The walls are adorned with original paintings by Matisse and Picasso, and a 1,600 square-foot private terrace on the fourth floor. Butler service is available for room guests, with 24-hour room service available on demand. Even though this property is a Hyatt Hotel, don’t expect to book this with World of Hyatt points.
6. The Ty Warner Penthouse at Four Seasons Hotel New York
Price: $50,000 per night
The Ty Warner Penthouse (yes, named after the Beanie Baby founder and owner of the hotel) is arguably one of the most luxurious rooms in the world. Located at the top of the Four Seasons Hotel New York, this one-of-a-kind room offers a 360-degree view of the New York skyline in 4,300 square feet of luxury.
At a price between $45,000 and $50,000 per night, the giant penthouse offers views from four balconies 52 stories high, which make them the highest in the world. A fortress from the chaos of the city, guests can relax in the Zen Room, get a massage in the private spa, or wash the day off in the Chinese onyx-clad chromotherapy infinity soak tub. Workouts are provided from an on-call personal trainer, and anything else you could want can be found by the dedicated guest relations manager. And should you decide to go out, a chauffeured Rolls-Royce will take you wherever you want to go.
7. The Shahi Mahal Suite at the Raj Palace Hotel, Jaipur, India
Price: $45,000 per night
The luxurious Taj Mahal was built as a mausoleum by emperor Shah Jahan in honor of his favorite wife in his harem, Mumtaz Mahal. Although you can’t stay in the white-marble palace, you can stay in a penthouse built with all the luxury an emperor can ask for.
The $45,000-per-night Shahi Mahal Suite at the Raj Palace Hotel in Jaipur features a combination of 17th century Indian décor, combined with all the technological comforts of the 21st century. This top-end room at one of the “World’s leading heritage hotels” offers six bedrooms, as well as a private theater and library to relax in. If the suite feels a little overwhelming, the hotel also offers the Maharaja’s Pavilion: a four-story, 16,000 square-foot miniature palace reportedly used by royalty.
8. Villa Dubai at BULGARI Resort & Residences, Dubai
Price: $41,000 per night
Considered an oasis in the desert, Dubai is known for its incredible luxury and over-the-top wealth. Where else in the world can you take a hot-air balloon ride, try 23-carat gold ice cream, and go on a luxury safari tour without having to leave the city?
Those who want the ultimate luxury getaway skip the numerous hotels in the city and go straight for the Villa Dubai at the BULGARI Resort & Residences. For around $41,000 per night, the 3,280 square-foot residence offers three bedrooms, a private beach and pool, and a security guard to keep everyone out. If you get tired of fun under the sun, you can retreat to a home cinema or relax in the Turkish Bath. If you feel like sailing in, you’re also welcome to park your vessel at Bulgari’s exclusive yacht club.
9. The Penthouse at The Setai, Miami
Price: $41,000 per night
South Beach has been made famous from rappers espousing on its luxury, to a basketball player excitedly telling the world his talents would end up in Miami. Those seeking the finest in luxury stay at The Penthouse of The Setai, located 40-stories above the Florida beachfront.
This 10,000 square-foot penthouse will run guests around $41,000 per night, but comes with all the amenities one could ask for. In addition to the rooftop pool and Jaccuzi, foodies can cook all their meals in the kitchen outfitted by Sub Zero and Wolf. When it’s time to relax, the Bose Wave system can bring movies to life, or enjoy a virtual concert in the in-suite music room. If you need help, don’t worry: a butler is always on site to ensure guests in all four bedrooms are taken care of.
10. The Nobu Villa at Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas
Price: $35,000 per night
The crown jewel of a “hotel within a hotel,” the Nobu Villa is part of the Nobu Hotel at Caesar’s Palace. Before you ask: No, it was not the suite featured in The Hangover – but it might be even better.
The 10,300 square foot Nobu Villa offers an Asian-inspired retreat on the Las Vegas Strip. Guests can get lost in the villa’s exclusive Zen garden, private terrace overlooking Las Vegas, and multiple dining options. Barbecue your own meals with the private barbeque pit, or get your meals catered by a 24-hour butler service. Don’t worry about getting there: A limousine will be waiting to take you from the airport and back.
Wrapping Up: What's your favorite expensive hotel room?
While it can seem absurd to spend $50,000 per night on a hotel room, if you have the money for it, you'll truly have an experience like nothing else. The reason a lot of these hotel rooms are so expensive is that they're unique. You're buying an experience that you can't get anywhere else.
So now, back to you… What's your favorite hotel room? If you could choose, which room would you stay at?