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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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Located on the Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon's 10th floor, the 2,655-square-foot Presidential Suite has marble floors and views for days. The corner suite has five private terraces and overlooks St. George's Castle, the river Tagus, and Lisbon's gorgeous 18th-century Basílica da Estrela; it's the perfect place to take in Portugal's most famous city. The suite's inside is designed in elegant, classic Louis XVI style, with wall coverings, green furnishings, and colorful marble accents throughout.
Designed in the mid-1800s Haussmann style, the Mandarin Oriental's Parisian Terrace Suite is like a giant, chic Parisian apartment. The sixth-floor suite is sprawling and is accented with elegant touches like blonde parquet flooring, 1900s moldings, and lots of silk. The Parisian Apartment combines the Garden Terrace Suite and the Parisian Terrace Suite, each named for the rooms' 2,475-square-foot terrace, sitting high above the city like a guest's private Parisian garden. The Mandarin Oriental does not disclose the price for the combined suite, which stretches to 4,628 square feet.
Located on Costa Smeralda, an idyllic destination along the northeast coast of Italy (on the island of Sardinia), the Hotel Cala di Volpe's Penthouse Suite is one of the fanciest ways to take it all in. Occupying the hotel's entire fourth floor, the 2,690-square-foot suite has three master bedrooms, a jacuzzi, and a private wine cellar. It also has an additional 2,690 square feet of terrace with a pool, a gazebo, and a jaw-dropping views of the bay.
The 5,920-square-foot Villa Rose-Pierre sits along the French Riviera right beside the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, a favorite hotel of celebrities since the days of Charlie Chaplin. The four-bedroom villa is tucked into a pine grove among flower gardens with views of the Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat peninsula. It has a private pool and tennis court to go along with its luxurious grounds and views. Villa guests are taken care of by a butler, as if the stay in the French Riviera's Côte d'Azur was not luxurious enough.
The Langham, London's giant Sterling Suite is 1,476 square feet of delicate lavishness. The suite is centered around a drawing room with a dual-tone piano, a fireplace, and a butler's bar (the Sterling Suite is serviced by 24-hour butler service). In total, the suite has six bedrooms as well as a salon, a dining room, and a home theater. Every piece of furniture, art, hand-blown light fixture, and antique mirror was selected by the expert designers.
Parked beside the rest of the Rosewood London, the Manor House Wing has its own private Holborn Street entrance, a private elevator, and its very own postal code in England's capital city. The nearly 2,000-square-foot suite is a single-story sprawling space with seven bedrooms, a lounge, a library, a dining room, a kitchen, and a powder room. The Manor House is all upscale elegance and it offers a sense of class and privacy right in London's West End.
Designed like the luxury apartment of a world-traveler, the St. Regis New York's Presidential Suite overflows with eclectic furniture, art, and artifacts throughout. The 3,350-square-foot, three-bedroom suite features a foyer, a dining room, a wood-paneled library, and a lavish dressing room. The suite also has floor-to-ceiling windows and large balconies with views of Central Park.
To call the Ty Warner Mansion a hotel room is a bit of a misnomer—the 28,000-square-foot behemoth is a gigantic beach house parked at Rosewood's Las Ventanas al Paraiso resort in San José del Cabo, Mexico. The Ty Warner Mansion has a private courtyard with a life-size chess set, a theater, a putting green, a tequila library, a rooftop terrace, and three swimming pools, including an infinity pool that overlooks the Sea of Cortez. On top of all that, the mansion has a 24-hour staff, and guests will be tended to by both a butler and a personal assistant.
Set right at the southwest edge of Central Park, the Mandarin Oriental, New York is a perfect launching spot for a Manhattan weekend. On the hotel's 50th floor is the Suite 5000, a 3,300-square-foot, three-bedroom lap of luxury in the sky. The Suite 5000 features an in-suite art exhibition with work from up-and-coming and well-known artists. But the most striking sight of all are the views of Central Park, the Hudson River, and Manhattan at night from the suite's many windows.
The St. Regis Abu Dhabi Suite is an ultra-lux palace 656-feet above the ground. Taking up the 48th and 49th floor, the 3,609-square-foot, three-bedroom suite has a lounge bar, a dining room, a gym, a spa, a library, and a screening room for five. Every detail in the suite is opulent, with ebony, mahogany, crystal, and, of course, gold leaf; the bathtub sits below a chandelier. The over-the-top luxury doesn't end when guests step outside the St. Regis—the St. Regis Abu Dhabi Suite comes with complimentary Bentley transfers around town.
Designed by fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, Les Grands Appartements is an extravagant, over-the-top suite set within a Parisian palace. Every detail in the 3,606-square-foot space is completely Lagerfeld; he picked each sculpture, lit the rooms with chandeliers from his collection and even selected the specific block of marble that was formed into the bathtub. The fourth-floor suite has views of the most famous Parisian landmarks and overflows with elegant touches, like secret doors and custom-designed furniture.
This 4,779-square-foot penthouse looks like the ritziest of London apartments. With private terraces overlooking London's Hyde Park, the three-bedroom penthouse offers two kitchens, two large salons, and two powder rooms. The Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park's crown-jewel is exquisitely decorated, even down to the books in the library.
The Plaza Hotel—the fictional haunt of Eloise, Arthur, and Macaulay Culkin in “Home Alone 2”—is a luxurious Midtown Manhattan landmark. The Royal Suite is 4,500 square feet of elegance, outfitted with a powder room, a grand piano, a library, and a view of Fifth Avenue. The suite has three bedrooms, a dining room for 12 and, of course, white-glove butler service.
Hotel owner Ty Warner convinced architect I.M. Pei to come out of retirement to help design this 52nd-floor masterpiece of a penthouse. Costing $50 million to build and coming in at 4,300 square feet, the Ty Warner Penthouse never misses a chance to add luxury to every detail. The living room has a mother-of-pearl inlay, the library has a diamond-shaped skylight, and the canopy above the bed is made of silk with gold threads. The suite has four glass balconies, each with jaw-dropping views of New York: from the spa, you can see Central Park, while the Breakfast Room has views of the East River, the Zen Room has views to the northeast, while the Powder Room has views to the southwest.
On the seventh floor of this luxurious Art Deco hotel in Cannes, the 17,975-square-foot Penthouse Suite at the Hôtel Martinez offers peak French Riviera luxury. The sprawling space holds four bedrooms, two lounges, two dining rooms, two saunas, and four bathrooms with Turkish baths, all in a “Roaring 20s” style outfitted with the latest technology. But more important than what's inside is the Penthouse Suite's outdoor space, which includes almost 4,000 square feet of terraces with views of the Esterel mountain range and the Lérins Islands.