The Most Expensive And Luxurious Hotel Suites In The World

For the majority of us, staying at a hotel on a vacation break away from things can be a somewhat mundane affair. Every room looks the same, the same uncomfortable bed, the same drab wallpaper, the same miniature TV and the same tired and repetitive artwork. It's no surprise that after many happenings of the same lackluster instance that we would crave something that's a little...More.

For once we would like to be treated like a valued guest by staff, as opposed to a bothersome chore. For once we would like to experience the lavish and decadent opulence that so far has only been reserved for royalty and those in the upper echelons of society. All of this can now become a reality...For a price.

The Royal Suite, Burj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai. $20,000 - $28,000 per night.

Currently the second tallest building in the world to be used as just a hotel (the tallest being the Rose Tower, also in Dubai), the Burj Al Arab - the "Tower of Arabs" - cost a staggering $650 million to build.

The Royal Suite at the hotel is the highest level of luxury that the hotel will afford its esteemed guests, with its own private elevator up to the suite, as well as its own private theater for you to relax in, marble flooring, mahogany furniture, a four-poster bed that rotates (although why you'd want a bed that spins around, I have no idea. Also, come to think of it, why would you even want a private theater in your hotel room?) and the room is also resplendent with its own "majestic color scheme".

If on the off-chance you feel like actually venturing outside of the hotel (and having paid all of that cash, why would you? You have your own theater!), then you can add a little extra to the price and have your own chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce ferry you around, or even your own helicopter transfer. How decadent.

Burj Al Arab Hotel

The Ritz-Carlton Suite, the Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo. $23,000 per night.

It was previously thought that the Presidential Suite at the Ritz-Carlton was the budget-breaker, however at comparatively paltry 700,000 yen a night (just over $8,000), it pales when held against the Ritz-Carlton Suite's 2,000,000 yen per night price tag.

Opting for this particular suite opens up access to the finest services the hotel has to offer, namely the Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge, which is probably just as fancy as it sounds. The room itself has the obligatory four-poster bed, a wonderful view of the surrounding Tokyo landscape, an oversized marble bathroom (what does this mean, exactly? That the bathroom is too big to use?) with 20-inch flat screen TV, whereas elsewhere in the suite there is a 40-inch flat screen TV.

As always, in the Ritz-Carlton Suite in the Ritz-Carlton hotel you can certainly expect Ritz-Carlton levels of grandeur, which are probably over 9000.

Ritz Carlton

The Bridge Suite, the Atlantis Hotel, Paradise Island, Bahamas. $25,000 per night.

As you can most likely see in the picture, what your $25K gets you here is the bridge bit that spans the two towers of the hotel, as well as the unique opportunity to block anyone wishing to gain access between the towers (probably).

The suite itself has 10 rooms, filled with such basic hotel necessities as a grand piano, a 10-seater dining table, 22-karat gold chandelier and a kitchen. Worthy of mention is that the kitchen comes fully-stocked with the most rudimentary of supplies, which include 7 staff members consisting of butlers, cooks and maids.

The bedroom of course has a four-poster bed and matching ensuite marble bathrooms, flat screen TVs, a rollercoaster (no, not really) and all of the furnishings to ensure that you never once step foot in the actual Atlantis resort outside of your room.

Bridge Suite

Villa La Cupola Suite, Westin Excelsior, Rome. $25,000 - $31,000 per night.

Proudly boasting to be the largest suite in Europe (which, at 11,700 square feet is most likely is), the Villa La Cupola in Rome is a fine statement of decadence.

The suite itself is in the cupola of the hotel, which reaches a height of 40 feet and is covered with delicious frescoes. With six bedrooms, the Villa La Cupola is in no shortage rooms in which to relax, what with choices ranging from the 10-person dining room, sauna, steam bath, Jacuzzi and fitness room. If you get bored of eating and exercise, then you can always take time off from taking time off and head to the 8-seater private theater that they have stashed in there. The interior has to be seen to be believed such is its grandiosity, much like the price of a night there.

Villa La Cupola

The Presidential Suite, Hotel Cala di Volpe, Costa Smeralda, Italy. $34,000 per night.

Italy has long been a sought-after destination for those seeking idyllic luxury, with its Mediterranean charm and rich history. The Presidential Suite at the Cala di Volpe is certainly no exception to the rule that the Italian luxury industry is a master of its craft.

The suite itself has a rather lavish two living room, three bedroom, three bedroom setup, with a rooftop terrace complete with luxurious swimming pool. The amenities provided for the occupant of the suite include a (and if you just insert the word "private" in front of everything, you get the general picture) wine cellar, steam room, fitness area, Jacuzzi, video library, and a fax machine (yes readers, you too can have what you've always dreamed of in Italy: a Private Fax Machine).

Further adding to the already rather affluent atmosphere, you get two LCD TVs (a 38-inch and a 42-inch), a Bang & Olufsen surround sound system, outstanding artwork and scenery, as well as a solarium to soak up all of that opulent Italian sun.

Cala di Volpe

Ty Warner Penthouse, Four Seasons Hotel, New York. $35,000 per night.

Time to step it up a notch, as the Ty Warner Penthouse rests on an entirely new level of wanton magnificence. As you can see in the pictures, the Ty Warner is the very...well...picture of splendor and over expenditure in pretty much every area that wealth could be poured.

Set at the top of Manhattan's tallest hotel like the prized gemstone in a regal crown (which I suppose it is, in a manner of speaking), the suite is named after the eponymous owner of the hotel, with whom both a designer and architect collaborated to produce this, one of the most finest of hotel suites.

The suite description almost defies belief, with such illustrious examples as the fact that there are fabrics woven with platinum and gold, surfaces of semi-precious stones, a TV with every channel worldwide, a 360-degree view of the surrounding area with ceiling-to-floor windows, a butler, a personal therapist, a personal trainer, a chauffeur for unlimited travel, maybe a cuddly toy and possibly not a mountain of Ferrero Rocher.

The list of luxuries goes on, striking up a veritable cadence of decadence, with each of the nine rooms of the suite vying to outdo the last in terms of outrageousness and that's before you even get into detail about the private spa with living bamboo, the Zen garden or grand piano that sits idly as a centerpiece in one room, as if it were expected to do something other than look expensive.

Ty Warner

The Penthouse Suite, Hotel Martinez, Cannes, France. $37,000 per night.

As if the name didn't sound expensive enough, then the price tag rams home the point: The Penthouse Suite is not cheap. Cannes in France is a haven for the rich and well-to-do, especially in terms of celebrities. Celebrities swarm all over Cannes at the time of the international film festival held there like Musca domestica on waste by-products, so it's certainly an ideal location to rub shoulders with the rich and famous.

The suite at the Martinez is around 2000 square feet, making it as large in size as it is in price, i.e. Very. You'll find that there are four bedrooms, complete with marble-based bathrooms, a sauna, "multiple dining rooms" (which seems a bit unnecessary), as well as the by-now-expected flat screen TVs. On the terrace you'll be able to relax in the spa there that takes in a magnificent view of the Mediterranean.

Hotel Martinez

Hugh Hefner Sky Villa, Palms Resort, Las Vegas. $40,000 per night.

Named after the aging lothario himself, the Hugh Hefner Sky Villa comes in a pleasant Playboy theme, with the famous bunny logo most likely adorning everything that it can possibly adorn in this luxury suite.

The suite is a prime example of everything you expect a suite of this price to be, outlandish, expensive and slathered in layers of sumptuous grandeur. The Villa is a two-storey monstrosity with 10,000 square feet of room to frolic in and frolic you will.

The Playboy-themed Jacuzzi alone cost an overwhelming $700,000 (imagine that, a thing you bathe in costing as much as a thing you live in) which cantilevers out over and above the famous Las Vegas Strip, giving you a fantastic view of pretty much anything worth seeing in Las Vegas.

Besides the Jacuzzi (and honestly, why would you care?) there's also a glass elevator, another one of those crazy rotating beds, huge flat screen TVs, a poker table (this is a casino resort, after all) and even a bar. With all of this and more, the Hugh Hefner Sky Villa is certainly the ultimate level of Las Vegas flair.

Hugh Hefner Sky Villa

The Royal Penthouse Suite, President Wilson Hotel, Switzerland. $40,000 - $65,000 per night.

The statistics on this one vary, with sources indicating prices anywhere in the realm of those mentioned above, which might have something to do with the $40 million renovation the hotel underwent, but we'll just rest assured in the fact that this is another Royal, another Penthouse and another very expensive suite.

Situated close to the United Nations building, the President Wilson plays host to all manner of extremely important VIP guests, all requiring a top level of security as well as optimum comfort and relaxation, which are definitely things well-provided for at this fine establishment.

For security, there are the steel-reinforced walls and doors, private elevators, appropriately-placed surveillance cameras, panic buttons and bullet-proof windows. So far, so paranoia. On the other side - the more flamboyant side - you have the size of the place, an expansive 18,000 square feet, which - as a penthouse - takes up the whole top floor of the hotel. There's also a private cocktail bar, a Jacuzzi, fitness center, conference room, an astounding view of the surrounding landscape.

Oddly enough, there are also amusing period pieces scattered around the suite, including a 1930s billiard table. Each of the five bathrooms has a marble mosaic floor, the master bedroom has its own dressing room and study, there's also a library if you feel like sitting down to read for a while. The dining room - with mahogany table - can seat 26 people, while the living room can allow for up to 40 people to bask in its luxuriant interior.

The Royal Penthouse Suite at the President Wilson is certainly the last word in both security and hotel suite splendor.

President Wilson Hotel

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