Guest Post by Josh Lew of Tripify
Searching for the ultimate hotel experience? In every major city, there are plenty of options for people who are seeking a five-star experience. If you are looking for the ultimate splurge, however, something a little bit out of the ordinary might be in order. The world’s most expensive hotels turn the pampering up and offer outrageous amenities that make for a great luxury experience. Casual travelers may think that such hotels are too much of a splurge and that the luxury is not worth the price, but no one would argue that the world’s most expensive hotels are filled with enough luxury to make any guest feel like royalty.
Whether you actually want to splurge on a night of extreme luxury or you just want to dream about it as an armchair traveler, these hotels, the world’s most expensive, are the ultimate hotel destinations.
The Martinez Hotel, Cannes
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This classic spot in the heart of the French Riviera draws celebrities and ultra-rich jet-setters from around the world. The terraced penthouse suite that sits atop this Cote d’Azur landmark costs no less than $30,000 per night. That’s right, for the price of a luxury car you can enjoy a huge suite with a jacuzzi, private butler, teak-wood floors, and silk curtains and bedding. How big is this suite: it can comfortable hold 100 people for an event, though surely anyone who wanted to splurge to stay here would want to spend a lot of their time on the balcony enjoying the panoramic views of the Cannes shoreline and the bay beyond. This really is one of the best views in the entire Riviera.
Hotel President Wilson, Geneva
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$30,000 might seem like a lot to spend for a night in a hotel, no matter how much comfort and luxury are included. But the Martinez is not even close to the top of the expensiveness index. That award would probably go to the President Wilson Hotel in the Swiss city of Geneva. The penthouse suite here costs an astonishing $60,000-plus per night. This penthouse takes up an entire floor of the hotel and features no less than twelve rooms, so it is actually a stretch to even call it a hotel suite…it’s more like a luxury villa. This suite is overkill for an individual traveler, no matter how much luxury they want. The President Wilson Hotel is used by political figures and celebrities who really value privacy. Windows and doors are bulletproof and there is a private game room, library and fitness center, so whoever is staying here never has to leave.
New York’s Four Seasons Hotel
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The Four Season‘s is a New York hotspot for luxury-seekers. Standard rooms have plenty of luxury and are within reach, financially, for travelers who want to splurge on a nice room during a weekend in the Big Apple. The largest suite in this Four Season’s franchise, however, is just north of $40,000 per night. The Ty Warner Penthouse Suite (named after the hotel’s owner, who is also the founder of the Beanie Baby empire) overlooks New York’s famous skyline. The views are reason enough to stay here (if you have 40 Thousand to spare), but there is also a indoor/outdoor Zen garden, a private butler, and a personal trainer. Limo service with a personal driver is also included in the price of the room.
Hugh Hefner Sky Villa at the Palms Las Vegas
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If you have $35,000 to spend, you can live like the famous founder of the Playboy empire. Rumor has it that Hefner himself had a hand in decorating and choosing the (erotic) artwork for this penthouse, which sits atop the Fantasy Tower section of the famed Palms Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. In addition to a multi-person bathtub and whirlpool, this huge space has an indoor swimming pool, a bar, poker table, and even an indoor waterfall. Playboy décor and original artwork are found through the penthouse.
Ritz Carlton Suite at the Ritz, Tokyo
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This suite is the only sub-$30,000 choice on this list. It comes in at just under 30 thousand. All the usual suspects are here, from marble counters and bathtubs to luxurious linens and a massive amount of space. Why did we include this hotel in our list? Because of the amazing views of Tokyo’s skyline that can be enjoyed from the huge picture windows that ring the suite. You can even see Mount Fuji on the horizon.
The prices for these hotel rooms are estimates based on quotes from other media outlets. Since it is impossible to log onto Travelocity to get the latest rates for these exclusive suites, the prices should be seen as estimates only.
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