Ultimate opulence: inside the most expensive hotels in the world

The rooms to book for the most sumptuous of overnight stays

Exquisite design, first-class service and fantastic facilities (private cinema, anyone?) come as standard at these, the most expensive hotels in the world…

1. The Empathy Suite, Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas

Price per night: From $100,000 (£77,480)

It’s perhaps no surprise to find the world’s most expensive hotel located in the city that’s synonymous with splashing the cash.

The Empathy Suite at the Palms Casino Resort is a 9,000 square foot sky villa designed by Damien Hirst. It’s as extravagant as you’d expect, with design highlights including a butterfly-motif mosaic tiled cantilevered pool overlooking the Las Vegas Strip.

The Empathy Suite at the Palms Casino Resort features a pool with a view

The suite also features a 13-seat curved bar, cinema, jacuzzi, and a healing salt room. What’s more, guests can take advantage of a 24-hour butler service, private chauffeurs and A-list access to KAOS Nightclub and the Pearl Concert Theatre.

To help take care of any other whim not covered, the room also comes with $10,000 credit to spend.

2. Ty Warner Penthouse, Four Seasons, New York

Price per night: From $50,000 (£38,740)

Located on Billionaires’ Row between Park Avenue and Madison Avenue, the Penthouse at Four Seasons New York is located on the 52nd floor, offering stunning views of Central Park (just two blocks away) from the suite’s four glass balconies – the highest in the world.

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The Penthouse Library at the Four Seasons New York

Spread over 4,300 square feet, the suite also boasts a library, 26-foot cathedral ceiling and a diamond-shaped skylight. There’s also a private spa, a Chinese onyx-clad chromotherapy infinity tub in the bathroom, and a Zen Room featuring a cascading waterfall.

Back down at lobby level, guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch or brunch at The Garden, where sunlight filters in through the oversize windows and African acacia trees reach toward the ceiling. Alternatively, head to Ty Bar, serving up exclusive barrel-aged bourbon.

3. Penthouse Suite, Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez, Cannes

Price per night: From €45,000 (£38,537)

Standing on Boulevard de la Croisette, one of Cannes most famous streets, the 409-room Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez is one of the most recognisable hotels along the French Riviera, and this year celebrated its 90th anniversary.

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The view from the private roof terrace of the Penthouse Suite at Hotel Martinez

Stay in the prestigious Penthouse Suite, one of the largest suites in Europe at over 10,000 square feet, with a private terrace overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

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4. Grands Appartments, Hotel de Crillon, Paris

Price per night: €37,000 (£31,686)

Designed by the late Karl Lagerfeld, the Grands Appartments at Hotel de Crillon offers a slice of Parisian chic, with exquisitely preserved 18th-century architecture, beautiful panoramic views over its whimsical courtyards, and a sophisticated vibe.

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As you’d expect from the notoriously punctilious designer, every detail is considered – from the delicately nuanced marble and couture sofa to the finishing touches such as specific fresh flowers, scented candles and mirrored drinks cabinets.

Situated opposite Paris’s largest square, Place de la Concorde, it’s an ideal spot to sit on your private balcony and admire the art de vivre on display.

5. Presidential Suite, St Regis New York

Price per night: From $35,000 (£27,111)

The Presidential Suite at the St. Regis New York spans 3,350 square feet, comprising three bedrooms and four bathrooms. The suite features chic, eclectic accents, an exquisite wood-panelled library, spa-style bathrooms and an expansive luxury dressing room.

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The floor-to-ceiling windows look out onto Central Park, Fifth Avenue and 55th Street and feature large balconies– the perfect spot to sip on the complimentary bottle of champagne that comes with the suite.

6. Amanyara Villa, Amanyara, Turks and Caicos

Price per night: From £23,000

Amanyara is a serene group of villas serviced by personal chefs and housekeepers surrounded by a plethora of ponds and gardens in the northwest of the island of Providenciales, part of the British West Indies. Its white-washed beach and rocky coves border Marine National Park, acclaimed for some of the world’s best wall and reef diving.

At the top of the price range, the Amanyara Villa boasts over 14,000 square feet of living space with six bedrooms, a black-infinity edge swimming pool, rain showers, three golf buggies and direct beach access with gorgeous views of the Caribbean sea.

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The villa comes with a dedicated chef and housekeeper, but if you fancy eating out head to the nearby Beach Club. Set on the dunes, it features luscious Latin American and Mediterranean flavours with dishes cooked in a stone hearth oven, and is the perfect place to try a spot of rum tasting.

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7. Peninsula Suite, The Peninsula, Paris

Price per night: From €25,875 (£22,159)

Situated just moments from the Arc de Triomphe, The Peninsula Paris has a deep-rooted history starting in 1908, and was once the home of famous artists like Pablo Picasso. Its finest room – the Peninsula Suite – is a chic authentic Haussmannian residence with sparkling chandeliers, glossy grand piano and Tai Ping carpets.

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The living room of the Peninsula Suite

Guests can also take advantage of the hotel’s chauffeur-driven, Peninsula-green liveried Rolls Royce fleet (including a rare 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II) – perfect for running errands to Paris’ chicest boutiques which you’ll get after-hours access to, arranged by your private concierge.

If all that shopping makes you hungry, guests can enjoy afternoon tea accompanied by a live jazz trio in the Belle Epoque-esque Le Lobby, or else head to LiLi for traditional Cantonese cuisine prepared by award-winning Hong Kong chefs. Make a stop at Bar Kleber for a late night tipple, where oak panelling, soaring ceilings and giant mirrors sets the scene for champagne and aged whiskies.

8. The Royal Suite, Hotel Plaza Athenee, Paris

Price per night: From €24,000 (£20,553)

Designed in authentic Parisian style, The Royal Suite at Hotel Plaza Athenee is the largest suite in Paris at 4,844 square feet. Located on the hotel’s fifth floor, it offers spectacular views of the Eiffel Tower and Avenue Montaigne, the French hub of luxury and haute couture, from wrought-iron balconies.

The luxurious suite features four bedrooms, two drawing rooms and an office. Meanwhile, the bathrooms (all four of them) are tiled in Italian marble, and there’s also a steam room and jacuzzi. Adjacent to the Theatre des Champs-Elysees, head out for a bewitching classical concert.

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9. Imperial Suite, Le Bristol Paris

Price per night: €24,000 (£20,553)

Originally opened in the roaring twenties, Le Bristol is the place to stay in Paris (which itself is one of our best places to visit in April). It was the first hotel in the city to be awarded ‘Palace’ status by the French government – placing it higher than five-star.

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Café Antonia at Le Bristol Paris

The impressive Imperial Suite is the hotel’s largest, spanning  3,475 square feet. Highlights include a pink Aurora marble master bathroom complete with steam room, two dressing rooms off the master bedroom, and a 12-person dining room that overlooks the hotel’s Le Jardin Francais. Here, guests can enjoy a private dinner prepared by on-site chef Eric Frechon, who also oversees the hotel’s three Michelin-starred Epicure restaurant, where signature dishes include macaroni stuffed with black truffle and duck foie gras with aged Parmesan, and the casual but elegant Café Antonia.

10. Penthouse Suite, Hotel Cala di Volpe, Sardinia

Price per night: £19,000

Situated on a small stretch of land along the northeast coast of Sardinia, Hotel Cala di Volpe was originally a fishing village, and the site’s traditional elements blend beautifully with modern touches added by French architect Jacques Couëlle in the Sixties – think porticos, juniper wood floors and glass artworks embedded into the walls.

Colour pays a key role, from the pink, orange and yellow-washed walls to the hand-painted furniture of the three-bedroom Penthouse Suite.

The suite also features its own fitness studio and steam room, but the pièce de résistance is the rooftop terrace complete with private pool.

Away from the hotel, the beach along the Costa Smeralda is surrounded by juniper and myrtle bushes, and may look familiar – it served as the backdrop of the Bond classic The Spy Who Loved Me.

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