Inside 8 of the world's most expensive hotel rooms. See pics
Step inside the most expensive hotel suites in the world that are usually reserved for the eyes of celebrities, royal, presidents and prime ministers only: from St. Regis, New York's Presidential Suite to the Grand Presidential Suite at Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur.
They say money can't buy happiness, but it can, inevitably, buy a night fit for royalty. Let us give you a tour of some of the world's most expensive hotel rooms, which can cost guests upwards of Rs 10 lakh a night. Elite Traveller's official Top 100 Hotels 2019 list revealed the most extravagant hotel suites in the world that carry the highest price tags. For a small fortune a night, you can stay in some of the world’s most luxurious hotels, many of which offer unparalleled water and city views. Think suites atop skyscrapers in New York City, rooms spanning the coastline in the South of France, and Rajasthan palaces that are truly fit for princesses. Read on to see what some of the most expensive hotel rooms in the world look like:
The St. Regis New York, New York, USA
Staying at The St. Regis New York makes you feel like a part of its century-old history. The hotel was built in 1904 – it’s a New York landmark – and many aspects of that turn-of-the-century detail remain. Exquisite murals decorate the ceiling of the lobby, which is replete with marble, and lavish crystal chandeliers dangle from the high ceilings. The opulence of the Presidential Suite is no different, only with added contemporary furnishings in lush fabrics that make you feel at home. Large windows look out onto Central Park and Fifth Avenue, allowing you to observe the hustle and bustle from the peace and quiet of your suite.
Top suite: Presidential Suite from $35,000 per night (approximately Rs 24,98,000)
Hôtel Plaza Athénée Paris, Paris, France
A beacon of storied luxury in the city of love, Hôtel Plaza Athénée has received the Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant (Living Heritage) label and the Distinction Palace. Since opening in 1911, the magical hotel has welcomed loyal Parisians, politicians and royalty. The decor is stunning and the epitome of Parisian glamour, especially the famous courtyard with its ‘Plaza-red’ parasols. There are five restaurants, including the Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée – with a dining room that’s a sight to behold: Futuristic silver pods sit beneath crystals dripping from the ceiling.
Top suite: Royal Suite from $31,300 per night (approximately Rs 22,34,100)
Soneva Fushi, Kunfunadhoo Island, Maldives
Soneva Fushi is the epitome of barefoot chic, but it also has more than its fair share of extravagance. Thatched villas are made of natural materials to blend into their tropical surroundings, with huge living areas spilling out onto terraces, freeform pools, wine cellars and even water slides. You can try out the many water toys and sign up for activities you won’t find on many other islands. The resort has the Maldives’ only glass-blowing studio, a state-of-the-art observatory and expertise in freediving and eco-friendly surfing.
Top suite: Nine-bedroom Private Reserve from $28,100 per night (approximately Rs 20,05,700)
Peninsula New York, New York, USA
Housed in a landmark building dating back to 1905, the Peninsula New York is a lavish slice of the historic city. Modern furnishings and cream-coloured interiors complement the Beaux-Arts and Italian Renaissance-style facade, uniting the past and present. The hotel’s prime location on Fifth Avenue provides you with close proximity to Central Park, luxury shopping and the heart of Broadway. Glistening vistas of the city await, especially from the rooftop bar, Salon de Ning.
Top suite: The Peninsula Suite from $28,000 per night (approximately Rs 19,98,600)
Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin, Berlin, Germany
The German accommodation of choice for everyone from Marlene Dietrich to Michael Jackson, Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin truly has something for everyone: a three-floor spa, four restaurants, boutique shopping arcade and wine store. The lobby has the instantly recognisable elephant fountain and domed ceiling.
Top suite: Imperial Suite from $25,000 per night (approximately Rs 17,84,400)
The Peninsula Shanghai, Shanghai, China
When it opened in 2009, Peninsula Shanghai occupied the only structure built on Shanghai’s historic waterfront, The Bund, in over 60 years. The view from this iconic riverfront spot is most captivating from the rooftop bar, Sir Elly’s Terrace, but it’s the two-Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant Yi Long Court that impresses most. Head to The Lobby for afternoon tea and live jazz, and take your pick from the classic cocktails in the glamorous 1920s bar, Salon de Ning.
Top suite: The Peninsula Suite from $21,000 per night (approximately Rs 14,98,900)
Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills, California, USA
Beverly Hills is the epitome of Hollywood glamour, and the Waldorf Astoria’s modern Art Deco decor fits in with the glitzy neighbourhood. You’ll feel like a Hollywood icon in the 3,215-sq-ft Presidential Penthouse Suite, lined with Noir Saint Laurent marble and outfitted in neutral fabrics with pops of pastel. Rodeo Drive is just a few blocks away – text your personal concierge to arrange one of the hotel’s Rolls-Royce Phantoms for the day as you check out international designers and local LA boutiques.
Top suite: Presidential Penthouse Suite from $20,000 per night (approximately Rs 14,27,500)
Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur, India
This breathtaking property is a former residence of the royal family of Mewar. And it is certainly fit for royalty – the white-marble palace-turned-hotel majestically rises from the shimmering water of Lake Pichola. So captivating is this locale, it was featured in the 1983 James Bond movie Octopussy. Arrive in style by taking a boat from the pier in front of City Palace, then lose yourself in a world of ornate domes, sweeping arches, serene pools and lavish suites filled with traditional Indian textiles.
Top suite: Grand Presidential Suite from $15,000 per night (approximately Rs 10,70,700)
All prices have been converted from USD into INR and are correct as of November 2019. All photos are courtesy the official hotel websites.