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Just how high do hotel rates soar, and exactly what kind of luxuries can be had for four figures, or even quintuple-digit nightly rates? Get ready to find out by perusing this selection of steeply priced hotel rooms and suites, most of them suggested by the experts at Hotels.com.
In the slides that follow you’ll gaze upon opulent overnight accommodations fit for a king—in fact, let’s start with accommodations reportedly used for the honeymoon of a future king. Compared with the increasingly higher rates that will follow, it practically goes for practically chump change.
By Colleen Kane
Posted on June 2, 2011
Location: North Island, the Seychelles
Price per night: approx. $4,800 per person
Size: 4,890 square feet
Features: Handcrafted villas at this resort have two bedrooms, marble bath, indoor and outdoor showers, air conditioned bedrooms, fully retracting sliding doors offering unrestricted views to the sea, a kitchen, satellite TV, Internet and DVD player, and private plunge pool. Villa 11 in particular commands stunning views and is pricier than the others. The newlywed royal couple William and Kate honeymooned at this location, says Us, which also says they rented all 11 of the villas to the tune of $720,000.
Location: Dubai, United Emirates
Price per night: $3500 - $6800
Size: approx. 2,500 square feet
Features: This two-level, two-bedroom space has a private elevator, private cinema, rotating master canopy bed, marble bathrooms with spa baths, walk-in shower, and full size Hermes 24- Fauborg toiletries.
Location: Abu Dhabi, United Emirates
Price per night: approx. $3,500 – $12,000
Size: approx. 2230 square feet
Features: Three king beds, a huge balcony, oversized marble bathrooms with Jacuzzi, private elevator opening into the suite, daily fresh flower arrangements and a 24-hour butler, in all, a “private palace within the Palace.” Emirates Palace also offers a million-dollar week-long package deal.
Location: Los Cabos, Mexico
Price per night: $8,000 - $14,000
Size: 10,000+ square feet of living space (8,500 interior)
Features: Located on a private beach with four bedrooms—two with ocean views and private terraces, four baths, indoor and outdoor kitchens, outdoor dining palapa, infinity pool, home office, theater, 24-hour butler service and iPhone to contact butler, unpacking of luggage, dedicated culinary and household staff and numerous food and beverage services daily, pillow, linen and aromatherapy turndown menus.
Location: Paradise Island, The Bahamas
Price per night: in the $20,000 range
Size: 4,740 square feet
Features: The Bridge Suite is so named because it spans the gap between The Atlantis’ two towers, featuring a grand piano, two entertainment centers, a 22 karat gold chandelier, floor-to-12-foot ceiling windows, bath with his-n-her sinks, toilets, and bidets, walk-in shower and whirlpool tub, kitchen with pantry, walk-in closets, and a permanent staff of seven with their own entrance.
Location: New York, New York
Price per night: $30,000
Size: 4,490 square feet
Features: “Inspired by the ambiance of the royal court of Louis XV,” this three bedroom, three and a half bath suite overlooking Fifth Avenue and the famous Pulitzer Fountain includes oval and round vestibules, formal entertainment rooms, grand piano, a library stocked with titles hand-selected by luxury book publisher Assouline, gym, Viking-appointed kitchen with butler’s pantry—“ideal for guests who travel with a personal chef or wish to retain the services of a personal chef during their stay at The Plaza.”
Location: Cannes, France
Price per night: $35,000
Size: approx. 3,390 square feet
Features: These two Art Deco apartments have two bedrooms, two baths with hammam, large terraces overlooking the Bay of Cannes with island and mountain views, butler service, up to date business technologies and a plasma screen TV.
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Price per night: $40,000+
Size: 9,000+ square feet
Features: There’s room for 250 visitors at this two-floor bachelor pad featuring an 8-foot round rotating bed with mirrored ceiling, the Playboy Jacuzzi pool with a glass wall overlooking the Strip, poker table, media room, terrace, private glass elevator, pop-up plasma TVs, and a private gym with sauna/spa treatment room.
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Price per night: $65,000 +
Size: 5,511 square feet
Features: One of the world's largest hotels suites (though Hef’s got this one beat), the eighth floor of the President Wilson Hotel features 12 rooms, 12 bathrooms, a billiards table, a grand piano, a gym, a private elevator, and a private terrace.