Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Suites ; The World's Most Expensive

Wealth Bulletin took a close look at some of the world's most expensive hotel suites, which included some of the renowned-to-be-luxe spots as well as a few newcomers. This year's winner was the Royal Penthouse Suite at the President Wilson Hotel in Geneva, which hit the top of Luxist's list for a four-room suite. Taking up the entire top floor of the hotel, the suite costs a whopping $65,000 per night, and is favored by the diplomat crowd and those with plenty (and we do mean plenty) of cash. Amazingly, this particular luxury hotel suite is ahead of the pack by about $30,000, with the second-place suite hitting $35,000 a night in New York City at the Four Seasons. The Ty Warner Penthouse, interestingly, was also the winner of the expensive hotel suite list for 2008. How things change! If your jaw hasn't dropped enough quite yet, there's more. Try not to drool, because you can also get a piece of the pie!

Even though you can book your luxury hotel stay for a lot cheaper than you might expect, it's fun to dream about massively discounted suites while you're still in the vacation-planning mood. Luxist's list included:

No. 3: The Presidential Suite, Hotel Cala di Volpe (Sardinia) = $34,000/night
No. 4: Villa La Cupola Suite, Westin Excelsior (Rome) = $31,000/night
No. 5: The Presidential Suite, Ritz-Carlton (Tokyo) = $25,000/night

The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo is one location that's advantageously located in the city's main entertainment district, and is stuffed full of eateries and shopping locations for any taste. Even if you can't book a suite stay, you can find a more affordable room in which to sleep from As a dramatic skyscraper bursting across the Tokyo skyline, the Ritz-Carlton Tokyo simply commands attention. Similarly, the Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi is situated in the striking, modern glass tower of the prestigious Pacific Century Place, which is in the central business district. While you can easily attend to business matters during the day, the hotel features luxurious and contemporary furnishings and amenities for the discerning guest once the day is through.

No. 6: The Bridge Suite, The Atlantis (Bahamas) = $22,000/night
No. 7: The Imperial Suite, Park Hyatt Vendome (Paris) = $20,000/night

The Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome is located not far from the Louvre and the Opera Garnier, and it's also one of the highest-regarded hotel locations in the City of Light. This avant-garde, sanctuary-style hotel combines impressive French classicism with contemporary flair, making your stay in the hotel itself very worthwhile. Three treatment rooms, a gym, sauna, steam room, and two restaurants plus bar will keep you well occupied when you're not pounding the sidewalks snapping pics at the Eiffel Tower and Champs-Elysees. Designed by famous architect Fred Tuttle, this is one stay that you need to write home about!

No. 8: Royal Suite, Burj Al Arab (Dubai) = $19,600/night
No. 9: Royal Armleder Suite, Le Richemond (Geneva) = $18,900/night
No. 10: The Ritz-Carlton Suite, The Ritz-Carlton (Moscow) = $16,500/night

Where will you be staying--or where do you dream of staying?

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