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The world's most expensive hotels

Have you ever wondered which hotel room is the most expensive in the world? For over $80,000 per night, the Royal Penthouse Suite at Geneva's Hotel President Wilson is by far the most expensive room you can find on earth. A record that is very difficult to beat, given that, with its total 1680 square meters, the same "accommodation" also holds the title of the world's largest room and won the World's Leading Hotel Suite award at the prestigious World Travel Awards.
Located on the eighth and top floor of the hotel, which it completely occupies, the suite has 12 bedrooms and as many marble bathrooms, each of which is equipped with Hermès toiletries. The two main bedrooms both have a walk-in closet and a hot tub with views of Lake Geneva, separate shower, Turkish bath and mirror TV. From its rooms you can access a panoramic terrace overlooking the Alps and, among the services offered, there is the possibility of using a private staff (butler, chef and personal assistant) - ideal for those who decide to travel light, without entourage.
Inside is a Steinway grand piano, 1930's Brunswick billiards, a rich collection of antique books and art, a fully equipped private gym, a large safe and even the world's largest television: a 103-inch Bang 7 Olufsen BeoVision 4 plasma TV. Frequented by Russian oligarchs and politicians of the calibre of Mikhail Gorbachev, but also simply by guests who care about their privacy, the suite enjoys advanced security systems such as bulletproof windows, anti-panic alarm buttons, video surveillance cameras and a personal elevator.

The rise of the most expensive hotels

The idea that one of the world's most expensive cities also hosts the most expensive hotel suite may not come as a surprise, but, while these super-premium rooms were once more unique than rare cases, it is interesting to note that the offer of this type of solutions seems to increase at a glance.
"There were five-figure rooms in the 1990s, but they were far fewer," says Nikhil Bhalla, vice president of equity research at FBR Capital Markets' headquarters, "The world has produced many more millionaires than there were 20 or 30 years ago, so clearly the number of people who can afford these rooms has increased a lot. Bhalla undoubtedly ascribes to the emerging markets the growing demand for new level luxury rooms: "There is more money in the world than there was five, or even two, years ago. In countries such as China or India, there is a new class of rich newcomers who climb the social ladder and can afford these extra-luxury experiences. Other countries around the world are experiencing economic development of this kind and I imagine that the trend will continue to grow.
As for prices and services offered, in the special "ranking" of the most expensive rooms in the world, certainly does not disfigure even one of the most expensive rooms in North America. With its $45,000 per night, the Ty Warner Penthouse at the Four Seasons Hotel in New York - described as "a visual tour de force of volumes and surfaces worked" by Architectural Digest - expresses the highest standards of luxury, thanks to a highly targeted renovation, lasting seven years, and costing over 50 million dollars. For his restyling, the visionary owner of the Ty Warner structure has convinced none other than the architect I.M. Pei to abandon the relaxation of the guesthouse and Peter Marino to join the project. The intent, achieved, was to create an experience before even a space, starting with the arrangement of the four balconies, on the diagonal of the grid north-south, east-west of Manhattan to capture the unique diagonal views of the city at 45 degrees. The entire 52nd floor of the Four Seasons Hotel in New York, over 400 square meters, was demolished, including concrete columns, to achieve maximum opening and unobstructed cross views.

New York runs on a north-south, east-west grid, and I knew that if it had been visible diagonally, the skyline would have changed completely.

This is what Warner said, and he was right: thanks to single-glazed glass doors on each balcony, guests can enjoy four diagonal and four orthogonal views, made even more unparalleled by the different tones of light that come in simultaneously from the various openings. Once again, in fact, the new standards of luxury are based on experiential value, without prejudice to the essential material comforts.

Such a prohibitive cost must necessarily include within it something more than a beautiful view and high-tech showers. Bhalla adds that the higher the price, the greater the need to add experiential elements to the package: "It's almost fun to say at this price point, but at the end of the day what people are looking for is value. If I spend $25,000 a night in a hotel, can I really say that the experience is worth it?"

If we talk about Ty Warner Penthouse, the care that Warner has reserved for its guests, treating them all indiscriminately as connoisseurs of the highest level, has really made the experience of hospitality unique in the world and probably pays for its cost. It seems that, for example, Warner travelled personally to China, France and Italy to select the onyx that would be used in the master bathroom and other semi-precious stones. The same attention has been paid to the vaulted ceilings, the diamond-shaped skylights, a breath taking art collection, and in general every inch of that generous, open space furnished in shades of gold, black and ivory, with custom-made pieces, such as the four library bookshelves created by the French sculptor Claude Lalanne: from floor to ceiling, they run in an elaborate bronze motif and vine leaves, like a sort of lattice.

Every single caramel-coloured wall panel, assembled in Italy, was then treated by French craftsmen who refined the art of lacquering to obtain that shine of extraordinary depth. It could not miss a whimsical chandelier, also signed Lalanne, consisting of stylized branches and decorative wall lamps elegantly fixed over a grand piano Bösendorfer. And this is just the corner dedicated to the library, the attic. Guests, however, can also count on a Heath Club service and a fitness room with personal trainer, exclusive use of a Rolls-Royce with driver up to 11 pm and a nice personal bar.

An hotel with the view of Central Park

There's no shortage of high-end accommodation in New York, just think of the Mark Hotel's Grand Penthouse on the Upper East Side, with its nearly 800 square meter terrace overlooking Central Park and its $75,000 per night. With over 3500 square metres of five-bedroom space designed by interior designer Jacques Grange, the Grand Penthouse also boasts room service by renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, which will make it pointless to go out to dinner, a winter garden, a library and two bar corners. You don't even have to travel to Central Park to find two other special suites overlooking the park, with costs that are around $30,000 per night: the New York Palace presented them just a few years ago, following a renovation of 140 million dollars.
New York is no exception among the world's metropolises. If you can pay out certain amounts for an overnight stay, you can choose between classic solutions such as the Royal Suite of Plaza Athenee in Paris, or exotic and adventurous, such as the ancient restored royal castle of Maharajah Pavilion, the Raj Palace in Jaipur, a multilevel suite with double-height ceilings and even a private museum.

Leaving the city by the sea, the Hilltop Estate at Leucala Island Resort in Fiji is a resort in the resort. To access it, guests are required to complete a question and wait to be invited directly by the owner, Dietrick Mateschitz to whom the Red Bull Empire is also attributable. An experience guaranteed by the Austrian tycoon, which provides accommodation on top of the greenest hills of the island, with - among others - panoramic swimming pools, two guest houses, a private cook and a nanny. That's enough - perhaps - to forget the over $40,000 requested per night.

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