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World’s 15 most expensive hotel suites
Rooftop hottubs, bullet-proof windows and personal libraries are standard for the world's wealthiest hotel guests
Nothing says "senseless overspending" like blowing thousands on a place to sleep, shower and store your clothes while you go about your day.
Luckily for the fortunate 1 percent, there are places that cater to exactly that.
Here are some of the world's most expensive hotel suites.
15. The Presidential Suite, InterContinental, Hong Kong
US$13,715 per night
Renowned for being Asia's finest Presidental Suite, the room offers an “IMAX” experience of Hong Kong. Experience a wrap-around harbour view terrace (2500 sq. feet) with a rooftop infinity swimming pool and Jacuzzi overlooking Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island.
The dining room, master bedroom and bathroom and private gym also have panoramic harbour views. The suite also has a private study and kitchenette.
Guests also get a choice of riding in a Phantom VI Rolls Royce, Bentley or Mercedes limousine.
InterContinental Hong Kong, No.18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong China; +852 2721 1211
14. The Sultan’s Suite, Çirağan Palace Kempinski, Istanbul
US$15,332 per night
Originally built of wood in the 16th century, and eventually the residence of the last Ottoman Sultans, this palace was rebuilt in marble for Sultan Abdülaziz in 1857.
Now a lavish five-star hotel with a guest list that includes Prince Charles, Liz Hurley, Uma Thurman and Giorgio Armani, it has all the trimmings: a gorgeous pool, boat and helicopter service and an amazing breakfast buffet.
The Sultan’s Suite overlooking the Bosphorus comes with private butler service, opulent chandeliers, period furniture and fine art. What more could the average oligarch need?
Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul, Ciragan Caddesi 32 Besiktas, Istanbul 34349 Turkey; +90 212 326 4646
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13. Ritz-Carlton Suite, Ritz-Carlton, Moscow
US$18,000 per night
The floor-to-ceiling windows in the Ritz-Carlton Suite frame an unparalleled view of the Kremlin, Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral and Christ the Savior Cathedral.
With classic Russian Imperial furnishings, the 232-square-meter suite comes with a spacious living room, dining area, library, office, grand piano and heated flooring, perfect for bone-chilling Moscow winters.
The Ritz-Carlton Moscow, Tverskaya St., 3, Moscow 125009 Russia; +7 495 225 8888
12. Royal Suite, Burj Al Arab, Dubai
US$18,716 per night
There are luxury hotels, and then there’s the Burj Al Arab. Since its 1999 opening, the iconic, sail-shaped Dubai resort has been a benchmark of no-holds-barred extravagance that others have tried and failed to emulate.
All of the suites -- the word "room" does not exist here -- are arranged over two floors and have whirlpool baths, living and dining areas and dedicated butlers.
Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Burj Al Arab P.O. Box 74147, Dubai United Arab Emirates; +971 4 301 7777
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11. Royal Suite, Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris
US$24,550 per night
There are a pair of Royal Suites at Hotel George V. Both have private terraces overlooking the historic art deco fountain of the Three Graces.
Stuffed with magnificent French antiques, these vast suites are adorned with 18th- and 19th-century fine art. Crystal chandeliers glitter and huge vases of pale pink roses perfume the air.
The master bedrooms have spacious marble bathrooms with steam rooms, sauna and a walk-in dressing rooms.
Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris, 31 Av George V 8th Arr., 75008 Paris France; +33 149 52 7000
10. Royal Towers Bridge Suite, Atlantis, Bahamas
US$25,000 per night
This 10-room suite with gold sofas, cushions, gilt mirrors and chandeliers is enough to make minimalists break out in hives. This is shameless glamour.
The grand foyer dazzles the eye with an elaborate floor made of four kinds of marble. The 15-meter-long living room holds a baby grand piano. The vast entertainment center comes with a full-service bar.
Throw in the eye-popping balcony views, and a butler, and this is no ordinary pad.
Atlantis - Royal Towers, 1 Casino Dr New Providence Island;
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9. Ritz-Carlton Suite, Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo
US$26,300 per night
At 300 square meters, the Ritz-Carlton Suite has many of the usual big suite highlights -- Frette linen sheets, an oversized marble bathroom, huge beds, flat-screen TVs and individual rain shower booths.
The clincher is the fact that it tops the tallest skyscrapers in Tokyo and has proposal-worthy views over the Imperial Palace, Roppongi Hills and Mount Fuji.
The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo, 9-7-1 Akasaka, Minato 107-6245 Tokyo Prefecture; +81 3 3423 8000
8. Villa La Cupola Suite, Westin Excelsior, Rome
US$30,000 per night
For the ultimate in La Dolce Vita, check into the stunning Villa La Cupola suite in Rome’s Westin Excelsior.
One of the largest in Europe, the suite is inspired by ancient Rome, with extensive use of marble, stained glass and frescoes. There’s a gorgeous wraparound terrace where you can soak up the sun, a private spa with sauna, whirlpool and steam bath, as well as private cinema.
The Westin Excelsior, Rome, 125, Via Vittorio Veneto, 00187 Rome Italy; +39 06 47081
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7. Presidential Suite, Hotel Cala di Volpe, Sardinia, Italy
US$32,736 per night
Perfect for sun-kissed networking, the Presidential Suite overlooks the sparkling brine of the Costa Smeralda. Billed as one of the most gorgeous suites in the world, this three-bedroom luxury pad stands above the rambling towers and pantile roofs of the luxury Porto Cervo resort.
An understated blend of Mediterranean style and sensational bay views, the suite also has its own pool on the private roof terrace, along with a wine cellar and outdoor gym.
Hotel Cala di Volpe, Costa Smeralda, 07021 Cala di Volpe, Sardinia Italy; +39 789 976111
6. The Royal Villa, Grand Resort Lagonissi, Athens
US$34,356 per night
With a butler, private chef and pianist at your beck and call, there's little need to lift a finger -- except to sip martinis -- when you stay at this three-bedroomed villa.
When you're feeling more active you can also take advantage of an indoor pool, outdoor heated pool and gym, as well as a steam bath and massage room.
There's also a nearby private marina and beach.
Grand Resort Lagonissi, 40 KM Athens Sounio Ave, Lagonisi 19010 Greece; +30 22910 76000
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5. Hugh Hefner Sky Villa Palms Resort, Las Vegas
US$35,487 per night
The Hugh Hefner Sky Villa, high in the Palms' Fantasy Tower, is fitted out with everything Playboy: racy artwork selected by Hef himself, a huge, rotating circular bed and an indoor pool, branded with the Bunny logo, leading to a hair- -- and libido- -- raising cantilevered spa bath high above the Strip.
This 836-square-meter, two-bedroom pad also includes an orgy-sized bathtub, bar and poker table and an indoor waterfall.
The eye-watering price doesn't include breakfast -- or Bunnies.
The Palms Casino Hotel, 4321 West Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89103;
4. Penthouse Suite, Hotel Martinez, Cannes, France
US$37,500 per night
On the Croisette, Hotel Martinez has a Michelin-starred restaurant, piano bar and huge private beach.
Decked out in art deco style, you’ll have a sitting room, dining room, two bedrooms, two bathrooms with hammam, shower, spa bath, dressing room and sauna at your disposal, as well as a huge terrace overlooking the Bay of Cannes.
Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez, 73 La Croisette, 06400 Cannes France; +33 4 93 90 12 34
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3. Ty Warner Penthouse Suite, Four Seasons Hotel, New York
US$41,836 per night
This 400-square-meter penthouse tops the entire top floor of this magnificent hotel, offering a 360-degree view of the Manhattan skyline.
The nine-room suite is the brainchild of designer Peter Marino, architect IM Pei and the hotel's owner Ty Warner (the billionaire creator of the Beanie Babies).
It sports fabrics woven with platinum and gold, an indoor-outdoor Zen garden, a stupendous chandelier, the services of a personal butler, personal trainer/therapist and private chauffeur.
Four Seasons Hotel New York, 57 East 57th Street, New York City, NY 10022; +1 758 5700
2. The Presidential Suite, The Raj Palace Hotel, Jaipur, India
US$45,000 per night
This positively palatial suite was a former Maharaja’s residence. At nearly 1,500 square meters, the suite is one of the biggest in Asia, and comprises a four-floor apartment lavishly decorated in gold leaf, stucco, ivory and mirror work.
With a private roof terrace and swimming pool offering panoramic views of the pink city of Jaipur, and its own private museum, there seems little reason to leave.
The Raj Palace Grand Heritage Hotel, Zorawer Singh Gate Amer Road, Jaipur 302002 India; +91 141 263 4077
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1. Royal Penthouse Suite, Hotel President Wilson, Geneva
US$65,000 per night
For the security-conscious, or the merely paranoid, there's nowhere better to stay than the Royal Penthouse Suite at the Hotel President Wilson Hotel, which has panoramic views of Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc.
With bulletproof doors and windows, it’s the perfect safehouse for visiting heads of state, or privacy-conscious celebs.
Taking up the entire top floor of the hotel, the suite has its own private elevator to whisk guests to an apartment with 12 rooms, which hold a Steinway grand piano, billiard room, library and private fitness center.
Hotel President Wilson, 47 Quai Wilson, Geneva 1201 Switzerland; +41 22 906 6666
Originally published August 2011, updated March 2012