While many travelers pinch pennies, wealthy jet-setters spend freely for the ultimate in privacy, security and luxury accommodations — sometimes paying more for one night in a lavish suite than many make in a year.
So what do you get when you drop tens of thousands of dollars on a hotel stay? Bulletproof windows, private elevators, rides in a Maserati or a Rolls-Royce, a butler (and sometimes a chef) at your beck and call 24/7, spa treatments, panoramic views, thousands of square feet of living space and so much more. Many of these extravagant suites are so exclusive that you can’t book them online (and you won’t find the price listed on the hotel’s website, either) — you have to call to make a reservation and, in some cases, put down a deposit.
If you’ve ever wondered where the world’s rich and famous stay when they’re traveling, read on to learn about 16 of the world’s most expensive hotel suites, starting with the “cheapest” and ending with a suite that will set you back $80,000 for a single night.
Kipling Suite — Brown’s Hote
Where: London, UK
Cost: $8,300 per night
If you’re a fan of “The Jungle Book,” consider staying in the Kipling Suite at Brown’s Hotel. It’s named for Rudyard Kipling, who wrote the book while staying at the hotel. The suite, which was recently expanded and renovated, ranges in price depending on the time of year, but generally starts at around $8,300 per night.
The suite boasts floor-to-ceiling windows, an oversized bathtub and a view of historic Albemarle Street. If you book the Kipling, you can also get driven to the airport in a Bentley Mulsanne by a chauffeur, enjoy two spa treatments, sip on a welcome bottle of champagne and get help with unpacking.
Kohinoor Suite — Oberoi Udaivilas
Where: Udaipur, India
Cost: $14,915 per night
Book the Kohinoor Suite in Udaipur, India, and you’ll never have to worry about finding a lounge chair at the pool. That’s because this suite comes with its own 70-foot private pool and garden terrace. The pool, which also features al fresco poolside dining, is surrounded by Frangipani trees, paintings and comfortable seating, making it the perfect place to retreat from the world.
The rest of the suite — featuring a master bedroom, twin bedroom, dining room and living room spread across 2,650 square feet — is equally exquisite. Of course, it boasts extravagant decor as well, including gold-domed ceilings, hand-carved privacy screens and stunning mosaics. And a butler is at your service 24 hours a day.
Chairman’s Villa — Crown Towers Perth
Where: Perth, Australia
Cost: $19,000 per night
Decorated by acclaimed designer Michael Fiebrich, Chairman’s Villa has four bedrooms, a dining room with a full bar, a two-story living room, an office, a butler’s kitchen and an entertainment room, complete with a grand piano and a pool table. There’s also a grand staircase and a massive marble soaking tub that provides guests with gorgeous views of Perth as they relax.
The suite’s artwork, fabrics and furniture were heavily inspired by the landscape of Western Australia, where Perth is located.
Presidential Suite — Raj Palace
Where: Jaipur, India
Cost: $19,200 per night
With its four bedrooms, the Presidential Suite (also known as Maharajah Pavilion) can accommodate up to 12 guests at a time, though it certainly won’t feel crowded. The 16,000-square-foot suite spans four floors (a private elevator connects them) and has its own private entrance. There’s a private jacuzzi with stunning views of the city, a swimming pool, a private bar, a library, a spa, a dining room and even a museum displaying historical artifacts. The decor is appropriately elaborate, with gold-leaf paint on the walls and intricate gold and silver furniture.
Soon, Raj Palace will unveil an even more expensive suite: the Shahi Mahal, currently under renovation and set to open in October. Is it average nightly rate? $45,000.
Tata Presidential Suite — The Pierre
Where: New York City, United States
Cost: $20,000 per night
The Pierre describes the Tata Presidential Suite as being perfect for “royalty, heads of state, industry tycoons and discerning travelers.” The suite offers 2,000 square feet of living space on the hotel’s 39th floor, with incredible views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline.
You’ll have room to spread out across the suite’s two bedrooms, three bathrooms, elegant living room and dining room that can accommodate eight guests. Space is decorated with a Murano glass chandelier, luxurious plush carpets, marble and Indian artwork, a nod to the hotel’s Indian parent company, Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris.
Shangri-La Suite — Shangri-La Bosphorus
Where: Istanbul, Turkey
Cost: $21,000 per night
The Shangri-La Suite takes up nearly half of the hotel’s top floor, offering visitors romantic views of the Bosphorus Strait and the Istanbul skyline.
At 3,900 square feet, this massive suite is spread out across two bedrooms, a dining room, a living room and three private terraces. The bathroom is covered in black and white marble and has cozy heated floors.
When night falls, guests can slip into the suite’s sumptuous beds with 800-thread-count sheets. In the morning, the hotel recommends visitors venture out to tour the stately Dolmabahce Palace, which is located just a few minutes away.
The Apartment — The Connaught
Where: London, UK
Cost: $22,400 per night
If have you have more than $20,000 to burn for the night, you can stay in The Apartment, a posh, 3,000-square-foot suite with two king beds that can accommodate up to four guests at a time.
Designed by the late, legendary David Collins, The Apartment has tall ceilings, a gorgeous fireplace, a wraparound balcony that offers views of the Mayfair neighborhood, and a private dining room that comes with a personal chef and bartender. The suite is decorated with original artwork and fresh flowers replaced daily.
If you stay in The Apartment, you’ll also have access to Burberry trench coats to wear during your travels. Need more room? The suite can be expanded when you reserve the entire floor.
Katara Royal Suite — Excelsior Hotel Gallia
Where: Milan, Italy
Cost: $23,000 per night
With nearly 11,000 square feet of living space and beds for eight guests, the Katara Royal Suite inside Excelsior Hotel Gallia claims to be the largest suite in Italy. Space encompasses a private entrance, a private spa, a meeting room for up to 12 people and two private terraces for relaxing.
You can also take a ride in a Maserati Quattroporte (driven by a chauffeur, of course) to do your shopping or to get to the airport. A butler will cater to your every need, 24 hours a day.
The decor is, of course, luxurious, replete with fine Italian furnishings, tons of natural light and several distinctive chandeliers. Is this kind of luxury out of your price range? The hotel offers a cool 3D tour of the suite on its website so you can fantasize about what it would be like to stay there.
Champagne Suite — Lotte New York Palace
Where: New York City, United States
Cost: $25,000 per night
As the name suggests, the Champagne Suite is designed to be an ultra-extravagant place to spend a night or two in Manhattan.
Space includes a formal dining room with seating for 10 people and a fully stocked wine cave and cocktail bar in case you want to throw a lavish dinner party while you’re staying there. Step outside onto the terrace for views of the city skyline and some relaxation by the waterfall spa.
This 5,000-square-foot suite, which can accommodate six guests, also comes with a private elevator, a butler, a car service and packing assistance.
Seven South Suites — The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman
Where: Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Cost: $25,000 per night
The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman unveiled its massive Penthouse Suite in 2016 to celebrate the hotel’s 10th anniversary — and the luxurious accommodation has been celebrated by guests ever since.
In order to reserve the Penthouse Suite, you must also reserve four adjoining two-bedroom suites. The hotel calls this arrangement Seven South, allowing you to occupy an entire top-floor wing of one of the hotel’s towers. When you include the expansive outdoor terrace, the combined suites offer nearly 20,000 square feet of living space — a staggering amount of property that you’ll pay a pretty penny for.
With 11 total bedrooms and enough room for 22 guests, this suite package was designed for family reunions or groups of friends traveling together. There’s a private elevator, a private beach cabana, a cinema room with a projector screen and a dedicated concierge.
Since space is located on the hotel’s top floor, you’ll also have unobstructed views of Seven Mile Beach.