It’s been said that “getting there is half the journey,” but that still leaves the glass half full. That’s why where you stay plays such a huge role in your experience. How much journeying can you really do when the twin bed fills up half the hotel room? That doesn’t sound like appropriate respite for someone with some serious R&R in store.
Sure, lavish accommodation might not be in everyone’s budget, but you can still dream. Here are some of the most luxurious hotel rooms across the globe.
Armani Hotel, Dubai
As part of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, the Armani Hotel in Dubai is located on the fifth through eighth floors, including suites on the 38th and 39th floors. Giorgio Armani himself designed the theme of the rooms, which are now furnished with a special collection from Armani/Casa.
No luxurious list would be complete without an entry from New York. The Ty Warner Penthouse, in particular, shows us what $34,000 will get you… something like nine rooms with walls inlaid with pearl and gold. Designed by architect I.M. Pei, Peter Marino, and hotel owner Ty Warner, the suite takes you 52 stories up to offer a full view of the City through the floor-to-ceiling bay windows while enjoying a waterfall in the Zen Room. If you find any reason to leave, you’ll be riding in style in a Rolls Royce or Maybach.
Hotel de Crillon, Paris
Sometimes history equals luxury. Such is the case with the Hotel de Crillon, which history tells us was built by Louis XV. The French-American treaty was signed at the Hotel de Crillon on Feb. 6, 1778, but since 1909, after a time when it was seized during the French Revolution, the building as been operating as a hotel. The Louis XV room is bathed in luxury. A steam bath, sauna, and Jacuzzi are featured in the bathroom, plus you’ll find two giant plasma TVs, a vast liqueur and cigar selection, as well as decorated wood panels with the imprint of craftsmen who are part of the building’s history.
Hotel Louis C. Jacob, Hamburg
There’s no shortage of elegance in this German masterpiece; you’ll find valuable, natural stone, the finest quality carpets, oak floorboards, and the deepest greens, reds, blues, and yellows. And speaking of color, the German impressionist Liebermann lives on in one of the rooms that houses the famous Lime Tree Terrace, originally painted in the hotel itself.
Palms Casino Resort Hugh Hefner Sky Villa, Las Vegas
Perhaps Mr. Hefner’s product isn’t always synonymous with luxury, but the Las Vegas suite is in no short supply. The two-story, 10,000 square-foot space features a $700,000 Jacuzzi like none other — it juts out over the Vegas strip — as well as a rotating bed flanked by a mirrored ceiling. Cost is no object when you’re dealing with a Playboy palace; you never know where things could lead.
They’ve got fancy in the name and you can find them all over the world, but the Ritz-Carlton in Moscow is quite special. For $18,200 a night, you too can enjoy floor-to-ceiling windows exposing you to all the well-known sites of the city. The 2,500 square-foot suite is decked out in classical Russian imperial style throughout the living room, dining room, library, and office and comes complete with a grand piano and a heated floor.
The Atlantis, Bahamas
The Bridge Suite at The Atlantic will run you $22,000 a night, but it won’t disappoint. Named the “Bridge” because it sits atop the two Royal Tower building at the resort, the suite overlooks the entire resort and marina, and with an 800 square-foot balcony and full-length windows the view won’t disappoint. Plus the company you could keep wouldn’t be too shabby either: Oprah, Michael Jackson, and Bill Gates have all been added to the guest lists.
Westin Excelsior Hotel, Rome
To be named to the most expensive hotel list, you’ve got to offer something of value. Despite the fact that your odds of spotting a celebrity, artist, diplomat, or big business hotshot skyrocket once you walk through the doors, you’ll be graced with world-renowned service. Chose from one of 35 suites, recently renovated for a mere $7 million, and indulge at the Restaurant Doney or in one of spectacular spa services… it will only run you about $29,000 a night.
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