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The world’s most expensive hotel suites

Royal Suite at the Burj Al ArabForbes has run an interesting feature on the world’s most expensive hotel suites,  featuring  geographically widespread hotels and resorts,  from Mexico to the Maldives. To make their top 10, you’ve got to be charging at least $10,000 a night. Here is an abbreviated  summary of the  incredible suites that  they list:

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. it´s great to know about these places, so expensive but always with a client waiting to book. Really outstanding hotel rooms and a great selection!

  2. Thank you for the post. I told myself wow, with these rates it must be worth checking the websites of these hotels and dream a bit!!!
    What a dissapointment.
    Apart from the Four Season, Soneva Gili, Mandarin oriental and the Ritz in Paris, all the other hotels fail in meeting guests expectations on their website.

    Four Season and Soneva are the only two trying to make you really dream with their suite (Pictures and descriptions).
    Mandarin oriental and the Ritz only meet pre-requisits by showing 3-4 standard pictures and having a normal description. At least there is something and it works.

    Because the other properties fail in their mission, and I still don’t understand how Hotels can sell rooms that high if they cannot even succeed in showing the rooms (pictures) nor describing them, nor even having any user friendly webpage (most of them are complex in flash).

    So here it is :
    – The President Wilson only shows one picture of the Royal Penthouse, which is better than other hotels do, and also offer a virtual tour, however requiring a password unabling any internet user to have a better grasp of a $23000 room.
    – Badrutt’s palace is fine, but the virtual tour only works with apple quicktime plugin. I tried and tried to implement it without any success, so I decided not to book the $16700 Suite as they didn’t provide any visibility.
    – The Grand Wailea Resort is different, they have done a great job, but when you click in Accomodation and Suites, you only have one picture for 9 different types of Suite. I hope the cheapest Suite is the one with the corresponding picture….

    And Now the bad players of the selection : the Jumeirah Dubai, The Palms Fantasy Suites, and the Atlantis Resort.

    I’m a bit unfair with Jumeirah, but at the same time I spent 30mn on their web trying to find the rooms and suites pictures before understanding I had to do a booking and then hope there would be availability for the Royal Suite at the Burj Al Arab, to finally see 1 picture only. (Apart from waiting times for Flash to download) So in the end a very negative experience to buy a $13600 suite.

    The Atlantis just doesn’t give the possibility to check out it’s $25000 suite. I suppose it’s mainly for marketing purposes, hoping nobody will ever check their website.

    Concerning The Palms Fantasy Suites in Vegas, well it’s speaks for itself, for $25000 you can have cheerleaders in your bath. I think it’s the worse page I have ever seen to try to sell such a suite. Well apart knowing that “What happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas”.

    Well in the luxury business consistency and quality not only depend on service quality nor exceptionnal attention to details, it starts well in advance of that in the purchase cycle.

    And from what I can see, very few of the hotels or chains have understood what Internet could bring them in terms of image and differentiation for their unique high end penthouses or suites.

    I would be surprised (apart from the first ones in my post) that any of the others do succeed in selling their high end rooms directly on their webpage.

    When nowadays with web 2.0 it’s so easy and reachable.

  3. Hi Florian

    Thanks for dropping by and posting such a thorough comment. As a Web designer/marketer myself, I agree wholeheartedly with your sentiments. When you’re charging ‘top whack’ for your accommodation, you really would think it would be well presented via every medium available, the Web included.

    I’m sure there must be much more comprehensive information on each of these suites out there, along with some stunning photographs… when I’m back from the Luxury Travel Fair in London later this week, I’ll make a point of contacting each of the ten listed to see if I can get them featured in a bit more detail in our ‘suite of the week’ feature that I run on this blog each Monday.


  4. I agree about the need for hotels to overhaul their websites. They can’t sell what they refuse to show especially the beds and bathrooms.

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