A look into one of the world’s most expensive hotel suites
Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas has unveiled a US$100,000-a-night suite designed by and featuring the works of artist Damien Hirst. It is one of the world’s most expensive hotel suites (requiring a minimum two-night stay), and while available to the loaded traveller, it is also reserved exclusively for million-dollar casino players and is part of the casino’s US$690 million reimagination project.
The Empathy Suite, Sky Villa is a whopping 835-square-metre, two-storey hotel suite that is the first of its kind featuring a collection of contemporary art at this level.
Designed in collaboration with award-winning firm Bentel & Bentel, Hirst’s personal touch appears in nearly every aspect of the villa: from specially designed furniture and textiles that incorporate Hirst’s signature spin designs, butterfly and pharmacy motifs, to large-scale works of art, including a large pill cabinet filled with diamonds.
Overnight accommodation includes 24-hour butler service, over-the-top welcome amenities, a private behind-the-scenes art tour of the suite and entire property, chauffeured car service throughout the stay and A-list access to Palms’ premier amenities such as KAOS Dayclub & Nightclub, the Pearl Concert Theater and the Palms’ world-class recording studio, as well as a $10,000 credit to utilise at the resort.
In addition to Hirst’s bespoke furniture, six original works are showcased in the Sky Villa, including Winner/Loser (2018), two bull sharks suspended in formaldehyde in a white tank set into the wall of the suite; Casino Royal (2018), a 10-panel collection of his butterfly motifs on monochrome gloss-painted canvases, a Medicine Cabinet called Vegas (2018), The Winner Takes It All (2018) and Money (2018).
The expansive layout of the villa, with soaring ceiling heights, features a 13-seat curved bar created by the artist and filled with medical waste, contrasting with the meticulous ordering of objects that are seen in the various pill cabinets on display throughout the villa. Hanging directly above the centre bar is Hirst’s Here for a Good Time, Not a Long Time (2018), two vitrines, one containing a marlin skeleton, the other a taxidermy marlin.
The bar is flanked by two luxurious lounge and media/theatre areas, accommodating up to 52 guests, with Hirst-designed furniture, drapery, carpeting and serpentine-shaped Italian leather sofas, which feature his butterfly motif. A large dining area seats 8 guests for the ultimate culinary experience. The outdoor verandah features a cantilevered Jacuzzi with mosaic inlaid butterflies and pill decals on the surrounding glass.
Unique artwork is not the only impressive element of this villa; both expansive master bedrooms are fitted with California-King beds, spacious closets and spacious bathrooms with double sinks and ample lighting for makeup application. Guests can enjoy the accommodation’s private healing salt room, two massage rooms and fitness room, promoting overall wellness. The outdoor terrace also features comfortable lounge seating overlooking scenic Las Vegas.
The Empathy Suite designed by Damien Hirst joins the hotel’s other five Sky Villas, all of which have been completely reimagined from top to bottom by award-winning Bentel & Bentel Architects, making them some of the most luxurious (and expensive) hotel suites in the world, ranging from US$25,000 to US$50,000 a night.
Those looking to book a one-of-a-kind experience in one of the world’s most expensive hotel suite are encouraged to contact Palms’ luxury sales team by emailing email@example.com.