This level of hospitality in the travel industry is not dead. It just costs thousands of dollars to obtain and is out of reach for 99 percent of travelers that visit NYC.
What would it take for you to drop $45,000 on a hotel stay? An endless supply of chocolate? A complimentary plane tour of New York City? How about some calfskin-covered walls and a Rolls-Royce driven by your own chauffeur?
The Ty Warner Penthouse at the Four Seasons in New York City can provide the third luxury above alongside 360-degree views of Manhattan and a personal butler.
Despite a growing sharing economy and the proliferation of deals-focused travel sites, luxury is still alive and well in Manhattan. Multi-room suites with more bathrooms and flat-screen TVs than guests will cost visitors anywhere from $10,000 to $45,000 a night in New York City.
As a comparison, one of the cheapest accommodations we found in New York was a hostel on the Upper West Side, for $25 a night.
Hotel search site NewYorkHotels.org compiled a list of the ten most expensive hotel suites in the city, based on September rates.
Read below, or click through the slideshow above, for a sneak peak at the rooms and perks that are designed, quite literally, for a king.
- The Ty Warner Penthouse at the Four Seasons is the most expensive hotel suite in New York City. For $45,000 a night, guests can enjoy 360-degree views of Manhattan through floor-to-ceiling windows, calfskin leather walls, and a grand piano. Guests also have access to a 24-hour personal butler, a Rolls-Royce chauffeur, and a personal trainer. The 4,300-square-foot suite is cleaned twice a day.
- The Presidential Suite at The St. Regis New York is the second more expensive suite in New York at $35,000. The hotel does not share images of the suite where Salvador Dali and Marilyn Monroe once slept. Us commoners can only dream how the celebrities decided between one of four full-service bathrooms.
- It costs $30,000 a night for hotel guests to feel as through they are amidst the royal court of Louis XV at The Plaza Hotel’s Royal Plaza Suite. Guests can overlook Fifth Avenue or host a party of twelve in the dining room after dinner is prepared in a state-of-the-art kitchen that the hotel describes as “ideal” for guests who travel with a personal chef.
- The Peninsula Suite at The Peninsula Hotel goes for $24,000 a night. When guests grow tired of looking at their sky-high view of Fifth Avenue, they can wonder around the suite’s six rooms including a master bedroom, living room, kitchen, study, or second bedroom.
- For $20,000 a night, hotel guests in the Tata Suite at The Pierre, New York’s Taj Hotel, can enjoy much more than sweeping views of Central Park. Guests are treated to butlers called the Taj Royal Attaché. There are few limited to the service they provide from unpacking luggage to preparing in-suite meals.
- Silk walls, a wood-panelled study, and two-person shower await guests at the Presidential Suite in The Mandarin Oriental. At $18,000 a night, guests can enjoy being in the middle of Columbus Circle while still enjoying views of Central Park at the Hudson River.
- Visitors can “experience the grandeur of Versailles in the heart of contemporary New York” for $15,000 a night, according to The New York Palace Hotel. Eight people can fit in the Tower Royal Suite where entire rooms are decked out in gold. Views of Madison Avenue and St. Patrick’s Cathedral are right outside the window.
- The Empire Suite at The Carlyle costs $15,000 a night. The Art Deco-insipred three-bedroom suite spans two floors making the space — with its own curated art collection — feel more like your rich friend’s home than a hotel.
- Hotel guests can peer out of a telescope on the 22nd floor of the Ritz-Carlton wearing nothing but a plush robe for $14,000. The Royal Suite comes with just one master bedroom, but a second can be added on at request. In addition to the number of bedrooms, guests will also have a choice of seven different types of pillows.
- The two-bedroom penthouse at the Trump Soho is the most affordable suite to make the top ten list at just $10,000 a night. Guests here trade views of Central Park for the Hudson River and Empire State Building. Two master bedrooms and oversized bathrooms are situated on opposite sides of the suite making it the perfect property for groups that appreciate their private time.
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Photo credit: It costs $35,000 a night to sit at the dining area of the Royal Plaza Suite in the Plaza Hotel. The Plaza Hotel / The Plaza Hotel