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Take a look inside the most expensive hotel room in the world, a 2-story sky villa designed by Damien Hirst that runs R1.4 million per night and was just named one of the 'world's greatest places'

Marissa Perino , Business Insider US
 Sep 15, 2019, 04:13 PM
A view of the Las Vegas Strip from the Empathy Suite balcony, including Hirst-designed dotted pillars and a private Jacuzzi.
Courtesy of Palms Casino Resort
  • The Empathy Suite, designed by artist Damien Hirst, is the most expensive hotel room in the world at $100,000 (R1.4 million) per night with a minimum two-night stay.
  • The suite was included in Time Magazine's Greatest Places of 2019 list.
  • Located off the Las Vegas Strip in the Palms Casino Resort, the two-story sky villa features two Luxury master bedrooms, a 13-seat bar, and six standalone Hirst art installments.
  • The suite was unveiled on March 1 with a private party hosted by Hirst.
  • It is one of six recently renovated villas at Palms, part of a $690 million (R10 billion) remodel for the property.
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The world's most expensive hotel room doubles as an art gallery.

Featuring work by world-renowned - and oftentimes controversial - contemporary artist Damien Hirst, the Empathy Suite at the Palms Casino Resort is now available for booking. At $100,000 (R1.4 million) per night, the Empathy Suite tops last year's high-ranking Royal Penthouse Suite at the President Wilson Hotel; the Geneva hotel charged $80,000 (R1.2 million) per night for its top accommodation.

The two-bedroom, 2.5-bath villa was recently included on Time Magazine's 100 Greatest Places of 2019 list.

Keep reading for a complete look at the exclusive suite, from the Hirst-designed balcony pool to the in-house bar.


The Empathy Suite is the crown jewel of the Palms Casino Resort.

Source: Palms Casino Resort


It's located just off the infamous Las Vegas Strip.

Source: Palms Casino Resort, Google Maps


The hotel includes 1,200 rooms across three towers, several restaurants, a concert theater, and, of course, a casino.

Source: Palms Casino Resort, Google Maps


The Empathy Suite is located in the resort's middle building, known as the Fantasy Tower.

Courtesy of Palms Casino Resort

All six of Palms' sky villas were renovated as a part of a $690 million (R10 billion) upgrade to the hotel, which was first established in 2001 and is now owned by the Fertitta brothers of Station Casino. Other villas range from $25,000 (R382,000) to $50,000 (R764,000) a night.

Source: Palms Casino Resort


The suite's designer, Damien Hirst, is a well-known contemporary artist whose work first appeared in the late 1980s.

Hirst is known for boundary-pushing collections, ranging from formaldehyde preservations to carefully arranged pill bottles. In 2017, his work filled the Palazzo Grassi and the Punta della Dogana in Venice, two art museums funded by billionaire art collector François Pinault.

Source: Gagosian Gallery


On March 1, six of his art installments were unveiled in Palms Casino Resort's newest sky villa, also designed by Hirst.

Source: Palms Casino Resort


Damien Hirst hosted the party ...

Source: Palms Casino Resort


... which included several celebrity guests, such as chef Gordon Ramsay and architect Peter Bentel.

Bentel's firm, Bentel & Bentel, is responsible for projects including MoMa and Yale University cafes, and the Garden Terrace Room at New York Botanical Gardens.

Source: Palms Casino Resort


Upon check-in to the Empathy Suite, guests receive 24-hour butler service, chauffeured car service, a private art tour of the hotel property, and a $10,000 (R152,000) credit to use at the hotel.

Courtesy of Palms Casino Resort

The Empathy Suite was formerly known as the Hugh Hefner Suite, and in 2012, CNN Travel ranked the suite No. 5 on a list of most expensive hotel rooms. Originally $40,000 (R611,000) per night, the new luxury renovations have spurred a $60,000 (R917,000) price increase.

Source: Palms Casino Resort


At 9,000 square feet, the villa features plenty of seating space throughout its two floors to entertain up to 52 people.

Courtesy of Palms Casino Resort

Source: Palms Casino Resort


The center point of the villa is a 13-seat curved bar, below one of six standalone Hirst art pieces.

Courtesy of Palms Casino Resort

Source: Palms Casino Resort


Guests can walk from the bar out to the balcony ...

A view of the Las Vegas Strip from the Empathy Suite balcony, including Hirst-designed dotted pillars and a private Jacuzzi.
Courtesy of Palms Casino Resort

Source: Palms Casino Resort


... which includes a Hirst-inspired pool overlooking Las Vegas Boulevard.

Courtesy of Palms Casino Resort

Source: Palms Casino Resort


Both of the master bedrooms include California king beds, along with glass windows that overlook either the lower level of the suite ...

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Source: Palms Casino Resort


... or the lights of the Las Vegas Strip.

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Source: Palms Casino Resort


The bathrooms are just as luxurious ...

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Source: Palms Casino Resort


... complete in gray marble with Hirst-style accents.

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Source: Palms Casino Resort


Pill wall-covering designed by Hirst is featured throughout the villa.

Courtesy of Palms Casino Resort

Source: Palms Casino Resort


The villa includes a game room complete with a pool table ...

Courtesy of Palms Casino Resort

Source: Palms Casino Resort


... and butterfly embroidery decorates the villa's massage chairs. The suite also includes a gym.

Courtesy of Palms Casino Resort

Source: Palms Casino Resort


The dining room seats eight people comfortably ...

Courtesy of Palms Casino Resort

Source: Palms Casino Resort


... with additional space in the media room nearby.

Courtesy of Palms Casino Resort

Source: Palms Casino Resort


The large windows include Hirst-inspired decals ...

Courtesy of Palms Casino Resort

Source: Palms Casino Resort


... to complement Hirst's original artwork ...

Courtesy of Palms Casino Resort

Source: Palms Casino Resort


... which can be found scattered throughout the villa.

Courtesy of Palms Casino Resort

Source: Palms Casino Resort


Hirst's work has appeared alongside other notable contemporary artists such as Jeff Koons and was recently displayed at several Venice galleries. The Palazzo Grassi art museum hosted Hirst's exhibition during the summer of 2017.

Source: Gagosian Gallery


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