You visit a place, take in the local atmosphere, see all the famous spots, try out their delicacies, and shop for souvenir items unique to the area. The last thing you want to do is to end your day in some dingy hotel with floors that have molds, beds ridden with bugs, bathroom that has no hot water or working flush, and a window with a general view of the wall of another building. You tell yourself that you are in vacation mode, and you deserve to pamper yourself. A firm bed with soft linen and fluffy pillows, room service that is available at anytime of the day, a pool with Jacuzzi and spa, preferably your own private chef, and a window that has an amazing view of the entire surroundings. Those are not too much to ask, are they?
Well, certainly not too much if you have the cash to pay for it. Here then are the ten most expensive and popular hotels in the world that would make you wish that vacation would last forever.
The Bellagio, Las Vegas – 6,400 visits
The splashy Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas has emerged the most popular hotel among the world’s richest, multi-millionaire guests.
That’s according to a new report released by New World Wealth, which found that over a 12-month period beginning June 2013, the luxury hotel in Sin City received visits from 6,400 multi-millionaires, defined as an individual with net assets of at least $10 million.
The Bellagio counts 3,993 guest rooms and suites, while The Plaza has 282, the report points out.
The Plaza, New York – 3,700 visits
After The Bellagio, with about half the number of visits, comes The Plaza hotel in New York with 3,700 visits — all the more notable given that the hotel has a fraction of rooms compared to its Las Vegas counterpart.
Caesars Palace, Las Vegas – 3,400 visits
Ultimate party seekers will find plenty of hot nightspots at the resort. Flair bartenders and sexy silhouetted dancers keep the energy going at Shadow bar while guests can literally rock the boat at Cleopatra’s Barge by grooving atop a water-soaked barge, flanked by a trademark topless Egyptian goddess statue. Or for something a bit more subdued, unwind with a drink at the Seahorse Lounge while enjoying an impressive aquarium with actual sea horses. Fizz Las Vegas, an elegant lounge and bar designed in coordination with Elton John’s partner David Furnish, serves high-end Champagnes complemented by exquisite eats like caviar and charcuterie plates.
Waldorf Astoria, New York – 3,300 visits
The Waldorf Astoria New York is a luxury hotel in New York City. It has been housed in two historic landmark buildings in New York. The first, designed by architect Henry J. Hardenbergh, was on the Fifth Avenue site of the Empire State Building. The present building, at 301 Park Avenue in Manhattan, is a 47-story 190.5 m (625 ft) Art Deco landmark designed by architects Schultze and Weaver and dating from 1931.
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore – 3,100 visits
Marina Bay Sands is an integrated resort fronting Marina Bay in Singapore. Developed by Las Vegas Sands (LVS), it is the world’s most expensive building, at US$ 4.7 billion, including the cost of the prime land.
Marina Bay Sands is situated on 15.5 hectares of land with the gross floor area of 581,000 square metres. The iconic design has transformed Singapore’s skyline and tourism landscape since it opened on 27 April 2010. The property has a hotel, convention and exhibition facilities, theatres, entertainment venues, retailers and restaurants.
The Breakers, Palm Beach – 3,000 visits
The Breakers Hotel is a historic hotel in Palm Beach, Florida, United States. First known as The Palm Beach Inn, it was opened on January 16, 1896 by oil, real estate, and railroad tycoon, Henry Flagler, to accommodate travelers on his Florida East Coast Railway. It occupied the beachfront portion of the grounds of the Royal Poinciana Hotel, which Flagler had opened beside Lake Worth Lagoon facing the inland waterway in 1894. Guests began requesting rooms “over by the breakers,” so Flagler renamed it The Breakers Hotel in 1901. The wooden hotel burned on June 9, 1903 and was rebuilt, opening on February 1, 1904. Rooms started at $4 a night, including three meals a day. Because Flagler forbade motorized vehicles on the property, patrons were delivered between the two hotels in wheeled chairs powered by employees. The grounds featured a nine-hole golf course.
Hotel de Paris, Monaco – 2,800 visits
The Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo is a luxury hotel at the heart of Monacoand is owned and operated by SBM, along with the Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo, the Monte-Carlo Beach Hotel and the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort. The hotel is regularly listed on the annual Conde Nast Traveller Gold List. It has notable restaurants, including the Michelin 3-star Louis XV and Michelin-starred Le Grill, as well as the Le Bar Americain.
The hotel has featured in numerous films, including The Red Shoes (1948), Iron Man 2 (2010), Monte Carlo (2011), and two James Bond films; Never Say Never Again (1983) and GoldenEye (1996). It was also portrayed in the 2012 animated film Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted.
The Ritz, London – 2,600 visits
Juxtaposed between the bustling metropolitan areas of Mayfair and St. James, which abound with luxury boutiques, art galleries and iconic attractions; and the tranquil emerald green expanse of Green Park, The Ritz provides the ultimate destination to enjoy the quintessential London experience.
Grand Floridian Disney World, Florida – 2,400 visits
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is a AAA Four Diamond Award–winning, Victorian themed luxury hotel and spa located at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. The property opened on June 28, 1988 as the Grand Floridian Beach Resort. The name changed to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa during the fall of 1997. The resort contains 867 rooms among six buildings at an average of 400 square feet (37 m2) per room. A standard room can sleep up to five people. The resort is owned and operated byWalt Disney Parks and Resorts.
The Grand Floridian is categorized as a deluxe resort, one of four types of accommodations at the Florida site. It is also distinguished as Disney’s flagship and most opulent resort with room rates starting at $609 per night. The resort has received designation in the Florida Green Lodging Program.
Wynn Resort, Las Vegas – 2,300 visits
Wynn Las Vegas, often referred to as simply the Wynn, is a luxury resort and casino located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. The US$2.7 billion resort is named after casino developer Steve Wynn and is the flagship property of Wynn Resorts Limited.The resort covers 215 acres (87 ha). It is located at the northeast corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Sands Avenue, directly across The Strip from the Fashion Show Mall.
The resort has earned AAA five diamond, Mobil five-star, Forbes five-star, Michelin five star, and Zagat Survey Top U.S. Hotel ratings, as well as one Michelin star for restaurant Wing Lei and is considered to be one of the finest hotels in the world. Wynn Las Vegas and its sister property Encore Las Vegas collectively hold more Forbes five-star awards than any other resort and casino in the world. Wynn Las Vegas also made Forbes Award history by earning five-star ratings in every category—Hotel, Restaurant, andSpa—for two consecutive years. It has held the distinction of winning the award in the hotel sector for four consecutive years, since 2007. The building is the first high-rise to be cleaned by an automatic window washing system.