The Most Lavish and Expensive Hotel Suites on Earth

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    http://www.cntraveler.com/features/2012/10/luxury-hotel-suites-international-market-trends?mbid=

    Believe it or not, luxury hotels can’t build suites fast enough to keep up with skyrocketing demand. As a growing international elite takes the lid off luxury, Christian L. Wright checks into eight extraordinary rooms for a taste of the really good life—and to find out just how much comfort a cool $18,000 a night can buy.


    For the unfathomably rich and the internationally famous, hotel suites are safe havens, cloistered precincts where the powerful have affairs without consequence, exiled princes hide out, divas are coddled, and rock-and-roll stars swing from chandeliers. The very word suite suggests privilege and conjures up images of cocktails in sunken living rooms, small mountains of hatboxes, and glamorous love affairs. (As Sophia Loren once said, you can tell how much a man loves you by the hotel suite he books.) For the rest of us, though, they’re just a mystery on a floor our key cards won’t allow us to access, a set of bolted double doors through which we’ll never enter and onto which we project our fantasies.

    And there are a lot more of those doors being bolted these days: While much of the world digs for pennies in its change purse, there’s a growing market for hotel suites, driven both by the fortunate few who are impervious to economic downturns and to the swelling ranks of multi-millionaires and multi-billionaires around the world. These are no junior suites, mind you, which often offer little more than a few extra millimeters of space and a club chair. “There are relatively few luxury suites available, and there are ever more wealthy people looking for them,” says Sean Hennessey, CEO of the consulting group Lodging Advisors, in New York. To meet the increased demand, existing hotels are blowing out walls to rejigger floor plans, and new luxury hotels are devoting more and more square feet to one-, two-, and three-bedroom suites in their blueprints, industry analysts say.

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