So, you’ve just sold off your business and are now a multi-billionaire. Or alternatively, you’ve been playing progressive slots at your favourite casino online and bagged a cool couple of million. What to do with all that money?
Yes, invest, of course. But even after that, you can still splash out. On what you ask? We have an idea; book a few nights at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas.
In this hotel and casino you can book the Kingpin Suite for $15,000 a night and enjoy playing in your own private bowling alley. Or you can stay in the Hardwood Suite, which has a built in basketball court for players who like to shoot hoops before bed. And then there is the Empathy Suite, where a single night will set you back $100,000. Sound good? Keep reading…
An Artists Dream
The Empathy Suite was designed by pop-culture artist extraordinaire Damien Hirst, and pays homage to his quirky style. Hirst worked with Bentel & Bentel and Klai Juba Wald Architects to bring his vision to life, and the result is simply breath taking, and a little bizarre!
The British artist said he was proud to be part of the project, as the hotel features artworks by other famous names such as Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat. The owners of the hotel are art collectors and truly understand great works, and were apparently a real pleasure to work alongside, and instrumental in bringing Hirst’s vision to life.
The 2-storey suite is the most expensive in the world and boasts amazing views of the famous neon-lit Vegas Strip, all while covering a whopping 8,500 square feet of space. There’s a powder room, massage room, 2 master bedrooms, a spa, a gym and bar, and lounges that easily accommodate 50 people or more. Plus there’s a fully equipped chef’s kitchen and a luxurious dining area. There’s plenty of outdoor space too, and the cantilevered swimming pool is artistically suspended over the edge of the building, and has giant Perspex butterflies scattered across it.
All in all, Hirst used 104 stone butterflies and 17 inlaid pills in his design, and the suite also boasts 6 commissioned artworks. The most impressive of which is 2 bull sharks suspended in formaldehyde, and has the very apt title of Winner/Loser. The design of the suite has been described as ‘an essence of play with an element of why not?’ and whether its wallpaper made out of pharmaceutical drugs that echo the design of Hirst’s Pharmacy Restaurant in London, or the Perspex polka dots on the pillars, the attention to detail is simply superb.
With your stay in the Empathy Suite comes a butler that is on 24-hour standby, and a chauffeured car that’s always at your beck and call.
Lastly, you also get $10,000 credit for the resort that can be used at your leisure.
A Secret Guest List
One of the biggest draws of such expensive hotel suites is normally that they boast celebrity guests. So, when you drop an obscene amount on a suite, you can at least tell friends you’ve shared the same space as Marilyn Monroe. Or whatever the case is. But amazingly, Palms Casino is very tight lipped about who has stayed in the Empathy Suite, and even more so over who has paid to stay there and not just been comped. What we do know is that guests who have over a $1 million in credit are welcome to book the suite for free, so it has clearly been designed to appeal to those with a High Roller lifestyle,
If al this sounds amazing but is not quite in your budget, a standard room at the Palms Casino is between $60 and $100 a night. So, while you may not get those sharks in formaldehyde, you’ll save yourself a bundle and can still enjoy most of what the establishment has to offer!