What is the most exclusive hotel in the world? The answer depends on whether guests are looking for security, size or just to spend the most money in a single night. Here are top contenders:
Most Secure and Expensive
With bulletproof windows and doors, the Royal Penthouse of the Hotel President Wilson in Geneva, Switzerland, is the ideal safe house for visiting heads of state or other assassination-prone visitors. Guests need not worry about sharing an elevator with would-be criminals. The hotel suite has a private elevator to whisk guests to the penthouse.
Security comes at a price. At $65,000 per night, the Royal Penthouse is also the most expensive hotel suite in the world.
The Guinness World Records recognizes the Royal Residence in the Grand Hills Hotel in the Lebanese mountain village of Broumana as the world’s largest hotel suite. The Royal Residence is more than a suite; it is an independent mansion measuring slightly less than 44,500 square feet. This accommodation boasts six floors and two private swimming pools.
Travelers desiring to stay at their own private Taj Mahal will love the Raj Palace in Jaipur, India. The four-floor Presidential Suite was a former Maharaja’s residence and still provides a luxurious ambiance. Lavishly decorated in gold leaf and ivory, this hotel suite even has its own museum.
Best Seaside View and Private Staff
The Royal Towers Bridge Suite in Atlantis, Bahamas, occupies a bridge spanning the hotel’s two towers. Because of its bridge location, the hotel suite offers guests front-to-back views from gigantic, floor-to-ceiling windows. Guests can also stroll the 800-square-foot balcony overlooking the Caribbean. A permanent, private staff of seven comes with the hotel suite.
Some travelers prefer views that look under the water rather than over it. The Poseidon Undersea Resort on a private island in Fiji offers the 1,000-square-foot Nautilus Suite. This hotel suite rests on the ocean floor, 40 feet underwater. Four-inch-thick acrylic casing makes up the walls to give guests a panoramic view of marine life. Guests typically access hotel rooms by elevator, but SCUBA diving aficionados can enter and exit through a hatch.