Sin City is now home to the world’s most expensive hotel room.
Unveiled on March 1, the new Empathy Suite at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas costs $141,000 a night.
The New York Post reports among its over-the-top features is a pool that juts out high above the Las Vegas Strip and two bull sharks suspended in formaldehyde beside a game room.
Designed by boundary-pushing British artist Damien Hirst, the two-storey, 836sq m
suite requires a two-night minimum stay, so guests won’t make it out of there without dropping at least $282,000 (or spending $1 million on the casino floor).
The suite also features a 13-seat curved bar. Hanging above it are Hirst’s “Here for a Good Time, Not a Long Time” work and two glass display cases containing the skeleton of a marlin fish and a taxidermic marlin. A lounge and media area can accommodate up to 52 people.
The suite includes extras such as 24-hour butler service, a chauffeured car, a private behind-the-scenes art tour, VIP access to entertainment venues and a $14,000 resort credit.
For comparison, the Royal Penthouse Suite at the Hotel President Wilson in Geneva starts at $113,000 a night. The Grant Penthouse Suite at The Mark in New York City, where Meghan Markle had her baby shower, is $106,000 a night.
The Palms has never been known for subtlety: It is, after all, the place where The Real World: Las Vegas reality show was filmed in 2002, and it once had the largest Hooters in the world.
The Empathy suite has two master bedrooms, each with a massage room, and an additional salt relaxation room.
But the highlight is the art: Hirst created six special pieces.
In collaboration with architectural firm Bentel & Bentel, he also designed other aspects of the villa, including the furniture, carpeting and a large pill cabinet filled with diamonds.
“It’s really his greatest hits, if you will,” said Jon Gray, vice president and general manager of Palms.
The Empathy Suite joins five other redesigned Sky Villas, ranging from $35,290 to $70,580 a night.
The Palms is now on the verge of completing a $974 million renovation that will also result in new restaurants and bars as well as a swimming pool with a 20m Hirst-designed statue as its centrepiece.
The property’s public spaces are sprinkled with other pieces of fine art by Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and others.
“We wanted to create a sense of discovery throughout the property, and art was the perfect way to do it,” Mr Gray said.
This article originally appeared on the New York Post and was reproduced with permission