New York is a city of extremes. It offers budget travelers cheap hotels that offer minimal accommodations and services. It also offers extremely expensive hotels with everything from luxurious spas to personal butlers.
1. Waldorf Astoria
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The Waldorf Astoria has become a New York institution that’s synonymous with luxury. Guests looking for deals can get rooms in the $250 range, but those who really want the Waldorf Astoria experience will choose Signature Suites or Waldorf Towers Suites.
Signature Suites have remarkable accommodations, including entry foyers, marble bathrooms, wet bars, and plush furniture (including extremely comfortable Waldorf Serenity beds).
The Towers offers an even more exclusive experience by giving guests their own Park Avenue entrance. Expect to spend at least $600 a day for a suite in the Towers. Using online reviews, NYC visitors can compare hotels like the Waldorf Astoria to other luxury hotels in the city to get firsthand insights from other guests who’ve stayed there before.
2. St. Regis Hotel
St. Regis Hotel guests spend an average of $823 per night. Guests who want to stay in the Presidential Suite, however, can expect to spend about $22,000 per night. That expensive tab pays for:
- three bedrooms
- four full bathrooms
- a full kitchen
- views of 55th Street and 5th Avenue
- 24-hour, in-suite services
This is premium real estate in one of the world’s most expensive cities. Add those extra services and amenities, and suddenly you have a luxurious suite that costs over 20 grand a night.
3. Four Seasons
Guests at the Four Seasons Hotel spend about $765 per night, on average. That’s a lot of money, but it’s nothing compared to what guests spend to stay in the hotel’s Ty Warner Penthouse. A single night in the penthouse costs $45,000, which is just a few thousand dollars less than the median national household income.
What could possible make the Ty Warner Penthouse worth so much? Guests get an exclusive access to one of New York’s highest hotel suites, which means sweeping views of the city. Guests also get:
- a 24-hour personal butler
- Rolls Royce, complete with chauffeur
- a bedspread that includes 22-karat thread
It doesn’t get much more opulent than that.
4. Mandarin Oriental
The Mandarin Oriental Hotel has an excellent location on Columbus Circle, practically right across the street from Central Park. The average guest spends over $800 a night at Mandarin Oriental. The Presidential Suite costs $18,000 a night.
The Presidential Suite has top-of-the-line accommodations, including Fili D’Oro sheets, an entertainment system by Bang & Olufsen, and housekeepers who visit twice a day. The real expense, however, comes from the details. The bedroom has silk upholstered walls and custom-made furniture. The kitchen has equipment and space for preparing gourmet meals. Several rooms have handcrafted rugs.
All of these details, plus the exclusive address, quickly adds up to a big tab that’s far outside most family budgets.
New York City has some of the world’s most expensive hotels. Guests willing to spend that much money get the absolute best in services, comfort, and accommodations. Which hotel would you like to experience most?