Photo Essay: The World’s Most Expensive Hotels

It’s hard to believe what you read in the headlines about the worldwide economic crisis when the world’s most expensive hotels continue to fill their guest books. Sometimes, it seems as though these hotels are from another world – one in which they compete against each other for the title of most opulent.

But even within the hallowed halls of these shrines to luxury, there are some deals to be had – “deals,” of course, all being relative when we’re talking about this level of accommodations. Still, they may not be as much as you think: Check out what we’ve found below, and plan your dream vacation – or just let the pictures take you away!

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

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Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas

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Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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Çırağan Palace, Istanbul, Turkey

Unlike the Emirates Palace, this stunning Kempinski hotel is housed in an actual former Ottoman palace, so it’s got the pedigree many of the modern hotels lack. Many of the rooms overlook the Bosphorus – even the “cheapo” rooms ($500) – and you can choose the perfect pillow from their pillow menu before resting your weary head. But if you really want to tap into the power of the Ottoman Empire, then by all means book the Sultan Suite for only $40,900 per night. It comes with your own butler, though, so there’s that.

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Hôtel Martinez, Cannes, France

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Westin Excelsior, Rome, Italy

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Photos by: Wikipedia Commons, sergej zlahtic, Emirates Palace, Wikipedia Commons, Hôtel Martinez, Westin Excelsior

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