- The Royal Penthouse Suite at the President Wilson hotel in Geneva is believed to be the world’s most expensive hotel suite
- At a staggering 18,000sq/ft, it covers the hotel’s entire eighth floor and boasts 12 bedrooms, gym, jacuzzi and terrace
- The staggering price also includes a personal chef, butler and security team placed at guests’ exclusive beck and call
Where do the rich and famous stay when they’re planning a getaway on the shores of Lake Geneva? Michael Jackson, Richard Branson, Rihanna and Bill Gates have all enjoyed stays here, the world’s luxurious hotel suite – a snip at only £52,000 a night.
The Royal Penthouse Suite of the President Wilson hotel in Geneva, Switzerland, is believed to be the most expensive hotel suite in the world. Occupying the entire eighth floor of the hotel and spanning a massive 18,000 sq/ft, it boasts panoramic views overlooking the Lake Geneva and the Alps as well as a built in gym and jacuzzi.
Perfumes emanate from the wardrobes of the 12 bedrooms – each with an en-suite bathroom – and guests can either play billiards or have a tinkle on the Steinway grand piano for entertainment. And after a hard day seeing the sights of the the Swiss capital they can relax with the Bang & Olufsen BeoVision flat-screen TV and audio installation – or simply admire their sumptuous surroundings.
A hotel spokesman said: ‘No matter where one looks, an oeuvre d’art is for contemplation. Should it be an art deco vase; a prestigious painting, or a Persian carpet, each object has been chosen for its unique value.’ But that’s not all, the staggering price also includes a private butler, chef and security team, who are placed at the beck and call of guests, who in the past have included Hollywood stars like Matt Damon and Michael Douglas.
What really sets the Royal Penthouse suite apart is its range of tight security features that have made it a firm favourite with such heads of state as Prince Albert II of Monaco, former Soviet leader Gorbachev and Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak.
Former British prime minister Tony Blair, now a jet setting global diplomat and consultant to major investment banks, has also enjoyed a stay there.
To allow VIP guests to feel completely safe there are surveillance cameras in the corridors and at the entrance of the suite, as well as steel lined entry doors, periphery walls and bullet proof glass windows. There are also magnetic contacts outside the suite which can detect if there is an intrusion and the two main bedrooms have panic buttons which are linked to the hotel’s security.
And if all that wasn’t enough, there is a human-sized armoured safe which has its own security system and key. If you wish to experience the extravagance of the world’s most expensive hotel suite, it will set you back 75,000 Swiss Francs per night. However, since it has 12 double bedrooms, a prospective guest could potentially club together with 23 others and pay just £2,166 each… a night.