For most of us, a hotel room is just a place to hang our hats after a long day of sightseeing. But for those rolling in the dough, a hotel stay can transform from a necessity into an experience. U.S. News Travel has compiled a list of the most expensive hotel rooms in the USA; although the prices will make you cringe, these luxurious suites will make you swoon.
Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas
: $40,000 per night
If you're looking to experience Vegas like a high-roller, there's no better place to escape than one of the Palms' two-story Sky Villas. These monumental rooms — measuring 9,000 square feet — are Sin City's ultimate party pads, featuring over-the-top amenities such as a glass-enclosed Jacuzzi pool (with spectacular views of the Strip), a fitness center and sauna, and a 24-hour butler service. You'll also receive VIP club passes for up to six people. Not in the mood to party? Hunker down on the master bedroom's revolving bed for a movie night you'll never forget.
The Plaza Hotel, New York City
: $30,000 per night
This three-bedroom, 3 1/2-bath suite occupies nearly 4,500 square feet of New York's famed Plaza Hotel. Those willing to drop $30K a night will be rewarded with coveted views of Fifth Avenue and Grand Army Plaza, not to mention amenities like a fully stocked library and a state-of-the-art kitchen. If you prefer not to cook, you can acquire the services of a private professional chef for the duration of your stay. And that's not all: This lavish suite — decked out in 18th-century French-style décor — also comes with round-the-clock butler service.
The Fairmont San Francisco, San Francisco
: $15,000 per night
In 1962, The Fairmont San Francisco echoed Tony Bennett's crooning about how he "left his heart in San Francisco." And anyone who's dropped $15K for a night in the Penthouse Suite will surely fall in love as well. Filled with three bedrooms, four bathrooms, a formal dining room, a library, and a billiards room, this 6,000-square-foot suite is not lacking space. Amenities are in no shortage either, with a plasma-screen TV and luxury bath products to boot. But the true gem here is the massive outdoor patio, which offers spectacular views of San Francisco's skyline and the bay.
Four Seasons Hotel New York, New York City
: $40,000 per night
Looking out over the city from its 800-foot-high Midtown perch, the Four Seasons' 4,300-square-foot Ty Warner Penthouse Suite is the highest hotel suite in a city and offers unbeatable 360-degree views of New York City's skyline and Central Park. You can enjoy the vistas as you snack on room service, soak in the tub, or lounge in the master bedroom. And while you might think that $40,000 per night is a bit steep for sweeping views, note that guests of the I.M. Pei- and Peter Marino-designed suite also have access to a 24-hour personal butler, a Rolls-Royce chauffeur, a personal trainer, and even an art concierge.
The Joule, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Dallas
: $8,000 per night
For $8,000 a night, you're expected to do more than sleep at The Joule's downtown Dallas digs. The 2,500-square-foot Penthouse Suite is meant to entertain, boasting an eight-person dining room, a fully-stocked bar, and a pool table. When you're not hosting a soirée, you can soak up the views from one of two balconies or from the telescope next to the bedroom's floor-to-ceiling windows. Or, you can snuggle in 300-thread-count sheets after a long soak with soothing spa products. In short, this two-bedroom suite is the most luxurious place to lay your head in the Big D.
Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows, Los Angeles
: $17,300 per night
Don't be fooled by the whimsical pink exterior: The Beverly Hills Hotel considers luxury a serious business. So serious, in fact, that celebs like Marilyn Monroe and Marlene Dietrich have stayed here, and Elizabeth Taylor honeymooned behind these rosy walls with six of her eight husbands. In 2011, this L.A. hot spot unveiled a new level of opulence: The 5,000-square-foot Presidential Bungalow. These three-bedroom, 3 1/2-bath villas feature floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a private outdoor patio with a pool, an exercise area, and a fireplace. Another bonus: For $17,300 a night, you'll also obtain the services of a personal chef.
Four Seasons Hotel, Washington D.C.
: $15,000 per night
There's no better way to experience Washington's trendy Georgetown neighborhood than from the rooftop patio of the Four Seasons' Royal Suite. But this beautifully furnished sky-high hideaway isn't the only reason to drop $15,000 a night: This 4,000-square-foot, art-deco-style room comes equipped with everything from a cozy television room to a private dining room to a private study. And for extra comfort, the Four Seasons includes luxury features like an oversized soaking tub, separate his and hers walk-in closets, and plush down bedding. The room rate also includes personalized concierge and shopping services.
Mandarin Oriental, New York City
: $18,000 per night
Stretching 2,640 square feet over the Mandarin Oriental's 53rd floor, the $18,000-a-night Presidential Suite is a treat for the eyes. Featuring refined, Asian-inspired décor — like silk bedding and soothing cream and jade tones — this sprawling suite provides a comforting contrast to the twinkling lights outside the floor-to-ceiling windows. With pampering in mind, the Mandarin Oriental outfitted these primo digs with $100,000 worth of entertainment technology. To unwind after a long day of exploring the city, spend some time in the master bath's steam shower and oversized soaking tub. Nothing says "relaxation" quite like a long soak while enjoying views of the Hudson River.
New York Palace, New York City
: $19,000 per night
The Royal Suite at The New York Palace is aptly named: For $19,000 a night, you can live like a king. This opulent room occupies 4,000 square feet on the 45th floor of the famous Midtown hotel, offering fantastic views of central Manhattan. The suite itself was inspired by the most elegant palaces in history, with the silky green and gold décor taking its cue from French Kings Louis XV and Louis XVI, its marble his and hers bathrooms alluding to Italy's elaborate villas, and its towering columns hinting at Greece's golden days.
The St. Regis New York, New York City
: $21,000 per night
For $21,000 a night, you could cruise the same marble foyer as socialite Babe Paley or lounge in the same wood-paneled library as artist Salvador Dali. The St. Regis' Presidential Suite has also accommodated numerous politicos, who all marveled at the stunning views of Fifth Avenue. This recently remodeled three-bedroom, 3,400-square-foot suite also comes fully equipped with a kitchen, a dining room that seats eight, four bathrooms, and a library.