The enfant terrible of Young British Artists has designed a hotel suite that is the most expensive in the world.
The Empathy Suite, a “9,000 square foot masterpiece”, includes two king-size beds and numerous works by the YBA, Damien Hirst. Of the suite, Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, says, “Rethink art. Rethink villas. Rethink Vegas in this unthinkable space from the mind of Damien Hirst.”
The two-floored suite is available on request only, and if requesting it, you will need to be able to cough up £79,000 per night to stay there, and you will need to be able to stay there for a minimum of two nights. The price tag is part of the concept: it is like sleeping in your own private art gallery.
The rooms are filled with artworks by the world-famous artist, including one of his iconic shark tanks, it also has polka dot pillars, and his medicine cabinet theme runs through the decor and furniture (enough to seat 52 people). In fact, of Hirst’s most iconic designs and motifs can be spotted in the suite (which also boasts a recording studio) including his butterflies and even a real-life medicine cabinet, complete with TCP, a nod to Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery Pharmacy restaurant in London.
Above the suite’s 13-seat semi-circular bar aptly looms Hirst’s Here for a Good Time, Not a Long Time artwork (2018). The artwork comprises two vitrines: one containing a marlin skeleton and in the other a taxidermy marlin. A gentle reminder to enjoy your brief time in the world’s most expensive suite.
Even the bathroom is full of Hirst-accented opulence. One of them is almost entirely made of marble, complete with Hirst’s butterflies, which are also in marble. And if that that wasn’t enough to satisfy your Hirst-thrist, there’s a gym, and two massage rooms—the massage chairs embroidered with Hirst’s butterflies.
The Empathy Suite was formerly the Hugh Hefner Suite, with a much lower price tag before Hirst’s renovations. But the good news is: if a guest is gambling $1million dollars, the room comes free. In which case, however, it would almost be cheaper to buy one of his works of art that you can keep forever, rather than a couple of nights.