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The most recent addition to the $690 million renovation of the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas is a brand new collaboration with British artist Damien Hirst. The artist––who is known for his peculiar animal bisections and bold use of color and shapes in his paintings––has turned a suite into a private museum of sorts.
The two-story Empathy Suite, conceptualized by Hirst, features custom made furniture and textiles designed with nods to the artist's work. From a custom butterfly-motif mosaic pool (with views of the Las Vegas Strip, of course) to his existing piece “Vegas” that manifests as a large pill cabinet filled with diamonds, every corner of this suite has been carefully put together by Hirst with help from design firm Bentel & Bentel.
You will also find some of Hirst’s most well-known work in the suite: “Winner/Loser,” which features two bull sharks suspended in formaldehyde, “Casino Royale,” a series of ten butterfly motifs, “Winner Takes All,” and “Money.”
When it comes to more common hotel amenities, guests can enjoy access to a private healing salt room, two massage rooms, a fitness room, California-King beds, and outdoor terrace seating.
The 9,000-square-foot suite comes at a staggering price: $200,000 for a two-night stay. That price tag puts this suite on the list of the most expensive hotel rooms in the world. The Empathy Suite is one of six Sky Villas, the other five have been designed by the architects at Bentel & Bentel and range from $25,000 to $40,000 a night.