America's highest-priced hotel room is set on elegant 57th Street in Midtown Manhattan, the priciest section of the country's most expensive city.
Your nightly tab for the Ty Warner Penthouse at the Four Seasons Hotel New York is $50,000 per night. Yes, fifty grand per night.
This extravagant suite occupies the hotel's entire penthouse floor (the 52nd). Astounding 360-degree views from the suite's four glass balconies make you feel you're floating in the sky. It's a better view than King Kong had from the top of the Empire State Building.
Ty Warner is the owner of the hotel. (Some Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts are owned by individuals and managed by the brand.) Mr. Warner, an Illinois native, owns the Ty Co. His fortune stems from a 1990s sensation that he created, Beanie Babies toys. Mr. Warner also owns other top luxury hotels including San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California; the Kona Village Resort on Hawaii's Big Island, and Las Ventanas al Paraiso in Los Cabo, Mexico.
What do you get for 50K per night? One of the best nights of your life!
What Its Like
How big is your house and how much did it cost to build? For comparison, these are the facts about the Ty Warner Penthouse. The suite took seven years to design and build, and cost $50 million. It rambles over 4,300 square feet (400 square meters), with towering ceilings and four balconies. The suite's guiding force, Ty Warner, collaborated with celebrated architect I.M. Pei and interior designer Peter Marino.
Everything in the Ty Warner Penthouse is one-of-a-kind and gathered from all over the world. It's pretty much an art gallery. Many objects were chosen by Mr. Warner. Some of the many artworks in the suite are antique, while others are the work of elite artists whose work was commissioned for the Ty Warner Penthouse.
The Ty Warner Penthouse takes up the entire floor of the uppermost floor of the Four Seasons Hotel New York, the 52nd floor. It is shaped like an X, with four diagonal wings surrounding the skylit landing and its three private elevators.
A View-tiful Panorama
The penthouse's four glass balconies seem to be suspended in the air over Manhattan. Each balcony faces a different direction; the points on the New York compass are uptown, downtown, East Side, and West Side. Views take in Central Park, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the Queensborough Bridge, the George Washington Bridge, dawn over the East River, sunset over the Hudson River dawn over the East River, sunset over the Hudson River, and much more.
New York City attractions you can walk to within 10 minutes include Central Park, Trump Tower, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Rockefeller Center, Carnegie Hall, and more. Stores within a 10-minute walk include Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys, Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue, Henri Bendel, Chanel, Prada, Gucci, Tiffany and Co., Cartier, Harry Winston, the 24-hour Apple Store, Nike, and many more
The suite's rooms are all oversized, with impressively high ceilings. Rooms include a master bedroom, a dressing room, a living room, a library, a "Zen room" (with a floor-to-ceiling waterfall), a spa and gym, and a breakfast room. The enormous bathroom (seen above) is like a spa, with his-and-hers sections and Japan's celebrated Toto toilets. Every room features walls or accents of a different semiprecious stone, and finishes of precious gold leaf and pearl are everywhere. No matter the time of day, and the character of the New York lights streaming in, the Ty Warner Penthouse glows
What's missing? A kitchen. One of the perks of the suite is limitless food and beverages from the hotel, whether in the suite or in the lobby restaurant and bar.
What's on the House
Beyond unlimited dining and drinking at the Four Seasons Hotel New York, a stay in the Ty Warner Penthouse includes unprecedented amenities for two registered guests. They include:
- Unlimited massages (and many other spa treatments)
- A private Rolls-Royce and chauffeur (plus airport transfers)
- A personal trainer
- Private concierge
- Unlimited Champagne
- Your choice from the hotel's food and beverage menus
- Oh, and free wifi
The LOUIS XIII Cognac Experience
Guests staying in the Ty Warner Penthouse get even luckier if they happen to be staying there on the 13th of the month. That's when the LOUIS XIII Experience happens.
This is an evening focused on Rémy-Martin's LOUIS XlII Cognac, one of the world's most luxurious spirits. It's a case of the best of the best of the best. This exquisite cognac is blended from hundreds of Eaux-de-vie (brandy) made from grapes grown in the most coveted acres of Grande Champagne in Cognac, France. Some of the Eaux-de-vie used in the blending is a century old.
This Booze Sells for $3,000 a Bottle
This LOUIS XIII Cognac retails for a whopping $3K. What does liquor that expensive taste like? It is liquid opulence: the smoothest mouthful imaginable, with a luscious, complex flavor as seductive as caramel and warmth that caresses your mouth and your soul. And LOUIS XIII's crystal bottle is suitably iconic.
A Kingly Way to Spend a New York Evening
This unforgettable experience brings one of the world's great drinking experiences to guests in the Ty Warner Penthouse. These lucky Four Seasons Hotel New York guests get to enjoy a LOUIS XIII tasting in their penthouse led by Philippe Vasilescu, LOUIS XIII’s New York Ambassador. Just watch the way he uses a white-gold pipette to extract the precious liquid from its crystal bottle.
A Regal Menu for a Royal Cognac
The tasting is paired with canapés prepared by Four Seasons New York Executive Chef John Johnson. These bites are designed to complement and enhance the unique flavor of LOUIS XIII. Among the possible canapés to be served: Caviar Russe Platinum Ossetra Caviar; Tartare of Organic Beef with Black Truffle Croustillante Wafer; Khaffir Lime Granita Sorbet.
After the tasting, guests relish a curated four-course dinner inspired by the flavors of the LOUIS XIII cognac, with a LOUIS XIII dessert pairing. The cognac flows throughout the meal and after. Guests drink their LOUIS XIII from specially designed Pillet faceted crystal glasses engraved with their initials, theirs to keep. Here's more about the regal LOUIS XIII Cognac.
For History Buffs
Louis XIII was, yes, a French king and the father of the famed "Sun King"Louis XIV (Louis the Fourteenth). Louis XIII was half Italian; his mother was a Medici from Florence. He lived an incredible but short (41-year) life, from 1601 to 1643. He was married at 15 to an Austrian princess whose father was the king of Spain. He sponsored the settlement of New France, now Quebec in Canada. He began France's ongoing relationship with Morocco. He opened the door to French diplomatic relations with Japan. He was an accomplished flute player and composer (the lute was a Renaissance-era guitar) Louis XIII loved his Cognac and supported its production and refinement.
Come Back for More
Ty Warner Penthouse guests who choose to savor this ritual are presented with an invitation. They are invited to visit the Cognac region of France at a later date for a tour of the Rémy Martin Estate and LOUIS XIII cellars, along with a private tasting of LOUIS XIII