Peek Inside the Most Expensive Hotels in America

For some travelers, price is of paramount importance when it comes to booking a hotel. For others, money is no object; it’s luxury and pampering that count. If you’re in the second group, or if you just want a glimpse into the glam life that could be yours for upwards of $800 per night, you’ll enjoy this roundup of 10 of the most expensive hotels in the United States. While rates vary depending on category of room, level of amenities, and time of year, even the off-season is pricey at these luxury digs. The rates quoted here reflect the price of an overnight weekend stay in mid-June.

  1. Mandarin Oriental, New York City

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    Mandarin Oriental, New York City

    Even an “inexpensive” hotel room in New York City tends to cost more than similar accommodations elsewhere, but the Mandarin Oriental takes luxury—and the corresponding price—to notable heights. 

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  2. Mandarin Oriental: Modern Asia in Manhattan

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    Mandarin Oriental, New York City Interior

    Winner of numerous industry accolades, the hotel, with a highly regarded spa, has more than 240 rooms and suites, all decorated in an inspired fusion of sleek contemporary style and Asian flair.

    flickr.com via proforged

  3. Mandarin Oriental: Top-Dollar Elegance

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    Mandarin Oriental, New York City Restaurant

    Guests can dine in the elegant restaurant, work out in the state-of-the-art fitness center, relax in the five-star spa, and enjoy the hotel's glorious views of Manhattan. Nightly rates range from $995 to $14,000 for the largest suite.

    flickr.com via kathyylchan

  4. Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, California

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    Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

    It’s a half-hour drive from San Francisco to Half Moon Bay, where the imposing, castle-like Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay perches atop a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

    flickr.com via romanlily

  5. Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay: Amenities Aplenty

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    Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay Golf Course

    The resort offers more than just beautiful views: There are tennis courts, a five-star spa, several restaurants, two on-site championship golf courses, nearby horseback riding, fire pits overlooking the ocean, and of course, luxuriously appointed rooms.

    flickr.com via chijs

  6. Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay: You Get What You Pay For

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    Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay Interior

    The cost per night isn’t quite as relaxing as the surroundings: A Saturday overnight stay in June will set you back from $969 for a regular room to $7,500 for a two-bedroom suite.

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  7. Rosewood Miramar Beach, Montecito, California

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    Rosewood Miramar Beach Hotel

    Just an hour's drive from Los Angeles, the Rosewood Miramar Beach opened this year on the site of the Miramar by the Sea Hotel, a high-fashion resort that had closed nearly 20 years ago. The Rosewood is far more upscale, however; it’s the only five-star hotel in Southern California that is situated directly on the beach. 

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  8. Rosewood Miramar Beach: Relaxation Reigns

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    Rosewood Miramar Beach Hotel Pool

    Guests can enjoy the resort’s private stretch of beach, complete with morning yoga and evening strolls; dine in the hotel’s fine restaurants; book a top-notch spa treatment; swim in the resort's two pools; exercise in the well-equipped fitness center; or make the quick drive to nearby Santa Barbara, nicknamed the “American Riviera.” 

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  9. Rosewood Miramar Beach: No Small Potatoes

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    Rosewood Miramar Beach Hotel Lobby

    A midsummer stay at the Rosewood Miramar Beach ranges from $800 for a regular room to $6,775 for the Ambassador Suite.

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  10. The Beverly Hills Hotel

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    The Beverly Hills Hotel

    The iconic Beverly Hills Hotel has graced the 90210 ZIP code since 1912; that’s before Beverly Hills was even a city!

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  11. The Beverly Hills Hotel: Midcentury Makeover

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    The Beverly Hills Hotel Midcentury

    The Mediterranean revival-style hotel, which, thanks to its late-1940s pastel paint job, is known as the "Pink Palace," has long welcomed Hollywood’s elites as well as rock stars, politicians, and foreign dignitaries. The grounds and hotel interiors still reflect the vintage look of Hollywood’s most glamorous era. 

    flickr.com via alan-light

  12. The Beverly Hills Hotel: Green Costs Green

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    The Beverly Hills Hotel Gardens

    Surrounded by 12 acres of gorgeous gardens loaded with palm trees, bright flowers, and meandering walkways, the resort offers famous restaurants, stylish guest rooms, charming bungalows, a fitness room, and a spa. Hobnobbing with the stars doesn’t come cheap, though: a midsummer overnight stay here costs from $795 for a standard room to $4,000 for the largest suite.

    flickr.com via alan-light

  13. Amangani, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

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    Amangani Hotel

    While the majority of the most expensive hotels in the country are found on the coasts, Amangani, in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is one of the exceptions to that rule.

    flickr.com via tiarescott

  14. Amangani: Resort Living

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    Amangani Hotel Interior

    This stunning resort celebrates the very best of the American West with rugged opulence, glorious mountain views, guided tours of nearby Grand Teton National Park, a five-star spa, three restaurants specializing in locally sourced meats and fish and seasonal produce, two exercise studios, hot-air ballooning in the summer, skiing in the winter, and perhaps best of all, the utmost in pampering and relaxation any day of the year.

    flickr.com via lynnfriedman

  15. Amangani: Big Sky, Big Prices

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    Amangani Hotel Relaxation

    A one-night weekend stay at this Rocky Mountain resort in mid-June starts at $1,295 per room.

    flickr.com via lynnfriedman

  16. Four Seasons Hualalai, Hawaii

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    Four Seasons Hualalai, Hawaii

    For many travelers, just being in the paradise that is the Kohala Coast on the island of Hawaii is enough. For others, paradise needs a dash of luxury. And for those travelers, a stay at the Four Seasons Hualalai should be on the itinerary. 

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  17. Four Seasons Hualalai: Tropical Contentment

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    Four Seasons Hualalai Exterior

    Among the resort's eight pools is the 1.8-million-gallon "aquarium," carved out of lava rock, where guests can snorkel through the shoals and spot colorful tropical fish. Other diversions include a cultural center that teaches the history of the Hawaiian Islands; seven restaurants; a championship golf course; activities for kids, teens, and adults; and of course, lush landscaping, with plenty of spots to relax and take in the gorgeous views. 

    flickr.com via Aaron Feen, Dave Pinter, Al Case

  18. Four Seasons Hualalai: For the Right Price

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    Four Seasons Hualalai Beach

    In return for all this beauty and pampering, you’ll pay from $840 per night for a regular room to $4,040 for an oceanfront suite.

    flickr.com via davepinter

  19. Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park

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    Ritz-Carlton Central Park

    Overlooking Central Park in New York City, the Ritz-Carlton offers the heights of luxury amidst a contemporary setting with touches of old-school elegance.

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  20. Ritz-Carlton New York: Urbane Renewal

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    Ritz-Carlton Central Park Lounge

    Guests can dine on fine cuisine, enjoy afternoon tea, or relax with a pampering spa treatment. It’s just a short walk to Fifth Avenue shopping and restaurants, and Central Park is mere steps away. 

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  21. Ritz-Carlton Central Park: Presidential Treatment

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    Ritz-Carlton Central Park Bedroom

    The attentive staff here is happy to satisfy your every desire, day or night. For a weekend stay mid-June, rooms start at $936 and go up to $20,000 per night for the Presidential Suite.

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  22. Faena Hotel Miami Beach

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    Faena Hotel Miami Beach

    While you can soak up the sun and the scene of Miami Beach at plenty of less expensive hotels, they won’t pamper and entertain you the way the Faena Hotel Miami Beach will.

    flickr.com via romanboed

  23. Faena Hotel Miami Beach: Mammoth Fun

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    Faena Hotel Miami Beach Mammoth

    There’s a definite feeling of whimsy here. For starters, there's the bright and funky artwork and furnishings, a golden woolly mammoth skeleton in a glass case, and an in-house cabaret theater where leather-clad aerialists twirl and whirl overhead as you sip your cocktail. 

    flickr.com via jurvetson

  24. Faena Hotel Miami Beach: Private Perks

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    Faena Hotel Private Beach

    And then there are the outright luxuries: a private white-sand beach, an ultimate-experience spa, the finest dining, and a staff dedicated to making your stay memorable. Weekend rates during June start at $525 per night—although you’ll pay less per night with a minimum four-night reservation—and go up to an astonishing $50,525 for a five-bedroom suite.

    flickr.com via romanboed

  25. Baccarat Hotel, New York City

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    Baccarat Hotel, New York

    The Baccarat Hotel in New York City brings the elegance and style of Paris to the Big Apple. Magnificent accents of Baccarat crystal, including chandeliers, lights, sculptures, and tables, sparkle and shine throughout the interiors. There’s even a light show at night.

    flickr.com via ACME

  26. Baccarat Hotel: Gilded Glory

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    Baccarat Interior

    The spa at the Baccarat uses La Mer products for the ultimate in luxury, and while there’s a fitness center and pool, you may be too busy relaxing in the opulent hotel lobby, heading across the street to Manhattan’s Museum Mile, jogging in nearby Central Park, or dining in one of the hotel's five-star restaurants.

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  27. Baccarat Hotel: Glittering Prices

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    Baccarat Lounge

    Not surprisingly, none of that luxury comes cheap. Rooms here start at $1,095 for a weekend overnight stay in June and go up to $1,920 for a suite.

    flickr.com via ACME

  28. The Plaza Hotel, New York City

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    Plaza Hotel New York

    The Plaza, yet another iconic New York City landmark, opened in 1907. This elegant, classically styled hotel has played roles in numerous movies and television shows over the decades, including Funny Girl, The Way We Were, Arthur, and Sleepless in Seattle. The list of famous guests includes the Beatles, Truman Capote, Frank Lloyd Wright, Marilyn Monroe, and the capricious (and fictional) Eloise.

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  29. The Plaza: Sit Back and Relax

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    Plaza Hotel Room

    It’s not just the mystique of the Plaza that draws the rich and famous to its rooms. The staff here are accustomed to pampering high-maintenance guests and don’t blink an eye at extravagant requests.

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  30. The Plaza: Sumptuous Suites

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    Plaza Hotel Restaurant

    There are several five-star restaurants on the premises as well as a spa, fitness center, and luxury shopping. A weekend overnight here in mid-June starts at $945 for a regular room and goes up to $18,000 for the Grand Penthouse Suite.

    flickr.com via johngonefishing

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