Damien Hirst Creates $100,000-a-Night Hotel Suite in Las Vegas
Sharks suspended in formaldehyde, oversized pills graphics, and flooring patterned with butterflies. These are just a few of the highlights that await big spenders staying at a hotel suite designed by British artist Damien Hirst for the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
The new ‘Empathy Suite’ is part of a complete re-imagining of six of Palms Casino Resort’s Sky Villas, all designed in collaboration with Bentel & Bentel Architects. The aforementioned suite was curated by Damien Hirst and is now one of the most expensive accommodation options in the world, with a stay setting back high-roller around £75,000 a night.
The suite offers two master bedrooms and a cantilevered outdoor pool overlooking the Las Vegas Strip, along with numerous lounges that can fit over 50 people, massage rooms, a salt relaxation room, a gym, two bathrooms and a powder room for Joes and Janes that leisure.
Hirst’s signatures are found in nearly every aspect of the hotel suite, from furniture and textiles that incorporate his designs, to six original artworks – the most striking of which sees two bull sharks suspended in formaldehyde in a tank. Called Winner/Loser, it’s inspired by his famed 1991 piece The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living.
Others artworks include a fish design above a 12-chair bar, named Here for a Good Time, Not a Long Time, a translucent cabinet filled with pills titled Monet, and another cabinet, The Winner Takes It All filled with cubic zirconias gems.
Throughout the interior, there are hundreds of stencilled and embroidered skulls, pills and butterflies, as well as 104 stone butterflies and 17 inlaid pills which have been blended into the marble floors and the pool deck. Two hundred vinyl appliques shaped like drugs also line the exterior and interiors of the suite,
Damien Hirst’s ‘Empathy Suite’ at Palms Casino Resort is available for free for guests with over $1 million (£758,890) in credit at the resort, or anyone will to spend $200,000 (£151,753) for a two-night stay. Find out more over at the Palms Website.
The Palms reopened last year following extensive renovation work, with graphic designers and visual artists installing works. One such work is Joshua Vides’ Til Death Do Us Part, a black and white wedding chapel made for ‘an Instagram-worthy wedding, vow renewal or photo shoot.’