In a city synonymous with excess, a new Empathy Suite at Las Vegas’ Palms Casino Resort is taking things to a whole new level. Designed by british contemporary artist Damien Hirst famous for sensational, and often controversial, works like his animal carcasses suspended in vats of formaldehyde and glittering diamond-encrusted human skull.
Within Hirst’s Empathy Suite discover an Advil window decal, a Valium emblem stitched into a dining room chair and a host of other prescriptions strewn around the 9,000-square-foot space in the form of bathroom stools, well-organized, a 13-seat curved bar top filled with medical waste. In addition, a pill cabinet housing rows of diamonds that is placed at one corner of the immense villa designed by Bentel & Bentel Architects.
The unashamedly lavish space, part museum and part adult playground, has two master bedrooms, a custom-made cantilevered pool offering panoramic views of the city, a fitness room, two massage rooms and “private healing salt room”. A home theatre with capacity for 52 people. There are also Italian leather sofas draped, again, with Hirst’s butterfly motif; a custom pool table covered in a replica of one of the artist’s colorful spin paintings.
Designed in collaboration with New York-based Bentel & Bentel, Hirst’s personal touch is evident in every aspect of the suite.
The rate, $100,000 per night, with a two-night minimum, eclipses The Mark Hotel’s Grand Penthouse in New York by an impressive 25 grand per night. Guests, who are required to be $1 million-dollar players and pass a credit check before being eligible to stay, can also enjoy 24-hour butler service, chauffeured car service, and A-list access to the casino’s amenities such as KAOS nightclub, Pearl Concert Theater, and a world-class recording studio.
The Empathy Suite designed by Damien Hirst is the pinnacle of luxury combining museum-worthy art and truly legendary hospitality experience for the discerning hotel aficionado and casino guest looking for a once-in-a-lifetime Las Vegas stay,” said Jon Gray, Palms general manager.
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