Guests can book the suite for $200,000 for a two-night stay
The Empathy Suite at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas was designed by Damien Hirst, the same contemporary artist whose butterfly silk screens are on display in Jenner’s sophisticated, pink dining area.
The 9,000-square-foot sky villa, meant to evoke a “night at the museum,” was renovated as part of the resort’s $690 million plan to completely reimagine the property, and includes many original pieces from Hirst’s butterfly-motif works.
Inside, the two-story suite, created in collaboration with architecture firm Bentel & Bentel, boasts furniture and textiles that incorporate Hirst’s spin, butterfly and pharmacy designs, including a fully-stocked glass encased medicine cabinet filled with diamonds.
The master bathroom is outfitted with gray marble, like much of the suite, and includes mosaic butterflies etched into the flooring. In both of the master bedrooms, butterfly-covered headboards hang above the California King beds, and the animal shows up on art installations hung on the walls, curtains and the carpet.
Another area of the villa spotlights Hirst’s more subversive style. A 13-seat curved bar filled with medical waste that was created by Hirst sits at its center, and his “Here for a Good Time, Not a Long Time” piece containing a marlin skeleton and a taxidermy marlin hangs overhead.
The bar is is surrounded by two luxurious lounge and media/theater areas, which can accommodate up to 52 guests and feature serpentine Italian leather sofas and hanging chairs. Eight guests are welcome at the dining room table, which is surrounded by white chairs with pill imagery on their backs.
“I love what Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta have done with the Palms. It’s amazing being able to work with them because they are great collectors and totally understand art,” said Hirst said in a statement. “They have allowed me to create a suite in the hotel and design everything and completely fill it with my art.”
Alongside his creative furniture, six original Hirst pieces are on display in the Sky Villa, including Casino Royal (2018), a ten-panel collection of his butterfly motifs on monochrome gloss-painted canvases, A Medicine Cabinet Called Vegas (2018), The Winner Takes It All (2018) and Money (2018).
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His piece Winner/Loser (2018), which is set into the wall in the eclectic game room, is also striking, as it includes two bull sharks suspended in formaldehyde in a white tank.
Outside, the suite features a private pool covered in mosaic-tiled butterflies that overlooks the Las Vegas Strip. There’s also a cantilevered jacuzzi with inlaid butterflies and pill decals on the surrounding glass.
Guests who book the suite can enjoy the accommodation’s private healing salt room, the fitness room, and two massage rooms, where the tables have Hirst’s butterflies stitched into them.
“The Empathy Suite designed by Damien Hirst is the pinnacle of luxury combining museum-worthy art and a 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, General Manager of Palms Casino Resort.
Currently, the suite is touted as one of the world’s most expensive hotel rooms, costing $200,000 for a two-night stay, or it can be reserved exclusively for million-dollar casino players by contacting the Palms’ luxury sales team at 702-942-1222 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Empathy Suite at the Palms joins the hotel’s other five Sky Villas, all of which have been completely re-imagined from top to bottom. The resort also offers a handful of luxurious themed suites, where the amenities range from in-room basketball courts and bowling alleys to beauty bars and photo booths.
The Palms is also home to the Real World Las Vegas suite, which housed the cast members of the MTV reality show and includes an original “Confessional” area.
If you don’t have a few hundred thousand dollars to shell out on a hotel room, you can still experience the scene. Traditional resort guest rooms start at $109 per night.