What is the price of luxury in New York?
$35,000 a night! At least, that’s the price Four Seasons Hotel has placed on the Ty Warner Penthouse – the most exclusive of all suites in New York City, not to mention the most expensive.
If you think $35,000 is an obscenely indecent amount to charge for one room, take a look at how much it cost to build this 9-room suite – $50 Million!!! Of course they have to earn back all the money they’ve put into the mother of pearl inlaid walls, fabrics woven with platinum and gold and all the razzmatazz that has gone into putting the room right on top of the list of “extravagant indulgences you are not allowed in this lifetime unless you are a millionaire several times over!”
The Ty Warner Penthouse, named after the owner, is designed by Peter Marino designer and architect for fashion houses like Armani, Louis Vitton, Chanel, Fendi and Dior, and architect I.M. Pei, who designed the fantastically beautiful glass & steel pyramid at the Louvre Museum. Of course, the results were stunning, to say the least.
To begin with, the penthouse is missing a few exterior walls. No need to panic; a stay at the room is not meant to be an adventure sport. What I mean is that it has the suite has wrap around floor-to-ceiling windows that give you a dizzying 360 degree view of the city. Definitely not a place for the weak hearted or those suffering from vertigo!
The penthouse can only be accessed by a private elevator. First time residents of the penthouse are requested to acclimatize their senses by indulging in every luxurious whim possible. Sudden exposure to so much opulence can cause you to take several steps back and fall down in a swoon.
If you should do that, the 4-foot high cut-glass chandelier hanging dramatically from the living room ceiling sparkling merrily at you will help to orient your senses to the surroundings. As you glance around, you will see more and more of the luxuries we happened to mention earlier. However, be careful; take it all in slowly, very slowly!
Jokes apart, the Ty Warner Penthouse is a revelation in each step you take. From the LaLanne chandelier in gilded bronze in the library to the Thai canopy bed threaded with gold in the bedroom; from the Swedish handmade-in-160-hours Hästens Vividus mattress to the master bathroom with glistening with onyx ceiling, walls and floor and loads, loads more, Ty Warner needs to be “explored” and absorbed at leisure.