by Allen J. Sheinman | July 29, 2011

The list

5. Royal Suites, Burj Al Arab, Dubai.
We begin our journey with the most modestly priced accommodation in our selection, found at the 202-room Burj Al Arab (shaped like a billowing sail and the world's tallest hotel at 1,053 feet high). The property's top-of-the-line, two split-level Royal Suites can be booked together for just US$6,850 per night. Each suite features a private cinema, a rotating bed, a whirlpool bath, a meeting room, a dining room, a dressing room, a burping room, a sneezing room (OK, we made those last two up) and a butler's room with its own entrance. Among myriad meeting spaces, the hotel's two-tiered, circular Al Falak Ballroom, designed to resemble an 18th-century Viennese opera house, holds up to 350 for a cocktail reception and 220 for a plated dinner. This, we repeat, is the belt-tightening budget choice compared to what follows.

4. Royal Villa, Grand Resort Lagonissi, Athens, Greece. This 237-room property takes up all of a 72-acre peninsula on the Greek capital's south side. And while the hotel's three-bedroom Royal Villa might run you US$32,000 per night, look at the value-adds: your own indoor and outdoor pools, a private chef (to work in your fully equipped kitchen) and even a dedicated pianist. You could probably have your own floss butler, if you asked. Meetings are welcome in any of 14 conference rooms for a total of more than 3,400 attendees.

3. Ty Warner Penthouse, Four Seasons New York. On East 57th Street in the heart of the Big Apple, the 368-room Four Seasons offers its Ty Warner Penthouse suite (named for the founder of the Beanie Babies empire) for just $35,000 per night. Here you'll enjoy contemplating personal bankruptcy in your 700-square-foot library or in the suite's Zen Room, which has its own waterfall for soothing ambience. Meeting rooms range from the 410-square-foot boardroom to the 2,268-square-foot Cosmopolitan Suite, but a stay here would make a nice incentive -- incentive to start your own Ponzi scheme to pay for it.

2. Hugh Hefner Sky Villa, Palms, Las Vegas.
Of this swanky hotel's 700 rooms, our concern here is with the $40,000-per-night Hugh Hefner Sky Villa, big enough to host a party for 250 people and complete with a casino-quality poker table, a full-size gym with spa and sauna, and a balcony with an infinity-edge Jacuzzi overlooking the Strip. The property offers more than 60,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 2,500-seat concert theater, and the world's last remaining Playboy Club, which has it's own strip-like atmosphere.

1. Royal Penthouse Suite, President Wilson Hotel, Geneva.
You could buy a pretty nice house with a few acres wrapped around it in much of the United States for what you'll pay for a week's stay at the Royal Penthouse here, which will run you a cool US$65,000 per night. With picture-perfect views of Lake Geneva and/or Mont Blanc, the suite spans the entire top floor of the 228-room hotel and features four bedrooms, five marble-floored bathrooms, a dining room that seats 26, and a living room where you can host up to 40 people and which comes with its own billiards table, library and cocktail lounge. If you still have any budget left for meetings (use smaller plates for food), there are 12 separate spaces for same sprinkled throughout the property, the largest being the 9,688-square-foot Wilson Room.