The Empathy Suite at The Palms: $200,000/weekend

“Who would pay that much for a pair of speakers?” Feel free to replace “speakers” with any other piece of hifi kit and you have all the makings of a fine, old, hifi whine.

When people complain about the price of anything when it comes to how others choose to spend their disposable income, I have to wonder why it matters so much. You also have to ask yourself, is anyone in a position to dictate the terms of other people’s spending? Of course not. That’s life in a free market.

image credits: The Palms

To the subject at hand: the Empathy Suite at The Palms in Las Vegas was designed by Bentel & Bentel Architects and artist Damien Hirst. The 9,000 square-foot, two-story hotel suite, which is filled with artworks by Hirst, can be yours, for a weekend, for a cool $200k. Them’s just the facts. I suppose you could say something like, “You can stay in Motel 6 for 3,600 times less.” And you would be correct. You’d also be missing the entire point.

The next time you find your blood beginning to boil over that $20k DAC or $100k pair of speakers, keep in mind some people spend more than that for a weekend’s hotel fee.

You’re welcome.