In July, Mercer published its current list of the most expensive cities in the world. Curious about the cost of living for expats, we created a collection of the priciest apartments and rentals in these cities. But what about hotels? How much will one night in the world's most expensive towns set you back?
Based on the cost of housing, transportation, food, clothing, household goods and entertainment, the most expensive place to station an employee is Luanda, the capital of Angola. Moscow and Tokyo follow Luanda on the list, then N'Djamena (Chad, Africa) and Singapore come next. Hong Kong is the sixth, then three Swiss cities — Geneva, Zurich and Bern — and Sydney, Australia, close out the top 10.
Most of us normals will never see the inside of a hotel room that costs roughly a year's worth of college tuition, but it's certainly fun to look. So have a peek into the unknown realms of the unlimited opulence below — and thank your lucky stars for online discount sites.
Top photo: the second most expensive hotel in Hong Kong, The Peninsula. Source: peninsula.com.
10. Sydney, Australia. Hotel Park Hyatt. The Sydney suite costs $15,000 per night.
9. Bern, Switzerland. The Hotel Schweizerhof. The Presidential Suite costs about $US4200 per night.
8. Zurich, Switzerland. The Dolder Grand. The Maestro Suite costs around $18,800 per night.
7. Geneva, Switzerland. President Wilson Hotel. The Royal Penthouse Suite costs $65,000 per night. Allegedly.
6. Hong Kong, China. The Intercontinental Hong Kong. The Presidential Suite costs $13,000 per night.
5. Singapore, Singapore. Marina Bay Sands Hotel. The Chairman Suite costs $17,000 per night.
4. N'Djamena, Chad. The Presidential Suite in Hotel Kempinski costs about $6000 per night.
3. Tokyo, Japan. Presidential Suite, Ritz-Carlton Hotel. How much? $25,000 per night.
2. Moscow, Russia. The Ritz-Carlton Moscow. Rooms and suites run up to $16,400 per night.
1. Luanda, Angola. The Epic Sana Luanda Hotel. The Presidential Suite costs about $3000 per night.