What would you do with $50,000? Would you put a down-payment on a house? Pay off your student loans? Or would you buy a BMW M2? Some may be tempted by the thought of booking a single night in one of the fanciest hotel suites on Earth.

For those who can afford it, luxury accommodations are just another perk of being rich. Think rooms with fireplaces, views of the Alps, wraparound terraces, Bentleys complete with chauffeurs, and white-glove butler service. This isn't just the lap of luxury; for tens of thousands of dollars per night, you get the legs, feet and even the chair that luxury's sitting on, too.

The most expensive hotel rooms in the world are jaw-dropping in both their beauty and their opulence. Many are decorated with hand-selected fine art; some have private pools. Almost every room has a unique and memorable view. These sprawling rooms are parked atop lavish hotel towers (or, in some cases, set in hidden gardens a few steps down from other guests). They are penthouses, manors, and villas both regal and presidential. They're each hotel's crown jewel, so it's essential that they sparkle; they're the show-pieces of the hospitality world. Hotel owners bring in famous designers to dream them up, and they cost millions to build.

The search for sumptuous suites meant speaking with hoteliers from New York and Los Angeles to Abu Dhabi and Sardinia. Of course, London and Paris overflow with luxury lodging; more surprisingly, Lisbon, Portugal, and Orlando, Florida had suites that made the list. For movie stars, there are plenty of bank-breaking options in Beverly Hills or along the French Riviera for the Cannes Film Festival. Most hoteliers were happy to share details about their fanciest rooms, but some preferred to keep the details private. Part of the draw of an opulent vacation abode is privacy; for some hoteliers, discretion was key (at least when it came to sharing the price per night).

Here are 25 truly lavish, luxurious, and expensive hotel rooms from around the world. These are places where a weekend getaway will set you back the equivalent of a tiny house, or where a week-long jaunt with the family cost the same as putting someone through medical school. These are 25 of the swankiest, most expensive suites on the face of the earth.

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