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Would You Stay in This $200,000-a-Night Suite in Las Vegas?

The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas recently unveiled Hirst’s new Empathy Suite Sky Villa.
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Las Vegas has been slowly rebranding itself as an art destination for years, accumulating a light room by James Turrell at the Louis Vuitton in Crystals at CityCenter, CityCenter Fine Arts Collection, and Dream Machine by Wayne Littlejohn to name a few. Now, the Palms has unveiled a room designed by famed British artist Damien Hirst along with architecture firm Bentel & Bentel as part of its ongoing renovation. Hirst, who is known for his avant-garde artwork and installations that frequently confront ideas of life and death, filled the suite with a few of his signature themes and art.

The 9,000-square-foot, two-floor, two bedroom suite (each with massage rooms, natch) is full of custom furniture by the artist, as well as six original works, including Vegas, a medicine cabinet filled with diamonds. A butterfly-motif mosaic tiled pool and a hot tub are cantilevered out from the room to look out over the Las Vegas Strip. Hanging over the 13-seat curved bar (also created by Hirst and filled with medical waste) is the artist’s Here for a Good Time, Not a Long Time with two vessels, one containing a marlin skeleton and another with a taxidermy marlin. Just around the corner, a lounge area and home theater can accommodate 52 people to hang out on his custom furniture.

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Hirst’s thought-provoking, beautiful but admittedly disturbing artwork might not appeal to everyone, but those who stay in the suite also have access to over-the-top amenities like 24-hour butler service, an art tour, chauffeured car service, and even use of the Palms’ recording studio. Whether you come for the art or for the Vegas-style luxury (or both!), Hirst’s Empathy Suite is definitely, only in Las Vegas…

The Living Room


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The butterfly and pill motifs are used liberally throughout the two-story space.

The Media Lounge


The media area and lounge can accommodate up to 52 guests.

Winner/Loser (Damien Hirst, 2018)


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This piece contains two bull sharks preserved in formaldehyde; the game room can be seen beyond.

Dining Room


The dining area seats eight guests, behind it is a panel of one of Hirst's several meticulously curated "cabinets" which display unusual items like pills, or in the case of the Empathy Suite, diamonds.

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Balcony and Pool


The suite also includes a pool complete with butterfly decals.

Bedroom


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Each of the two bedrooms has a painted butterfly panel by Hirst and an adjoining massage room.

Bar


The 13-foot bar is filled with medical waste and sits below Hirst’s Here for a Good Time, Not a Long Time (2018).

*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

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*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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