Luxury hotels around the world are engaged in a real battle to win over the wealthiest clients

By TravelWiseFeb 22, 2024 09:15 AMNews
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Luxury hotels fight for rich customers
Luxury hotels are fighting for rich customers. Source: Telegraph.

In 2024, an increasing number of luxury hotels worldwide are incorporating extravagant offerings into their services to capture the attention of affluent clientele. While these amenities may sometimes appear to be somewhat overpriced, they have been well-received by the majority of customers.

These additional perks also underscore the value proposition in light of the rising room rates in five-star hotels, which have surged by 34 percent globally since 2019. In New York, room rates in luxury hotels have seen a remarkable 82 percent increase, as reported by The Telegraph.

The publication detailed the opulent offerings of various individual hotels worldwide.

Luxury hotels around the world are engaged in a real battle to win over the wealthiest clients
Bathroom at the W Budapest. Source: Telegraph

For example, the Shangri-La Paris, situated across six floors of the palatial former residence of Prince Roland Bonaparte, offers rooms with views of the Eiffel Tower starting from £1495 per night. This year, guests can indulge in an "immersive olfactory experience" curated by Parisian perfumer Guerlain, as well as enjoy a ride along the Seine on a "vintage Venetian speedboat."

At the brand's property in Oman, Shangri-La Al Husn (with doubles starting from £403), guests can experience an in-room "incense sommelier" service, while a "baklava butler" is on hand to satisfy sweet cravings at Shangri La Bosphorus in Istanbul (where doubles start from £260). In the monochrome Wow and Ewow suites at W Budapest, which debuted in 2023 (with suites starting from around £8000), guests can find full-service bars and an in-house mixologist.

Dubai's Burj Al Arab, the renowned (albeit unofficial) seven-star hotel, has long been at the forefront of providing extraordinary services. In 2024, guests can avail themselves of the services of professional florists and a fleet of supercars. Room rates start from £1700.

Luxury hotels in London offer exceptional amenities for four-legged companions. The Lanesborough treats dog owners to cream tea with their furry friends, along with a butler service for strolls in nearby Hyde Park. Egerton House Hotel in Knightsbridge offers 'dog shades,' while the Bankside Hotel's concierge service provides various extras for guests' pampered pups, from arranging a pet spa to offering a menu of organic pet food from the Lily's Kitchen brand.

Dr. Charlotte Russell, a clinical psychologist and founder of thetravelpsychologist.co.uk, suggests that the allure of five-star hotels lies in the phenomenon known as "hedonic adaptation," whereby people become accustomed to pleasurable experiences over time and no longer find joy in amenities like chauffeurs or welcome champagne bottles.

This concept, she explains, drives customers to seek even more enticing offerings, prompting hotels to scramble to meet this demand.

Previously, TravelWise highlighted the top five underwater hotels in the world that are worth a visit.

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