Damien Hirst’s New Suite at the Palms Casino Resort Costs $100K a Night
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Damien Hirst’s New Suite at the Palms Casino Resort Costs $100K a Night

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By Erin V. Mahoney
The Empathy Suite, designed by English artist and master provocateur Damien Hirst, is part of Palms Casino Resort’s $690 million reimagining.

Last Friday, the revamped Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas unveiled the Empathy Suite, a two-story Sky Villa designed by Damien Hirst and firm Bentel & Bentel. The controversial artist designed six standalone artworks for the suite, while the rest of the design grew out of close collaboration with the award-winning firm. 

"They have allowed me to create a suite in the hotel and design everything and completely fill it with my art," says Hirst. For decades, the artist has cultivated a bold, unapologetic personal brand—and the Empathy Suite is entirely on-brand. 

Guests encounter Winner/Loser (2018), two bull sharks preserved in formaldehyde, upon entering the suite.

Guests encounter Winner/Loser (2018), two bull sharks preserved in formaldehyde, upon entering the suite.

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For $200,000 for a two-night stay, blue chip guests can enjoy the two-bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom suite—undoubtedly a peak experience for Las Vegas high rollers. Each bedroom offers a California-king size bed, palatial closets, and en-suite bathrooms. The Empathy Suite also boasts a gym, a massage room, a salt therapy room, and a cantilevered jacuzzi overlooking The Strip.

The hefty price tag includes 24-hour butler service, a chauffeured car, a private tour of the casino’s art collection, $10,000 worth of resort credit, and exclusive access to Palms’ myriad offerings. "The Empathy Suite designed by Damien Hirst is the pinnacle of luxury combining museum-worthy art and a truly legendary hospitality experience...for a once-in-a-lifetime Las Vegas stay," explains Jon Gray, General Manager of Palms Casino Resort.  

The suite features six standalone Hirst works, including the aptly titled bar, Here for a Good Time Not a Long Time (2018).

The suite features six standalone Hirst works, including the aptly titled bar, Here for a Good Time Not a Long Time (2018).

Nearly every centimeter of the space demonstrates Hirst’s flair for the provocative. Two bull sharks suspended in formaldehyde greet guests as they enter. A diamond-filled pill cabinet runs the length of the game room, while an expansive, 13-seat bar displays medical waste. The artist’s signature butterfly and pharmacy motifs extend to the floors where inlaid mosaic pills and butterflies accent the gray marble. 

The suite offers two separate media lounges outfitted with Hirst-designed draperies and textiles. 

The suite offers two separate media lounges outfitted with Hirst-designed draperies and textiles. 

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Peter Bentel of Bentel & Bentel Architects describes the suite as an exploration of play with a dose of "Why not?"—an approach that seems apt for Hirst’s divisive body of work. The artist is no stranger to controversy, and the Empathy Suite—even in name—is another way the artist continues to welcome it. 

The dining room’s pièce de résistance is a large medicine cabinet filled with meticulously arranged pills.

The dining room’s pièce de résistance is a large medicine cabinet filled with meticulously arranged pills.

Inlaid butterflies add visual interest to the vast slabs of  Venus gray marble. An adjoining massage room makes for the ultimate spa-like bathroom. 

Inlaid butterflies add visual interest to the vast slabs of  Venus gray marble. An adjoining massage room makes for the ultimate spa-like bathroom. 

Both bedrooms are fitted with California-king beds, sizable closets, and en-suite bathrooms. 

Both bedrooms are fitted with California-king beds, sizable closets, and en-suite bathrooms. 

Two hundred and forty signature spots cover each of the columns that frame the jacuzzi. 

Two hundred and forty signature spots cover each of the columns that frame the jacuzzi. 

At 34 stories up, the terrace offers a dramatic view of The Strip. 

At 34 stories up, the terrace offers a dramatic view of The Strip. 

Project Credits:

Designers: Damien Hirst and Bentel & Bentel Architects 

Architect of Record: Klai Juba Wald Architects