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THE Presidential Suite at the Plaza Hotel in New York is one of them. One night's stay costs $15,000, according to the Travel Channel.
Guess who stayed there in September, 2008 while attending the United Nations General Assembly as well as various meetings with businessmen, and a women's conference w/ former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice?
The caption is supplied by the Office of the Press Secretary and available on the OPS web site. It says: "President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo confers with (L-R) Citibank CEO Bill Ferguson and Citibank Chairman Bill Rhodes who paid a courtesy call on her Monday afternoon (Sept. 22, NY time) at the President’s suite at The Plaza Hotel in New York City. The President is in New York to attend the 63rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and hold a series of meetings with world financial and political leaders. (Rey Baniquet/OPS-NIB Photo)"
Of course we don't expect the presidentita to stay at the "Y", but come now, did she have to stay at The Plaza's presidential suite? Just bec. you're a president of a country doesn't mean you have to stay in a presidential suite! Besides, isn't the gov't supposed to be cutting back on expenses bec. of its burgeoning budget deficit? (As of the first half of 2009, the budget gap has widened to P153.4 billion or $3.21 billion.)
Even Eloise, sweet child that she is, is bound to raise an eyebrow at this!
(P.S. Thank you anonymous 11: 58 pm for the correction. Actually the most expensive hotel suite appears to be the $40,000 a night Hugh Hefner Sky Villa at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas. But accdg. to several news items I've read just now, there are very few guests who actually check into these suites. The bulk of the guests in the high-end category still check into presidential suites. I suppose that could be the explanation behind Travel Channel's piece on the most expensive hotel suites in the world.)