We're not talking about a surprisingly spendy $28 continental breakfast. No, here we bring you a look into five of the most dazzlingly expensive room service offerings in the world, from a $400 piece of sushi — yes, a single piece — to a $1,000 omelette.
1. St. Regis New York
If you happen to wake up in the city that never sleeps, start your day by ordering a Red Snapper from the St. Regis New York. No, we’re not recommending breakfast fish, but rather one of the world’s most famous cocktails. The name may be unfamiliar, but you’ve definitely had one before, though never like this (or at this price point). Red Snapper is the original, and more delicate, name for the world renowned Bloody Mary, invented in 1934 at the hotel’s King Cole Bar when Russian man-about-town Serge Obolensky requested a vodka cocktail similar to one he had tasted in Paris. The hotel’s bartender spiced this American version with salt, pepper, lemon, and Worcestershire Sauce and in so doing, inspired America’s most famous hair-of-the-dog cocktail. Now 80 years after its creation, tasting the original will cost you considerably more at $25 a glass, but pair it with the St. Regis’ $100 Titanic Omelet (featuring seven eggs, Maine lobster, jumbo lump crab, and golden Ostera caviar), for a room service meal fit for a Tsar.
2. Fairmont Pacific Rim
Canadians may have a reputation for restraint, but when it comes to drinking spirits, quality is well known to be worth the price. Which is why no locals will judge your indulgence in a fine whiskey only available in Vancouver — you may even find you’ve made a bevy of new friends hoping to share a sip. So treat yourself to the prestigious 50-year-old single malt Scotch whiskey from Balvenie, of which only one bottle is available anywhere in Canada, at the Fairmont Pacific Rim. A perfect one-ounce pour is served in your own handcrafted, specially numbered collector's edition Baccarat crystal glass in the comfort of your own room for the bargain price of $2,000. Sip that and prove you’re not a hoser, eh?
3. Nobu Hotel Las Vegas
When you win big at the tables, show off your refined nature by eating small. And by small, we mean tiny bites that cost a small fortune. Have room service deliver sushi and tapas-style plates to your suite at Nobu Hotel Las Vegas, where the finest room service menu items come in the tiniest of packages. Order the A5 wagyu for just $152 or caviar for $250. But if you really want to impress, go big and choose toro with caviar or truffles, and watch your bill soar to $400 for a single piece. Considering you wagered more on red or black, your pink sushi is a guaranteed, if fleeting, return on investment.
4. The Parker Palm Springs
Hollywood elite head to the Parker Palm Springs to unwind underneath the blazing desert sun surrounded by the whimsical design sensibility of designer Jonathan Adler. Play a rousing game of croquet hedged by looming life-size chess pieces before collapsing into a sea of Liza Minnelli-embroidered pillows. While this style may seem quirky, the price tags are nothing to laugh at. For the full Parker experience, wake up to an in-room breakfast surrounded by smiling ceramic suns on your table and $1,000 worth of omelette on your plate. Yes, you can recline in bed while casually enjoying the aptly-named Zillion Dollar Frittata that includes 10 ounces of Sevruga caviar. The paupers among us can downgrade to just one measly ounce for the bargain basement price of $100. There’s your breakfast in bed — if you sleep in a bed of bills.
5. The Little Nell
Upon perusing the menu, this locally-sourced, farm-to-table, made-to-order dining experience that is delivered directly to your room in custom dishware may seem like quite a bargain at only $18 a plate. But look a little closer before dialing room service, because when you stay at The Little Nell in Aspen, you’ll find this spread was cooked up for four-legged guests only. After a long day of hiking through picturesque hillsides or waiting patiently outside luxury boutiques, the discerning canine won’t settle for a simple bowl of dry brown nuggets. Your little buddy would prefer to choose from the selection of “epicurean treats for our four-legged friends” on the in-room menu, which includes local ground beef, grilled chicken, or grilled fish accompanied by carrots, brown rice, and scrambled eggs, all served in a doggy-friendly bowl. So hang up the leash, grab your wallet, and pick up the handset to order room service. Oh, and maybe ask for a fork as well — this chow is good enough to share.
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