PALMS’ New Empathy Suite
New Palms Villa Lets Visitors Play, Sleep and Dream Amid High-End Art
Known since its 2001 opening for spacious floorplans, themed suites and an edgy vibe, Palms Casino’s new Empathy Suite—designed by renowned British contemporary artist Damien Hirst and Bentel & Bentel Architects—is the newest of the hotel’s five luxury Sky Villas that have been redesigned, reborn and reintroduced to entice next-gen Palms devotees that are addicted to “different.”
The 9,000 square foot Empathy Suite features original, quintessential Hirst works (custom, butterfly-motif, mosaic-tiled cantilevered Jacuzzi overlooking the Las Vegas Strip, anyone?) and artistic touches throughout: bespoke furniture and textiles that incorporate his signature spin designs; butterfly and pharmacy motifs; and Hirst’s large-scale works.
“I love what Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta have done with the Palms,” says Hirst. “It’s amazing being able to work with them because they are great collectors and totally understand art.”
Amid its vaulted ceilings, the Empathy features a 13-seat curved bar created by Hirst and filled with medical waste…a contrast against the meticulous ordering of objects displayed in various pill cabinets throughout the villa. Above the center bar? Hirst’s Here for a Good Time, Not a Long Time (2018). The bar is flanked by two luxurious lounge and media/theater areas that accommodate up to 52 guests. An eight-seat dining area and outdoor veranda round out the space.
The Empathy Suite is one the world’s most expensive hotel accommodations at $200,000 for a two-night stay (it can also be reserved for million-dollar casino players). It comes with 24-hour butler service; over-the-top welcome amenities; a Palms private art tour; chauffeured car service; and A-list access to Palms’ premier amenities such as KAOS Dayclub & Nightclub, the Pearl Concert Theater and the Palms’ world-class recording studio. Also included: a $10,000 resort credit.
Palms’ extensive art collection comprises some of the most unique contemporary, blue-chip and street art rarely displayed publicly in one setting. Artists include: Damien Hirst, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol (on loan from the personal art collections of Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta) as well as commissions by leading contemporary artists Adam Parker Smith, Jason REVOK, Eric Haze, Scott Hove, Felipe Pantone, James Jean, and Timothy Curtis. Other artists prominently displayed include Dustin Yellin, Takashi Murakami, and KAWS. – By Jen Chase