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Flash, Splash, and Plenty of Cash: World’s Priciest Hotel Rooms

On my honeymoon, I stayed at the amazing Eratap Beach Resort in Vanuatu, which was, hands down, the nicest place I’ve ever stayed. There were only twelve villas, all of them beachfront, and you saw the other guests so rarely that you felt you had the entire island to yourself. The food was deserving of a Michelin star (or ten), the hotel offered private boat rides to deserted islands just ripe for frolicking and picnicking, and the inside of each villa was decorated to the nines. My entire aparment in San Francisco could have fit inside the sunken ocean-view tub.

However, it was nowhere near as luxurious as some of the following hotels. Got a little spare cash to spend on a night away from home? Grab your Platinum card and grit your teeth; here are some of the world’s priciest rooms:

Deal Alert: JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort and Spa

The JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort and Spa is offering a $600 per night resort credit when you book a $600 per night room rate starting August 1, 2010. The resort credit can be used to enjoy all the resort has to offer including drinks, dining, golf, the spa and gift shop.

The resort is nestled in the Tucson Mountains and surrounded by Saguaro cactus, hiking trails, horseback riding trails. There’s a complimentary Tequila toast in the bar every night. The 4.5-star resort gets great customer reviews.

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Soon, Your Smartphone Will Also Be Your Hotel Key

Sometimes I think the elusive green entry light on hotel-room doors is my nemesis. At best, it’s a finicky friend–never there when I need it most, and certainly not amenable to coaxing.

But there’s hope for me yet: InterContinental Hotels Group is testing technology that allows guests to bypass the reception desk and enter their room with their smartphones.

Following the lead of airports already using smartphones as boarding passes, the Holiday Inn & Suites Chicago O’Hare Rosemont and the Holiday Inn Express Houston Downtown Convention Center will begin granting guests access to rooms via an app for iPhones, Android phones, and BlackBerries.