It’s good to be the Queen

In the time it takes you to read this, Beyoncé can make $17,095.88.

Published September 4, 2023

UPDATE: This story was originally published April 5 on the news page of Questionist’s parent company, Geeks Who Drink. Since then, Beyoncé’s Renaissance tour is perhaps on track to be the highest grossing ever, and has led to a rush on shiny clothes ahead of her Sept. 4 birthday.

Earlier this year, Beyoncé played a 73-minute, 17-song set as part of the ultra-exclusive opening weekend for Dubai’s ridiculous new Atlantis The Royal hotel. Booking Queen Bey doesn’t come cheap: she was reportedly paid a record-setting $24 million to sing to a crowd of VIPs ($328,767 per minute), and wore $7.5 million worth of jewelry. (Stars! They’re just like us!) 

All of that just screams “DUBAI,” and so does the whole vibe of Atlantis The Royal, which is now taking reservations even for those of us who haven’t won 32 Grammys. According to CNBC, the average rate for the hotel’s 795 rooms starts at $1,000 per night, and for the Royal Mansion, the property’s swankiest suite, guests can expect to pay $100,000. (Yes, Beyoncé supposedly slept in at least one of the suite’s four bedrooms.) 

“[The suite] is the most expensive, and, we believe, also the largest mansion in the world,” a spokesperson told Arabian Business.  “It’s $100,000 a night to stay in the room, and it’s 11,000 square feet.”

So what kind of amenities do you get when your hotel room costs almost three Honda Odysseys? The Robb Report says that every six-figure guest has access to a private entrance and private foyer, four bedrooms scattered throughout the suite’s two stories, “exclusive Hermès bath products,” a 5,123-square-foot terrace, a private infinity pool, outdoor and indoor kitchens, a 12-seat dining room, and an “entertainment room” with its own library and bar. 

Royal Mansion guests also get their own personal butler, and have access to around-the-clock room service, in case they need a snack before they explore the other half of their penthouse. 

If that’s beyond your budget, Skyscanner reports that the average price for a non-record-setting hotel room in Dubai can range from a low of $140 per night in June to an average high of $368 per night in August. You aren’t sleeping where Beyoncé slept but — let’s be honest — you’re not banking six-figures a minute to do your job either. 

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