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World's 101 Best Hotel Suites May Be Bigger Than Your House, Cost Your Salary

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) — The average salary in the United States is around $51,000 — as it turns out, about the cost of one night's stay at the most expensive hotel suite on this year's list of the Top 101 Suites of the World .

Compiled by the New York-based private jet lifestyle magazine Elite Traveler , the list is now in its 13 th year of highlighting suites that are regularly host to heads of state, rock stars, Hollywood royalty and fabulously wealthy entrepreneurs, suites where you'll find private lap pools or chandeliers dripping with diamonds.

"I've seen quite a few of them. They are fabulous," says Doug Gollan, co-founder and group president at Elite Traveler Media Group , who points out that the average square footage of the suites on the list is also far larger then the average American home.

"When you take a look at the average square feet of the suites on the list, it's just under 4,000 square feet," he says. "And the average American home is about 2,400 square feet, so these are 40% to 50% larger then the average American house."

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The magazine gets help compiling the list from a handful of star athletes (who would know better about the most decadent suites in the world, right?) as well as travel industry leaders and noted bloggers.

Suites in 35 countries were included on the list, with the United States earning top honors — home to 20 of the best suites in the world. China ranked second, with 10, followed by the United Arab Emirates with nine. Mexico and England have six suites each on the list, and Switzerland rounds out the top five, with five of its own suites that must be seen. The cities of Dubai and London, with six each, are home to the most number of suites on the list.

The most expensive suite is in Geneva, at the Intercontinental Hotel. Just one night in the hotel's 7,000-square-foot Residence Suite costs $56,000.

Its east and west wings hold 11 rooms and a salon with wall-to-wall windows that provide outstanding views of Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc.

The largest suite on the list is the 34,000-square-foot Straffan House at the K Club in Kildare, Ireland. The private villa includes 10 bedrooms, an indoor swimming pool (and swim-up bar), a cinema, spa and wine cellar. A dedicated staff, including concierge and private chef, are part of the stay.

It's just $16,000 per night, which, compared with the other prices on the list, seems like a bargain.

"The cost of all of this is relative," Gollan points out. "Is it worth the money to pay $6 for a coffee at Starbucks? For the people who are spending the money on these suites, it's the same ratio to their net worth as the person who goes to Starbucks and spends $6 on coffee."