Some choose their hotel by price, others by comfort. However, for most tourists, the very essence of pampering while on holiday is summarized by being as close to the beach or the city center as possible. Traveling is all about breathing in the gorgeous scenery around and getting acquainted with the city's traditions, history, and lifestyle. There are certain hotels where you don't even need to leave your room to do all these. The beach and its turquoise waters, rocky mountains, or a historical city center with its picture perfect landmarks, everything is revealed before your eyes from the very window. Now that's what I call a room with a view.
Why travel the world? To immortalize a moment and carry it with you for the rest of your life, of course. Even the most crowded capitals of the world can take pride in hotels whose windows overlook stunning 360 degree panoramic views, whether they be natural landscapes or a breathtaking panorama of the city underneath. These are the places where you'll be treated like a king. From Paris to Moscow and Bangkok, here are 10 hotels with the most generous views.
10 Lebua Hotel in Bangkok
The second tallest building in Thailand's capital is 63 stories high. Set on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, it offers a unique panorama of the city, considering that there are no other tall buildings in its vicinity to obstruct the view. Hotel Lebua at State Tower boasts modern suites whose windows overlook the entire city and the enchanting Chao Phraya River. On the 64th floor there's a rooftop restaurant, the world's highest open-air restaurant, offering a sweeping panorama of Bangkok. Plus, guests can take a swim in the outdoor lagoon pool for a full session of pampering.
9 NH Parque Hotel in Havana
In the immediate vicinity of the famous cathedral El Capitolio in the very heart of Havana, NH Parque Hotel's windows overlook the Central Park and Paseo de Prado. The modern and upscale luxury hotel is an interesting blend of both traditional colonial styles and modernism, the perfect recipe for opulence. One of Cuba's finest hotels, NH Parque shows traits of the colonial architecture characteristic to buildings in Havana, proving that tradition is indeed a synonym for elegance. For the most spectacular views of the city, climb up to its two rooftop terraces with infinity pools.
8 Hotel de Rome in Berlin
Don't let the name fool you. Despite its confusing name, Hotel de Rome really is located in the heart of Berlin, in Bebelplatz to be more exact. It lies in a historic bank building dating from 1889. Its 146 rooms are decorated with old-world furniture, boasting a classic architecture with a touch of modernism. The hotel's main attraction is a terrace at the last floor from which the whole city of Berlin can be admired, all the way to the tower watching over Alexanderplatz. The whimsical rooftop terrace at the 5th floor also features a 66-square-foot pool that is open during nights as well.
7 Grand Hotel Central in Barcelona
Located in El Born neighborhood, the trendiest district in Barcelona, Grand Hotel Central's rooftop terrace with infinity pool overlooks the entire Catalan city. Your home away from home in the very heart of the mesmerizing city of Barcelona, the hotel takes its visitors back in time, all the way to the 1920's with its avant-garde styled rooms. It is a luxurious and intimate hideaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. Its 1,150-square-foot terrace offers spectacular panoramic views of Barcelona, with its Gothic Quarter, Barcelona Cathedral, and ancient city walls, while at sunset, the Catalan city turns into a game of lights and shadows unwinding right before your very eyes.
6 The Ritz-Carlton in Moscow
Its immediate neighbors are the Red Square and the Kremlin, so what better way to get acquainted with Russia's history and landmarks than during a stay at The Ritz-Carlton in Moscow? Offering world-class dining options, with its interiors all covered in marble, furniture made from cherry wood, its absolute luxury is complemented by luscious chandeliers and valuable paintings. Exhaling imperial beauty allover, guests can admire the whole of Moscow from its windows. The Ritz-Carlton boasts the largest and most lavish rooms in Moscow, with panoramic views of the Red Square and the Kremlin, so close you can almost hear the matters of the state being discussed behind those thick brick walls.
5 Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai
One of Dubai's symbols, Jumeirah Beach Hotel overlooks the beach, of course. What else is there to see in the Arab Emirates? Out of its 617 rooms, there are a total of 598 ocean-view rooms and suites. The Deluxe Rooms offer spectacular views of the Arabian Gulf, the Executive Rooms offer views of the Jumeirah Beach, while the Executive Suites offer full-sea views. Two terraces high on the roof offer a complete 360 degrees panorama of the Arab Emirates' coast. However, they say the most stunning view is offered by the Uptown Bar at the 24th floor.
4 Bairro Alto Hotel in Lisbon
Boasting luxurious furniture inspired by 18th century castles, the hotel in the heart of Lisbon was named after the fashionable high-end district of Bairro Alto. Acclaimed as the 4th best hotel-terrace view, the terrace at the 6th floor offers a splendid panorama of the capital of Portugal and the Tago River, as well as of all the lovely quints of Lisbon. The boutique hotel with colonial style furnished luxurious rooms is considered Lisbon's finest luxury hotel, its pride and joy, at the border between two emblematic districts in the city.
3 Corinthia Hotel in London
There's simply so much to visit in London that it can be hard to take it all in. The best solution would be to find a room with a view that fits in as many of its renowned landmarks as possible. Corinthia Hotel delights its guests with classic furniture in its luxury rooms with opulent interiors, offering panoramic city views, the best in London. At the corner of Northumberland Avenue and Whitehall Place, the historic luxury hotel is set in one of London's most prestigious districts. The multi-level penthouse suites offer sweeping views of the neighboring Trafalgar Square, the River Thames, Palace of Westminster, and Whitehall, while from the rooftop terrace, guests can take the frenetic pulse of the city.
2 Shagri-La Hotel in Paris
The former residence of Napoleon Bonaparte's grandnephew, Shangri-La Hotel in Paris was built at the end of the 19th century. The lavish interiors are the creation of Pierre-Yves Rochon, the master of luxury interior design. Overlooking the Eiffel Tower, the Seine and its many bridges, as well as the Grand Palais, it's not just the rooms that come with a view. Guests can soak in the bathtub while gazing at the panorama of Paris' center. How flamboyant is that? Could the BVLGARI toiletries have been highlighted any better? The luxury hotel in the heart of Paris is within walking distance from the Guimet Museum and Palais de Chaillot. It boasts elegant rooms with panoramic bay windows giving way to a romantic scenery that will make you irreversibly fall in love with Paris and its intriguing history.
1 Ladera in St. Lucia
The Pitons are two spectacular volcanic plugs dominating the Caribbean island of St. Lucia. There may be many hotels and guesthouses that promise stunning views of either Gros Piton or Petit Piton, but how many can say they overlook both? What's more, how many can brag about front row seats to nature's thrilling show? Ladera of course. Perched 1,100 feet above the Caribbean sea, Ladera is a luxury resort set on a forested ridge right between the two Pitons. It is a sort of eco-lodge, built from Caribbean timber on the site of a former cocoa plantation, offering rustic suites with their own plunge pool, all with a missing fourth wall which gives way for a floor-to-ceiling breathtaking scenery. Everything is open-air, from open-air showers to private heated infinity pools that reflect the peaks, guaranteeing a spectacular scenery from anywhere you look, an aerial bird's eye view from one of the most sophisticated retreats in the Caribbean.