Literally topping the heights of luxury, the world's tallest hotels reach the clouds. From New York City to Hong Kong, the globe's most prominent developers and business moguls are spending billions to create the most dominant skyscraper hotel that will surpass every teeny-tiny building in its wake. They are building up, up, and up, almost as if cities and countries are competing for the exclusive title of having the tallest superstructures (spoiler: they actually are).
Whether the source of national pride or merely the unstoppable trend in the ever-competitive world of luxury tourism, hotels are stopping at nothing to create towers that hold everything from Presidential suites to top-floor casinos.
Most of the following hotels aren't so luxurious that they exclude the more economical traveler — although anyone would have to be prepared to spend more than they're used to. However, with a few months of savings, a few nights stay in one of the tallest hotels in the world could be yours for the taking.
If a stay in one of these twelve modern wonders of construction stretches the budget too far, it's enough to simply marvel at the heights hoteliers have gone to make their monumental buildings the most toweringly impressive in the world.
12 Courtyard/Residence Inn New York - 754 Feet
This skyscraper is the tallest in New York City, located on 1717 Broadway Avenue just minutes from iconic Central Park. The skyscraper is home to two hotels: Courtyard and Residence Inn Manhattan/Central Park.
The building is made almost entirely of glass with some of the most expensive and luxurious rooms in the country; a studio room with a King bed and a view of Times Square can cost upwards to $460 per night. The hotel stretches over 68 floors to 754 feet.
11 Centara Grand Hotel, Bangkok - 771 Feet
Located in Bangkok, Thailand, the Centara Grand hotel is 771 feet across 57 floors. Its architecture has some of the latest features in modern design, including glass encasing, concrete circle podiums, and horizontal banding throughout the framework.
It originally opened in 2007 as a banquet hall, and the location of the Bangkok International Film Festival. It is now predominantly a luxury hotel with a variety of room sizes from standard King and Queens to multi-room penthouses.
10 Four Seasons Hotel Miami - 800 Feet
Miami’s Four Seasons Hotel is located in a multi-use super tower. The tower stretches to 781 feet from ground to roof and 800 feet from the ground to spire. It became the tallest building in Miami and the state of Florida when, upon its completion in 2003, it beat the height of the Southeast Financial Centre.
The total cost for construction was $379 million dollars. The cost of rooms ranges from $500 to $1000 per night, so don't forget to bring your credit card(s).
9 State Tower, Bangkok - 810 Feet
Also located in Bangkok, Thailand, the State Tower was completed in 2001. It's the 3rd-tallest building and 2nd tallest hotel tower in Thailand at 810 feet over 68 floors. The 5-star luxury hotel is called the Lebua.
The hotel features all the modern facilities high-paying guests can expect, such as pools and fitness centres, as well as Sirocco, the world’s highest restaurant with panoramic views of the Bang Rak business district and beyond.
8 Trump Ocean Club International Hotel & Tower - 832 Feet
The Trump Ocean Club International Hotel and Tower is located in Panama City, Panama, and is owned by famous business mogul, Donald Trump. The building is so large it could fit the population of an entire residential neighborhood.
The 2 million square-feet of space is used for condominiums, parking spaces, restaurants, shops, a business centre and casino, in addition to the actual hotel rooms. It costs $400 million to build this 832-foot hotel stretching over 70 floors.
7 Grand Lisboa - 856 Feet
The Grand Lisboa in Macau, China, was designed by Hong Kong architects Dennis Lau and Ng Chun Man. It was opened to the public in 2007 with upwards of 856 feet across 52 floors.
It’s home to a casino, restaurants, and hundreds of luxury rooms. The building is the tallest in the city of Macau and the 118th-tallest building in the world. Beyond the rooms, the hotel lobby and general amenities are the latest in modern luxury.
6 The Address Downtown Dubai - 991 Feet
The top 6 highest hotels in the world are almost entirely located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This region has exploded in wealth and development over the last 10 years, from cloud-piercing skyscrapers to artificial residential islands.
The Address Downtown Dubai hotel is one of the highest in Dubai, located on the sandy shores of the crystal-clear ocean. The art-deco tower is 991-feet high over 63 stories. Even at almost 1000 feet, it is still only the 6th tallest building in Dubai.
5 Baiyoke Tower II - 997 Feet
Baiyoke Tower II hotel in Bangkok, Thailand, completely dwarfs the modest office buildings surrounding the city and the Centara Grand Hotel. It is the tallest building in a city of more than 8 million people.
The Baiyoke Sky Hotel is the highest hotel in Southeast Asia and the 7th tallest hotel in the world. The building is a total of 85 storeys at 997 feet. It cost more than $300 billion to build.
4 Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel - 1014 Feet
Started in 1996 and completed in 2000, the Jumeirah Emirates Tower Hotel is 1014 feet (from ground to spire). Its 56 floors include 40 luxury suites that cater to the tastes and demands of the world’s wealthiest guests.
It ranks as the 48th tallest building in the world, but is still the smaller of the complex’s twin towers. It was completed in 2000 as the 4th largest all-hotel skyscraper.
3 Burj Al Arab - 1,056 Feet
As the 3rd tallest building in the world, the Burj Al Arab in Dubai is among the city’s premier hotels. The structure stands on an artificial island near Jumeirah Beach connected by a private bridge. The 28 floors hold over 200 suites, including the Royal Suite at a cost of more than $18K per night (the 12th most expensive hotel suite in the world).
The architecture (resembling a ship’s sail), decoration, and premium amenities are reserved for only the wealthiest people in the world who can afford the high price tag.
2 Rose Rayhaan - 1093 Feet
From 2009 to 2012, the Rose Rayhaan in Dubai was the world’s largest hotel at 1,093 feet since being beat by the highest hotel on this list (Rose Rayhaan is now the world’s 2nd-largest hotel).
The structure was completed in only 3 years from 2004 to 2007, and was opened to the public in 2009. This superstructure hotel holds more than 680 rooms from standard to penthouse.
1 JW Marriott Marquis Dubai - 1,166 Feet
Welcome to the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, the world’s tallest hotel at 1,166 feet.
The hotel features 14 restaurants, health clubs, spas, countless bars, stores, and over 1,600 rooms, including 4 Presidential suites. A two-bedroom penthouse can cost more than $9K for one night’s stay. However, hundreds of standard rooms are available for the average guest. Still, these can cost around $280 per night. It’s not uncommon, on muggy and foggy days, for this hotel and others like it to be surrounded by clouds on all sides, giving guests on the highest floors an unforgettable view.