25 hotel views you’ll want to see for yourself
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The TPG staff stays in a lot of hotels. Some, understandably, have much better views than others.
Even though we’re usually hard at work assessing these properties — taking photos and notes on everything from the shower heads to the number of outlets by the bed — enjoying the view is also part of the job.
Whether it’s the sparkling Shanghai skyline, the snowcapped mountains of Aspen or the crystal blue waters of Bora Bora, here are some of the best hotel views TPG editors and writers gazed upon during our recent travels. For more information on each hotel, click through to read the full review or a link to the facility. And if it’s swimming pools you’re after, check out our favorite hotel pools.
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Park Hyatt Sydney
The Park Hyatt Sydney is known for its spectacular views of the Sydney Opera House from a range of different spaces, including the restaurant The Dining Room and the roof pool and terrace. The Quay Suite’s three private balconies and the Sydney Suite’s outdoor terrace both offer panoramic views of the Sydney Opera House and harbor.
Four Seasons Serengeti
The Four Seasons Serengeti resort is built directly into Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and blends perfectly within its surroundings. TPG senior writer Zach Griff, who spent his honeymoon at the resort, gave rave reviews to his suite, which had a terrace that spanned the entire length of the room. “With an outdoor shower, couches, plunge pool and limitless views of the Serengeti plains, which included an elephant spotting one afternoon, we never wanted to leave,” he wrote.
Armani Hotel Dubai
This hotel is inside Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower, and occupies the concourse level through to level 8 plus levels 38 and 39. Especially from the higher floors, guests enjoy sweeping views across the city and Arabian Gulf.
The hotel, based in Agra, is home to the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and the ancient city of Fatehpur Sikri, which are all UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Located a mere 0.3 miles from the Taj Mahal, the Oberoi Amarvilas is a five-star hotel that has plenty of unrestricted views of Taj Mahal from all rooms and suites, along with its spa.
Shangri-La at the Shard
Some of London’s best views can be found at Shangri-La The Shard, thanks to its location on 18 floors of The Shard, Western Europe’s tallest building. Guests can see the entire city via panoramic skyline views overlooking the River Thames.
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Situated smack in the middle of Paris within walking distance of some of the world’s most famous monuments, museums and luxury shopping districts, the Peninsula boasts breathtaking views of the city. The hotel’s Rooftop Garden Suite has one of the best views of the Eiffel Tower. If you don’t have the points or cash to cover the cost, you can enjoy dinner with a view at L’Oiseau Blanc.
New York Marriott Marquis
This flagship Marriott property is located in the heart of Times Square near attractions including Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall and the Theater District. Lucky guests at the New York Marriott Marquis can get floor-to-ceiling views of Times Square, with some rooms offering the perfect spot to watch the ball drop on New Year’s Eve.
La Quinta Resort & Club Curio Collection
TPG strategic travel writer Benji Stawski decided to use his $250 annual Hilton resort credit provided by his cobranded credit card to book a stay at the La Quinta Resort & Club. Roughly a 35-minute drive from downtown Palm Springs, the resort has rooms with mountain views and plenty to see from the Top of the Plaza bar, the pools and the golf course.
InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown
At 73 stories, the Intercontinental Los Angeles Downtown is the tallest building on the West Coast at 1,100 feet, and the tallest hotel west of the Mississippi River, according to TPG senior news editor Clint Henderson, who reviewed the hotel. Great sweeping views of LA start when you check in on the 70th floor, known as the Sky Lobby. Clint had a corner room on the 55th floor with floor-to-ceiling windows and dined at the Spire 73 on the 73rd floor. With all rooms located between the 31st and 66th floors, every guest gets a view.
You enter the Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo from the street, but the lobby is on the 45th floor. Not only do the rooms have city views, but the large indoor pool gives guests fantastic skyline views.
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi
There really aren’t any bad views in the Maldives, but the best may be from the Stella Maris Ocean Villa, located on its own island at the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi. The villa is a modern masterpiece, with floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the rooms with light and offer uninterrupted Indian Ocean views. You can admire the turquoise waters from just about every corner of the villa, including the two private infinity pools, two overwater hammocks, the roof deck and the oversized soaking tub.
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