19 hotel views you’ll want to see for yourself
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The TPG staff stays in (and reviews) a lot of hotels, and some, understandably, have much better views than others.
Even though we’re 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 19 of the best hotel views TPG editors and writers gazed upon during our recent travels.
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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.
The Cape, a Thompson Hotel and relative newcomer to the World of Hyatt family, has seriously stunning sea views in addition to a pretty amazing pool and one of the best hotel bathtubs we’ve ever seen. You can admire the crashing waves from your room (including the copper-clad soaking tub, if you draw back the curtains), the furnished balconies with hanging daybeds and many of the restaurants within the hotel. The swim-up pool bar and the fitness center also look out toward the iconic rock formation, El Arco, at the southernmost tip of the Baja California Peninsula.
Some New York City hotels are known for delivering knockout views of the iconic skyline. While many of the rooms in this debut hotel from the wellness brand Equinox have excellent views of skyscrapers, the Hudson River, the neighborhood’s still-exposed rail yards and the Vessel, some of the best views are from outdoor pool deck. Here, you can meditate in barrel saunas during the winter or sunbathe on loungers (and enjoy beverage service) during the summer. Either way, it may be the best (and most shareable) new view in the city.
All of the overwater villas at the InterContinental Bora Bora look directly out over some of the clearest waters in the world. Views can be enjoyed from inside the rooms, on the deck and even in the bathtub. The resort grounds and main pool also overlook the water, and you might catch a glimpse of a single rocky spire or two rising in the background. During your stay, watch out for tropical fish and stingrays swimming around your villa.
New York’s TWA Hotel is a playground for AvGeeks. From the lobby, you can enjoy views of the sunken lounge, JFK’s Terminal 5 and the 1958 TWA Lockheed Constellation. Beyond soaking in the aviation history, you can planespot modern aircraft from the rooftop pool and grill that offers a panoramic view of JFK’s Runway 4 Left/22 Right. Plenty of plane views can be admired from the large windows in the guest rooms, too.
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