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It’s easy to find a great view in nature, but in a city? Even if you get the right hotel, there’s always a risk you’ll end up facing the highway rather than the ocean, the building next door or the “garden view.” ~ Dean Kosage
Get the best view for your buck by requesting these specific rooms:
1. The Savoy, London
What Monet had to paint, you can photograph.
The historic Thames view from London’s most iconic hotel was painted by Monet, who stayed there several times.
Room to request: Monet Suite visitors and others on the rear of the sixth floor can enjoy the same skyline, with Big Ben on the horizon.
Rates: Rooms from US$650, Monet Suite US$4,950.
The Savoy, Strand, London, UK, +44 207 420 2329 ; www.fairmont.com/savoy
2. Park Hotel, Tokyo
Just in case you can’t see it, the Tokyo Tower is to the left.
The Park Hotel occupies 10 floors of the Shiodome Media Tower in downtown Tokyo, and the city lights seen from here are staggering.
Room to request: The best views are from the corner suites looking towards the Tokyo Tower on the 25th to 34th floors of this soaring triangular skyscraper.
Rates: Rooms from US$340.
Park Hotel Tokyo, Shiodome Media Tower, 1-7-1 Higashi Shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan; +81 3 6252 1111 ; www.parkhoteltokyo.com
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3. Jumeirah Hotel, Frankfurt
Look upon Germany’s financial heart.
The skyline of the Jumeirah really showcases Germany’s financial capital, which is all about glamor and glittering modernity.
Room to request: Ask for room 2111, or one of the other 16 Skyline Deluxe rooms that enjoy this view.
Rates: Rooms from US$370.
Hotel Jumeirah Frankfurt, Thurn-und-Taxis-Platz 2, Frankfurt am Main, Germany; +49 6 297 2370 ; www.jumeirah.com/frankfurt
4. The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra
Book a room, enjoy the view.
What every first-time visitor to India wants is a view of the Taj Mahal, and Oberoi offers it in this colonial-style hotel where every room enjoys a view of the world’s greatest monument to romance, just 600 meters down the road.
Room to request: Any
Rates: Rooms from US$775.
Amarvilas, Taj East Gate Road, Agra, India; +91 562 2231515 ; www.oberoihotels.com/oberoi_amarvilas
5. Mamilla Hotel, Jerusalem
Such a beautiful wall, you’ll never get over it.
The city’s newest and best-located luxury hotel faces the historic city on one side, to which it’s linked by a stylish pedestrian mall lined with designer boutiques and cafes leading to the Jaffa Gate.
Room to request: Be sure to ask for a room facing the Old City walls.
Rates: Rooms from US$430.
Mamilla Hotel, 11 King Solomon Street, Jerusalem, Israel; +972 2 548 2222 ; www.designhotels.com/mamilla
6. Hotel Americano, New York
Don’t worry, once he’s poured your drink, he’ll move.
This very cool Mexican-designed hotel in the historic Chelsea district on New York’s west side enjoys Latin-style high design and spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline.
Room to request: One on the highest floor possible
Rates: Rooms from US$395.
Hotel Americano, 518 W. 27th Street, New York, NY 10001, United States; +1 212 216 0000 ; www.designhotels.com/hotel_americano
7. The Peace Hotel, Shanghai
It’s the most photographed side of Shanghai for a reason.
It’s like going back to the future at this hotel on the historic Bund which now overlooks Shanghai’s 21st century history at Pudong, on the far side of the Huangpu river.
This was just swampland when the hotel was built in the Jazz Age to become the social hub of China’s “Paris of the East” throughout the 1920s.
Room to request: Best view is from the Nine Nations Suite.
Rates: Rooms from US$211.
Peace Hotel, 20 Nanjing Road East, Shanghai, China; + 86 21 6080 298; www.fairmont.com/peacehotel
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8. Hotel de Crillon, Paris
Three gorgeous features in one grand vista.
From its fabulous position on the place de la Concorde, this magnificent 18th-century palace hotel overlooks the Seine, the glass-roofed Grand Palais and the Eiffel Tower from all rooms facing the front.
Room to request: It’s a low-rise building by modern standards, so ask for a room facing the front on the highest floor available.
Rates: Rooms from US$1,015.
Hotel de Crillon, 10 Place de la Concorde, Paris, France; +33 1 44 71 15 00 ; www.lhw.com/decrillon
9. Hotel de Paris, Monaco
Lights, camera, Facebook.
Overlooking Monte Carlo harbor on one side and the famous casino on the other, Monaco’s Hotel de Paris is the address in the tax haven principality perched between the Cote d’Azur and the Italian Riviera.
Room to request: Be sure to request a sea-view room.
Rates: Rooms from €465 (US$639).
Hotel de Paris, Place du Casino, Monte Carlo, Monaco; +377 9806 3000 ; www.lhw.com/deparis
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10. Grand Hotel Parker’s, Naples
Even better when the weather’s friendly.
This stately old 19th-century hotel high on a hill has tremendous views of both city and sea from its higher floors.
Room to request: Ask for a front-facing room.
Rates: Rooms from US$230.
Grand Hotel Parker’s, Corso Vittorio Emanuele 135, Naples, Italy; +39 081 7612474 ; www.grandhotelparkers.it
11. Hassler Roma, Rome
Great cities don’t have to be filled with skyscrapers.
Of Rome’s dozen or so five-star hotels, none can command the superlative viewpoint of the Hassler, sitting at the top of the Spanish Steps.
It looks straight down on the Piazza di Spagna and designer thoroughfare of the Via Condotti towards the river Tiber and Vatican on the far side.
Room to request: Facing the Vatican.
Rates: Rooms from US$678.
Hotel Hassler, 6 Piazza Trinità dei Monti, Rome, Italy; +39 06 699 340 ; www.lhw.com/hassler
12. The Fairmont, San Francisco
Many fantastic views from this one hotel.
San Francisco’s original view hotel, the Fairmont has fabulous panoramic vistas from its position on Nob Hill.
Room to request: For many, the most thrilling outlook is from the rooms facing towards Fisherman’s Wharf and Alcatraz. But you could request the greener and equally iconic view towards Telegraph Hill and the Coit Lighthouse, which all guests enjoy as they ascend the glass elevator.
Rates: Rooms from US$499, Penthouse suite from US$15,000.
The Fairmont San Francisco, 950 Mason Street, San Francisco, California, United States; +1 415 772 5000 ; www.fairmont.com/sanfrancisco
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13. Gran Hotel Domine, Bilbao
View art from your private terrace.
The city’s claim to fame is the shimmering aluminum folds of Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim
Museum, and the Domine, a model of striking cutting-edge design, faces it fair and square.
Room to request: Be sure to demand a museum-view room, which will also look out over the city’s fabulous new riverscape and bridge.
Rates: Rooms from US$193.
Hotel Gran Domine, Alameda Mazarredo 61, Bilbao, Spain; +34 944 253 300 ; www.lhw.com/silkenghd
14. Grand Hyatt, Hong Kong
View of the island, from the island.
Once you had to stay on the less interesting Kowloon side of the water to get a view of Victoria Harbour. But thanks to cleverly angled windows, the Grand Hyatt has managed to achieve superb vistas from Hong Kong Island itself.
Room to request: Ask for a Grand Harbour room for the best view.
Rates: Rooms from US$443.
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Hong Kong; +852 2588 1234 ; hongkong.grand.hyatt.com
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15. Shangri-La, Sydney
The best of Sydney’s architecture in one postcard.
There’s one killer view in Sydney; it takes in Circular Quay, with the Opera House on one side and the Harbour Bridge on the other.
Room to request: The Shangri-La has it all; the deep-pocketed should ask for the Princess Suite, but any room facing the harbor will do.
Rates: Rooms from US$267.
Hotel Shangri-La Sydney, 176 Cumberland Street, Sydney, Australia; + 61 2 9520 6000 ; www.shangri-la.com
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