If you are afraid of heights then these sky-high hotels are not meant for you. Occupying the top levels of some of the tallest buildings, the world’s highest hotels not only offer elevated levels of luxurious service but also are just incredible places to look down from. Spectacular views and soaring skyline might just be all dizzying but then you still are on top of the world.
With even taller buildings and hotels sprouting up skylines with each passing day, here are top 5 world’s highest hotels of 2014. Or should we just say highest hotels in China. The country in the midst of the architecture boom continues to be world’s main architectural stage. Its avant-garde buildings in Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou have surpassed and outstripped hotels worldwide with its ubiquitous architecture.
5. Grand Hyatt Shanghai, China
How high: Occupying floors 51st to 87th of the Jin Mao Tower, Grand Hyatt Shanghai is located in the centre of Pudong and Lujiazui business district. The hotel offers 555 elegantly appointed rooms and suites, a fully serviced Business Centre. After a long day of exploring the city, guests can relax and unwind with the Chinese spa treatments at the hotel’s Club Oasis Spa.
Must do: One of the things you must do at the hotel is take a plunge in the ‘sky pool’ while enjoying the breathtaking panorama of the Shanghai skyline. Guests can also enjoy jazz-lounge and electro tunes played by hotel’s new resident DJ Daniel while sipping on cocktails, champagnes and sparkling wines.
4. Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou, China
How high: Set between floors 74 and 98 of the 103-storey Guangzhou IFC tower, Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou is located next to the Zaha Hadid-designed Guangzhou Opera House. Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou offers 344 guest rooms, including 42 suites that are among the city’s most spacious accommodations.
Must do: Indulge in a contemporary seafood menu served alongside mesmerizing views in Catch restaurant on the 100th floor of Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou. The restaurant brings the star-filled night sky indoors for a memorable dining experience in Guangzhou.
3. The St. Regis Shenzhen, China
How high: Towering from the 73rd to the 100th floor of the Kingkey 100 (the tallest building in Shenzhen and the eight tallest in the world, The St. Regis Shenzhen seamlessly blends old world elegance with modern convenience and luxury. Designed by famed architect Sir Terry Farrell, the hotel features 257 guest rooms and 33 suites, sumptuously appointed with thoroughly modern amenities and spectacular views. Perched on its 75th floor is Iridium Spa and an indoor swimming pool.
Must do: Indulge in many of the hotel’s world-class restaurants and lounges with stunning, birds-eye views of the city below. For all wine connoisseurs, a sky-high urban wine bar ‘Decanter’ on the 100th floor offers Shenzhen’s largest selection of wines and a private tasting room for small gatherings.
2. Park Hyatt Shanghai, China
How high: Occupying floors 79 to 93 of the Shanghai World Financial Center (SWFC), otherwise known as “The Vertical Complex City”, makes it one of the highest hotels in the world. Located in the heart of Lujiazui business district in Pudong, guests could take in sweeping views of the city skyline and Huangpu River from any of its 174 luxury rooms and suites. The hotel offers a choice of some of the most popular restaurants in the city, such as 100 Century Avenue Restaurant featuring Western, Japanese and Chinese cuisines, and Dining Room, popular for its European specialties.
Must do: Shanghai offers arrays of activities from the cultural museums to the dynamic nightlife to the futuristic Pudong. But after a long day of exploring the city, you can indulge in a calming spa treatment at its spa the Water’s edge or you can take a dip in its infinity pool or simply enjoy some quiet time in your own room.
1. The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong
How high: Occupying floors 102 to 118 of the International Commerce Centre in Kowloon 1587ft (484m), The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong is the highest hotel in the world. Designed by LTW Designworks, the overall design theme of the hotel is inspired by the city’s dynamic culture. Occupying floors 106 to 117, the 312 guest rooms and suites embrace the magnificent harbor and city view. The hotel features Ritz-Carlton Spa on 116th floor as well an indoor pool on the 118th floor for guests to unwind and relax.
Must do: Peekaboo from the telescopes available in all the hotel suites to enjoy the magnificent views of Hong Kong’s skyline. The hotel’s sky bar and lounge ‘Ozone’ is a truly stunning venue at 490 meters above sea level. Illuminated in deep blue, the bar feels like an extension of the night sky. You can enjoy the music played by an in-house DJ or partake in a Cocktail Master Class taught by an expert mixologist.