5 breath-taking skyscraper hotels around the world
Posted on 31/05/2019
CultureUnited Arab Emirates
There's something exciting about the idea of staying overnight in a skyscraper hotel. The high altitude combined with great views and a swanky interior, it's enough to make anyone feel like a celebrity. These 5 hotels around the world are some of the coolest high-rise buildings out there, giving you the opportunity to add some excitement to your holiday and make it feel just that little bit more luxurious. Watch out, vertigo sufferers!
Baiyoke Sky Hotel, Bangkok
This building is officially the tallest hotel in Southeast Asia, at a height of 328.4 metres, and it is in its entirety, a hotel. With over 600 rooms spread across 88 floors, this hotel opened in 1999 and has been popular ever since. The 84th floor is occupied by a revolving observation deck, offering outstanding 360° views over the city of Bangkok. A truly exciting experience!
Burj Khalifa, Dubai
The Burj Khalifa is officially the tallest building in the world, standing at a colossal height of 829.8 metres, and has held this title since it was opened in 2009. The building, which resembles some kind of futuristic rocket ready for takeoff, largely consists of residential and corporate suites, but the first few floors are occupied by the incredibly lavish Armani Hotel. With several restaurants, a spa and shops selling art, sweet treats and flowers, this hotel is the ultimate romantic retreat (if you're willing to splash the cash).
Burj al Arab Jumeirah, Dubai
Just minutes away from the Burj Khalifa, yet less than half its height at 321 metres tall, is the Burj al Arab Jumeirah. This impressive building feels super exclusive, particularly because it is literally built on a man made island in the sea, with a long bridge connecting it to the Jumeirah Strand. Although it may stand out and seem artificial, the building is shaped like the sail of a boat, making it blend in to the surrounding seaside landscape. The hotel is home to one of the most expensive night's sleep you will find on the planet; at 24,000USD per night, the Royal Suite is truly fit for a king.
Hotel W Barcelona, Barcelona
The Hotel W Barcelona is another sail-shaped, seaside hotel arguably very similar to the Burj al Arab Jumeirah, yet around a third of its height at 99 metres. However, because of its location at the end of Barceloneta Beach, it seems to tower over the coast, giving it a huge, skyscraper feeling. The whole building is an extremely fancy six star (yes, SIX star) hotel, with over 450 rooms, a Michelin-starred restaurant, a spa, swimming pools and a rooftop bar with brilliant views of the Barceloneta district.
Eurostars Madrid Tower, Madrid
The Cuatro Torres is a business district in Madrid, named after the four large towers that protrude above the city skyline which can be seen from miles away. The black tower (second from the left) is home to the Hotel Eurostars Madrid Tower, which is situated on the first 30 floors of the building. Above the hotel are offices and corporate suites for a further 22 floors, with the building reaching a height of 236 metres. The Torre de Cristal, one of the building's three high-rise neighbours (second from the right), is officially the tallest building in Spain.