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It's that time of year again: the 2012 HotelChatter Awards! Today and Monday, we'll be showcasing the best (and worst) of hotels over the past year. But we couldn't do it without you! Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, or shoot us an email. And the Award goes to...
The Park Hyatt Shanghai is located on floors 79-93 of the Shanghai World Financial Center and was once considered the tallest hotel in the world (that’s now been trumped by the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai).
Still, no matter the designation, we give it an award for having the best view around and we've loved it for a long time. The reason is simple. Once you take the express elevator up to the 87th lobby floor of this mammoth building you’ll be gobsmacked by the incredible panoramic views of the city that’s becoming the center of attention for many hotel brands. The Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental, Banyan Tree, and Bulgari are coming to town, sooner rather than later.
An afternoon dim sum lunch at the 100 Century Avenue restaurant on the 91st floor makes it hard to concentrate on the food and not the famous Oriental Pearl Tower in the distance. And at night, the ambiance and views at the Park Hyatt get even better when you go to level 92 and the Music Room, where a cocktail to accompany the live music sets an incredible scene.
Naturally, if you’re afraid of heights, you might disagree with our choice, but we just say, don’t look down!
The image above is an accurate representation of what you'd experience in a perfect world during a stay at Utah's The View in Monument Valley. But most travelers know that rarely do circumstances turn out the way we envision them. Part of being a savvy traveler is adapting, and maybe even finding beauty in less-than-perfect conditions.
Last year around this time, we made the trek up to the border of Utah and Arizona, eager to see if The View did indeed live up to its name. We arrived under cloudy skies, the weather soon turning damp and snowy, and the next morning filled with clouds. Looking at our photos, you'll see the weather pattern put on quite a show.
Check out the photo gallery for a taste of the experience. What do you think? Does the weather make the scenery even better?
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It’s not a view of Tiananmen Square or a section of the Great Wall outside Beijing, but the window of this Superior Club room at the Kerry Hotel Beijing perfectly frames Rem Koolhaas’s now-iconic shard-like CCTV building.
What you're looking at is the view from a Baby Queen room at The Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn. This is one of six rooms in the hotel that essentially backs up to a brick wall. Which would normally relegate it to severe anti-view status (anyone remember this eyesore we found last year in Baltimiore?). Luckily for guests, the Wythe has commissioned a local artist to liven up the view with some sweet graffiti. Problem averted!
Graffiti or not, though, it's still a brick wall. And if you can book a "Manhattan View King room" (not pictured here), then you absolutely should. Street art is nice, but we'd take some skyscrapers over a popsicle-wielding cartoon character any day.
Click through to see photos from inside the room!
Let's see how good you are with pin-pointing a hotel's location with another installment of Guess The Hotel!
This place has one killer view and it comes highly recommended. But if you are lucky enough to be gazing out at this expanse from your balcony, there are very few things that could get on your nerves.
Need a few hints? Here ya go:
*The island is owned by one corporation. So a room card will get you everything.
*The hotel has power outlets in each parking spot for the sole form of transportation.
*Just down the road is a resort that takes home the title as one of the Top 100 in the World.
*Since the island is prone to some nasty weather, the hotel boasts the tallest, highest-speed, external observation elevators in the country.
Need a few hints? Here ya go:
Think you've got the answer?Drop it in the comments below! And check back for the full reveal!
[Photo: Rayme Gorniak/HotelChatter]
As Puerto Rico says goodbye to native son Hector "Macho" Camacho, in what can only be described as a heinous crime, let's not forget that the island, though plagued with problems, has a sunnier side.
This view, taken from the El Conquistador Resort near Fajardo, is a shining example of the country's beauty.
The 18-hole, par 72 golf course has just one of the many gorgeous views from the hotel which is located atop of a steep hill overlooking the Caribbean Sea.
It may be a bit too early to consider holiday gifts, but it's always the right time to blow some cash on hotel-themed coffeetable books. Our latest pick comes from photographer Andrew Hetherington, who just self-published A Room With a View, featuring unsettlingly droll hotel interiors contrasted with the breathtaking (or spirit-breaking) vistas out their windows.
Each entry includes details like reason for stay, amenities and attractions in the area. It's not a hotel guide, however; it's still very much a book to be savored for the images, but the inclusion of a few details satisfy our hotel geek need to know things like which hotel and which room. We have our own series showcasing stellar (and sucky) hotel room views, but they're not meant to become print pages in your bookshelf.
It's one thing for your hotel to have its own swimming pool or, if you're seeking to get "out in nature," perhaps a pond or lake for boating. It's entirely another thing for that hotel to boast a waterfall in its side yard.
Well, that's actually the case at Washington's Salish Lodge, a small five-star retreat 30 minutes outside of Seattle. While it's all Pacific Northwest-typical dark leather couches, wool and stone on the inside, the exterior of the main building is awash in the green and granite of the raw parkland and Snoqualmie River, into which the Snoqualmie Falls drop.
There's not a huge selection of hotel rooftops when it comes to getting high in the West Chelsea district of Manhattan, and maybe that's why the Hilton Fashion District named its deck "Rare View." And it's completely likely they did so with the idea of highlight the hotel's angle looking up at the Empire State Building.
Nonetheless, it was yesterday during the launch of those Vivienne Tam slippers on this rooftop that we noticed a somewhat secret view even better than gazing uptown: sweet, sweet downtown and the progress of 1 World Trade Center from afar, with the inclusion of those oh-so-new-yorky water towers atop buildings from Chelsea on down through Soho.
Rare View is open daily from 5pm-12am; we recommended going during sunset to catch the pink glinting off glass skyscrapers.
Our love for the city of Hamburg, Germany is new and yet oh so exciting. We only fell head over heel for the maritime metropolis a couple months ago, and it was the HafenCity that tipped the scales from "liking" to "loving."
Luckily this most-nautical-of-all districts has a hotel: the 25Hours Hotel HafenCity. It belongs to a small chain of four properties under the 25Hours brand: Frankfurt, Vienna, Zurich and here in Hamburg. This chain just posted a particularly impressive Hamburg view on their Facebook page, and we can absolutely confirm that this is the typical view from the rooms at the HafenCity Hamburg hotel...although they've got the added special visitor of Cunard's Queen Mary 2 in at dock.
And luckily the hotel understands that some of their guests have chosen this location for its prime ship-spotting address. Inside the rooms at the 25Hours Hamburg, there's a handy-dandy pamphlet with a schedule of ship arrivals and departures, with a special focus on the main cruise liners.
Recognized in 1994 as the country's first government-protected natural site, the Dana Biosphere Reserve is one of Jordan's most scenic, and sought-after, desert hideaways. And when it comes to lodging, you can't do much better than the Dana Guest House, located right in the heart of Dana village, overlooking Wadi Dana.
Though it's finishing up renovations that will double the number of available rooms, there are currently only nine rooms that make up the entire hotel.
Small, simple rooms with wrought-iron bed frames, a vanity, and a nightstand. But taking in the view at sunset from one of the private balconies allotted to each room has to be one of the most satisfying features about the place.
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You know the deal: you excitedly check into a hotel in a brand new city, ready to see all the sights and take all the tours. But sightseeing doesn't come cheap, and soon enough you're blowing an extra $20 or $50 just to be shown a landmark that, with a little more planning, you might have been able to see for free from your hotel room.
PARIS— We've been a fan of Shangri-La Paris for a while now, and it was just recently, back in May, that we poked around inside an Eiffel Duplex Suite. Balcony? Check. Free WiFi? Check. Killer Eiffel Tower view? Yessir.