Across the world, we see many different buildings that are used for a wide range of different purposes. While some do in fact have unique structures that set them apart from others, it’s often their heights that make them especially unique. Extravagant hotels have often become hallmarks of the cities which they are located within, attracting tourists who can afford high end luxury and the eyes of onlookers who cannot. Many have also raised the bar for incredible heights achieved within the hotel construction industry. The top ten tallest hotels mentioned herein give their respective countries excellent opportunities for international economic development attention. There are also some negative effects that can be brought about by the construction of high rise buildings not taken into consideration. One of the major negative effect of high rise construction is the ‘heat island effect’, wherein the building leads to blocking of the natural light and causes of shadow. This makes it hard to work on the street level areas below such buildings. Another negative impact of skyscraper hotels are the dangers they present to birds. The buildings may come in the way of local birds’ flight paths, forcing them to change their natural routes, which can lead to a decrease of biodiversity within an area. Interestingly enough, a number of these hotels are found within a single city.
10. Radisson Royal Dubai, United Arab Emirates - 883 Feet
The Radisson Royal Dubai was officially opened in 2010, and is a 60-story hotel building. Its construction initially began on Sheikh Zayed Road in 2006. It is conveniently located near the Dubai International Airport and the Dubai World Trade Center. The hotel accommodates 471 residential rooms.
9. Four Seasons Manama, Bahrain - 885 Feet
The Four Seasons Manama building was built on reclaimed land at a cost of $2.5 billion. Construction on the Four Seasons Manama started in 2006, and it was completed in 2012. The hotel is the first Four Seasons hotel to be built in Bahrain, and it stands as a fifty-story skyscraper.
8. Abraj Al Bait ZamZam and Hajar Towers, Saudi Arabia - 906-915 Feet
The Abraj Al Bait ZamZam and Hajar Towers are part of a government-owned complex in Mecca. They stand only a short distance away from the world largest clock face, and are near the Islamic sacred site of Masjid al-Haram. The tower was built after the demolition of the Ajyad Fortress. The building of the towers cost was equivalent to $15 billion US. The hotel can accommodate about 10,000 people, and was officially opened in 2012.
7. Khalid Al Attar Tower 2, United Arab Emirates - 965 Feet
The Khalid Al Attar Tower 2 started to be constructed in 2004 and it was finished in 2011. The 65-floor tower hotel stands on a concrete foundation and is the 20th-tallest building in Dubai.
6. Wuxi Maoye City Marriott Hotel, China - 997 Feet
The construction of the Wuxi Maoye City Marriott Hotel began in 2008, and was completed in 2014. The hotel has 68 floors, and is located in Wuxi, China. It is the third-tallest building in the city, and built of composite structural materials.
5. Baiyoke Tower II, Thailand - 997 Feet
The Baiyoke Tower II is an 85-story hotel building that can be found in Bangkok, Thailand. It's also the tallest building in the nation of Thailand. The building has a 360-degree revolving, around-the-roof deck, which can be found on the 84th floor. Its main construction was completed in 1997, and an antenna was added in 1999 reaching 1,077 feet. It was officially opened in 1999. By the time the building was completed, it could claim to be the tallest hotel in Southeast Asia. 3.4 billion Baht were invested in the construction of the building.
4. Emirates Tower 2, United Arab Emirates - 1,014 Feet
The Emirates Towers 2 building has 56 floors and is located in the city of Dubai. The hotel has 40 luxurious suites, and the hotel is operated by the Jumeirah International group. It is ranked as the 48th tallest building in the world.
3. Burj Al Arab, United Arab Emirates - 1,053 Feet
The building of the Burj Al Arab cost around $1 Billion USD, and was also build in Dubai. The construction of this building started in 1994 and was completed in 1999. The shape of the building is similar to that of a sail ship. The building is on land that has been reclaimed, and it has a helipad upon its rooftop. The building also has 28-stories of ‘double floors’ which accommodate 202 bedroom suites.
2. Rose Rayhaan, United Arab Emirates - 1,093 Feet
The Rose Rayhaan is a 72-story building on Sheikh Zayad road in Dubai. It is the second tallest hotel in the world, and known for its elegance and luxury. The hotel is alcohol free and it is designed in such a way it resembles a rose. The hotel cost around $180 million, and its developer was the Bonyan International Investment Group. The hotel has a 24-hour coffee shop and two hotels. The hotel also has 482 rooms, suites and penthouses. It was officially opened in December 23rd in 2009. The hotel has a range of modern indoor décor and offers a variety of recreational services.
1. JW Marriott Marquis Dubai Towers, United Arab Emirates - 1,166 Feet
The JW Marriott Marquis Dubai Towers is the world’s tallest hotel, and it has 76 stories. The twin towers are operated by the Marriott International hotel group. The hotel offers accommodations that are worth about $1.8 billion, and it number of rooms total 1,608. The towers are symmetrically placed upon a 7-story high podium to allow good views of the Burj Khalifa business bay and the sea. The podium itself consists of public places, including sections for restaurants and other functional areas essential to the operation of the complex. The towers were initially meant to be built on Sheikh Zayed Road, but plans were later changed due to the construction of a creek extension. The towers were completed in 2012 after final changes were made to the original design.