Extravagant hotels aren't just a fancy place to rest your head - they also often become hallmarks of the cities where they are located, attracting tourists who can afford high end luxury and the eyes of onlookers who cannot. Many of the entries listed below have raised the bar for incredible heights achieved within the hospitality industry, whose limits seem to keep growing higher and higher. These hotels come from locations as widespread as Central America, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East, but they all have one thing in common - a bird's eye view.
10. The Cullinan South Tower, Hong Kong - 890 Feet
As Hong Kong is a city renowned worldwide for its skyscrapers that reach the sky, it's no surprise that the first hotel on the list is located there. Although primarily residential areas, the hotel component of the Cullinan South Tower ranks as the world's 10th tallest, with 68 floors reaching 890 feet in air.
9. Trump Ocean Club International Hotel and Tower, Panama - 932 Feet
In 2011, the Trump Ocean Club International Hotel and Tower opened in Panama, soaring 70 stories in the air. It is the tallest building in Panama City, the capital of the Central American nation of Panama. Aside from hotel rooms, the building also houses private condos, as well as retail space and a casino. The Trump Ocean Club International Hotel and Tower has been accused of copying off the design of Dubai's Burj Al Arab, another hotel on this list.
8. Millennium Plaza, United Arab Emirates - 965 Feet
The Millennium Plaza Hotel is the first Dubai property to make the list of the top 10 tallest hotel properties in the world. Located in the heart of Dubai, this hotel opened in 2011. The property features luxury rooms and amenities among 66 floors, measuring a total of 965 feet.
7. Wuxi Maoye City Marriott Hotel, China - 997 Feet
Wuxi, a city on China's east coast, is one of the fastest metropolis areas in the world. Included in its sprawling skyline is the 68 floor, 997 foot tall, Wuxi Maoye City Marriott Hotel. Construction on the hotel occurred between 2007 and 2014. When it was completed, it became one of the tallest buildings in Wuxi.
6. Baiyoke Tower II, Thailand - 1,1014 Feet
The Baiyoke Tower II is an 84-story hotel building found in Bangkok, Thailand. It holds the distinction of being the tallest building in all 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.
5. Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel, United Arab Emirates - 1,014 Feet
The Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel boasts 56 floors and is located in the city of Dubai. The hotel has 40 luxurious suites, and is operated by the Jumeirah International group. It ranks among the world's top 50 tallest buildings.
4. Burj Al Arab, United Arab Emirates - 1,053 Feet
The price tag of building Dubai's iconic Burj Al Arab was around $1 billion USD. 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.
3. Rose Rayhaan by Rotana, United Arab Emirates - 1,093 Feet
The Rose Rayhaan is a 72-story building on Sheikh Zayad road in Dubai. It is the third tallest hotel in the world, and is 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.
2. Four Seasons Place Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - 1,122
Although not technically completed yet, the Four Seasons Place Kuala Lumpur is slated to become the world's second tallest hotel. Although this hotel is being constructed next to the famous Petronas Twin Towers of Kuala Lumpur, it is clear that it is going to become a landmark in its own right. It is destined to not only host hotel rooms, but also private residences and retail spaces. It is the first Four Seasons property to be built in Southeast Asia.
1. JW Marriott Marquis Dubai Towers, United Arab Emirates - 1,165 Feet
The JW Marriott Marquis Dubai Towers is the world’s tallest hotel, with 77 floors. 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.