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An Inside Look at the 12 Highest Rooms in the World’s Tallest Hotels

Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong

Because why scale a skyscraper for a selfie when you can just rent a room instead, we tracked down the highest suites in the world's tallest hotels.

ritz HK
Ritz-Carlton

Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong

Hong Kong, China
Building height: 1,587ft
Highest hotel room: Floor 117

Located on the 117th floor of Hong Kong's tallest building, the International Commerce Centre, the $18k-a-night Ritz-Carlton Suite overlooks Victoria Harbor and comes fully furnished with a whirlpool, sauna, butler, and, of course, a telescope. And if that isn't enough, the world's highest bar (Ozone Sky Bar) is right above you on the next floor.

St Regis Shenzhen
St. Regis

St. Regis Shenzhen

Shenzhen, China
Building height: 1,450ft
Highest hotel room: Floor 90

This spear-shaped Chinese luxury hotel boasts floor-to-ceiling windows and epic views that extend all the way to... Hong Kong! That's a whole 'nother city. And directly below, you'll find Shenzhen‘s colorful city center and brightly lit main drag, Shennan Boulevard.

Four Seasons Guangzhou
Four Seasons

Four Seasons Guangzhou

Guangzhou, China
Building height: 1,439ft
Highest hotel room: Floor 98

Get this: the lobby of the Four Seasons Guangzhou is located on the 70th floor, at the bottom of a dramatic, vertigo-inducing 34-floor atrium. And in your room, enormous windows offer sweeping views of the Pearl River Delta and Canton Tower, as well as of the hip Pearl River New City ‘hood and Zaha Hadid-designed Guangzhou Opera House.

The Park Hyatt Shanghai
The Park Hyatt Shanghai

The Park Hyatt Shanghai

Shanghai, China
Building height: 1,614ft
Highest hotel room: Floor 88

Located inside what was once the second-tallest building in the world, the highest suites in this 174-room hotel soar 88 floors above the most heavily populated city in the world. The Chairman Suite, which covers 2,088sqft and boasts 14ft ceilings, offers a full kitchen, in-room wine cellar, and private entrance for your staff.

JW Marriott Marquis Dubai
JW Marriott Marquis Dubai

JW Marriott Marquis Dubai

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Building height: 1,164ft
Highest hotel room: 70th floor

Only open since February 2013, this towering hotel whose design was inspired by the trunk of a palm tree has been touted as the World's Tallest Hotel by Guinness World Records. It consists of identical towers (each only 85ft shorter than the Empire State Building) with suites spanning the 69th and 70th floors.

85 Sky Tower

Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Building height: 1,141ft
Highest hotel room: Floor 69

Shaped like a rocket (and the Chinese character for "tall"), this hotel sits inside the second-tallest building in Taiwan, the Tuntex Sky Tower. It's also home to world’s second fastest elevator (one of 45 in the building!) that launches visitors up 75 flights in a mere 43 seconds. Views include sunsets over Shou Mountain, Love River, and Kaohsiung Harbor.

Rose Rayhaan by Rotana Dubai
Rose Rayhaan by Rotana

Rose Rayhaan by Rotana

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Building height: 1,093ft
Highest hotel room: 65th floor

Dubai is like Disney World for adults. And unfortunately, like Disney, this hotel (the world’s tallest from 2009 to 2012) is alcohol-free. Although, who needs booze with an intoxicating view of the city 65 floors below you? Okay, of course you still do.

Grand Hyatt, Shanghai
Grand Hyatt Shanghai

Grand Hyatt Shanghai

Shanghai, China
Building height: 1,381ft
Highest hotel room: Floor 85

When the Chinese decided to build their first skyscraper in 1994, they weren't messing around; they only threw up the fifth-tallest building in the world, complete with a barrel-vaulted atrium that spirals from the 56th to the 87th floor. Not only that, but the top floor maintains a super-cool observatory with 360-degree views, and houses world’s highest post office.

Burj Al Arab
Burj Al Arab

Burj Al Arab

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Building height: 1,053ft
Highest hotel room: Floor 25 (technically 50, because each room has two floors)
Often referred to as “The world's only 7-star hotel”, you probably know it as “that weird sail shaped building in Dubai”. Taller than the Eiffel Tower, this all-suite hotel sits on one of UAE's infamous manmade islands and features stunning views from its horrifyingly opulent 25th floor hotel rooms. Each of the 8,300sqft "rooms" have two floors connected by marble and gold staircases, as well as 24-karat gold iPads, rotating beds, and a private cinema.
 

Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Building height: 1,014ft
Highest hotel room: Floor 48

Fitting for a city that’s more artificial than Heidi Montag’s face, this 53-floor tower (the third-tallest all-hotel building in the world) is connected to a second, 54-floor office tower by a shopping mall full of decorative lakes and waterfalls.

The Address Downtown Dubai
The Address Downtown Dubai

The Address Downtown Dubai

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Building height: 991ft
Highest hotel room: Floor 12

Ok, so admittedly this one is kinda lame; the building is one of the tallest in the world at 991ft tall, but the hotel only has guest rooms from the 7th to the 12th floors – the rest are residences. That said, there are seven restaurants and a five-tiered infinity pool in the building.

Shangri-La London
Shangri-La London

Shangri-La London

London, UK
Building height: 1,014ft
Highest hotel room: Floor 50

Renzo Piano's triangular glass building, The Shard, shook up the London skyline when it opened in 2013, quickly becoming one of the world's most recognizable buildings. So named because it resembles a piece of broken glass, it's the tallest building in Western Europe and includes the Shangri-La Hotel on floors 34 to 52. Depending on where your room is, you’ll have insane views of the Thames, Tower Bridge, and Big Ben, among pretty much every other awesome site on the London skyline.