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Raise The Roof: The Best Hotel Rooftops (PHOTOS)

Posted: 07/07/2012 8:30 am

Whether it's the fresh air, the towering views or the refreshing libation in hand, life at the top -- the rooftop, that is -- is good.

Here are 10 handpicked Tablet hotels whose enviable rooftops draw the crowd -- but whose cocktails keep them hanging around.

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  • Hotel Unique - Sao Paulo

    <a href="" target="_hplink">Hotel Unique</a>’s rooftop lounge, with its bright crimson pool and its underwater sound system, does its best to live up to the name. Throw in a weekend DJ and some of the city’s best skyline views and there’s no better spot to sip a cucumber martini.

  • Le Gray - Beirut

    In a town already known for its nightlife, <a href="" target="_hplink">Le Gray</a>'s latest rooftop bar, Cherry on the Rooftop, is doing its bit. We recommend a pitcher -- that's right -- of the Cherry Lust, a mixture of vodka, champagne and kirsch marinated cherries.

  • Limes Hotel - Brisbane

    It's not often one can play bocce with a towering urban view, but that -- along with lounging al fresco with a loaner Kindle -- is just what's on offer at the <a href="" target="_hplink">Limes Hotel</a>'s seventh-floor poolside lounge, Bar d'Eau.

  • Continentale - Florence

    High above the crowds of the Ponte Vecchio, atop the Consorti Tower, the <a href="" target="_hplink">Continentale</a>’s sofa-lined terrace offers views of the River Arno and the countryside beyond. With a glass of Prosecco in hand, the vita is as bella as ever.

  • Petit Ermitage - Los Angeles

    Guests of top Angeleno hotels are no strangers to nice pools, but the saltwater one at the <a href="" target="_hplink">Petit Ermitage</a>, surrounded by private cabanas and gardens, is an unrivaled oasis. Combined with the signature "Catcher in the Rye" cocktail, an old-fashioned with a twist, it's an instant Hollywood classic.

  • Drake Hotel - Toronto

    Not just anyone can pop up to Sky Yard, the guests-only pop-up bar on the roof of the <a href="" target="_hplink">Drake Hotel</a>. The theme changes every few months, along with the cocktail list. For this summer, check out the refreshing Lavender Lemonade.

  • ME Madrid - Madrid

    It’s not the tallest rooftop on the list, but you can still glimpse the occasional Spanish star at <a href="" target="_hplink">ME Madrid</a>’s Penthouse Bar, by nightlife maven Rande Gerber. The drink of choice, Serendipity, promises a “provocative” mix of ginger and vodka.

  • The Fullerton Bay Hotel - Singapore

    By night, the <a href="" target="_hplink">Fullerton Bay Hotel</a>'s rooftop pool deck transforms into the fittingly named Lantern Bar, surrounded by the city’s gently glowing lights. The fresh fruit cocktails, featuring a few tropical rarities, put a new twist on the classic mojito menu.

  • Hotel Americano - New York

    With sweeping views of the Hudson River and the High Line park, the rooftop at Manhattan's <a href="" target="_hplink">Hotel Americano</a> makes for prime people-watching over a sunset cocktail. The focus is on tequila, a nod to Grupo Habita's Mexican heritage.

  • Boundary - London

    In London a rooftop lounge is by no means a standard amenity, but the <a href="" target="_hplink">Boundary</a>’s al fresco offering comes complete with heaters, a generous canopy-covered area and Welsh blankets, not to mention a cocktail that includes that chill-relieving English staple: Earl Grey tea.


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