Just in time for the Summer Solstice, the hotel price comparison site www.trivago.com presents the most spectacular hotel rooftop terraces in the world to spend the longest day of the year.
With summer in full swing, what better way to enjoy the endless warmth and sunlight than atop the world's most extraordinary hotel rooftops? From Dubai to Bangkok to Athens to New York, guests can enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views overlooking some of the most beautiful and international cities on the planet.
Here are the top picks:
The city hotel Lebua at State Tower in Bangkok greets its guests on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. The second largest building in the Thai capital offers its visitors a breathtaking view of the city from its 63rd floor. The "Sirocco" restaurant is also located here, open to the heavens and offering succulent Mediterranean cuisine. From the protruding balcony of "The Bar," guests can literally float above this city of millions.
The Trafalgar Hotel is an elegant boutique hotel in London. The impressive façade of the building is matched by the spectacular interior of this four-star hotel. Tasteful walnut furniture is combined with light, modern styles to create a unique flavour and atmosphere. From the building's roof, visitors can discover the bustle of Trafalgar Square from a bird's eye perspective. Here as well can be found the aptly-named "Vista Bar." It represents an oasis of tranquillity, from which to view the chaotic but lively meanderings of the city's countless inhabitants.
The Palms Casino Resort is a legendary casino hotel, close to the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. The Palm offers its guests the chance to win big, 24 hours a day, as well as preferential spa treatments and spectacular shows in the hotel's Concert Hall. VIPs such as Paris Hilton and Britney Spears frequently allow themselves to be seen here during MTV, Playboy and countless other events. The "Moon" nightclub on the highest floor has a covered area and open-air terrace and offers a stunning view of the desert city's bustling nightlife. In the evenings, the colourful light displays of Las Vegas' spectacular fountains and water-shows are a wonder to behold.
The Fresh Hotel is located in near the parliament building, in the center of Athens. Clear structures and a colorful, trendy style create a lively yet comfortable atmosphere in the four-star establishment. A highlight of this city hotel is the "Air-Lounge." From its ninth floor vantage point, guests can sip cool beverages and light snacks and gaze at the impressive columns of the Acropolis. The swimming pool is open until two in the morning, making it the perfect place for a night swim and a view of the Athenian heavens.
The Marmara Pera is a design hotel in the trendy Pera district of Istanbul. This luxury resort is fashioned after the cool retro-style of the '70s. On the 11th floor of the building, guests can relax in the pool or look out at the spires and minarets of the Turkish metropolis. The imposing sight of the "Hagia Sophia" mosque is not to be missed, and the dazzling colours of the Bosporus coastline are breathtaking. Also on the rooftop is the hotel's "Mikla" restaurant, where an intriguing combination of Turkish and Scandinavian specialties from star cool Mehmet Gürs are served.
The traditional NH Parque hotel lies in the heart of Havana, not far from the cathedral and capitol building. This four-star hotel combines classic colonial Spanish elements with modern design. An unequaled panorama over Havana's central park and the popular Paseo de Prado promenade is available to guests from the hotel's expansive rooftop. Guests can enjoy a refreshing dip in the hotel pool or an excellent Cuban cocktail while simultaneously enjoying the spectacular sunset.
The Terrace Hotel in Paris invites its guests in the artsy district of Montmartre. This elegant four-star hotel accommodates 98 tastefully decorated rooms and is an ideal starting point for a discovery tour of the popular French city. The hotel is obviously named after its terrace, which from its seventh-floor vantage point offers an impressive view of the Eiffel Tower. In summer, the hotel restaurant "La Diapason" serves its delectable dishes here. Parisian residents and tourists frequent this restaurant on weekends to enjoy a sumptuous brunch and a dazzling perspective of the Seine River.
Hotel Gansevoort is a stylish luxury hotel in New York's famous Meatpacking District. The hotel's trendy and exciting atmosphere is well hidden by the building's dulled facade. The latest in modern design can be found inside, bringing the grandeur of the Big Apple to life. One of the city's best "in" bars can be found on its roof, the "Plunge Bar," which is regularly frequented by famous and aspiring stars alike and is a key part of the New York scene. The Plunge Bar offers a commanding view of the Hudson River, while the swimming pool's underwater speakers will delight those who relax in its cool waters.
The guests of the Bairro Alto Hotel in Lisbon will find themselves in a modern boutique hotel with traditional flair. Art elements such as Ice sculptures and black-and-white photographs, antique colonial furniture recall the setting of the 18th century. The Bairro Alto's roof terrace is located on the sixth floor, and here guests can spend their afternoon plunged in a book or chatting with local residents. The bar serves sandwiches and salad, and guests can enjoy the scenery of the city and the view of the Tagus River.
In the heart of Rome and near the Piazza Navona lies the Hotel St. George Roma. This building from the 15th century is enhanced by a combination of modern, minimalist art and luxurious design, all the way from the lobby to the hotel's suites. The "Roof Top Lounge Bar" gives guests the chance to relax in the evenings and enjoy a fine cocktail while surveying the city's majestic skyline.
This massive building houses 617 rooms, a water park and 20 restaurants. Two roof terraces offer guests stunning vistas: From the 360 Bar on the roof of the Marina-Restaurant, guests overlook the coast of the Persian Gulf while enjoying a shisha and light lounge music. A similarly spectacular sight awaits the guests visiting the elegant "Uptown Bar" on the 24th floor of the hotel, where the twinkling lights of the city and the soaring heights of the Burj Al Arab hotel can be seen.
Directly on the Red Square in Moscow lies the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Polished cherry wood, fine marble and expensive "Kronleuchter" speak of this five-star hotel's luxury and splendour. On the roof of this 11-story building is the futuristic O2 Lounge, where exotic cuisine such as sushi and grill specialties are prepared. In the evenings, the lounge's atmosphere is enriched by a DJ and dance floor, becoming one of the city's most popular clubs, where guests can dance to the music and view of the Kremlin.
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