The tallest hotels in the world


For a room with a view, make sure you check into one of these tallest hotels in the world.

Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. Image credit: © Jumeirah Group
Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. Image credit: © Jumeirah Group

If you have a head for heights, why not book into one of the highest hotels in the world? These majestic monoliths take you away from the hustle and bustle of the city by raising you high into the air.

Need a little headspace after all those meetings? Then book a Blacklane limousine service to one of these impressive hotels.

Gevora Hotel – the tallest hotel in the world  

Number of floors: 75

This isn’t just the tallest hotel in Dubai – it’s the tallest hotel in the world.

Measuring 356 meters, this statuesque tower stands head-and-shoulders above the other hotels on Sheikh Zayed Road. While there is one building that leaves the Gevora Hotel in the shade – the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa, which measures 829.8 meters – Gevora Hotel does boast the highest restaurant in the Middle East, which is set 280 meters above the ground and offers 360-degree views of the Dubai skyline, as well as views of the famed Burj Khalifa. Enjoy surf and turf cooked on a lava stone grill, a signature High View Mocktail and, if it takes your fancy, a shisha on the outdoor terrace.

JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai – the skyscraper inspired by the date palm  

Number of floors: 72

The view from the pool at JW Marrriott Marquis, Dubai. Image credit: Marriott International
The view from the pool at JW Marriott Marquis Dubai. Image credit: Marriott International

Until the Gevora Hotel opened in February 2018, the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai was the tallest hotel in the world. Measuring 355 meters, the twin tower complex, which is inspired by the date palm, can still wow crowds.

Not only does it feature one of the largest spas in Dubai, which has a pool filled with water from the Dead Sea, it is also home to Masala Library restaurant owned by celebrity chef Jiggs Kalra. He is famed for putting a 21st-century twist on age-old classics. Picture wild mushroom broth served as “chai” and cotton candy served with betel leaves.

Four Seasons Kuala Lumpur – the tallest hotel in Asia  

Number of floors: 65

Guests who check into the lofty 342-meter tall Four Seasons Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia can expect to enjoy more than a bird’s eye view of KLCC Park. If you take a dip in the pool you can also see the famed Petronas Twin Towers, which happens to be next door. While the views are hard to beat, apparently it’s the food that everyone is queuing up for.

Reserve a table at Cantonese restaurant Yun House to enjoy such delicacies as Steamed Charcoal Lava Buns or order cocktails at Bar Trigona by the award-winning bartender Ashish Sharma. Ask for Bitter & Smoke, which is a blend of tequila and honeycomb, mixed with ginseng.

Rose Rayhaan by Rotana – the skyscraper designed like a rose  

Number of floors: 72

The Rose Rayhaan standing tall. Image credit: Rotana
The Rose Rayhaan standing tall. Image credit: Rotana

The Rose Rayhaan by Rotana in Dubai held the title of the tallest hotel in the world for three years before the opening of two more hotels in the city rapidly stole its thunder. But the hotel, with its cylindrical design based on the tightly layered petals of a rose, still comes with picturesque views of Burj Khalifa.

The hotel, which measures 333 meters, features a chic pool which gives you a panoramic view of the Dubai skyline.

Baiyoke Sky Hotel – the hotel with a revolving roof terrace

Number of floors: 84

This imposing building in Bangkok is determined to offer you the best possible view of the Thai capital, with its top floor featuring a revolving roof terrace. If you’re short on time, you can do all of your sightseeing from the top of this 328.4-meter tall building.

If you’re concerned about missing anything, take the elevator to the 77th floor of the Baiyoke Sky Hotel, where you will find an observation deck complete with telescopes. After dinner at the nearby Baiyoke Floating Market, where you’ll find a Thai buffet served in dry-dock boats, you can toast to the city with a cocktail on the rooftop bar.

Burj Al Arab – the hotel with its own island

Number of floors: 60

Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. Image credit: © Jumeirah Group
Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. Image credit: © Jumeirah Group

What’s not to like about this billion dollar hotel? With its dancing fountains, chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royces and the fact that it sits on its own island. This Burj Al Arab may not be the tallest hotel, but it has the most impact. Many a celebrity has rushed to the helipad to enjoy a photo op at this 321-meter tall structure of magnificence, from David Coulthard performing donuts in a Formula 1 car to Andre Agassi and Roger Federer playing a tennis match.

Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel – the skyscraper with a floatation tank

Number of floors: 56

If you are in Dubai on business, you can’t get any closer to the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) than the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel. Just a five-minute walk from the Dubai World Trade Centre and the DIFC, this 309 meter-tall tower houses the Talise Spa with a floatation pool and award-winning restaurants, The Rib Room and Al-Nafoorah. If you stay here, you also get unlimited use of the waterpark Wild Wadi. It’s okay, you can pretend you booked in for the location and great views, not because of the theme park.

Wuxi Maoye City Marriott Hotel – the tallest hotel in China

Number of floors: 68

This 304-meter tall building can be found in Wuxi, China. One of the first mega-skyscrapers in the city, the glass-clad building makes a glittering talking point. Construction ended in 2014, but it appears not to have yet opened its doors. Not much is known about this hotel, but at the very least, if and when its doors do open, guests will be treated to one heck of a view.

Park Hyatt Shanghai – the hotel with views of the Bund

Number of floors: 15

You could argue this is the tallest hotel in the world, as it sits 491 meters in the air, but as it only takes up floors 79 to 93 in the Shanghai World Financial Center, we can’t say it’s the tallest hotel. However, with Tai Chi classes in the courtyard by day and amazing views of the Bund, the Park Hyatt Shanghai deserves a shout out.

Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong – the one that towers over Hong Kong

Number of floors: 17
The Ritz-Carlton also has the lofty position of being 490 meters in the air, but that’s thanks to it occupying the top 17 floors of the International Commerce Center in Hong Kong. Now that’s what you call having friends in high places.

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Freelance journalist Claire Turrell has lived and worked in London, Dubai, and Singapore. When she’s not busy writing, she is riding motorbikes off-road in Cambodia, diving in Oman or learning Muay Thai in Thailand.