The world is (as most of us travelers know) filled with both great hotels and amazing rooftop bars. Sure, there are some bad ones as well, but let us not focus on them.
This list offers 7 true gems around the world, from Singapore to New York, where top-class hotel and rooftop bar go hand in hand. Places that offer both amazing accommodation, as well as the luxury of having views and drinks just an elevator ride away. Places that you should most definitely bookmark for your upcoming travels.
The iconic Marina Bay Sands in Singapore is one of the world's largest and most famous hotels. The hotel is 5-star and has a range of facilities and activities to exploit. A giant shopping mall with all the brand stores you can imagine, a casino and quality restaurants and bars from top to bottom.
The hotel is also neighbour with the amazing Gardens by the Bay, a must visit when in Singapore.
To claim that Marina Bay Sands has a rooftop is clearly an understatement. The long, ship / surf board like roof spaning across the three towers of the hotel is probably the coolest rooftop venue in the world.
Up on the 57th floor you find one of the world's highest and largest infinity pools. This one, and the rooftop jacuzzis, are exclusive to guests staying at Marina Bay Sands.
Available for both in-house guests and the public are the fantastic rooftop bars and restaurants: CÈ LA VI, Spago and LAVO. And of course, the absolutely magical views across Singapore and the ocean.
The elegant and 5-star Majestic Hotel & Spa is one of Barcelona's best hotels, centrally located in the Exiample area.
While old-school on the outside, set in a neoclassical building, the inside of Majestic offers stylish, modern and luxurious accommodation. Apart for high-class service, the hotel also offers (as the name might tell you), a very relaxing spa.
On the 10th and top floor of the hotel you find some amazing views over Barcelona, including icons like the Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló and the Agbar Tower. The newly revamped rooftop is also home to a lovely rooftop pool and the La Dolce Vitae rooftop bar.
The rooftop pool is exclusive for hotel guests, to enjoy a dip and hours of lounging under the Barcelona sun. The rooftop bar is for all to indulge in fantastic cocktails, tasty bites and towards sunset: live DJs and a vibrant atmosphere.
Industrial and rustic chic, the superb 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is found right by the Brooklyn Bridge. On the Brooklyn side, which means amazing and panoramic views over Manhattan and the East River.
Designed with native greenery and reclaimed materials, the hotel is a true urban oasis in the world's most buzzing city. As a guest you can enjoy the Bamford Haybarn Spa, or stay active in the 24/7 fitness centre.
The real gem on the hotel is however found up top. Rooftop pool, rooftop garden and rooftop bar, the 10th floor at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge has something for everyone.
As a guest you can take a dip in the pool or relax in one of the loungers, all while taking in some of the best views New York has to offer. Up on the lush rooftop you also find Harriet's Rooftop, which is both an open-air rooftop bar and a chic indoor lounge. Craft cocktails, tasty bites and a vibrant setting is on the daily menu.
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The iconic Westin Excelsior is a luxury hotel located right by the beautiful Arno River, which flows through Florence. It is not unusual for celebrities and football teams to live here when they are visiting.
Stylish in a very classic way, Carrara-marble bathrooms and a fantastic breakfast buffet are some of the perks with staying at this central located hotel.
But there is more. On the roof there is a rooftop bar and restaurant called SE·STO on Arno, offering an absolutely magical view across Florence in all directions.
With both inside lounge and outdoor terrace, the rooftop is open all year round. Here you can enjoy a Mediterranean gastronomic tradition and a precious wine cellar, probably best served as a long wine lunch while enjoying the views and the great service.
For the top-notch experience, book one of the suites at the hotel, which includes your very own roof terrace, equipped with jacuzzi and sun loungers. A stay in Florence does not get much better than that.
New and bright for 2018, Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur is an urban oasis right in the heart of the bustling city. As a guest you can enjoy big and modern rooms, fantastic service, 24-hours fitness and the sky-high Banyan Tree Spa.
Almost up on the rooftop, there is a fantastic swimming pool. Covered, but still open-air, it is a great spot for relaxing hours and amazing views over the Twin Towers and the KL skyline.
But for even more dramatic views, and more food and drinks, head all the way up to the rooftop. On the 58 & 59th floor you find the Horizon Grill restaurant and the Vertigo rooftop bar.
Vertigo is the highest venue, and a great spot for al-fresco cocktails and amazing sunset views. The Horizon Grill restaurant has seating inside, but also out on a smaller and very cosy terrace.
Banyan Tree really offers a full afternoon and night in Kuala Lumpur: start with some laps in the pool, head up top for dinner at Horizon and a couple o vibrant drinks at Vertigo, before stumbling down to your hotel room.
Set in a 19th-century manor house, Sant Francesc Hotel Singular is one of the holiday paradise Palma de Mallorca's best hotels. And also home to one of the top rooftops in the city.
Very tasteful and elegant, the hotel is both luxurious and cozy, and here you’ll find most things in terms of amenities. Gym and spa is complemented with a top class service.
The roof terrace, called Singular Rooftop Terrace, is equipped with a large and lovely swimming pool and offers breathtaking views the Sant Francesc Basilica and many others of the older buildings in the city.
As a guest at the hotel you can relax in one of the comfy loungers under the Mallorcan sun, while ordering refreshing cocktails or a glass of champagne from the pool bar. During summer evenings, the rooftop transfroms into a chic cocktail bar, where drinks and music are complemented with creative gastronomic proposals from COCA TONETA
The hotel also offers a nice lobby bar and the fantastic and lush Quadrat Restaurant & Garden.
Located in the heart of Dubai, just minutes from Dubai Mall, the luxurious and modern Oberoi Dubai is a top spot for accommodation in Dubai. All the 252 spacious rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows with views over either Burj Khalifa, Dubai cityscape or the hotel’s outdoor pool.
The Oberoi Spa and 24/7 fitness center is complemented with a lot of fantastic dining options. From fantastic Indian food at Ananta to tasty Italian dishes at MATTO.
But the best destination for food and drinks is (of course) the 27th floor rooftop bar, called Iris. This late night restaurant and lounge offers live music, amazing Burj Khalifa views and creative cocktails made to perfection. All in a vibrant and exclusive atmosphere.
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