19 hotel views you’ll want to see for yourself

Apr 13, 2020

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The TPG staff stays in (and reviews) a lot of hotels, and some, understandably, have much better views than others.

Even though we’re hard at work assessing these properties — taking photos and notes on everything from the shower heads to the number of outlets by the bed — enjoying the view is also part of the job.

Whether it’s the sparkling Shanghai skyline, the snowcapped mountains of Aspen or the crystal blue waters of Bora Bora, here are 19 of the best hotel views TPG editors and writers gazed upon during our recent travels.

For more information on each hotel, click through to read the full review. (And if it’s swimming pools you’re after, check out our favourite hotel pools.)

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Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi

Photo by Brian Kelly / The Points Guy.
(Photo by Brian Kelly/The Points Guy)

There really aren’t any bad views in the Maldives, but the best may be from the Stella Maris Ocean Villa, located on its own island at the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi. The villa is a modern masterpiece, with floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the rooms with light and offer uninterrupted Indian Ocean views. You can admire the turquoise waters from just about every corner of the villa, including the two private infinity pools, two overwater hammocks, the roof deck and the oversized soaking tub.

The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong

(Photo by MIKE CLARKE/AFP/Getty Images)
The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong occupies the top 16 floors of the International Commerce Center, one of the world’s tallest buildings. Thanks to its extremely high location, you can admire Hong Kong’s glittering skyline and Kowloon Bay from almost every area of the hotel, including the 103rd-floor lobby; the rooms, where drapes automatically open to skyline views every time you open the door; Ozone, the world’s highest bar, on the 118th floor; and even from the 118th-floor pool and hot tub.

Hilton Tel Aviv in Israel

Photo by Nicky Kelvin.
(Photo by Nicky Kelvin/The Points Guy.)
There’s nothing like enjoying your morning coffee and gorgeous sea views from your private balcony at the Hilton Tel Aviv. You can even enjoy incredible seaside sunsets from the bathtubs of some of the suites. The pool and outdoor lounge are only on the second floor, but they also overlook the beach and expansive seascape beyond. Although the executive lounge is rather small, its views of Tel Aviv and the coast more than compensate for the size.

The Cape, a Thompson Hotel in Mexico

Photo by Melanie Lieberman/The Points Guy
(Photo by Melanie Lieberman/The Points Guy)

The Cape, a Thompson Hotel and relative newcomer to the World of Hyatt family, has seriously stunning sea views in addition to a pretty amazing pool and one of the best hotel bathtubs we’ve ever seen. You can admire the crashing waves from your room (including the copper-clad soaking tub, if you draw back the curtains), the furnished balconies with hanging daybeds and many of the restaurants within the hotel. The swim-up pool bar and the fitness centre also look out toward the iconic rock formation, El Arco, at the southernmost tip of the Baja California Peninsula.

Equinox Hotel at Hudson Yards

(Photo by Melanie Lieberman/The Points Guy)
(Photo by Melanie Lieberman/The Points Guy)

Some New York City hotels are known for delivering knockout views of the iconic skyline. While many of the rooms in this debut hotel from the wellness brand Equinox have excellent views of skyscrapers, the Hudson River, the neighbourhood’s still-exposed rail yards and the Vessel, some of the best views are from outdoor pool deck. Here, you can meditate in barrel saunas during the winter or sunbathe on loungers (and enjoy beverage service) during the summer. Either way, it may be the best (and most shareable) new view in the city.

Four Seasons Chiang Mai in Thailand

Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy
(Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy.)
If Zen fountains, rice paddies and lush greenery are your favourite things to look at, the Four Seasons Chiang Mai has you covered. Guests can look out onto tropical flowers and trees from all of the freestanding rooms, the lobby and the pool. The lily and lotus flower ponds are especially beautiful. A quiet spot to enjoy the tranquil garden views is from the secluded hot tub just off the main pool.

The Shanghai Edition in China

Photo by Nick Ellis/The Points Guy
(Photo by Nick Ellis/The Points Guy.)
Nick Ellis, TPG’s reviews editor, raved about the views at the Shanghai Edition, saying, “With a skyline like that, it’s kind of hard to not take Shanghai seriously.” The spectacular cityscape is best seen from the outdoor terrace of the rooftop Hiya restaurant, which specializes in Japanese-inspired cuisine. If it happens to be chilly during your visit, the interior of Hiya has dazzling triangle-shaped, floor-to-ceiling glass windows through which you can still enjoy the view.

The Brando in French Polynesia

Photo courtesy of Brian Kelly/The Points Guy
(Photo courtesy of Brian Kelly/The Points Guy.)
The Brando is one of the most beautiful escapes in the world — especially if you’re into white-sand beaches and crystal clear water. On the tiny French Polynesian island of Tetiaroa, guest villas come with a private deck, plunge pool and private beach — meaning your views look directly at the seemingly endless ocean. Of course, most dining is done outdoors, so you never have to look away.

W Aspen in Colorado

Photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy
(Photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy.)
Set at the base of Aspen Mountain, the views of the craggy peaks and towering pine trees from the new W Aspen are perfect for travellers seeking a seriously luxe ski trip. The same views can also be found at the rooftop pool and bar, which is sure to become the new epicentre of après ski during peak season in Aspen, when fire pits and heat lamps warm up chilly guests.

Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho, a Luxury Collection Hotel in Japan

Photo by Nicky Kelvin/The Points Guy
(Photo by Nicky Kelvin/The Points Guy.)

Occupying floors 30 to 36 in a downtown Tokyo tower, the incredible views of the Japanese capital begin in the lobby of the Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho, which is on the 36th floor. The skyline views are visible from many of the rooms as well as from the Oasis Garden restaurant, the fitness centre and the aptly named Sky Gallery Lounge, Levita. Guests can even admire the vistas from the main indoor pool and the collection of hot and cold plunge pools, plus the traditional Japanese sauna.

Costa Verde Costa Rica

Photo by Lori Zaino/The Points Guy.
(Photo by Lori Zaino/The Points Guy.)

Combine AvGeek dreams with jungle and coastal views at the Costa Verde Hotel in Costa Rica, which has a collection of vintage planes on the property, one of which you can sleep in overnight. While most of the rooms have lush landscape views, the best sights may be from the deck of the vintage Boeing 727, where you can admire the plane enveloped in palm trees, perhaps with a monkey hopping around, too.

InterContinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa

Photo by Brian Biros / The Points Guy
(Photo by Brian Biros/The Points Guy.)

All of the overwater villas at the InterContinental Bora Bora look directly out over some of the clearest waters in the world. Views can be enjoyed from inside the rooms, on the deck and even in the bathtub. The resort grounds and main pool also overlook the water, and you might catch a glimpse of a single rocky spire or two rising in the background. During your stay, watch out for tropical fish and stingrays swimming around your villa.

TWA Hotel in New York City

Photo by Brendan Dorsey/The Points Guy.
(Photo by Brendan Dorsey/The Points Guy.)

New York’s TWA Hotel is a playground for AvGeeks. From the lobby, you can enjoy views of the sunken lounge, JFK’s Terminal 5 and the 1958 TWA Lockheed Constellation. Beyond soaking in the aviation history, you can planespot modern aircraft from the rooftop pool and grill that offers a panoramic view of JFK’s Runway 4 Left/22 Right. Plenty of plane views can be admired from the large windows in the guest rooms, too.

The St. Regis Bahia Beach in Puerto Rico

(Photo by Nick Ellis / The Points Guy)
(Photo by Nick Ellis/The Points Guy)
Ocean and garden views can be enjoyed from almost everywhere at this Puerto Rican oasis. Even the rooms without ocean views look out at verdant foliage like bold, tropical flowers and palm trees swaying in the breeze. Many of the common areas of the hotel, such as the restaurants and pool, overlook the pristine landscaping, private beach and ocean beyond.

Singita Lebombo Lodge

(Photo by Brian Kelly / The Points Guy)
(Photo by Brian Kelly/The Points Guy)
Singita Lebombo is on the grounds of Kruger National Park in South Africa. It’s one of the largest game reserves on the continent, and guests staying here can watch for the Big Five safari animals: lions, leopards, elephants, black rhinoceroses and African buffalo. Overlooking 33,000 acres of nature, the luxurious lodge is all about incredible wildlife views. You can watch animals congregate around a popular watering hole from the comfort of your glass-walled suite — including your indoor or outdoor bed — or head to the swimming pool for expansive landscape views. 

H Hotel Los Angeles, Curio Collection by Hilton

Photo by Alberto Riva/The Points Guy.
(Photo by Alberto Riva/The Points Guy.)

Just outside the airport, between two sets of parallel runways at Los Angeles International (LAX), the H Hotel Los Angeles could not be more conveniently placed for travellers needing a hotel during a layover — or anyone obsessed with aviation. Although you can request a room overlooking the airport, the ultimate AvGeek views can be found on the 12th-floor roof deck on the northeast side of the building that overlooks the runways. Or, watch planes land from the gym during your workout.

Scrub Island Resort in the British Virgin Islands

Photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy
(Photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy.)

Scrub Island, a Marriott Autograph Collection property, has made a full recovery after Hurricane Irma in 2017 — and so has the rest of the area, judging by the magnificent views. You can see the beautiful blue ocean and small boats docked in the harbour from many of the rooms, the pool and the restaurants — but perhaps the best (and most serene) view can be found at the spa’s plunge pool, overlooking the turquoise water.

The St. Regis Venice in Italy

Photo by Brian Kelly/The Points Guy
(Photo by Brian Kelly/The Points Guy.)

Venice recently faced some of its worst flooding in 50 years. But these very waters also help make it one of the most beautiful destinations in the world, and the views of its canals are amazing from the St. Regis Venice, looking out over the Grand Canal and the Santa Maria della Salute Basilica. The best place to admire the views is from a private balcony, which is available in some of the suites (this is the spot to dig out those suite upgrades you get with your Marriott status). If you can’t swing the suite, make sure to get to breakfast early enough to grab a table on the outdoor patio, which also offers prime canal views.

Borealis Basecamp in Alaska

(Photo by Katherine Frey/The Washington Post/Getty Images)

You’ll need clear, dark skies and an extra day or two to spare in case the weather doesn’t cooperate, but you won’t be able to beat the views of the northern lights flickering over the clear, 12-foot ceiling of your private igloo in Alaska. Located about an hour away from Fairbanks International (FAI), far from any light pollution, guests at the 10-igloo Borealis Basecamp property can search the sky for the elusive auroras during their stay.

Featured image by Nick Ellis/The Points Guy.

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