Amazing Hotel Rooftops in 8 Cities

By Kelsy Chauvin  |  August 12, 2013
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It’s one thing to enjoy a gorgeous vista from the luxury of your hotel room, but a handful of savvy hoteliers have maximized their air rights by creating enchanting rooftops that perfectly top off every accommodation. Of course, it helps to have a beautiful skyline to look at, so here’s a rundown of the best hotel rooftops in major cities.

  • The Standard High Line, New York

    Set above Manhattan’s famous High Line elevated park, The Standard serves up two of the most luxurious and stunning rooftop spaces in New York. Top of the Standard is the cocktail-attire-required version, with wall-to-wall glamour and the occasional celebrity sighting. Across the way, check out Le Bain for a more casual nightclub scene. It features a summertime plunge pool and faux-grass rooftop lawn, so you can cool off and kick back.

    Photo courtesy of The Standard

  • The London, Hollywood

    The height of West Hollywood glamour hangs at The London’s rooftop. They come to chill in a discreet poolside cabana, to soak up the intoxicating LA sunshine and to sip heavenly cocktails - or better still, to dine on delicacies from Rooftop by Gordon Ramsay, serving innovative fare all day long as well as the weekend’s “Afternoons on Ice” menu. There’s no place better to view the City of Angels than from this perch high up on the Sunset Strip.

    Photo by Kelsy Chauvin

  • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, London
    It may not scream “luxury” at first blush, but Skylounge at London’s DoubleTree by Hilton offers one of the grandest views from any rooftop in town. Escape the crowds below and behold sparkly vistas of the Tower of London, the Shard and the River Thames while sipping a “millionaire mojito” cocktail among the power brokers. In summer months, the terrace’s barbeque menu brings new meaning to the city’s nickname, “The Smoke.”

    Photo courtesy of The DoubleTree by Hilton

  • The Liaison Capitol Hill, Washington, DC

    Despite being a city awash in lobbyist cash, Washington, DC, is home to few rooftop swimming pools. So the Liaison’s open-air pool and bar stands out for its relaxing atmosphere 11 stories above the fray. More relaxing still are massages in the poolside cabanas and the morning rooftop yoga classes - open daily for guests and weekends for the paying public (who are welcome to stay for the day).

    Photo courtesy of The Liaison

  • theWit, Chicago

    Along the Loop’s north end, don’t miss the breathtaking skyline views from ROOF, theWit hotel’s versatile rooftop space. Four different lounges let you choose from indoor or outdoor, intimate or sociable, chic or laid-back atmospheres. Open late with DJs and special events nightly, this new hot spot instantly rose to the top of Chicago’s club scene when it opened in summer 2013.

    Photo courtesy of theWit

  • Wythe Hotel, Brooklyn

    The hipsters of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, finally have their industrial-chic haven in the Wythe, and its rooftop lounge, the Ides, takes full advantage of the mesmerizing Midtown Manhattan view just across the East River. The casual atmosphere and indoor-outdoor options are improved upon only by divine cocktails and eye candy that is often literally setting fashion trends for every season.

    Photo courtesy of the Wythe Hotel

  • Revere Hotel Boston Common, Boston

    From its seventh-floor perch, Rooftop @ Revere’s fashion-forward terrace overlooks Boston’s South End and Downtown while serving fresh-fruit libations like hibiscus rum punch from comfy couches and intimate cabanas. It’s enough of a poolside-lounge scene that you may forget that you’ve escaped to New England, but the local-seafood dishes will soon spark culinary reminders of your locale.

    Photo courtesy of The Revere Hotel

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    Sir Francis Drake Hotel, San Francisco

    A recent renovation at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in Union Square complements the 21-story-high Starlight Room - a vintage-chic nightclub awash in red velvet and Prohibition-era style. Whether you come for the throwback cocktails and special-blend punches, or the DJ nights and the “Sunday’s a Drag” brunches, here is where the City by the Bay becomes the shining West Coast City of Lights.

    Photo courtesy of The Sir Francis Drake