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The world’s 10 tallest hotels

In many cultures and professions being tall has always been something to be proud of. Beauty pageants require their applicants to reach a certain height limit, for instance. In basketball, we better have a height of 6 feet or above or you’ll be called “shorty”!

Photo: @lileepod  at Flickr
Photo: @lileepod at Flickr

Being tall may give one the feeling of superiority. Curiously, hotel statures are no exception. Developers have been building higher and higher structures, always seeking more attention for their creations, building the ultimate luxury skyscraper or the ultimate “green” tower.

Today, All Web Hotels proudly presents our special list of the world’s top 10 tallest hotels:

10. Lanko-Grand Hyatt Hotel, Chongqing (258 m/846 ft)
The 10th tallest hotel in the world is Lanko-Grand Hyatt Hotel situated in Nan’an District of Chongqing, China. This building has 60 floors and was completed in 2004.

9. Grand Lisboa, Macau (261 m/856 ft)
In the 9th spot is the Grand Lisboa located in Macau, China. This is owned by Sociedade de Turismo e Diversões de Macau and designed by Hong Kong architects Dennis Lau and Ng Chun Man. Its architectural design is said to be unique as it resembles the lotus flower, which is the symbol of Macau. This 58-storey hotel has 430 hotel rooms and suites, and a casino which offers 268 mass gaming tables and 786 slot machines.

8. The Cullinan I, Hong Kong (270 m/886 ft)
The 8th tallest building is The Cullinan I, which is also known as the Cullinan Tower. It was named after the 3,106 carat Cullinan diamond found in 1905 and the largest in the world. It is part of a development package which consists of two towers. Both structures are Hong Kong’s tallest residential towers.

7. Baiyoke Tower II, Bangkok (304 m/997 ft)
The 7th highest hotel is the Baiyoke Tower II located on 222 Rajprarop Road in the Ratchethewi district of Bangkok, Thailand. It has 673 guest rooms, 85 floors, with a public observatory on the 77th floor, a bar known as the “Roof Top Bar and Music Lounge on the 83rd floor, and a 360-degree revolving roof deck on the 84th floor.

6. Jumeirah Emirates, Dubai (309m/1014 ft)
The 6th highest hotel is Jumeirah Emirates, also known as “Emirates Tower Two,” located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It includes 40 luxury suites and is operated by the Jumeirah International groups. It stands side by side with the Emirates Tower Office forming the Emirates Tower complex. The hotel is the smaller between the two. Both are connected by a podium that houses the Boulevard shopping gallery.

5. Burj-Al Arab, Dubai (321 m/1053 ft)
The 5th tallest hotel is Burj-Al Arab located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This structure is one of Dubai’s most famous buildings and national landmark. The hotel’s unique architectural design mimics the shape of an Arabian sailing ship. It stands on an artificial island out from Jumeirah beach and is connected to the mainland through a private curving bridge. It has eight restaurants, two-storey suites furnished with plasma screens and Jacuzzi in every bathroom, as well as a reception desk on every floor.

4. The Rose Rayhaan by Rotana, Dubai (333 m/1083 ft)
The 4th tallest hotel is The Rose Rayhaan by Rotana, also known as “The Rose,” which is located in Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This 72-storey hotel comprises an apartment tower with fully furnished studio flats, single bedroom, double bedroom and three bedroom flats. Aside from that, it also boasts its world-class restaurants, cafeteria and gymnastic halls with security and electromechanical services.

3. Trump International Hotel & Tower, Chicago (405 m/1,329 ft)
The 3rd tallest hotel is Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago, USA. This four-star condo-hotel is located in downtown Chicago adjacent to the main branch of the Chicago River, with a view of the entry to Lake Michigan. This building is owned by Donald Trump, a known real estate developer and Miss Universe Organization owner. Fun fact: The final confrontation scene between Batman and The Joker in the movie The Dark Knight (2008) was shot at the construction site of the half-done tower.

2. Park Hyatt Hotel, Shanghai (407.4 m/1,336 ft)
The 2nd tallest hotel is Park Hyatt Hotel located in Shanghai, China. Situated in the heart of Pudong and the Lujiazui business district, this hotel occupies 53 to 87 floors of the Jin Mao Tower building. It has a fully serviced Business Center for business tourists and easy access to the Shanghai Stock Exchange, Shanghai World Financial Centre and International Convention Centre. It boasts its restaurants and bars which are appealing to all tastes. Also interesting to see is the 360-degree view of the city in a sky lounge futuristic setting.

1. Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Hong Kong (490 m/1608 ft)
To top the list is Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Hong Kong which will be opening in March 2011. Located at the 102nd floor to the 118th floor of the International Commerce Center in Kowloon with magnificent views of the Victoria Harbor, this five-star hotel offers its visitors luxury commercial, residential and retail space. Aside from the breathtaking views from the side of the hotel, visitors are welcomed into a haven of ambience and elegance.

Superiority, popularity, and tourism might be some of the reasons why hotel developers continue to build structures which are “close to heaven.”

No matter how breath-taking a view can be in any of the highest floors of these buildings, one thing is for sure, clients’ taste vary. We avail the services of hotels not just because they are “taller” than the others. We also take into account the QUALITY of their services.

By AWH Editors

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