You can stay in a room with a view, or you can stay in a room with an iconic view. Here are five hotels with rooms that look out to some of the world’s most famous landmarks.
Mandarin Oriental Prague
The hotel: Staying at this property in the Malá Strana district of the Czech capital is like being a part of living history, as it is built on the site of a former 14th century monastery.
The room and the view: The Presidential Suite located in a private tower at the top of the property’s Baroque Wing offers breathtaking views of the Prague Castle from its private terrace. The two-level space comes with decadent features such as parquet floors laid with finely woven rugs, as well as master bedroom furnished with a king size bed, dark-wood wardrobe and dark-wood dressing table. Play your favourite recitals from the Bang & Olufsen audio system while admiring the vista.
The price: At the time of writing, the hotel’s online booking system priced a night’s stay at the end of May at 2,900 euros (HK$24,865), excluding taxes and fees.
The Peninsula Paris
The hotel: A stone’s throw away from the Arc de Triomphe, this 200-room property is truly at the centre of the French capital, with some of the city’s most spacious themed suites under the roof of a late 19th century, Haussmann-style structure.
The room and the view: Located on the sixth and top floors of the property is the Garden Suite, an elegant duplex with a private terrace balcony as well as landscaped rooftop gardens accessible through a private staircase. From these outdoor spaces, guests can enjoy a clear view of the Eiffel Tower. There are five of these suites available.
The price: A stay in one of these gorgeous lodgings starts from 3,500 euros (HK$30,010) per night.
JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul
The hotel: This stylish and contemporary property is located in Dongdaemun, one of the South Korean capital’s most well-known districts for dining and shopping. The area is also home to the historical Heunginjimun Gate.
The room and the view: Quite a number of the units face the historical city gate originally built during King Taejo’s fifth year in 1396 and rebuilt in 1869 during King Gojong’s reign. But it is from the corner atrium of the Executive Sky View Room that you can have an expansive view of it and its surroundings. The executive lounge also features a terrace that looks out to this landmark. Spot the hipped roof with five front compartments and two side compartments on the two-storey structure. It is also the only gate among Seoul’s eight to have Ongseong, a wall that protects the structure.
The price: At the time of writing, the hotel’s booking system offered the suite for 243,000 won to 446,500 won (HK$1,670 to HK$3,062) a night, including charges and taxes, during the month of May.
The Fullerton Hotel
The hotel: This hotel is housed in a historical building that was once the General Post Office, Exchange Room and Exchange Reference Library, built in 1928 and gazetted in December 2015 as a National Monument. Some of the 400 rooms look out to Singapore’s most famous landmark: the Merlion.
The room and the view: One of the units with a view of the Merlion Park and the world-famous eponymous is the one-bedroom Palladian Suite, once part of the office of the former minister of finance Hon Sui Sen. It offers 93 square metres of classic elegance and mod cons such as LCD TV and iPod docking.
The price: At the time of writing, the hotel’s booking system offered a best available rate for this suite at HK$8,141.50, including taxes and fees, for a one-night stay at the end of May.
Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park
The hotel: This modern, five-star property located along the New York Harbour waterfront is walking distances from Wall Street, the 9/11 Memorial and South Street Seaport.
The room and the view: While you indulge in luxury in this 74-square-metre One Bedroom Statue of Liberty Suite with the 400 thread-count Frette linens and goose down pillows and the big marble bath, you can also admire the view of the global icon. There is even a telescope by the window if you want to take a closer look.
The price: At the time of writing, the hotel’s booking system offered the suite for US$319 to US$1,025 a night, including charges and taxes, during the month of May.