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    17 Hotel Rooftops You Definitely Have To See For Yourself

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    1. Monkey Board, The Troubadour Hotel New Orleans — Louisiana, US

    The Troubadour Hotel New Orleans

    Wall art, patterned furniture, string lights, and a skyline view of NOLA? You can’t really ask for much more of a Crescent City rooftop. But what’s great about Monkey Board is: once you’re done sipping your rye and stout beer "Randy Watson" cocktail (look elsewhere for a mint julep), you can drift downstairs and be in the French Quarter within minutes to continue your buzzy tour of New Orleans.

    Address: 1111 Gravier St, New Orleans, LA 70112, US

    Rooms starting at: $129+ ($111+ for Hilton Honors members)

    2. RoofTop at Exchange Place, Hyatt House Jersey City — New Jersey, US

    Hyatt House Jersey City

    For those who aren’t too familiar with New York, it’s a lesser-known fact that all the best views of NYC are actually located outside of Manhattan itself. RoofTop at Exchange Place has arguably one of the best seats in the house, pressed up against the Hudson River in Jersey City. With mind-blowing views of the downtown Manhattan skyline, and sliders and tacos galore, you may just find yourself roosted up on the terrace all night long.

    Address: 1 Exchange Pl, Jersey City, NJ 07302, US

    Rooms starting at: $199+

    3. La Pergola, Rome Cavalieri — Italy

    Rome Cavalieri, Antonio Saba

    With a private perch atop Rome's Monte Mario, Rome Cavalieri has some of the best hotel views in the city, and its rooftop restaurant, La Pergola, is no exception. The 3-star Michelin restaurant has an elegant Italian interior and a large terrace to take in sights of everything historic Rome has to offer. Lucky for guests, they get to see all the history from above, without dodging the hoards of Trevi Fountain-seeking tourists below.

    Address: Via Alberto Cadlolo 101, 00136, Rome, Italy

    Rooms starting at: $228+ ($212+ for Hilton Honors members)

    4. Aurora, Andaz Vienna Am Belvedere — Austria

    Gregor Titze, Andaz Vienna Am Belvedere

    When you think Vienna, you probably think rolling green hills that come alive with the sound of music. But the Andaz Vienna Am Belvedere is bringing you a new urban perspective of Austria. The hotel’s rooftop bar, Aurora, is inspired by the northern lights and offers city views, a cozy fireplace, and the real kicker —completely edible straws made of 100% apple to sip your cocktails.

    Address: Arsenalstrasse 10, Vienna, Austria, 1100

    Rooms starting at: $155+

    5. LH Rooftop, LondonHouse Chicago — Illinois, US

    LondonHouse Chicago

    The thing with most rooftops is: they’re typically just one floor packed to the brim with onlookers trying to snap the perfect shot of their cocktail in front of the magnificent view (guilty). LondonHouse Chicago is one-upping everyone though, with its thee-level LH Rooftop. You’ll catch views of the Chicago River and Lake Michigan from indoors on floor 21, outdoors on floor 22, or in the privacy of your own group setting if you rent out floor 23 for a special event.

    Address: 85 E Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601, US

    Rooms starting at: $95+

    6. Galaxy Restaurant & Bar, Hilton Athens — Greece

    7. Pure Sky Lounge & Dining, Hilton Dubai The Walk — United Arab Emirates

    Hilton Dubai The Walk

    Dubai may be known for its over-the-top resorts, unique architectural designs, and all those islands they shaped into palm trees, but what gets overlooked is that Dubai is also a beautiful beachfront destination. Located right on the Persian Gulf (Arabian Gulf), Hilton Dubai The Walk taps into this aspect of the city. Matching their blue and white interiors to the sweeping ocean views, the Pure Sky rooftop has all the bar bites you’ll need to take in a blissful sunset away from the crowds below.

    Address: The Walk, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    Rooms starting at: $143+ ($134+ for Hilton Honors members)

    8. Spire 73, InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown — California, US

    9. Waterproof, The Statler Dallas — Texas, US

    The Statler Dallas

    A Dallas staple since 1956, the Statler’s rooftop bar, Waterproof, is actually a swimming hole as well (which bodes well for the all-consuming heat that comes with those Texas summers). The pool is open until 9 p.m. when the rooftop swaps its urban paradise vibes for a trendy cocktail lounge experience. Don’t worry, they cater to the seasons, and since summer is (unfortunately) not year-round, you can expect all sorts of cozy cocktails, like the Brr-BonSpiced Cider and the Polar Espresso in winter.

    Address: 1914 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75201, US

    Rooms starting at: $188+ ($184+ for Hilton Honors members)

    10. Horizon Restaurant & Bar, Hilton Pattaya — Thailand

    Hilton Pattaya

    With seemingly endless views of Thailand’s Pattaya Bay, Horizon Restaurant & Bar will not only be your most-liked vacation photo in the making, but also a foodie destination and party scene wrapped up in one. Perched 34 stories high and looking out across the beautiful blue waters, this rooftop boasts a live DJ, Thai fusion delicacies, and classic tropical cocktails, like Mai Thais and Daiquiris, to keep you feeling all sorts of laid-back.

    Address: 333/101, Bang Lamung District, Chon Buri 20260, Thailand

    Rooms starting at: $157+

    11. The Rooftop, The Trafalgar St. James — England

    12. POV, W Washington D.C. — US

    Dan Swartz

    The W Washington DC may be one of DC’s oldest and most historic hotels, but absolutely nothing about its rooftop, POV, is outdated. Formerly the Hotel Washington, this DC icon underwent a $50 million renovation last year, and its rooftop canopy got quite the boost. Literally. The rooftop was raised to give even more panoramic views of the White House and the National Mall from the 11th floor of the hotel. Oh, and don’t miss out on the Hong Kong-style lobster fried rice, either.

    Address: 515 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20004, US

    Rooms starting at: $203+

    13. AER Bar & Lounge, Four Seasons Mumbai — India

    14. Le Bain, The Standard High Line NYC — New York, US

    15. Sands Skypark, Marina Bay Sands — Singapore

    16. 4 Saints, The Rowan Palm Springs — California, US

    Laure Joliet, Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs

    When you think of the desert, you don’t necessarily think superb location for a rooftop. However, when the San Jacinto Mountains are your backdrop, like they are at The Rowan Palm Springs, you'll want to get as high as you can for those rocky mountain photo ops. And with all the open space in the Coachella Valley, the Rowan also hosts monthly star-gazing events to utilize the rooftop’s seventh floor proximity to the night sky.

    Address: 100 W Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262, US

    Rooms starting at: $175+

    17. Isabel Lounge, Hilton Rio de Janeiro Copacabana — Brazil

    @isabellounge / Via, @hiltoncopacabana / Via

    Tucked up on the top floor of the Hilton Rio Copacabana, Isabel Lounge gives guests a birds eye view of Copacabana Beach and the famed Sugarloaf Mountain. After a full day lounging shoreside, this rooftop offers the perfect retreat for a tropical bev, a good sunset, and a little personal space, since you definitely won’t find any of that on the beach below.

    Address: Av. Atlântica 1020, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, 22010-000, Brazil

    Rooms starting at: $175+ ($154+ for Hilton Honors members)

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