When booking rooms from a hotel, what’s among the first things that most travelers are looking for? A comfortable bed is certainly a must as well as great customer service and modern conveniences like a TV and a reliable Wi-Fi service. But how good can a room be when it has just has a backside view of a building, an alley or even a parking lot? A room with a view may cost more in most hotels. On the other hand, a room with a gorgeous view definitely a stay that much better.

 

Aria Sky Suites

3730 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV  89109
(877) 580-2742
www.aria.com/ariaskysuites

Perched high above the glitter and glitz of the famed Las Vegas Strip, ARIA Sky Suites represents the most exclusive option of the AAA Five Diamond luxury Aria Resort and Casino. But with luxury airport service, private check-ins and elevators, guest-only access to the Sky Pool, incredible views and more, ARIA Sky Suites are recognized as both a AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star Award hotel. All suites feature floor to-ceiling windows, with among finest views of the grand hotel casinos on Las Vegas Strip. An added bonus are the views of as well as the 12,000 foot Mount Charleston in the Spring Mountains.

About Aria Las Vegas

The centerpiece property that comprises the distinctive CityCenter complex, Aria Resort and Casino is one of the largest hotels in the world, as well as the world’s largest to receive the coveted LEED Gold certification. In addition to the superb in-room dining options at the Sky Suites, Aria also offers several more world-class restaurants, including Jean Georges Steakhouse and Michael Mina’s Bardot Brasserie. Additionally available are luxury spa treatments at Spa at Aria.

 

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Grand Canyon Lodge

North Rim, AZ  86052
(877) 386-4383
www.grandcanyonforever.com

When talking about the best hotel views in America, it’s pretty obvious that not everyone appreciates urban sprawl as a scenic backdrop. Instead, a stunning vista is a better option at Grand Canyon Lodge in Grand Canyon National Park. Grand Canyon Lodge opened in 1928, with rustic cabins, motel rooms and Roughrider Saloon for nightlife.  Reservations for overnight accommodations in Grand Canyon National Park at other spots. For instance, the El Tovar Lodge, Kachina Lodge and Yavapai Lodge. Additional lodging may be found outside of the park in neighboring cities like Williams and Flagstaff.


Mandarin Oriental New York

80 Columbus Circle
New York, NY  10023
(212) 805-8800
www.mandarinoriental.com/new-york

In a city that’s home to a multitude of world-class hotels with a view, among those that literally rise to the top is the Mandarin Oriental, New York. Located within the Time Warner Center, the five-star Mandarin Oriental, New York occupies the top levels of the center’s north tower and provides spectacular views of Central Park, the Hudson River and several other city attractions from any of its 248 guest rooms and suites. Other impressive views are hotel’s signature restaurant Asiate and Spa at Mandarin Oriental, New York.

 

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Peabody Hotel


149 Union Ave.
Memphis, TN  38103
(901) 529-4000
www.peabodymemphis.com

Easily the most famous hotel in downtown Memphis, the Peabody Hotel might be best known as the home to the world-famous Peabody Ducks who entertain guests by day with their wildly popular marches before retiring for the evening in their very own Duck Palace atop the hotel’s scenic rooftop. While the rooftop of the historic Peabody Hotel presents the most panoramic views of the city skyline and is the setting for many popular rooftop parties, the vast majority of the 464 rooms also have spectacular city views.

The Peabody Ducks

Regardless of the choice of a room with a view at the Peabody, all guests should definitely take time to watch the March of the Peabody Ducks led twice daily by the rousingly entertaining Duckmaster in the grand lobby of the hotel. Visitors can visit memorabilia room, featuring Elvis Presley’s original RCA recording contrac. Another recommendation is the Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art. Visitors interested in making last minute reservations for the Peabody can try hotel booking apps like HotelTonight.

 

 

Ventana Big Sur

48123 Highway 1
Big Sur, CA  93920
(831) 667-2331
www.ventanabigsur.com

With dramatic views of the rugged California Coast in one of the world’s most romantic destinations, Ventana Big Sur clearly offers one of the best hotel views in the country. Recently reopened after a multimillion-dollar reimagination, Ventana Big Sur is operated by one of the world’s leading hotel brands, Alila Hotel and Resorts, and features 59 lavish guest rooms, suites and villas, most of which have sweeping views that make the Pacific Ocean seem even larger, which partially lends to the reason why this area is suitably named Big Sur.

Ventana Big Sur Amenities

Also on the 160-acre property are several impressive amenities, like a new social house, fine dining at Sur House – the only resort facility that’s open to the general public, expansive wedding venues, two outdoor pools and world-class spa treatments at Spa Alila, which offers soothing treatments in the outdoor cabanas that provide mesmerizing views of the redwoods. With the recent reopening, Ventana Big Sur also unveiled a new glamping program, which features 15 safari-style canvas tents equipped with luxury linens, a custom mattress and exceptional hotel-quality toiletries, in addition to a daily housekeeping service and turndown service.

 

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Bonus Recommendation

American Queen

115 E. Market St.
New Albany, IN  47150
(888) 749-5280
www.americanqueensteamboatcompany.com

One of the most unique hotels with a view is a hotel that allows its guests multiple sceneries across multiple destinations. A member of the Historic Hotels of America, the 418-foot long American Queen is said to be the largest river steamboat ever built and quite literally a “moving hotel”. The flagship riverboat of the multi-award winning American Queen Steamboat Company, the American Queen features 222 staterooms and is equipped to accommodate up to 436 passengers, along with a crew of 160.

American Queen Departures

Several trips are offered during the year onboard the American Queen particularly during its signature excursion along the Mississippi River between New Orleans and Memphis, with exceptional river views and intriguing ports of call like Baton Rouge, St. Francisville and Natchez. However, the American Queen also offers trips like Memphis to Louisville, Louisville to Pittsburgh and St. Louis to Minneapolis. Another top option is American Duchess, the first all-suite paddlewheeler on U.S. Rivers. The American Queen offers five star dining, nightly entertainment and 83 suites, including the Loft Suites with Private Balcony.

 

About the Author

Randy Yagi is an award-winning freelance writer who has covered national/international travel for CBS Local and all things San Francisco for CBS San Francisco. He is a Media Fellow of Stanford University.