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 any type of hotel, but a room with a gorgeous view will definitely make any stay that much better and that much more memorable. The following are just five of the best rooms with a view across America.
ARIA Sky Suites
3730 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
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 so phenomenal, it’s also independently recognized as both a AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star Award hotel, making it among just 46 resorts in the world to earn that lofty distinction. First opened in late 2009, the Sky Suites offers 442 one, two and three-bedroom suites, including 16 extraordinary Sky Villas with up to 7,000 square feet. All of the suites feature floor to-ceiling windows, which enables each guest to enjoy what’s possibly the finest views of the many grand hotel casinos along the Las Vegas Strip, as well as the majestic Mount Charleston, at nearly 12,000 feet is the tallest peak of the Spring Mountains. 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 on the casino level, including Jean Georges Steakhouse, Michael Mina’s Bardot Brasserie and Sage, led by James Beard Award-winning Chef Shawn McClain, as well as luxury spa treatments at the Spa at Aria, on the second level promenade.
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Grand Canyon Lodge
North Rim, AZ 86052
When talking about the best hotel views in America, it’s pretty obvious that not everyone will appreciate urban sprawl as a scenic backdrop. Instead, a stunning vista with spellbinding natural beauty such as what’s found at the historic Grand Canyon Lodge in Grand Canyon National Park will be a far better option. Located at the less touristy North Rim of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Grand Canyon Lodge first opened in 1928 and features a large number of rustic cabins and motel rooms, as well as a coffee shop, the Roughrider Saloon for nightlife and a lobby and dining area that provide some of the most stunning views of Bright Angel Point, the most popular viewpoint of the North Rim. However, the drawback is that this lodge is only open from May 15 through October 15 and even reservations for next year might be hard to obtain. Additional information on reservations at the Lodge can be found by calling the official concessionaire Grand Canyon Forever or by visiting its official website. Reservations for overnight accommodations in Grand Canyon National Park may also be secured at one of park’s other facilities, such as the historic 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
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, as well as from the 64 luxury condominiums that comprise the Residences at Mandarin Oriental. Other impressive views of New York can be enjoyed at the hotel’s signature restaurant Asiate, with its panoramic views of the city skyline, the Aviary NYC, with its dazzling food and beverage creations on the 35th floor led by Michelin three-starred Chef Grant Achatz, the Sky Lobby, the fitness center and lap pool, and the Spa at Mandarin Oriental, New York, one of just two Forbes Five Star spas in New York City. Located near Broadway and West 60th Street, the Time Warner Center is within easy walking distance of several major attractions, including the Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and of course, Central Park.
The Peabody Memphis
149 Union Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103
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, with many popular local attractions in sight, such as the minor league ballpark AutoZone Park, the always lively Beale Street Entertainment District, the Memphis Pyramid and most certainly, the mighty Mississippi River. 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 Anthony Petrina in the grand lobby of the hotel at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Visitors may also wish to visit memorabilia room on the mezzanine level, which features Elvis Presley’s original RCA recording contract signed in 1955, as well as the fabulous Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art, the astounding collection of the Peabody’s owner Jack Belz a few minutes away in nearby Peabody Place. Visitors interested in making last minute reservations for the Peabody Hotel may be able to obtain an excellent rate by booking through a reputable hotel booking app like HotelTonight.
Ventana Big Sur
48123 Highway 1
Big Sur, CA 93920
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. 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.
115 E. Market St.
New Albany, IN 47150
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. 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 and St. Francisville, Louisiana and Natchez, Mississippi. However, the American Queen also offers trips like Memphis to Louisville, Louisville to Pittsburgh and St. Louis to Minneapolis. Also worth considering is the American Duchess, the latest addition to the fleet of the American Queen Steamboat Company and the first all-suite paddlewheeler on U.S. Rivers, featuring five star dining, nightly entertainment and 83 suites, including the amazing, two-level Loft Suites with Private Balcony, the first of its kind on U.S. rivers.
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