Hey there, thrillseeker. Do you like altitude? Do you like views? Well, why not book a night in one of the tallest hotels on Earth? The tallest hotel in the US opened up in Times Square this week, spurring us to take a peek at the tallest rentable rooms in the world.
The 68-storeys of the Courtyard and Residence Inn — both Marriott properties — at 1717 Broadway collectively stand 232m tall with a grand total of 639 rooms. The newly opened building is yet another impressive, gleaming tower rising up in Midtown — that's it to the left above. The first 33 floors are dedicated to the Courtyard hotel while most of the remaining floors are for the Residence Inn. It also boasts a fitness center on the 35th floor with views of Central Park and a personal trainer on staff. You'd expect a certain amount of exceptional service at a hotel where prices start at $US300 a night.
But it's hardly the tallest hotel on Earth. That honour goes to another Marriott property, the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, which holds the Guinness Book of World Records title. Taller ceilings mean that the hotel's two towers each have only 72 floors, but they end up clocking in at 355m in total:
That's tall, but it's still less than half the height of the nearby Burj Khalifa, a 828m tall building, but the Armani Hotel inside the Burj still hasn't opened.
Meanwhile, the Rose Tower, also in Dubai, is just barely the runner up to the Dubai Marriott, clocking in at 333m tall:
But that's still not the tallest place you can sleep on Earth. For a true nose-bleed of a slumber, you'll have to go to the Ritz-Carlton in Hong Kong which occupies the top three floors of the 488m tall International Commerce Center:
This hotel is not included on the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat's list of the 100 tallest hotels in the world, however, because it does not occupy 85 per cent or more of the total floor space in the building. Unsurprisingly, over half of the hotels listed in the top 10 are in Dubai.
The location of the third tallest hotel in the world might surprise you, though. It's in Pyongyang. Yes, that Pyongyang. Although it fits the CTBUH's requirements to be included in the list of tallest hotels, the rather eye-catching Ryugyong Hotel isn't exactly finished. In fact, it's been under construction since 1987 and has made halting progress as the country's struggled economically.
Picture: Chris Price/Flickr
You also can't help but wonder what a country that can't even feed its own population is doing building such an ostentatious thing. Though, to be fair, ostentatious is kind of North Korea's thing.
So book your room at any of these towering hotels now — but also realise that a new tallest hotel in the world is probably just a few years away. One thing's for sure, though. If you really want to sleep high in the sky, you can always book a plane ticket. Or book a room in the International Space Station, for that matter.
Pictures: Marriott/Flickr, Marriott/Wikipedia