We have collected and verified the world's 20 tallest hotels. Below you will find all the skyscrapers that fulfill a strict set of criteria.
The building must be exclusively used as a hotel, so no mixed-use high-rises are included. There are also no twin towers separately to simplify the list.
There are mixed-use towers where hotel rooms are located on the higher floors, but as they cannot be included in the tallest hotels in the world list, we showcase only the highest one at the end of this article.
The listing is updated as soon as a new hotel tower launches and makes it to the top 20.
The Singaporean landmark hotel is famed for its three pillars holding a boat-shaped top where you can find the epic infinity pool.
The 150 feet (490 meters) long swimming pool on top of the world's largest public cantilevered platform has a 218 feet (67 meters) long overhang.
At its inauguration in 2010, it was the world's most expensive hotel by construction cost. The 2,561-room hotel cost 6.88 billion USD.
While it seems like a hefty sum, Marina Bay Sands is a big financial success - as well as a tourist magnet - and perhaps unsurprisingly, its owners decided to build a fourth tower which is set to open in 2026.
Marina Bay Sands hotel sets a high standard for all luxury hotel resorts. And not only in Singapore.
There are few sky pools in the world at such height, and when you stay here, you have free access - as well as to the rooftop bars and restaurants.
The three 55-story tall towers have rooms with incredible views of Singapore (including the F1 race track!) on one side and the ocean full of ships on the other. The spacious rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows to enjoy this panorama.
While Marina Bay Sands barely made it to the top 20 tallest hotels list, it's one of the unique places that also made it to our bucket list.
Shanghai is home to some of the tallest buildings in the world, including the Shanghai Tower, which is a 128-story, 2,073 feet-tall (632 meters) megatall skyscraper.
Most of them are densely populating the Huangpu riverside, opposite the Bund - the city's waterfront area and a protected historic district.
DoubleTree by Hilton Shanghai-Pudong's 47-story tower is close to the Bund, located in Shanghai's business district.
The hotel was opened in 2002 - initially as the Sofitel Jin Jiang Oriental Pudong. It has an incredible panorama of Shanghai, including the Lujiazui financial zone, where the tallest skyscrapers are erected.
The rooftop's circular-shaped part is home to the X-Sensation, a revolving restaurant. It operates as a large turning table, so you can sightseeing tour around Shanghai while having dinner.
There are 850 rooms, six restaurants, and a large swimming pool, and all rooms and suites face the city, so modern city vibes are guaranteed. In addition, the hotel uses luxurious Sweet Dreams bedding to make you comfy.
The first of the many tall hotels located in Dubai, Tamani's building is between Dubai Marina and the entrance to Palm Jumeirah.
The Business hub of Dubai Marina is a quickly developing financial district neighboring Dubai Media City Park. Tamani Hotel Marina opened its doors to guests in 2006 with 245 rooms.
The 55-story hotel attracts families with its spacious suites and visitors wanting a panoramic view of Palm Jumeirah's artificial island.
The outdoor infinity pool on the fourth floor is part of the hotel's leisure center and is open year-round.
Shanghai has an innate fascination with UFO-shaped rooftops. So, just like the previously mentioned DoubleTree by Hilton Shanghai-Pudong, this hotel is topped by a revolving restaurant called the Epicure on 45. It's, of course, on the top, 45th floor of the tower.
Radisson Hotel Shanghai New World sits next to the People's Park in close proximity to the Bund. The 520-roomed, 47-story high behemoth hotel opened in 2003.
The 682 feet (208 meters) tall skyscraper is Shanghai's tallest hotel, and it has luxurious sky suites overlooking the metropolis' skyline.
Vita Spa's indoor swimming pool is open all year long, and you can have a refreshing morning swim or relax in the poolside hot tub in the evening.
The tallest hotel in New York City is a landmark property on Billionaires Row at the southern tip of Central Park. So, predictably, one of the most recognized hotel chains in the world in one of the most prestigious corners of the world will be extra special.
The 368-roomed hotel tower was opened in 1993, and it's been an icon of New York ever since.
Four Seasons Hotel New York's top floor unit is home to Ty Warner Penthouse. It's the second most expensive suite in the city and third in the country.
The suite covers the entire 52nd floor of the building. Ty Warner Penthouse is named after the American billionaire toy manufacturer, the man who created the Beanie Babies.
Luckily, you don't have to book the most expensive suite to feel special. Many more affordable rooms have a Central Park view and all the comfort you would expect from the Four Seasons hotel chain.
Hotel Riu Plaza is Guadalajara's tallest building, and it sticks out even on a national level. The classy skyscraper was finished in 2011, and it has 44 habitable floors with 550 guest rooms.
The top floor is a penthouse, which can be easily accessed from the building's rooftop helipad. Great if you are a wealthy Mexican businessman/woman!
The designer hotel in the center of Guadalajara offers an amazing panorama from its rooms on the higher floors.
And if you want to relax, you can visit the Moon Liz Spa or the outdoor pool, which has Balinese sun loungers, palm trees, and scorching Mexican sunshine.
The futuristic twin tower was finished in 2017, and it hosts two hotels; the Carlton Downtown Hotel and the Grand Stay Hotel Apartments.
The eye-catching building stands on Sheikh Zayed Road among a long stretch of skyscrapers. It's Dubai's most densely built avenue with some spectacular modern architecture.
The 4-star hotel has 357 rooms spread over 49 floors. The rooms have classic Dubai design, wooden frames, a beige color palette, and panoramic city views - including the world's tallest tower, Burj Khalifa.
The rooftop's Level 47 Bar & Lounge is a great place to soak in the famous sights of Dubai from a high level.
Carlton Downtown Hotel has one of the highest open rooftops with a pool in the world. And on top of that, there is a poolside bar if you get thirsty.
The Renaissance Center in Detroit is a seven-tower complex, including one where General Motors's headquarter is located. The centerpiece tower is famous for its cylindrical design.
It's a 73-story, 727-foot (221.5 meters) Marriott hotel. When it opened in 1977, it became the tallest hotel in the world.
Marriott hotel's most prominent feature is its eight-story atrium lobby with a glass roof, balconies, and terraces.
The hotel is nearing a half-century of high-quality hospitality service, but its interiors were fully renovated in 2004. With 1,298 rooms - of which 52 are luxurious suites - it's one of the largest hotels operated by Marriott.
The classic tower built in 1986 in Singapore is the masterwork of I.M.Pei, who - among many others - is famous for the glass and steel pyramid of the Louvre.
One of Southeast Asia's tallest hotels takes a prime spot on Stamford road in the heart of Singapore.
Thanks to this, it has the best panorama of the city from its 1,252 rooms and many bars and restaurants - including a Michelin-starred on the 70th floor.
You can opt to have a city or harbor view room/suite, and each has a modern cosmopolitan interior design with expansive windows and spacious bathrooms.
The 73-story 5-star hotel has two rounded outdoor swimming pools and a luxurious spa, Willow Stream.
171 Broadway building is home to America's tallest hotel.
The tall tower contains two hotels, the Courtyard New York Manhattan/Central Park below the 35th floor and the Residence Inn New York Manhattan/Central Park on floor 35 and higher.
The 68-story hotel tower started operating in 2013, and it stands close to the southern edge of Central Park. The fully glass-cladded skyscraper offers spectacular views from its 639 rooms.
Some of the most expensive studio apartments in the hotel have Central Park views.
Thailand's tallest hotel has 55 floors and is directly adjacent to Central World, Southeast Asia's largest shopping center.
Centara Grand At Centralworld is located in downtown Bangkok, surrounded by shops and restaurants.
The hotel was opened in 2008 and contains 505 rooms, offering panoramic views of the city's skyline. Their bold, golden-decorated interiors leave no question about the design intention to look luxurious.
The Red Sky Restaurant on the rooftop is open until 1 AM. So you can have plenty of time enjoying the panoramic view of Bangkok along with tropical cocktails.
Nassima is a twin tower and one of the many tall skyscrapers along Sheikh Zayed Road in central Dubai. The Nassima Tower Hotel Apartments was opened in 2010, and it's housed in the taller building of the two, and Voco Dubai is in the shorter.
Nassima's 119 rooms are spread over 60 floors. Their design is rather simplistic, but the view from the rooms is astonishing.
So, if you want a panoramic view of Dubai's skyline and the Arabian Bay (including from the bathroom!), this is a great choice.
Like the iconic Burj Al Arab, the Four Seasons Hotel Manama built its own artificial island where the hotel building rises. While it's well-connected to the city, the island has a white sandy beach and an outdoor pool area if you are more into freshwater than salty.
The famous Skidmore, Owings & Merrill designed the super sleek hotel tower. The edgy building resembles a giant "H", with its top part joined together by a sky bridge.
Four Seasons Hotel Manama's interior is designed to resemble an art-deco ocean cruiser, and its large indoor swimming pool oozes luxury.
The 68-story skyscraper opened in 2014, and it's packed with 263 luxurious rooms that overlook Bahrain's capital city and the Arabian Gulf.
Tower Plaza Hotel is housed in a modern skyscraper on Sheikh Zayed Road - like many of the world's tallest hotels. It offers 5-star luxury in its 415 upscale rooms in the 65-story tower.
Initially, the building was called the Khalid Al Attar Tower 2, and it opened its doors to guests under the Millennium Hotel brand in 2011.
Tower Plaza Hotel has an outdoor pool that green plants surround and overlooks Dubai, including the Burj Khalifa and the Jumeirah beach.
The infinity pool is a great place to hang out, where you can also find a whirlpool and a bar.
When the building was completed in 1986, it was the world's tallest hotel until Bangkok's Baiyoke Tower II came along in 1997.
From this point, the prestigious title exchanged hands nearly every year, with a new tallest hotel tower popping up (mostly) in Dubai.
Baiyoke Tower II is Thailand's third tallest building, even though it was constructed in the late nineties. It takes a grandstand in Bangkok's skyline, even though it's not as famous as Lebua At State Tower, which was featured in the Hangover movie.
The 88-story skyscraper has a public observation deck on the 77th floor, but if you stay in one of the 673 guest rooms, you can get the same view from the comfort of your bed.
On the 84th floor, you will find the 360-degree revolving roof deck, and a few floors below, you can go for luxurious outdoor dining at the Bangkok Sky & Bangkok Balcony restaurant.
And if you get thirsty for cocktails and panoramic views, the rooftop bar on the 83rd floor has you covered!
Avid Dubai fans will recognize the iconic shape of the Emirates Towers on Sheikh Zayed Road. It was one of the first skyscrapers to pave the way for SZR's success. Or, to be precise, the first twins to do so, as Emirates towers consist of the taller office and the shorter hotel towers.
The Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel opened in 2000, right before Dubai's massive property and tourism boom. The 400 rooms (including 40 luxurious suites) are spread over 56 floors.
The business hotel is directly connected to the Dubai Metro, so you can quickly and easily get in and out.
And there is a women-only floor targeted at female executives. Gender segregation is not new to Dubai, as you have separated cars in the metro for women, but it's a unique feature for a hotel.
The rooms and suites follow the classic design language of luxury hotels in Dubai, and some have curved floor-to-ceiling windows with scenic views of the city.
The Burj Al Arab needs no introduction. It's one of the most famous hotels in the world, and we have written about it extensively.
The Burj Al Arab was constructed on an artificial island on Jumeirah Beach. Tom Wright of WKK Architects designed the sail-shaped tower, and the world's most luxurious hotel opened in 1999.
Although it's officially still one of the tallest hotels in the world, the 1,053 feet (332 meters) structure's top 39% consists of non-occupiable space.
Apart from the iconic location and shape, the helipad around its top attracts the most looks. It's where Federer played golf, and you can land with your helicopter if you are a billionaire.
The hotel has only 199 exclusive suites on its 56 floors, and that's because they are huge. The smallest one is 1,820 square feet (169 square meters), and the most luxurious covers 8,400 square feet (780 square meters) of neatly designed space.
Burj Al Arab held the title of the world's tallest hotel until Rose Rayhaan by Rotana opened ten years later in 2009.
Interestingly, Abbco Group, the developer of Rose Tower, planned to build a 1,250 feet (380 meters) tall skyscraper, which would grant it the solid first place for the tallest hotel in the world even today.
However, they have settled at a more modest 1,093 feet (333 meters) and 71 floors for the blue-toned skyscraper with a rose-shaped spire.
The hotel is located on Sheikh Zayed Road and comprises 462 luxurious rooms and suites with panoramic views of Dubai overlooking Burj Khalifa.
The Rose Rayhaan by Rotana is the first hotel from a major brand to be completely alcohol-free. There are two restaurants and a 24-hour coffee shop, but you will have to search for another place if you like to have an evening drink.
The saunas and steam rooms are gender-segregated, and there is a Jacuzzi and an outdoor pool to relax.
Just three years after the Rose Tower topped out, another skyscraper in Dubai took the prestigious title of the tallest hotel. The 72-story JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai is housed in a state-of-the-art twin tower.
The 1,608-room (804 in each building) hotel run by Marriott International has a 40,000 square feet (3,700 square meters) spa and a swimming pool.
The symmetrical towers were arranged to give the best views of the Burj Khalifa, Business Bay, and the sea.
The large hotel complex has 12 award-winning restaurants, bars, and lounges. The one with the best panorama of Dubai is the Vault cocktail bar located on the 71st and 72nd floors.
As you probably already guessed, the world's tallest hotel is in Dubai. Gevora Hotel's tower narrowly beat JW Marriott Marquis' record, which is only two miles away. The difference is a mere 4 feet (roughly one meter).
In 2005, Al Attar Properties, the developer of Gevora Tower, started constructing a residential building. By 2008 the tower topped out but plans changed due to the economic downturn.
Twelve years into its construction, Gevora Tower was finally finished, but unlike the original plans, it was turned into a hotel.
The first guests arrived at the beginning of 2018 at the world's tallest hotel.
The 75-story 4-star hotel is another symbol of Dubai's record-seeking attitude. The city is home to the world's biggest shopping mall, the world's biggest building, the first 7-star hotel, and now, the world's tallest hotel.
There are 528 rooms in the hotel, ranging from the smallest double beds offering 500 square feet (46 square meters) of space to the 910 square feet (85 square meters) suites.
The outdoor swimming pool is on top of Gevora's garage building, but it's high enough to offer scenic views of Sheikh Zayed Road and Dubai's skyline.
So, now that we have the complete list of the tallest hotel buildings, what's the highest-located hotel room in the world?
Rosewood Guangzhou takes up the space of the top sixteen floors of the 111-story Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre in China, soaring to 1,739 feet (530 meters) at its highest point.
If you want to book the highest room, Manor Suite and the duplex Xi Guan House are on the 106th floor.
The hotel has a sky bar called Too High (seriously!) on the 107th floor with an outdoor terrace overlooking Guangzhou city, which has a population of over 15 million.