World’s Highest Hotel
Call it King Kong. The tallest building in Hong Kong and the fourth tallest in the world—designed by Kohn Pederson Fox Associates—is now the site of the highest hotel in existence: the Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong. Occupying the top 17 floors of the International Commerce Centre, whose roof is 1,588 feet above the ground, the Ritz gives your heart multiple opportunities to skip a beat—even if you’re not acrophobic. Start with the elevator ride from the reception area on the ninth floor to the main lobby on 103: at 20 mph, it’s about five times faster than the ascent you’re used to. The indoor infinity pool on 118 lets you swim right up to the edge of the void, and the top-floor terrace is used for alfresco yoga and tai chi. Yes, there’s still oxygen three-tenths of a mile up. Doubles from $770.
- Height: 1,588 feet. Total: 118 floors.
- All the suites have telescopes.
- The top 17 floors make up the Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong. Three of the hotel’s six restaurants are on floor 102; the spa is on 116.
- More than 1.2 million square feet of glass.
- The million-square-foot Elements mall houses luxury boutiques.
Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong
This 1,600-foot-tall design juggernaut claimed the title of world's highest hotel when it opened on floors 102 to 118 of Kowloon's International Commerce Center in March 2011. Designed by cutting-edge firms including Singapore's LTW Designworks and Japan's Spin Design Studio and Wonderwall, the 312-room hotel is a showstopper: the top-floor infinity pool has a ceiling of LCD monitors showing videos of the sea and skyline, the Lounge has sparkling crystal firepits, and 8,500 bottles of wine line the walls of the Tin Lung Heen Cantonese restaurant. The clean-lined chocolate and cream furnishings in the 312 rooms keep the focus on the views, which you can observe from between 600-thread count sheets or through complimentary telescopes. When you've had your fill, the Blu-Ray players, iPod docking stations, and 42-inch LCDs in the bedroom and 17-inch ones in the marble baths might distract. The more than 9,000 square-foot futuristic ESPA spa on the 116th floor marries Western and Eastern techniques for treatments like Jade Stone Eye Treatments and hot lava shell massages. Also on the upper floors? Local favorite bar for a see-and-be-seen scene, Ozone, the highest in the world.