It’s been nearly 50 years since the Empire State Building held the title “Tallest Building in the World,” but the world’s still head over heels for skyscrapers. Luckily for us modern folk, our tallest towers are no longer just for work–you can also climb into the clouds to sip cocktails, go for a swim, or satisfy your shutterbug impulses with some truly unmatched panoramas. From the newest high-altitude hotel in Hong Kong to some of Dubai’s steepest stays, here are five of the world’s tallest hotels:

The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong

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Height: 1,588 feet
Location: Hong Kong, China
Opened: March 2011
What sets it apart: The top-floor infinity pool, which creeps right up to the edge of a massive bank of windows.

Burj Al Arab

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Height: 1,053 feet
Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Opened: December 1999
What sets it apart: The hotel’s chauffeur-driven fleet of Rolls Royce cars, used to transport guests from the airport.

Park Hyatt Shanghai

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Height: 1,614 feet
Location: Shanghai, China
Opened: August 2008
What sets it apart: The “highest nightclub in the world,” where can enjoy live music and cocktails far above the city.

Rose Rayhaan by Rotana

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Height: 1,093 feet
Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Opened: December 2009
What sets it apart: An absence of tipsy hotel guests. The Rose Rayhaan is 100% alcohol-free.

Baiyoke Sky Hotel

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Height: 1,076 feet
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Opened: 1997
What sets it apart: The 360-degree revolving roof deck, where you can sip a cocktail and gaze out at the city.


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