Eric Stoen of Travel Babbo has traveled to more 80 countries and stayed in a lot of hotels. We asked him which hotels had views so amazing that he would book a return trip just to gaze out again. Here are his 25 favorites from six continents.
We’ve stayed at three different places in and near Oia, all with amazing views. The view from our room at Golden Sunset Villas was just a little better than the others – take the standard sunset view and add a church and a windmill!
El Nido, Palawan, Philippines: Miniloc Island Resort
I absolutely loved afternoons by the pool at Tierra Atacama, watching the setting sun light up the Licancabur volcano and the Andes
New York, New York: Hotel Giraffe
In New York it’s easy to end up with a view of an alley or the side of another building just feet away, so I always appreciate when I have a view. I have a couple of favorites along Park Avenue, but Hotel Giraffe gets the nod because of the balconies.
Bora Bora, French Polynesia: Four Seasons Bora Bora
The view is gorgeous from everywhere at Four Seasons Bora Bora, but it’s worth paying a little extra for a view of Mount Otemanu
Cartagena, Colombia: Casa Pestagua
We loved the view from the rooftop pool at Cartagena’s Casa Pestagua, right in the middle of the old town. From the other direction you’re looking out over the Caribbean.
Mumbai, India: Taj Mahal Palace
Looking out at the Gateway of India from my room at Mumbai’s Taj Mahal Palace. Choose a sea view!
Paris, France: Cler Hotel
Wherever you stay in Paris, ask for a view of the Eiffel Tower! This is from our room at the Cler Hotel on Rue Cler in the 7th arrondissement.
Sydney, Australia: Shangri-La Hotel Sydney
I love looking out at Sydney’s Harbour Bridge and Opera House. This is from our room at the Shangri-La Hotel Sydney.
Patagonia, Chile: Tierra Patagonia
Every room at Tierra Patagonia overlooks Torres del Paine, as do the restaurant (on the left) and this open-air seating area
Florence, Italy: Antica Torre di Via Tornabuoni 1
We’ve stayed at Florence’s Antica Torre di Via Tornabuoni 1 six times now for the location, the rooms and the views of the Duomo in one direction and the Arno and Ponte Vecchio (pictured) in the other direction
Orlando, Florida: Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort
You can see Disney’s parks from the Four Seasons Orlando, and the nightly fireworks display at Walt Disney World, but the view is primarily of nature – a nice escape after a day at theme parks!
Muscat, Oman: Al Bustan Palace
The view is excellent in all directions at the Al Bustan Palace. Go for a sea view though!
Belize: Blancaneaux Lodge
We checked in to Blancaneaux Lodge late at night and could hear flowing water, but had no idea how amazing the tree-top view was until the next morning!
How about you? What’s your favorite hotel view? I’m always looking for inspiration for future trips!