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Hotels With the Best Rooftop Views

Seated next to St. Stephen’s Basilica, this contemporary boutique hotel designed by Zoltan Varro features Neo-Baroque-style furnishings and the High Note SkyBar. One of the few rooftop bars to stay open year-round, SkyBar serves delicious small bites and cocktails, said Nagy of Protravel. - Darabos Gyorgy/Courtesy of Aria Hotel Budapest
Seated next to St. Stephen’s Basilica, this contemporary boutique hotel designed by Zoltan Varro features Neo-Baroque-style furnishings and the High Note SkyBar. One of the few rooftop bars to stay open year-round, SkyBar serves delicious small bites and cocktails, said Nagy of Protravel. Darabos Gyorgy/Courtesy of Aria Hotel Budapest

Nothing beats exploring an unknown city by foot, but we recommend taking the elevator to the rooftop.

From here, it all begins to make sense: how the streets fit together, where land touches sea. You spot ancient wooden junk boats and elephant herds — then turn around and order a drink. All this can happen at the spots listed here, where luxury is a given and the views are always spectacular.

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But don’t take our word for it — go see for yourself. The Hong Kong skyline at night can feel like your own private light show. And nothing can rival the thrill of getting sweaty on a dance floor overlooking St. Isaac’s Cathedral.

You won't want to leave these rooftops, but who could blame you. Linger a while longer and you just might see the sun peek over the red roofs of Old Town Dubrovnik.

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