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Seven rooms with incredible views

From sea views to cityscapes enjoyed from bed, bath or balcony, we round up some of the rooms and suites with the world’s best views


BY FRANCESCA SYZ
Francesca Syz writes about travel for the Telegraph and Conde Nast Traveller.

For even the most seasoned traveller, a hotel room with a great view is one you never forget. Bringing the destination into your private sanctuary in a uniquely intimate way, it’s the perfect scene-setter for your stay, whether for business or pleasure.

Dame chic

Mandarin Oriental, Paris may sit at the heart of one of the city’s most decadent shopping streets – rue Saint-Honoré – but there’s an understated luxury about Mandarin Oriental, Paris that permeates everything, including the hotel’s top (7th) floor Panoramic Suites. These pretty one-bedroom suites have southwest facing terraces ideal for dusk sundowners as you gaze across the rooftops watching the light fade over the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides and Le Grand Palais.

Beachfront beauty

On a glorious stretch of Turkey’s northern Aegean Coast, Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum wraps around its own private beach at Paradise Bay, which laps t he famously turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea. The Aegean Suite offers a front row seat on it all, with the olive, pine and bougainvillea-smothered little headland to the left a reminder of what a ruggedly wild spot it is. Sliding doors in both bedroom and bathroom open out onto one long, wide balcony and you can survey it all from the comfort of the strategically placed freestanding tub.

Urban retreat

At 634 meters, Tokyo Skytree is the world’s tallest tower. While it’s fun whisking to its upper Observation Deck which sits at 450 metres, you don’t get to appreciate the futuristic beauty of the tower itself. Much better to book a sleek, east-facing Deluxe Premier Room at Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo, which inhabits floors 30 to 36 of the 38-story Nihonbashi Mitsui Tower, from which to view it fully. Bedrooms are sleek and contemporary, with Japanese accents throughout and vast windows that overlook the city.

City slicker

Right on Columbus Circle, overlooking Central Park, Mandarin Oriental, New York feels surprisingly serene. Book into one of the Asian art-filled Central Park View Suites on floors 38-54 (all end in the number 16) and take up residence on the enormous Art Deco-influenced crescent-shaped sofa in your private drawing room. Running up the northeast corner of the hotel, these rooms are perfect for watching day turn to energetic night in the city and for watching the sun rise over Central Park.

Hotel with history

Tucked away in the Mala Strana district, Mandarin Oriental, Prague is spread across several historic buildings spanning Baroque to Renaissance – and even includes a subterranean Gothic chapel. With their vaulted ceilings and parquet floors, the two Premier Castle View Rooms (506 and 507) in the Baroque Wing are about as atmospherically ‘Prague’ as it gets, and look out across the city’s cobbled streets and tiled rooftops to Prague Castle.

The Statesman

On a quiet street a 10-minute drive from the White House, close to the city’s revitalised southwest waterfront, there is something inimitably relaxing about the perfectly feng shui Mandarin Oriental, Washington, D.C. Especially when staying in one of 12 corner Club Premier Water View Rooms. Overlooking the Jefferson Memorial, which is modelled on the Pantheon in Rome, the Memorial is strikingly illuminated at night. This in turn overlooks the city’s Tidal Basin, fringed by cherry trees heavy with blossom in spring.

The Trailblazer

Say “Hong Kong views” and one tends to think of the iconic harbour, but at Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong – the original Mandarin Oriental hotel ­– on Hong Kong Island, there are plenty of other things to look at. Check into a walnut-panelled Statue Square View Room – ask for one on at least the 12th floor – and while you can see the harbour off to your left, you’ll be overlooking 19th-century Statue Square (spot the one remaining statue, which is of Sir Thomas Jackson, 1st Baronet) and the Old Supreme Court Building.