Stepping into a hotel’s elevator, the doors close in front of you. Immediately you’re being whisked to a top floor, however, this time it’s not to a room. It’s for an experience that has come to uniquely define every major city in the world. Where jetsetters sit with martinis + regale in living la vita luxe & business moguls contemplate world domination. Height is king.
The doors open to reveal one of the most sought after places. A rooftop lounge. Having become a part of local culture, these oases in the sky have become a destination to experience like all the hotels’ palatial pools. And in reality, no one is there for the drinks. It’s all about the view taking over your senses. A martini with a twist of dynamic Dubai skyline is unrivaled. Sangria + tapas in Madrid? Yes, please… and throw in centuries-old, romantic Spanish architecture as well. Original vodka from Russia while sitting in Moscow? Well, that tastes slightly better with Kremlin rocks.
Whatever grand purpose you have to be in a particular city, take pleasure in the smaller moments. Look down + catch your breath. It’s not the height. It’s a city striking you with her power.
(pictures via respective hotel)