Some hotel rooms just have the most amazing view. So amazing, that you just want to stay in your room to enjoy the view.
I asked fellow travel bloggers to share some of their rooms with a view in North and South America. Enjoy!!
South Seas Island Resort in Captiva Island, Florida (Where Jo Goes)
When you arrive at your room in the South Seas Resort, Captiva Island, Florida and fling open your balcony doors, you realize why so many guests arrive by boat. This island in the Gulf of Mexico can be accessed via road via a long causeway from Fort Myers and a picturesque drive through Sanibel island until you reach Captiva. Alternatively, hoist your sail and arrive by sea.
One of the main attractions of Captiva is its wildlife. Manatees live in the marina outside your room, a whole family including a baby manatee were leisurely popping up to say hello whilst we stayed here. Herons, egrets, and pelicans perch on the boardwalk and fish in the marina. From here, take a ride out to Pine Island Sound where dolphins will surf alongside your boat.
You’ll no doubt collect many souvenirs from Captiva and Sanibel’s famous shell beaches and we liked to review our shell gathering as we sat on this balcony and watched the comings and goings of the yachts with a sundowner. I love the wow factor of a great hotel room view and for me, the palm tree fringed marina, the wildlife, and the upmarket nautical vibe made this hotel room one to remember.
Fairmont Lake Louise, Canada (Well-Caffeinated Traveller)
Lake Louise, in the Canadian Rockies, is a true national treasure. Tourists travel from all over the world to see this stunning lake with its glacier-fed, turquoise waters surrounded by high, snow-capped mountains. No matter what time of year you travel, it will seriously take your breath away!
When you visit this gorgeous lake, there is only one place to stay if you want a room with a view – the Fairmont Lake Louise. The hotel is located in a prime location right on the lake. In fact, everyone who wants to see Lake Louise has to go through the Fairmont – so why not just stay there? Yes, it’s pricy. However, the view alone is worth every penny. To be able to look out your window and see the crystal blue waters and mountains from your warm, cozy room is an experience you will be glad you splurged on. An added bonus is that you’ll get the view to yourself after all the tourists have left the property for the evening.
You’ll also be in a prime location to hike up to the St. Agnes Tea House, visit nearby Yoho National Park or get up early and drive the famous Icefields Parkway. But fair warning – you might not want to leave your room because you’ll be so captivated by the view!
Hostal Piedra Andina, Copacabana, Bolivia (Story Every Day)
Straddling Peru and Bolivia at 3,800m above sea level, Lake Titicaca is the world’s highest navigable lake. There’s no better place to see and experience it than on the Bolivian side of the border, at the scenic town of Copacabana.
We spent three nights in Copacabana in July 2017 at Hostal Piedra Andina. Nine months of traveling later, we still look back on it as our favorite place to stay. From the balcony of our top-floor private room – which came at a very reasonable price – our view over the lake was nothing short of spectacular. Best of all, as the hostel building faces west, it was perfect for watching the sunset over the lake in stunning shades of orange and red.
Hostal Piedra Andina is a little way from the town center; on arriving we needed to walk 15 minutes or so up the hill to find it. The effort was completely worth it for the view!
To top off the experience, this place offered the best free breakfast of any hostel we’ve visited. There were eggs, pancakes, ham, cheese, avocado, fruits, juice, coffee – a touch of luxury. We can’t wait to go back one day.
Sheraton Waikiki, Hawaï (Flights to Fancy)
Waikiki beach is a world-renowned water sports mecca and visitors flock to the golden sands in droves. In fact, almost 9 million people a year visit the cosmopolitan island of Oahu in stunning Hawaii. At the far end of Waikiki beach is the ever-present, now extinct volcano, Diamond Head. The instantly recognizable silhouette has been gracing postcards for as long as there have been tourists to send them home. The melding of mountain and sea makes for one of the most stunning views on this planet and guests of the Sheraton Waikiki get a bird’s eye view.
The Sheraton is one of Waikiki’s finest hotels and the location simply can’t be beaten. Choose an ocean view room and relax on your lanai with a wine glass in hand and let the world pass you by. When the sun has dipped below the horizon and the waves are no longer visible in the darkness, simply leave the balcony door open and let their gentle crashing on shore lull you into the most blissful sleep.
Millennium Hilton New York Downtown, New York (We Go With Kids)
While in New York City, I have stayed several times at the Millennium Hilton New York Downtown in the Financial District. The highlight of this comfortable hotel is the view of One World Trade Center and the Oculus, the winged transportation hub that opened in 2016. One World Trade Center is the largest building in the Western Hemisphere and the world’s sixth largest building that opened in 2014 on the site of the original Six World Trade Center. Nothing can take away the scar left by the September 11 attacks, but this is an inspirational view of resilience and rebuilding.
The Millennium Hilton is also within walking distance of the National September 11 Museum and Memorial and Century 21 and conveniently located near Battery Park Wall Street for business travelers. My favorite place for breakfast is Stage Door, an authentic New York deli, and lunch or dinner at Eataly is always a good idea. On my last visit, we had dinner in Midtown and took a stroll through Times Square’s to see the impressive digital displays. You can find more New York City activities with kids here.
Issimo Suites Boutique Hotel and Spa, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica (Mona Corona)
St. Regis Princeville Resort, Kauai, Hawaï (The Travel Sisters)
One of my favorite views from a hotel was from the window of our ocean view room at the St. Regis Princeville Resort in Kauai. This oceanfront hotel is located on Kauai’s north shore overlooking Hanalei Bay, which is considered the most beautiful and greenest part of the island. The view from the large window was absolutely stunning – not only was there a view of the water but also the beach, the infinity pool, the mountains and the surrounding beautiful lush gardens and tropical scenery. This part of Kauai is also famous for its gorgeous Hawaiian sunsets which can also be seen from the ocean front rooms. Unfortunately, our room did not have a balcony (some rooms have a terrace) but there were window cushions to make it comfortable to sit and enjoy the spectacular view. One of the great things about staying at the St. Regis Princeville Resort is that even if you are not staying in an oceanfront room, you can enjoy similar beautiful views from the restaurant terrace and other public areas.
Jade Mountain Resort, St. Lucia (Jessie on a Journey)
This photo showcases the beautiful view from my room at Jade Mountain Resort in Saint Lucia. The property is pure luxury, with one unique feature being that all rooms only have three walls. Luckily they use special lights to deter insects from getting inside, and you can enjoy sweeping vistas over the jungle while sipping on a hot latte or bubbly cocktail prepared by your butler. Heaven on Earth for sure.
Villa in St. Thomas (The Mormon Adventurista)
After one of the worst travel days of my life, nothing was more appealing than to wake up to the Caribbean Sea the following morning. A destination wedding brought me to the Caribbean, but the view from my villa kept a smile on my face and my eyes wide in wonder. My villa sat atop a tall hill on the back side of St. Thomas, USVI, surrounded by lush and overgrown shrubbery, lazy iguanas, and busy hummingbirds. Every morning I would arise much earlier than usual, just to sit at the edge of my bed and just stare out of the parted windows…very much aware that my view was the makings of a Microsoft screensaver. As the morning clouds would slowly crawl across the sky and reveal the sun, the color of the Caribbean Sea would shift from a glowing silver to sky blue, finally settling on Azure to match the sky. Could life get much better?
Jayuya, Puerto Rico (Quirky Globetrotter)
The Marriott Grand Marquis, New York (Wandertoes)
The Marriott Grand Marquis, located in the heart of Times Square, gave us an impressive room with a view when we were visiting New York City. I’m usually more budget conscious when it comes to our accommodations, preferring to save my cash for the stuff we do instead of the place we sleep when traveling. However, when visiting to see a Broadway musical, I decided to splurge a bit on our upper floor room at the Marriott. The convenience of stepping out of the hotel doors, right into the bustle of Times Square, and being only a quick stroll from our hotel to our show, seemed worth it.
In the evening is when the real treat came through. The rooms that overlook Times Square in the Marriott all have giant picture windows, and as dusk came the lights of the square took over for an amazing view. My daughters and I spent far more time watching out the window than I ever would have anticipated, and I took an obnoxious number of pictures.
For some added fun, the Marriott Grand Marquis Times Square doesn’t just have a room with a view, it has The View on the 48th floor, the only revolving restaurant, and lounge in New York City. The glass-walled elevators also give an impressive view of the interior 48-floor-high atrium. If you decide to visit, be sure to specifically book a room with Times Square View!
Overwater bungalow, Jamaica (Getting Stamped)
We’ve stayed in some amazing rooms over the past 5 years of traveling full-time but only a few stick out to us. On our recent trip the Caribbean we stayed in an overwater bungalow in Jamaica that had epic ocean views. One of the best views of the property was from above, the overwater bungalows form a shape. They are the perfect place to stay for those taking a honeymoon in Jamaica. The room is massive inside and you can open up the patio doors for gorgeous ocean views, nice breeze, and listen to the waves crashing. We loved having our butler bring us breakfast in bed, we love sitting on the edge of the bed watching the fish swim by through the glass floor. Don’t forget to turn on the light at night you can watch them swim by all night too. It’s hard to beat overwater bungalows room views!
Bright Angel Lodge, Grand Canyon (Bee Anything but Boring)
The only thing more amazing than visiting the Grand Canyon is waking up next to it! There are many lodging options around the Grand Canyon National Park, but why stay around it when you can stay inside the park itself! I choose to stay at the iconic Bright Angel Lodge during my Grand Canyon trip and was blown away by the proximity of it; it was literally right at the edge of the South Rim! The main building of the lodge also has a bar/restaurant where you can enjoy stunning canyon views over breakfast before hiking the Bright Angel trail located directly behind it. Surrounding the main lodge building are many rustic cabins that depending on your preference you can stay in as well!
Which view is your favorite?