One of the best things about traveling, no matter where you are, is a stunning view of your surroundings. An awesome way to achieve this is by finding the tallest hotel, or one of the tallest, and hit a hotel bar in a high place. Pretty much every high rise hotel has one, and you hardly ever have to be a guest to venture up there. There are some exceptions and sometimes you need a reservation, but often times you can just rock up and grab a table like we’ve done several times.
This may seem obvious to some, but even Bell and I occasionally forget this new mantra of ours. The drinks might be a little bit more expensive, but you don’t have to go crazy, and those extra few dollars are completely worthwhile for a sunset view of wherever you happen to be. Also, it’s usually free to take the elevator up to a high rise hotel bar. You usually have to pay a pretty penny and wait in line to go up to an observation tower, that might not be that much higher anyways.
Some of our most memorable moments atop hotels bars would have to be the view of the acropolis, lit up at night, hovering above Athens; downtown London at night from the Hilton in the Paddington area; sunset over Riga, Latvia; and viewing crazy Bangkok from the 7th tallest hotel in the world, the Baiyoke Sky (crazily, the top 6 are now all in Dubai).
If you want to watch the sunset from a window seat at a popular hotel bar, make sure to arrive early and take your time. You may feel obligated to buy another drink, but it’s usually worth it. And if you don’t pay to go up to an observation deck, quite a few drinks are basically free anyways.