If you want to get a new perspective on your life, staying the night in a skyscraper could be just the answer. And there are plenty to choose from.

While Dubai might have the monopoly on luxurious high-rises, the Far East also boasts plenty of big buildings housing hotels – and there’s even one in our very own capital city.

1. Marriott Marquis, Dubai

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Height: With a whopping 1,600+ rooms and suites split between twin 355m towers, the 5* Marriott, which opened in January, occupies every one of the 72 floors, making it the world’s tallest standalone hotel.

Need to know: The spiny exterior was inspired by the trunk of a palm tree, while the rooms are decked out with spa-like marble bathrooms and 46-inch LCD TVs, naturally.

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2. Shangri-La, London

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Height: The UK’s highest hotel has 185 deluxe guest rooms on levels 34 to 52 of London’s tallest building, The Shard, which measures an impressive 310m.

Need to know: This 5* hotel has an artisan deli at its ground floor entrance – and a luxury spa and swimming pool on floor 53, so you can swim in the sky.

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3. Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong

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Height: Occupying the top 17 floors of Kowloon’s 118-storey International Commerce Centre (490m), the Ritz-Carlton can claim to be the world’s highest hotel.

Need to know: The building is nicknamed ‘the dragon’s tail’ because of its scale-like appearance and distinctive ‘flick’. Cocktails at rooftop bar Ozone are a must.

4. Park Hyatt, Shanghai

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Height: Another feat of Chinese engineering, this 5* hotel occupies floors 79 to 93 of the 101-storey Shanghai World Financial Center (492m), aka ‘The Vertical Complex City’.

Need to know: Guests staying in one of the hotel’s 174 luxury rooms and suites can enjoy views of the quirky city skyline and Huangpu River. The Water’s Edge Spa on the 85th floor has a 20m infinity pool.

5. Fairmont, Saudi Arabia

Height: Based in the 601m Makkah Clock Royal Tower, this hotel has 1,542 rooms taking up floors 22 to 60 of the 76-storey building.

Need to know: The hotel tower of the Abraj Al-Bait Towers complex is the world’s tallest clock tower and boasts the world’s largest clock face. 

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6. Detroit, Marriott

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Height: At 222m, the Marriott occupies the central tower of the seven interconnected skyscrapers that form the Renaissance Center – and, as such, is the tallest all-hotel skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere.

Need to know: Back in 1977, when it was built, the Marriott was the world’s tallest hotel at the time – and seems a little dwarfed by its cousin in Dubai.

7. Radisson Royal Hotel, Moscow

Height: Also known as the Hotel Ukraina, the hotel is reportedly the tallest standalone on in Europe at 198m – and is a striking neo-gothic building on the banks of the city’s Moskva River.

Need to know: Commissioned by Joseph Stalin, the hotel opened its doors in 1957 as then the tallest in the world. Interior décor is a mix of old-world charm meets super-modern, with a 31st floor bar overlooking Moscow and a wellness centre, with heated indoor pool.

8. Gran Hotel Bali, Benidorm

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Height: The 4* Gran Hotel Bali is confusingly located in Benidorm – and at 186m, is apparently the highest standalone in western Europe.

Need to know: It’s just a leisurely five-minute stroll to the beach, so you can have a sky-high hotel experience and come back down to sea level pretty quickly.

Do you have a head for heights? Let us know if you’d stay in one of these high-rise hotels in the Comments section below.