Thanks in no small part to the rise of China, India and the economic diversification of the Arabian Peninsula, Asia is on the move. More often than not, that movement is up, up, up, beyond any place heretofore thought possible.
From Dubai to Shanghai, Bangkok to Mumbai, more skyscrapers are in progress on the continent than ever before. The number of projects just completed and in future development is staggering and dwarfs anything being considered in the Americas, Europe and Oceania.
Which brings us to the topic at hand: the tallest hotels in Asia. These giants of hospitality, in more ways than one, tower over dynamic capitals and stand as some of the most daring and dazzling buildings in the world.
Berjaya Times Square Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
203 m, 48 floors
The Petronas Towers embody the most vital symbol (and most popular photo op) of Malaysia’s capital but KL is not all downhill from the twin skyscrapers. Witness the Berjaya Times Square Hotel, a gorgeous property in the commerical and business heart of the city. Close to KLCC, the Royal Selangor Golf Club, Petaling Street, Chinatown and some of the best restaurants in the city, the Kuala Lumpur hotel is a fine choice for visitors to Malaysia’s premier metropolis.
Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong
208 m, 52 floors
The stately huddle of skyscraper hotels in Hong Kong is sensational to behold. The Four Seasons towers over others like the L’Hotel Nina Tower One, Langham Place and JW Marriott in the International Finance Centre complex in Central. Inherent attractions include two three-star Michelin restaurants, with gems like the Star Ferry, Stanley Market, Happy Valley, Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, Hong Kong Museum of Art and Victoria Peak all close by.
Pullman Shanghai Skyway Hotel
226 m, 52 floors
Shanghai’s assertive skyline is tailor-made for a metropolis that may soon assume the mantle of global capital from the likes of New York City, London and Tokyo. The Oriental Pearl Tower, Jin Mao Tower, Shanghai World Financial Center and Shanghai Tower cluster like titans at the mouth of the Yangtze River and keep company with a parade of impressive Shanghai hotel towers.
The tallest of the lot, the Pullman Shanghai Skyway Hotel, is just the place to watch Chinese New Year fireworks and access the Xujiahui Business District, Fuxing Park, the Bund, Shanghai Oriental Sports Center and Shanghai Mercedes Benz Arena.
Grand Lisboa, Macau
261 m, 52 floors
Macau’s ascent to the top of the leisure tourism game has been swift and absolute. If the city holds sway over Las Vegas as a casino resort city par excellence, it is surely thanks to Macau hotels like the Grand Lisboa. The grand landmark is the tallest in Macau and offers access to all the best casinos in the city, as well as cultural assets like A-Ma Temple, the Maritime Museum, Senado Square and the rest of the UNESCO World Heritage old city.
Swissôtel The Stamford, Singapore
226 m, 73 floors
If the Marina Bay Sands is any indication, Singapore is the next frontier for eye-popping hotel resorts. The Swissôtel The Stamford is not new by any stretch – the hotel was built 1986 – but it manages to grab the attention nonetheless. It helps when Pritzker alum I. M. Pei is your architect, of course, and, indeed, The Stamford consistently wins awards as one of the best luxury Singapore hotels in Southeast Asia.
One of the tallest too. The behemoth of Raffles City towers over Turn 9 of Singapore’s Formula One Marina Bay Street Circuit and sits close to gems like Suntec City, the Singapore Flyer, The Esplanade, Fort Canning Park and the Merlion.
JW Marriott Marquis Dubai
355 m, 82 floors
Dubai, surprise, surprise, is home to the lion’s share of the world’s ten tallest hotels. Six of the top ten and ten of the top thirty-five, in fact, reside in the emirate. While hotels in Dubai like the Burj Al Arab, Rose Rayhann by Rotana, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel, Khalid Al Ataar Tower and Acico Twin Towers get a lot of press, the king of the hotel sky in the U.A.E. – and the world – is the spectacular JW Marriott Marquis.
The twin tower skyscraper complex has, incredibly, 1,604 rooms and 320,314 m<sup>2</sup> of floor space. Highlights in the vicinity of the JW Marriott Marquis include the world’s tallest skyscraper, the Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, Atlantis Waterpark, Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates and Jumeirah Mosque.