The tallest hotels in the world

Nick Boulos
15 April 2011

The world’s tallest buildings are home to the latest hotels achieving new heights in ambition, says Nick Boulos

Shangri-La, London
The building The Shard, a £400m structure set to become Europe's tallest and poised to transform the skyline with its futuristic angled glass facade.
The brains Acclaimed Italian architect Renzo Piano, who masterminded Paris's Pompidou Centre with Richard Rogers. 
Height 310m.
The hotel Occupying 18 floors of the Shard, this is the first UK property of the Asian hotel group Shangri-La. The suites have ‘winter-garden' balconies, and the infinity
pool will be the highest spot in the city for a dip.
Completion October 2012. Rates yet to be set.

Armani Hotel, Dubai
The building Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, eclipses its predecessor, Taiwan's Taipei 101, by 319m.
The brains American architect Adrian Smith, whose CV also boasts the Trump Tower in Chicago.
Height 828m.
The hotel Designed by Giorgio himself, this hotel sits across 11 floors. All rooms have sprawling panoramas of the city, and nine rooms and suites have their own balconies.
Opened January 2010. Doubles from £350.

Shanghai Tower J-Hotel, Shanghai
The building The latest addition to Pudong's growing skyline is set to become China's tallest building.
The brains US architect Marshall Strabala, who worked on the 450m Greenland Financial Centre in Nanjing.
Height 632m.
The hotel The first of the luxury J brand from the Jin Jiang group will become the world's tallest hotel. Over 26 floors, it will have the world's highest open-air observation deck.
Completion Late 2014. Rates yet to be set.

The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong
The building International Commerce Centre Tower in Kowloon.
The brains Major New York architectural firm Kohn Pedersen Fox, who dreamed up the Roppongi Hills complex in Tokyo and the gleaming Mandarin Oriental hotel in Las Vegas.
Height 490m.
The hotel The six-star Ritz-Carlton at the very top of the building breaks records for the highest hotel in the world. Expect spectacular views from the 118th-floor infinity pool.
Opened March 2011. Doubles from about £480.

St Regis, Abu Dhabi
The building Nation Towers, a £340m twin-tower skyscraper linked by a skybridge. It's unlike anything else in the Gulf and will be the crowning glory of Abu Dhabi's Corniche waterfront.
The brains The gurus at architectural firm WZMH, who designed the CN Tower in Toronto.
Height 219m and 259m respectively.
The hotel Located high up on the 33rd floor, the hotel's largest and most lavish suite occupies part of the skybridge, the first of its kind.
Completion January 2013. Rates yet to be set.

Shangri-La, Beijing
The building A steel and concrete structure, the China World Tower introduced new earthquake resistance technology.
The brains Architects Skidmore Owings and Merrill (plus engineering team Arup) are responsible for some of the mightiest skyscrapers.
Height 330m.
The hotel Check in on the 64th floor, where five-star Shangri-La hotel occupies 13 floors. The floor-to-ceiling windows offer spectacular views of the Forbidden City.
Opened August 2010. Doubles from £210.