We travel for the priceless experiences and, if we're all being honest, the Instagram snaps. While visiting world's most iconic tourist attractions can mean jostling for that perfect picture in a thick crowd, it doesn't have to be that way. Solve the age-old problem by checking into a hotel room with a legendary view of one of the most coveted attractions on the globe — and leave the crowds outside your door.
1. The Eiffel Tower: Shangri-La Paris
Nothing says romance quite like Paris — except, perhaps, an opulent suite in one of the City of Lights' best hotels, fit for Marie Antoinette.
Room to book: Stay in the 2938-square-foot La Suite and you can take in the Eiffel Tower from your 900-square-foot private terrace, or from the comfort of your bed through the panoramic bay windows.
2. Manhattan Skyline: Wythe Hotel
It's possibly the most recognizable — and swoon-worthy — skyline in the world. But to really see Manhattan, you've got to get off the island... across the river to the Willamsburg, Brooklyn waterfront, to be exact.
Room to book: The South 8th Loft comes with floor-to-ceiling windows to showcase those picture-perfect views, as well as an interior staircase leading to a private, 420-square-foot terrace for an alfresco skyline view.
3. Taj Mahal: The Oberoi Amarvilas
Less than 2,000 feet from the romantic ivory-white mausoleum, the Oberoi Amarvilas offer the chance to get up a close-up of the Taj Mahal without battling the crowds.
Room to book: Every room at the Oberoi Amarvilas offers uninterrupted views of the monument — but that's no reason not to go big and reserve the Kohinoor Suite where you can soak up the Taj Mahal through wall-to-wall windows throughout the space, even from the freestanding bathtub.
4. Sydney Opera House: Park Hyatt, Sydney
Is there a more iconic opera house than that paneled white gem that sits in Sydney's harbor? Doubtful. One thing we know for sure, though, is that there are few views of the Opera House more impressive than those from the Park Hyatt.
Room to book: Views from the six balconies of the Park Hyatt's 1,990-square-foot Opera Suite span from Sydney Opera House to the harbor and bridge. Almost double in size, the Sydney Suite additionally boasts an outdoor dining area to fit eight of your closest friends.
5. Egyptian Pyramids: Mena House Hotel
No matter how many images you might have seen of these ancient monuments, nothing compares to that first sight when the pyramids come into view in the dusty Cairo outskirts. Crowded with tourists and hawkers, it can be a noisy visit. However, all the better to book a luxury hotel room to take it all in peacefully.
Room to book: The antique-filled Montgomery Suite has hosted numerous kings, queens, and other varied travelers of impeccable taste. The antique furniture comes from a palace harem and the large terrace offers a private view across the pyramids.
6. Big Ben: London Marriott Hotel County Hall
When it comes to iconic London landmarks, Clark Griswold knows what's up. There is, of course, a far more pleasant way of spotting Big Ben and Parliament by checking into this Marriott on the happening South Bank of the Thames.
Room to book: The Westminster Suite offers the opportunity to get an up close view of Big Ben, without being deafened by those famous bongs. The suite also comes with executive lounge access, which means all the hors d'oeuvres you can eat.
7. The Colosseum: Hotel Palazzo Manfredi
In ancient days, gladiators trained at the school Ludus Magnus, which used to lie just steps from the door of this aristocratic villa-turned-luxury hotel (part of the swanky Relais & Chateaux collection). From there they walked just a few more feet to to meet their fate at the Colosseum.
Room to book: Peep the Colosseum from exquisitely designed surroundings in a 270-square-foot Master Room where marble and velvet touches abound.
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