Heavenly Rooftop Retreats

What’s better than a room with a view? How about an entire rooftop? The editors of Recommend went on a hunt in search of the best hotel rooftops in the U.S. and came across a pretty impressive selection. Here are some of our favorites.

With majestic skyscrapers around every corner, it’s no surprise that our first choice is a property located in Manhattan. The STRAND Hotel NYC, situated in Midtown, is home to Top of the Strand, a trendy rooftop bar and lounge, complete with sliding roof element and impressive skyline views of New York City. Here, guests can sip on signature cocktails created by Michael Lydakis, the property’s resident mixologist. Recommend your clients come hang out here Thursday-Sunday evenings, where they can enjoy music by DJ Stone from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Currently, The Strand is offering an opportunity for guests to experience the city like a fashion model with its Model for a Day package. With the help of the hotel’s concierge team, guests will prepare of a 1-hour personal photo shoot with photographer Steve Worth. Photoshoots take place at the hotel’s Top of the Strand.

Additionally, the package includes 2-night accommodations, a $30 credit towards dinner at The Strand American Bistro, a welcome room amenity, European-style continental breakfast daily, complimentary cocktails at Top of the Strand (for guests 21 and older), a complimentary memory portfolio, a DVD with up to 100 photos from the shoot and late check-out at 2 p.m.

Rates start at $869. For more information, visit thestrandnyc.com.

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From New York, we head to the Affinia Chicago, located steps away from the Windy City’s famous Magnificent Mile, Navy Pier and Water Tower. Tell your clients to head up to the hotel’s 29th floor to C-View, the hotel’s rooftop lounge and terrace. An ideal location for early cocktails or late-night gatherings, C-View offers an extensive wine and cocktail list, as well as a menu of light bites—not to mention incredible views of downtown Chicago.

Through Dec. 31, Affinia Chicago is offering guests a B&B in the City package complete with accommodations and breakfast each morning. Rates start at $129 per night. For more information, visit affinia.com.

For vacationers headed to the west coast, recommend a stay at Los Angeles’ The London West Hollywood Hotel. Situated on the hotel’s top floor, the rooftop pool deck offers panoramic views of the L.A. skylines and Hollywood Hills. Inspired by a traditional English garden, this lush retreat is a relaxing oasis right in the center of the bustling city.

Here, guests can soak in some rays on a plush lounge chair or refresh with a cooling spritz or specialty cocktail served by the pool concierge. For those who seek a little privacy or shade from the California sun, the property offers four poolside cabanas with special amenities such as a mini refrigerator stocked with water and fruit, sofa with seating for up to four, and a 32-inch LCD TV. Rates at The London West Hollywood start at $249 per night. For more information, visit thelondonwesthollywood.com.

And finally, we couldn’t complete our list without including a property in Miami, FL—this is, after all, where Recommend is based. Our pick: Gansevoort Miami Beach. Besides being located right in the heart of South Beach—close to plenty of restaurants and nightclubs—The Rooftop at the Gansevoort is a favorite hangout with visitors and locals alike.

Perched 18 stories above the beach, The Rooftop is a 26,000-sq.-ft. adults-only enclave that boasts spectacular Atlantic Ocean scenery. Here, guests will find a 110-ft.-long pool, complete with an underwater speaker system, VIP-style private cabanas adorned with HDTVs and plush couches, a bar and plenty of seating for socializing and cocktail sipping. During the summer, The Rooftop plays host to South Beach’s RX Pool Parties, where guests can enjoy DJs and musical performances, which typically run from noon to 8 p.m.

Book your client’s on the hotel’s Chill OUT package and they can enjoy deluxe accommodations, daily continental breakfast for two at the pool plaza, two rooftop bar drink vouchers, valet parking, beachside lounge chairs and 1 p.m. late check-out (based on availability). Rates start at $295 per night and are available through Sept. 30. For more information, visit gansevoortmiamibeach.com.