The Heights of Luxury: 5 Luxurious Hotels at the Top of the World

The Heights of Luxury: 5 Luxurious Hotels at the Top of the World

The Mile High City of Denver at 5,280 feet doesn't even make the list. The two highest cities -- Lhasa, Tibet and La Paz, Bolivia -- are over two miles high!  These hotels allow you to explore the lofty heights of the world in luxury.

1 The St. Regis Lhasa Resort - Lhasa, Tibet - 11,995 feet

Tibet, on the lofty Tibetan Plateau on the northern side of the Himalayas, is an autonomous region of China. It is nicknamed the “Roof of the World” for its towering peaks. It shares Mt. Everest with Nepal and its capital, Lhasa, is site of hilltop Potala Palace, once the home of the Dalai Lama, and Jokhang Temple, the most sacred and important temple in Tibet.

Set amid the timeless splendor of the ancient Barkhor area, The St. Regis Lhasa Resort offers luxury accommodation in a legendary travel destination. Discover a rejuvenating respite overlooking the wondrous Tibet landscape and magnificent Potala Palace. Embrace effortless relaxation in stylishly appointed hotel rooms and suites with contemporary essentials, luxury amenities, stunning views and motifs inspired by the nearby Sera Monastery. Ignite your senses with delectable Chinese cuisine and flavorful international fare in the hotel's distinctive restaurants. Explore storied attractions including Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street and the legendary Potala Palace. Punctuate a full day of work or sightseeing with a rejuvenating treatment in the resort spa. The hotel is a scenic haven for your visit to Tibet.

Atix Hotel

2 Atix Hotel - La Paz, Bolivia - 11,893 feet

La Paz, in Bolivia, is the highest administrative capital in the world, resting on the Andes’ Altiplano plateau at more than 3,500m above sea level. It stretches to El Alto city in the highlands, with snow-capped, 6,438m-high Mt. Illimani as its backdrop. The city's dramatic setting can be taken in during rides on Mi Teleférico, the aerial cable car system.

Bearing the torch for design-led luxury in La Paz, Atix Hotel is a showcase for Bolivian culture, art, and gastronomy. Modern, sophisticated, cool, and contemporary—Atix use the works of renowned artist Gastón Ugalde to capture the essence of the country's most remote locations, as well as an interior of local materials that speaks to the very heart of Bolivian culture. The enigmatic parallelogram shape of Atix creates stunning bay window views from every angle, immersing guests in the surrounding Andean Valley. The facade is clad in Bolivian wood and the same Comanche stone used to pave the streets of La Paz in the 1920s and 1930s.

Casa Gangotena

3 Casa Gangotena - Quito, Ecuador - 9,350 feet

Quito, Ecuador's capital, sits high in the Andean foothills at an altitude of 2,850m. Constructed on the foundations of an ancient Incan city, it’s known for its well-preserved colonial center, rich with 16th- and 17th-century churches and other structures blending European, Moorish and indigenous styles. These include the cathedral, in the Plaza Grande square, and ultra-ornate Compañia de Jesús Jesuit church.

Step into the elegance and luxury of a bygone era at Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel in Quito. Situated in the heart of Quito’s Old Town, this beautifully and eclectically appointed mansion sings with the city’s history. Whether it be the rooms, suites, terrace or gardens, or Casa Gangotena’s restaurant, each is a space for you to unwind, discover and dream. Casa Gangotena is a vecino, a neighbor that actively engages with its community. Casa Gangotena offers cultural immersion in activities and visits to the unique, and, above all, authentic locations that surround the hotel.

W Bogota

4 W Bogota - Bogota, Colombia - 8,612 feet

Bogotá is Colombia’s sprawling, high-altitude capital. La Candelaria, its cobblestoned center, features colonial-era landmarks like the neoclassical performance hall Teatro Colón and the 17th-century Iglesia de San Francisco. It's also home to popular museums including the Museo Botero, showcasing Fernando Botero's art, and the Museo del Oro, displaying pre-Columbian gold pieces.

W Bogota rewrites luxury in Colombia through authentic and attentive service, a modern interpretation of the El Dorado legend with a bold, dramatic, original touch, providing the perfect escape to connect with the local and explore the secrets of the vibrant and forward-thinking capital city of Bogotá. Located in the iconic neighborhood of Usaquén, traditional colonial architecture mixes with great restaurants, bars and shopping options.

Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City

5 Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City - Mexico City, Mexico - 7,349 feet

Mexico City is the densely populated, high-altitude capital of Mexico. It's known for its Templo Mayor, a 13th-century Aztec temple, the baroque Catedral Metropolitana de México of the Spanish conquistadors, and the Palacio Nacional, which houses historic murals by Diego Rivera. All of these are situated in and around the Plaza de la Constitución, the massive main square also known as the Zócalo.

Set around a verdant inner courtyard, Four Seasons is a hacienda-style hotel that puts the hectic urban hustle of Mexico’s vibrant capital city seemingly on pause, but only for as long as you’d like. Step outside the doors, and you’ll find yourself on the grand boulevard of Paseo de la Reforma, just a short stroll away from Bosque de Chapultepec and the trendy neighborhoods of Condesa and Polanco. The hotel features Fifty Mils, one of the 50 Best Bars of the world, where you can taste the cocktails that are captivating Mexico City.