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When you book a hotel room, do you ever consider the view? Many hotels charge premium rates for rooms that face famous landmarks, incredible scenery or panoramic vistas. Want a room that faces the Eiffel tower? Yes, that’ll be €60 extra, please! Here are 10 hotel views, to die for.

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Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, Peru

Since the ruins and the land surrounding the famous site are protected, no hotel development has been allowed. There is only one hotel in the area, charging jaw-dropping rates for rooms with even partial views of Machu Picchu. Each room is uniquely decorated in luxurious Peruvian style and is just moments from the Lost City. Rooms with views of the mountains start at £510 during the off-season.

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Hotel Hassler, Rome

You come to Italy’s capital city for the views of ancient monuments and fine art, right? So why not enjoy it from your hotel window? Hotel Hassler, perched at the top of the Spanish Steps offers the finest views of the city, but it’s going to cost you. Decked out in 18th century Louis XV style, this is a regal spot to rest your head at night. Just minutes from the hotel are St. Peter’s Basilica, the coliseum, Villa Borghese gardens and the Trevi Fountain.

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Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro

Copacabana Beach

Spend your days lazing on the world-famous Copacabana Beach and spend your nights overlooking it at the Copacabana Palace. It’s a historical hotel that has seen the likes of royals, celebrities, film stars and politicians. With views of the lagoon and the beach, it has without a doubt the best views in Brazil. It opened its doors in 1923 and since then guests have had their choice of either city view rooms or beach and ocean-view rooms. Which would you choose? Rooms start at £320 a night.

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Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo

View from Ritz Carlton, Tokyo Midtown

Midtown Tower is a looming 53 storeys, the top nine of which are part of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. With panoramic views of Japan’s capital city, it’s no wonder people are willing to dish out so much for a room in this place. On a clear day you can see as far as Mount Fuji! This hotel was also featured in the film, Lost in Translation. Rooms start at £330 per night.

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Oberoi Armavilas, India

view of the Taj Mahal

Just 600m from the Taj Mahal, this Moorish styled hotel is a ode to India’s luxurious flare. It’s a palace of marble flooring, wooden beams and gild accents, fit for kings and queens. Fountains, pool and quiet pavilions are what guests look forward to almost just as much as the views of the famous memorial just metres away. There are views from almost every room.

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Hotel U Prince, Prague

Rooves in Prague

Located opposite the city’s parliament building, this restored 12th century hotel offers its guests views of the historic old town and the city’s terracotta rooftops laid out before them. There is a trendy and pricey restaurant on the hotel rooftop, where you get the best views of the house. Rooms start at £130 per night.

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Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai

If a desert escape and views of one of the most unique landscapes interests you, then head to the Arabian Desert via Dubai to book a room at this resort. It’s based on a wildlife and fauna reserve. At the hotel guests enjoy temperature-controlled pools and awe-inspiring views of the sand dunes and the reserves lush gardens.

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InterContinental, Hong Kong

Hong Kong harbor

This hotel, overlooking the Hong Kong Harbour offers great views of the world’s most famous light show, a dazzling 13 minute display of lasers, lights, water fountains and flashing skyscrapers. Atop Victoria Harbour about 2/3 of the rooms have views of the nightly display. It is the world’s highest hotel, situated 118th floor of Hong Kong’s tallest skyscraper. Rooms start at £360 a night.

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Jumeirah Essex House, New York

Views of Central Park? No problem, just find yourself at the queen of New York City hotels, located along the southern side of the park, facing an impressive 843 acres of woodland. With 500+ rooms with views of Central Park and downtown Manhattan, it’s the best of both city views and park views. An added bonus? There is a camera on the roof of the building, streaming live footage of the city to guest room televisions.

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Cap Estel, French Riviera

Situated between Nice and Monaco, you’ll find Cap Estel, perched atop a cliff in Eze-Bord-de-Mer, a small village with spectacular views. The hotel overlooks the Mediterranean but because the village is located so high up, it’s almost impossible to get a hotel room without a view in this place. Most rooms at this hotel offer 180 degree views of the coastline. each room has its oven balcony or terrace with a view of the sea.

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When you book a hotel, does the view from the room matter? Are you willing to pay extra for a room with a view?

Imgs: rome: chrissy575 / brazil: exfordy / tokyo: jeroen020 / india: uppyphoto / prague: jimgrant / desert: makz / hong kong: bdnegin / nyc: future15 / riviera: travelingmcmahans, Flickr cc.

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