Even the most posh hotels can have a few drawbacks. Here are the top 10 worst hotel room views so you know what to avoid.
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We’ve showed you some of the world’s most incredible hotel views — rooms looking onto the ocean, sweeping mountain vistas, and busy city streets. But even the most posh hotels can have a few drawbacks, like being assigned to an interior-facing hotel room. While it may mean quieter nights, it’ll definitely take away from that serene setting outside your window.
So we decided to warn you about the top 10 rooms to avoid next time you plan a trip.
This boutique is known for its great central location half a block from Times Square, funky design, fun bar ... and some tiny rooms, half of which face a wall a few inches away from the window. Make sure to get a room on the top floors (the bar downstairs can be very loud) and facing the street. Also, if you need extra space, book a Large King Room instead of a Standard Room.
Everything about the 70 rooms in the chic Quest Potts Point hotel is luxurious and stylish. But while some rooms have decent street views, others, in every price range and room category, face a brick wall. You might want to request a street view room upon checking in, but if you're stuck with a side room overlooking the building next door, check out the lovely
, which offers nice views of the neighborhood and part of Sydney's skyline.
The Luxe Manor was designed to look like Salvador Dali's imagination — and the result is certainly surreal, with quirky, slightly over-the-top decor. Rooms, though unique and modern, have mostly poor views of other buildings. Note that paying more for a Suite will not always get you a better view since all room categories are in all sides of the building.
5th Arrondissement, Paris, France
This funky, upper-middle-range property is housed in a 400-year-old historic building that is just steps from Notre Dame and the Seine. Rooms were designed by Christian Lacroix and feature eclectic decor and modern amenities. But while most boast jaw-dropping views of the
and the river, a couple face a gross air shaft that barely lets any light in.
La Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Although all rooms of this sleek and modern hotel have floor-to-ceiling windows, only half of them face pretty
— the other half has lousy views of a rundown courtyard in urgent need of some fresh coats of paint.
Downtown and Waterfront, Boston, Mass.
Don't let the romantic "Atrium View" tag fool you — these interior-facing rooms have depressing views of a narrow space between buildings. For better
, book a “City View” room, available only with one queen-size bed.
Eixample, Barcelona, Spain
The Catalonia Rigoletto is housed in a building shared with apartments and offices, and is little by little buying more space. Currently it has 65 rooms and suites, very few of which have views (at least in the figurative sense of the word). Sure, they do overlook , but it is not precisely what we'd call a pretty view.
Old Center, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Views from the rooms here are quite hit-or-miss. While some have views of a narrow but lovely, typical Amsterdam
with dormer windows, bicycles parked by the door and flower pots on window sills, and even of the beautiful
(New Church), others face this ugly, chipped wall. The good news is that some rooms have all of the above.
Lincoln Park, Chicago, Ill.
Known as the Rock and Roll Days Inn back in the day for its popularity among famous bands and musicians, this value hotel offers rooms with either
or interior views. Granted, neither is especially attractive, but at least the street-facing rooms have more light. All categories have rooms on both sides of the building, so if a bright room is important to you, request one overlooking W Diversey Parkway. Light sleepers, however, might appreciate the quiet back rooms.
Times Square, Manhattan, New York City
Hotel 41 might have a great location in the heart of Times Square, free Wi-Fi, Aveda bath products and free breakfast, but all of those things don’t quite compensate for the lack of views. And lack of views means literally no view: some rooms, like this Standard, have a brick wall a few inches from the window. You’ll have to upgrade to at least a Superior room to get a slightly nicer
(but still nothing to write home about).