5 Sensational City Views

The next time you take a chic city break make sure there's a view to match

Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, there’s an excitement to exploring a new city that just never gets old, even if staying downtown can mean cramped accommodation and swarms of tourists. With these five homes you can have your cake, and eat it too – breathtaking city views and the privacy and comfort of your own home away from home.

1. Hotel Arts, Barcelona

Where better to stay in Barcelona, famed for its unique architecture, than the Hotel Arts? With sweeping views across the city and the Mediterranean, the view may be the star of the show here, but the interiors are equally stunning. From the monumental golden fish sculpture by Frank Gehry that overlooks the  pool, built for the ’92 Olympics, to the Michelin-starred restaurant Enoteca, Hotel Arts is so good, peeling yourself away to explore the city may be a challenge.
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2. Modern Mulholland Estate, L.A.

Whatever your reason for being in L.A., you’ll feel like Hollywood royalty at this spacious home just off Mulholland Drive. The killer view is matched by the impressive architecture of the house itself, not to mention the ultra-glamorous saltwater infinity pool, wet bar, and state of the art kitchen. With multiple living rooms, each with views over the city, plus a private screening room, this house was made for entertaining.
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3. Honolulu Sky Villa, Hawaii

Enjoy a tropical vacation with a side order of city living in Honolulu. With views over the city and all the way to the Pacific, the toughest choice at Sky Villa is whether to head down to catch some waves at Waikiki beach, hit the stores in downtown Honolulu, or just take another dip in your private pool. Whatever you choose, make sure you’re back by sundown to watch the sun set over the ocean as the lights start to twinkle in the city below.
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4. Le Panoramique, Paris

With extensive views of Paris from every room, Le Panoramique offers a new perspective on the city. How about taking breakfast in bed with an up-close view of the Eiffel tower, or enjoying a relaxed dinner beneath the open skylight as day turns to night around you? You may have been to the City of Lights before, but the name takes on a whole new meaning when you can see the entire city in its illuminated glory from the comfort of your own living room.
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5. Sasso House, Cape Town

Nestled against the backdrop of Table Mountain in the charming Camps Bay area of Cape Town, Sasso House has panoramic views over Lion’s Head mountain and the red roofs that dot the hillside on the way to the Atlantic Ocean. Chic and modern inside, the house is perfect for having guests over to marvel at the view – which is never far away thanks to the sliding glass walls in every room. Whether you choose to explore the city and nearby vineyards or simply relax on the sun terrace with private saltwater plunge pool, the view is sure to keep you coming back for more.
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Jenny Cahill-Jones