When making a hotel reservation, there are many things to consider: location, catering, type of rooms, amenities. If speaking of desirable features of any hotel right now, rooms with private outdoor spaces have become a pretty sought-after amenity. The hotels below offer the best rooms and suites with balconies or private terraces for travelers who seek added privacy and want to enjoy the outdoors as summer comes around.
The Spectator Hotel (Charleston, South Carolina)
The Spectator Hotel, Charleston’s high-design boutique hotel for the well-heeled traveler, and the city’s only hotel with personal butler service, features a Deluxe King Courtyard Suite, offering 382-sq-ft. of luxurious accommodations inclusive of a private courtyard terrace. This opulent oasis is complete with comfortable seating options and views of the surrounding Historic District, setting the scene to enjoy daily complimentary artisanal breakfast, afternoon handcrafted cocktails from The Bar, and handcrafted cordials served in edible chocolate cups for turndown – all delivered by the hotel’s personal butlers.
Inns of Aurora (Aurora, New York)
Guests staying in Room Five at Zabriskie House, one of the luxury lakeside boutique resort’s five historic inns, can enjoy stunning views of the charming village of Aurora and the pristine Cayuga Lake from the privacy of the room’s outdoor terrace. Out on the terrace, guests can also enjoy their morning coffee, indulge in afternoon wine and cheese hour, stargaze with complimentary telescopes, or partake in a private tarot card reading with the property’s Director of Serenity.
InterContinental New York Barclay (New York City)
The Harold S. Vanderbilt Penthouse at InterContinental New York Barclay is one of New York City’s most stately suites, boasting sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline. Not only does it afford guests an elegant indoor living space with floor-to-ceiling windows and three guestrooms, but an expansive 1,3000 sq. ft. private terrace with breathtaking views overlooking the Chrysler Building. The reserved outdoor space is complete with plush seating and dining areas, accompanied by a decorative fountain and even a weather-proof television all ideal for alfresco entertaining, dining or relaxing.
AKA Central Park (New York City)
Located on the private key-accessed 17th floor at AKA Central Park, its two Sky Suites provide a one-of-a-kind New York City experience. The hotel residence’s expansive, 1,500-square-foot suites boast a private, wraparound terrace with stunning Manhattan skyline views, along with a metal-clad wood-burning fireplace to keep you warm. The outdoor space also features lounging and dining areas and stunning views in three directions.
HarbourView Inn (Charleston, South Carolina)
At HarbourView Inn, a newly refreshed, intimate waterfront retreat in Charleston’s Historic District, guests will enjoy luxury accommodations and a newly refurbished private rooftop terrace. Available only to hotel guests, travelers can begin their day enjoying a complimentary gourmet breakfast or relax among plush, custom outdoor furniture during afternoon wine and cheese hour, enjoying sweeping views of the steeple-lined skyline, historic harbor and famous Waterfront Park.
JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa (Orlando, Florida)
The newly opened JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa boasts upscale luxury with a view, especially for those who book the 2,125-square foot Presidential Suite, which features a table and chair set and a luxe daybed on its expansive balcony, making it the best seat in the house for morning coffee, an afternoon cocktail or watching the nightly Disney fireworks.
The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village (Cape Coral, Florida)
Located in the scenic Tarpon Point Marina, The Westin Cape Coral Resort just debuted a guestroom-focused renovation. Increasing room inventory, the resort now features 308 guestrooms and suites with waterfront views and a refreshed design, inspired by the resort’s stunning natural surroundings. The majority of the newly updated resort accommodations offer guests a spacious, private terrace complete with modern outdoor furniture to soak in Cape Coral’s famed sunsets from. Of note, is the Admiral Suite Penthouse boasting two private terraces, including an expansive screened-in, furnished balcony on the first level to enjoy the view and light Gulf breeze, as well as an upstairs wraparound, open-air balcony that features a bar counter with seating for 20 – perfect for entertaining with stunning water views.
The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club (St. Petersburg, Florida)
The historic Vinoy Renaissance, situated along St. Pete’s picturesque waterfront, boasts guestrooms and luxurious suites with intimate balconies that overlook the glimmering Tampa Bay and the resort’s private marina. Guests can even book a massage on their personal balcony amidst the refreshing Gulf breeze.
W South Beach (Miami Beach, Florida)
W South Beach‘s E-WOW Penthouse is a 2,056-square-foot dream with one of the best views on the beach. The new two-bedroom penthouse features four balconies, a private terrace that overlooks the ocean, a rooftop plunge pool and rooftop garden. W South Beach recently underwent a $30 million renovation of its guest suites, new Away Spa and leisure spaces. Guests staying at the hotel receive access to W South Beach’s signature Whatever/Whenever team to provide (literally) whatever they want, whenever they want it.
The Confidante Miami Beach (Miami Beach, Florida)
The Penthouse Suite at The Confidante Miami Beach is the ultimate retro-paradise. The 980-square-foot suite features a playful and vibrant mid-century modern décor, stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean, a king bed and separate living and dining area with seating for six people, one and a half bathrooms and the crown jewel is the expansive private terrace. The Confidante Miami Beach supports the local community in many ways, it’s most signature is the rotating local art exhibit with its next iteration with Miami’s Museum of Graffiti, on display throughout the first floor of the hotel through February 2022. Ambersweet at The Confidante Miami Beach is the newest dining destination in mid-beach, designed to honor the Magic City’s retro-glam heyday.
Aston Waikiki Beach Tower (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Guests can experience true oceanfront living from the private, expansive terraces at Aston Waikiki Beach Tower where each floor individual floor houses just four spacious residential-style suites. From this vantage point in paradise, travelers will be able to awake to the sight of world-renowned Waikiki Beach and capture spectacular orange and pink sunset views over the Pacific Ocean come evening. These ocean-facing lanais (balconies) are furnished with lounge furniture from which to enjoy a morning coffee break, cocktails at sunset, or a home-cooked meal prepared in each suite’s full kitchen this summer. Located directly across from the beach, this exclusive condominium combines attentive resort-quality service to ensure guests encounter Hawaii’s unique spirit of hospitality during their time on island.
ESPACIO, The Jewel of Waikiki (Oahu, Hawaii)
Each suite at this 9-floor, 9-suite boutique luxury hotel occupies its own private floor complete with 2 or 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, personal elevator entry, Jacuzzi-clad terrace overlooking Waikiki Beach, designer kitchen and dry sauna. The ultra-private experience includes access to contactless personal styling through the hotel’s partnership with Neiman Marcus; butler service that can be requested via in-room iPad; and personal use of the hotel’s fleet of luxury vehicles. Rates from $5,000/night. For those seeking even more privacy, ESPACIO is available for full buyouts from $45,000/night.
The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club (Waikiki, Hawaii)
For a summertime tropical escape, head to the retro-inspired, the Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club located in the heart of Waikiki and book the mid-century penthouse suite with a spacious outdoor terrace complete with outdoor furniture and views overlooking the Waikiki landscape. Guests will have plenty of space to sprawl out and as an added bonus – furry family members of all sizes are also welcome with Jack, The Hotel Dog, is ready to show everyone the lay of the land, or beach rather.
Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico (Rio Grande, Puerto Rico)
Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico offers private oceanfront suites, Regency Suites which offer the ultimate private resort terrace with private plunge pools, an outdoor shower, outdoor dining area and more. As part of the “Live the Suite Life” package, the resort offers three meals that can be delivered to your villa each day during your stay. Puerto Rico is one of the most accessible destinations for travelers from the U.S. right now with the convenience of travel without a passport. The resort boasts all-suite, bungalow-style accommodations; three pools including Puerto Rico’s largest lagoon-style pool; full-service spa; five on-site culinary eateries and two 18-hole world-class Tom Kite-designed golf courses. Off-property experiences include exploring the waterfalls in El Yunque National Rainforest, a few miles away, soaring over the treetops on ziplines and kayaking in one of the three bioluminescent bays on the island.
Zemi Beach House, (Anguilla)
For the ultimate escape, travelers will find themselves nestled at Zemi Beach House, Anguilla’s boutique resort tucked away on Shoal Bay East. Guests looking for privacy and relaxation can book Zemi’s 2-and-3-bedroom suites featuring a large living room, fully equipped kitchen, guest bathroom and 1,475 square-foot private, furnished rooftop terrace with a secluded plunge pool. Overlooking the Caribbean waters, travelers can sunbathe on the terrace and enjoy in-room dining, complimentary champagne and more.
Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo (Monaco)
The Suite Carre D’Or at Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo features a 1,100 sq. ft. terrace for guests to lounge and unwind, taking in 180-degree views of Monaco, its “Golden Square,” Casino gardens and the Mediterranean Sea. With its ivy patina, honey-colored parquet floors, spacious living room, large bedroom, walk-in closet and voluminous marble and gold bathroom, the sumptuous 1,600 sq. ft. penthouse embodies a haute couture atmosphere made for luxe relaxation.