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There are few pictures that instantly convey envy-inducing look-at-our-brilliant-holiday-ness than the sunset shots from your hotel rooftop (except, of course, sunrise shots, if you’re the stay-up-all-night type). So, where to stay to break your Instagram likes record? Beachside stays with ocean views are a classic, but a stylish city scene is even cooler… add in first-class food and a clutch of cocktails, and you’ve a rooftop you’ll want to move in to for good.

Sunset Tower hotel in Los Angeles

SUNSET TOWER HOTEL

The view from penthouse (right up at the top of this post) might be higher altitude, but it’s the Sunset Tower’s pool-party-ready terrace that’s one of our favourite Angeleno beauties. The building started hosting stars back in 1930s heyday, and today’s guests tend to be equally as glamourous. Dining poolside is the perfect place to partake in one of LA’s top pastimes: pretending not to notice celebrities.

The Thief hotel in Oslo

THE THIEF

You’d expect nothing less than sleek Scandi style from a Smith-approved stay in Norwegian capital Oslo, and the Thief hotel doesn’t disappoint. The Pop Art-esque decor lends interiors a playful tone, and the food served on the terrace is so good it almost surpasses the glory of the fjord-filled vistas.

Riad Jaaneman hotel in Marrakech

RIAD JAANEMAN

Take Moroccan breakfast – pastries, pancakes and lashings of honey, washed down with mint tea – up on the roof before the North African sun rises too high. Marrakech riad rooftops are a brilliant thing: the perfect place to soak up some early rays and gaze at the Atlas Mountains an hour’s drive to the east. At Italian-inspired Jaaneman (owner Leonardo has created an alluring Euro-Berber mix throughout) you’ll have top-notch views of the Medina bustle from a safely serene distance, too.

Seeking your highs in NYC? Read on for our favourite summer-in-the-city New York rooftops… Or perhaps you’re all about the vistas: in that case, your room with a view awaits.

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