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5 hotel rooftops with the most spectacular views

What’s a city break without jaw-dropping skyline views? Boutique hotel experts Mr & Mrs Smith have hand-picked five on-trend urban boltholes promising heady cocktail hotspots and dizzying vistas from the rooftops.

Hotel Palazzo Manfredi, Rome, Italy

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Just steps from the Colosseum, this 16th-century palazzo has marble-clad interiors and emperor-worthy views. Dressed in glossy leather and sumptuous velvet drapes, many of the rooms overlook the mighty monument. Aroma Restaurant spills out onto the top-floor terrace, a striking candlelit space framed by enormous arched windows. Sample chef Giuseppe Di Orio’s regional Mediterranean cuisine (delicate fennel fondue, hand-made pasta twirls, red snapper steak): it’s just scooped its first Michelin star.

Naumi Hotel, Singapore

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At the heart of Singapore’s restaurant-packed business district, this city-slicker hotel offers street-savvy style a stone’s throw from the island’s chic shopping precinct. But it also harbours an unabashedly luxurious secret: a sleek, 10th-floor pool deck with startling city views. Sip on an expertly mixed cocktail, sample whiskies in the chill-out lounge bar, and relax in the knowledge that there’s a member of staff dedicated to providing everything you need.

The James New York Hotel, New York, US

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It’s not often we’re on first-name basis with bar, but Jimmy, The James New York’s see-and-be-seen rooftop pub, had us at hello. Cool-hunters lured by art-covered walls linger over drinks – herb-infused seasonal tipples, yuzu margaritas – at this towering Manhattan address. Inveterate romantics should grab the keys to the huge penthouse, a stylish hideaway with windows on three walls through which to admire the city in one glittering swep.

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Grand Hotel Central, Barcelona, Spain

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Tucked away behind an imposing 1920s facade in the heart of the culture quarter, Grand Hotel Central is a modern, clean-lined retreat from the city’s bustle. Perched on the eighth floor, the dramatic infinity pool offers mesmerising views of the rooftops of El Born. Guests have exclusive access to the Sky Bar’s cosy banquettes and sun-soaking spots during the day. Don’t miss the hotel’s tempting tapas menu; the honey-drizzled aubergine tempura caught our eye.

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Hotel Fasano, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

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There’s much to love in this Starck-styled stay on the sexiest stretch of Rio de Janeiro, but the heated marble infinity pool on the roof is the true clincher. Overlooking Ipanema beach – guests have their own private patch on the sand – this seductive terrace is all about the glitz and glam. The Fasano family has been in the restaurant game for more than a century, so expect fresh-off-the-boat seafood and tantalising tipples from Al Mare restaurant.

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Visit mrandmrssmith.com or call the expert Travel Team toll free at 800 905 326 for more recommendations.

Adapted from SilverKris.