Europe is better known for its quaint villages than impressive skyline. However, the 20th and 21st centuries have brought Europe a new architectural wave, resulting in super tall buildings and skyscraper hotels, which truly possess a typical European style and unique design. And, while initially only a few major financial centers, such as Frankfurt, London, Paris, Warsaw and Moscow, contained skyscrapers, today, however, skyscraper construction is spread to many other cities, including Barcelona, Amsterdam, Brussels, Madrid, Austria and so on.
Read on to get acquainted with some of the tallest residential skyscrapers in different parts of Europe, which never fail to appeal visitors with their charm and ultra-modern luxury.
Melia Vienna, Vienna, Austria
The capital and largest city of Austria, Vienna has much to offer visitors in terms of accommodations. There is something appealing in almost all of the city’s best hotels, but the experience you’ll get at Melia Vienna is something beyond imagination.
Austria’s tallest skyscraper Danube City Tower is the new home to Melia Vienna, an iconic 220 meters and 58 floor building, designed by the French star architect Dominique Perrault. This is the first sustainable or ‘Green Building’ in Austria, that welcomes visitors with 253 spacious guestrooms, including 14 design suites, signature restaurants serving Mediterranean and local cuisine, and more than 1000 square meters of flexible event space, including a Grand Ballroom with a terrace overlooking the city. High-end travelers know this place and most choose Melia Vienna mostly for one reason – to enjoy spectacular 360 degree views of the Danube River and the city of Vienna.
The hotel is located in the emerging Danube City business district next to the Austria Center Vienna, the Danube Island and the underground station ‘Donauinsel’ with connection to the historical city center within 6 minutes.
Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard, London
State-of-the-art guestrooms, exquisite restaurant and lounge, the city’s highest cocktail bar and infinity pool, and least but nor last unrivalled views of the London skyline from 1016 feet above the South Bank of the Thames: this is what you’ll find at Shangri-La at the Shard. Now part of London skyline The Shard is an amazing 95-story structure designed by the famed architect Renzo Piano.
Housed in 34-52 levels, the hotel is the true epitome of luxury, offering the ultimate in terms of facilities, amenities and service, to ensure guests’ memorable and comfortable stay. Each room is uniquely designed, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, marble-clad bathrooms, and climate control to complement the building’s integrated sun shielding. Most rooms enjoy the sights of London’s main attractions, including St. Paul’s Cathedral, Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, London Eye, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament.
The hotel provides guests a way to stay active on those rainy London days at the fully equipped 24-hour gym located on level 52, featuring ultra-modern cardiovascular and resistance training machines and free weights. Guests can also immerse in relaxing spa treatments either in the comfort of their room or in one of the spa residences.
Shangri-La Hotel is also the perfect venue for celebrating important events, like weddings, offering spectacular views, tailor-made menus, and highly experienced friendly staff.
Crocus City Manhattan, Moscow, Russia
Skyscraper construction in Russia is also booming, and Moscow is set to continue as Europe’s skyscraper capital into the future. 11 high-rises have already been built, including the 339-meters-high Mercury City Tower, currently the tallest skyscraper in Europe, while seven skyscrapers are under construction with four more in the design phase. The amazing multifunctional Crocus City Complex is one of the biggest among Moscow’s projects, a block of skyscrapers outside of the MKAD that will feature residential suites complex, a 1000-room Holiday Inn Hotel (the largest in Europe), along with restaurants, a fitness center, SPA and a parking lot for 900 vehicles. The completion time of the entire project is not yet known, but one thing is sure that it will cost some 3 billion dollars.