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8 Hotels with Amazing Private Balconies from Miami to Santa Monica

Whether it's amazing views in Miami or over-the-top amenities in Los Angeles (private hot tub anyone?), some private balconies elevate a hotel experience to a whole new level. Here are our favorite properties with private balconies across the US.

As the sky begins to turn the first shades of pink, with my dog Bobbi at my side, I slide open the door to my spacious private balcony on the 26th floor at the Kimpton EPIC Hotel in Downtown Miami and walk to its glass walled edge to watch the sunrise over Biscayne Bay and the city. Especially in warm weather destinations, there is no better way I like to start the day than watching the sunrise from the privacy of my hotel’s balcony.

Not all balconies are created equal, however, and watching the sunrise over a parking lot is not something I’ll rise at dawn for. But many balconies get it right, whether that is via awesome sunrise views in Miami, a private hot tub in Los Angeles or Grand Teton mountain views in Wyoming. Here are my eight top picks for amazing private balconies at properties across the US.

Experience Garden of the Gods in Total Privacy on this Balcony in Colorado Springs

Garden of the Gods Park is crown jewel natural attraction of Colorado Springs and the subject of numerous photographs. At the Garden of the Gods Resort you can view these mesmerizing red rocks backed by the snowcapped beauty of Peaks Peak from the privacy of your balcony.

When it opened in 1951, the Garden of the Gods Club was an elite, private country club that’s guest list included John Wayne and Walt Disney among others. Today, the resort is open to the public and offers 56 rooms with fabulous balconies and modern décor. Check out the extra large closets, reminders of the previous era when guests would stay for months at a time.

If you want to see Garden of the Gods Park up close, it’s just a 5-minute drive from the resort and as a city park, entrance is free. You can either drive through or park and take one of the numerous walking and hiking trails.

Another top attraction in this city about one hour south of Denver include the just opened United States Olympic Museum & Paralympic Museum. The tech-forward museum not only provides a comprehensive history and tribute to the Olympics, but also has excellent hands-on interactive sports experiences where guests can try virtual alpine skiing or run a 30 meter dash.

Garden of the Gods

Top rated
Colorado Springs
9.2 Excellent (1594 reviews)

Toast the Road to Hana Drive from an Ocean Facing Balcony

Considered one of the world’s most stunning drives, it’s a long and windy road to reach Hana, on Maui’s far eastern shore. Although the length of this legendary Hawaii road (which runs along Maui’s northern shore) is only 52 miles from Kahului to Hana, the trip itself takes between two and four hours due to the wicked twists and turns – but the views are so worth it.

So once you reach this little slice of isolated paradise, you’ll want to stay at least a few nights. The Hotel Travassa Hana, Maui is the perfect place to do so. The balconies have fabulous ocean views to toast your road-trip on when you arrive. The Travaasa Hana is also a great choice if you want to try some conscious digital detox; the rooms have no TVs, radios or clocks — though there is WiFi if you really need it.

The cottages with private hot tubs are what to book here. You can’t beat a cottage with a hot tub with sea views in the middle of nowhere. Since Hana is so remote, it is also recommended you choose the hotel’s all-inclusive plan when booking; it includes all meals as well as spa treatments, and will allow you to know what you are spending in advance.

Hana-Maui Resort a Destination by Hyatt Residence

Top rated
Hana
8.9 Excellent (1041 reviews)

Chill on a Sea-facing Balcony after a Day Golfing on Kiawah Island, South Carolina

Located on the island of the same name just south of Charleston, many of the elegant rooms and suites at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort have full-on ocean views from furnished balconies. These are perfect for catching a sunset after a busy day hitting the links; the ultra luxe destination resort is home to five different championship golf courses.

Grab dinner at one of 12 onsite restaurants. The Ocean Room is the signature steakhouse and has a 1,000 bottle long wine list to pair with your locally sourced beef. For more casual Lowcountry cooking, you’ll want to visit Jasmine Porch.

The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Resort

Top rated
Kiawah Island
9.1 Excellent (88 reviews)

Drink in Dramatic Mountain Views from Furnished Balconies in Jackson, Wyoming

Throw open the doors to your room’s balcony and marvel at the jagged Grand Teton mountain views in front of you at the all-suite Amangani resort. Rising from the valley floor, these craggy peaks are hard to stop staring at.

The luxury resort is about 5 miles north of downtown Jackson, Wyoming on the way to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (home to world class skiing) in the state’s northwest corner. Designed to transport travelers back to the American West’s pioneering days with its exposed stone walls, redwood paneling and oversized spaces, this destination resort is a treat to stay at.

The suites come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but all feature stunning mountain views from large balconies. The Grand Teton Suite is the property’s most impressive and largest. Sitting on the top level of the hotel, its balcony has stunning Teton views and a handcrafted wooden table with chairs to take them in. There are even more views from the sunken tub in the bathroom.

Surrounded by wilderness areas and with easy access to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, Amangani offers numerous activity options to guests that change with the seasons. In winter, you can book a heli-skiiing or dog-sledding expedition, while in summer you can learn to fly fish, gallop horses across the open range or take a hot air balloon ride.

Amangani

Top rated
Jackson
8.8 Excellent (50 reviews)

Watch the Sunrise over Downtown Miami with your Dog from This Sexy Balcony

Watch the sunrise over Biscayne Bay, turning the city skyline gold and pink in an ethereal morning glow, from your private balcony at the super dog friendly Kimpton EPIC Hotel in the heart of Downtown Miami. The property recently underwent a top-to-bottom overhaul and features elegant new rooms and suites with floor-to-ceiling glass windows opening onto large glass walled balconies. Corner suites have two balconies: the second is off the giant window wall in the bathroom.

Sitting literally in the middle of Miami’s financial district and right on the Miami River, the views (especially from the higher floor rooms) are truly spectacular – practically the entire Miami skyline is at face level. At night, everything twinkles with neon and the views from your bed are as good as from the balconies. High tech amenities, however, let you black it all out when it’s time for sleep.

Balconies are found in more than just the rooms at Kimpton EPIC. Head up to Area 31, the house restaurant, to dine on its outdoor terrace. It cooks up seasonal Mediterranean cuisine and also has an excellent happy hour. On the ground level, you’ll find Zuma, which is one of the city’s top modern Japanese restaurants.

Kimpton EPIC Hotel

Top rated
Miami
8.7 Excellent (1991 reviews)

Stare into the Red Rock Vortex from a Private Patio in Sedona, Arizona

Sedona, about two hours north of Phoenix, is famous for its towering red rock formations and its spiritual vortex sites where the earth’s electromagnetic energy lines are believed to intersect. If you want to get lost for a few hours soaking up the beauty of these Arizona red rock formations from a private balcony, then book a room at Enchantment Resort.

Located in Boynton Canyon with panoramic red rock vistas in all directions, the rooms and suites here are inside adobe casitas that come with private patios with direct views of the crimson and apricot striped monoliths surrounding it. Expect rustic chic décor, like Pendleton wool blankets, leather benches, and beehive fireplaces throughout. Baths have deep soaking tubs, while rooms also have kitchenettes, making Enchantment Resort a great choice for a workation.

One of the best parts of staying here are the plethora of activities offered to guests. Any given week sees around 100 different ways to explore and learn, from guided hikes to stargazing sessions.

Enchantment Resort and Mii amo spa

Top rated
Sedona
8.9 Excellent (430 reviews)

Zone Out on a Balcony by a Creek in the Wilderness Near Park City, Utah

Located about 30 minutes from downtown Park City, a stay at The Lodge at Blue Sky feels like retreating to the middle of nowhere. Set on 3,500 acres of wild ranch land, this destination resort has three different lodging options. All boast five-star luxury and unique one-of-a-kind contemporary design, but the Creek Houses stand out when it comes to the private balcony angle.

Located right on the creek, these studio houses have extra high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows covering an entire wall. These slide open onto a very private porch, where you can just zone out to the sounds of nature (or sleep with your door open to fall asleep to the water’s babble).

Head to the main lodge for a meal at the house restaurant Yuta, serving seasonal, locally sourced American fare. Also in this building is a dramatic infinity swimming pool with sweeping mountain views, as well as an impressively designed spa with unique treatments — try the Between Earth and Sky massage focused on using electromagnetic and mineral gemstone therapy to relieve tension.

The Lodge At Blue Sky

Coalville
8.9 Excellent (20 reviews)

Soak in Ocean Views with Balcony Hot Tubs in Santa Monica

You’ll need to book a suite to experience it, but the balconies in this room class at the Hotel Le Meridien Delfina in Santa Monica come with ocean views and private hot tubs. They are especially popular with couples on romantic getaways — pop a bottle of bubbly and watch the sunset over the Pacific Ocean while you literally soak in the views. The suites are spacious and comfortable, with a retro yet current design that makes use of bold colors and prints.

The hotel sits on a hill just a few blocks from the beach and the Santa Monica pier. There are also numerous restaurants and bars within walking distance of this property giving you plenty of choice when it comes to dining and cocktails. While it is best to have a car to explore Los Angeles, Hotel Le Meridien Delfina has a complimentary car service for guests if you just need to go within a two mile radius.

Le Méridien Delfina Santa Monica

Santa Monica
8.3 Very good (1698 reviews)