Hotels perched in hard-to-reach places
(Photo: Courtesy of Parador de Ronda)
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Parador de Ronda
Parador de Ronda was formerly the town hall of Ronda, a mountainous Spanish village 2,460 feet above sea level. The hotel sits on the edge of a gorge carved by the Guadalevín River, which cuts the city in two; from the pool, gardens, and guest rooms, you get a panoramic view of the city and the Rajo Canyon 360 feet below.
Next: A tiny hotel that seems to defy gravity at 9,300 feet.
(Photo: Photograph by Francesco Mattuzzi / Courtesy of The Leap Factory)
Mont Blanc, Italy
Though Bivacco Gervasutti seems to rest precariously at 9,300 feet above sea level, the capsule is well-secured—it was designed to prevent snow accumulation, resist avalanches, and withstand high-altitude conditions (and it provides sleeping, dining, and living space for 12). The only trick is getting there: The ascent from Val Ferret Valley to Mont Blanc's Frebouze Glacier takes about four hours
(Photo: Courtesy of Hotel Caesar Augustus)
Hotel Caesar Augustus
Hotel Caesar Augustus is tucked in the cliffs of Capri alongside 1,000 Phoenician steps. Visitors once rested here on their journey up the steep stone stairs. In the early 1900s, a Russian prince converted the property to a luxurious mansion; his enhancements included the still-standing Caesar Augustus statue that gave the hotel its name.