When not enjoying their magnificent balcony view, guests at the hotel can partake in numerous activities that make the most of the surrounding splendor: think hiking, horseback riding and exploring Copper Canyon itself. The latter pursuit ought to keep any adventurer occupied for a while, as the breathtaking natural feature sprawls across 37,000 miles and drops to a greater depth than America’s Grand Canyon.
Image: Parador de Ronda
9. Parador de Ronda – Ronda, Spain
Looking almost like part of an ancient fort when photographed from below, the Parador de Ronda is located a staggering nigh-on 400 feet above the Guadalevín River, at the top of the El Tajo gorge in Ronda, southern Spain. The four-star hotel is vertiginously perched on the lip of the gorge, although the building has safely resided here since 1761 and was at one point the city hall. Spectacular views of the Andalusian hills abound, and former guests of the establishment include the writer Ernest Hemingway.
Image: Jose Rodriguez
In fact, it seems that through his novel For Whom the Bell Tolls Hemingway was responsible for helping to popularize a frequently told story about the dangerous drop next to the hotel – namely, that Spanish Civil War captives were hurled from this very precipice to a rocky death far below. Fortunately, guests at today’s Parador de Ronda can expect much better treatment.