Never, though, in the middle of the sky — until now.
This is the Faralda Crane Hotel, with three suites suspended 150 feet in the air. It's an unexpected return-to-service for a crane in Amsterdam's NDSM facility, a former shipyard and wharf in the city's increasingly trendy Noord neighborhood. Book a room at the Faralda and you'll be steps away from buzzy restaurants like Pllek and Bistro Noord.
That's if, of course, you ever feel like coming down to ground level — which you may not, given the amenities available with the hotel's five-star suites, dubbed Secret, Mystique and Free Spirit, available at around $450 per night. (The suites' privacy is much-mentioned in their promotional materials — and the offer of a bodyguard is made twice.) Since they're positioned on a crane, each room will move with the wind, so that the view constantly shifts. Book all three rooms and you'll also have run of a broadcasting studio 30 feet off the ground, as well as access to a hot tub at the crane's top.
If that's not enough, you can bungee jump from the summit. It'll cost you €85 — but we're betting it's faster than waiting for the elevator.