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We pulled out the top hotels in Europe and ranked them here.
To create this list, we aggregated five notable hotel rankings made by elite travel publications and websites: Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Hotels, Conde Nast Traveller’s Top 100 Hotels and Resorts, TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Hotels in the World, Fodor’s 100 Hotel Awards, and Jetsetter’s Best of the Best Awards.
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Located on one of Paris' most famous and expensive streets, the Hotel Plaza Athenee is one of the most famous hotels in Europe -- and that's saying something. Opulent but fashionable, stark, cutting edge new interiors mingle with chandeliers and antiques. The hotel also has incredible views of the Eiffel Tower and is home to the super trendy Le Bar, as well as Alain Ducasse's signature restaurant.
Formerly a 17th-century fishing lodge then an 18th-century estate belonging to the Marquess of Landsowne, this 300-acre property stretches across forests and gardens, ideally located between Kenmare Bay and the the Sheen river and its waterfalls.
Sheen Falls Lodge keeps guests busy with fishing, falconry, kayaking, horseback riding, tennis and clay pigeon shooting, as well as its indoor pool, spa, and gym.
The view here is priceless, and the Grand Hotel Tremezzo makes the most of it with lake-view salons and terraces aplenty. The elegant, palatial, and historic hotel -- a Greta Garbo favourite -- also has three pools, including a floating one on the lake, a three Michelin-starred chef, a gym and a huge spa. Rooms are lavishly old world, with lots of gilt and gold.
The opulent hotel -- a 15th-century former private palace -- is in the heart of Florence, overlooking the Arno river and its famous bridges, notably the Ponte Vecchio. Good enough for Queen Victoria, the St. Regis Florence prides itself in its elegant décor (think custom frescoes, antiques and crystal chandeliers), modern amenities, and stellar service, as most rooms come with their own butler, and there's a fleet of Bentleys and a limousine service on hand. Check out the wine cellar -- which is inside an actual cave.
Chewton Glen is the ultimate country retreat. The 18th-century estate sits on 130 acres of scenic park on the edge of New Forest, England, and near the ocean. It appropriately features activities for both land and sea, like golf, fishing, sailing, archery, falconry, horseback riding, tennis, and croquet. If that all sounds too strenuous, it's also home to one of the best spas in England. Rooms here are famously huge, though there are also 'tree houses' in the forest.
A trendy hotel in a trendy neighbourhood could easily become the victim of its own stylishness, but the Haymarket Hotel in Soho, despite a disco-like pool and bar in the basement, shiny sofas and wild prints in loud colours on walls and beds, manages to be hip without trying too hard. Designed by the same guy who designed the Buckingham palace, it's both quirky and classy.
This grand palace and landmark building, steps from the Champs Elysées, was built in 1928. Traditionally elegant, the George V features spacious, high-ceilinged rooms, many with private terraces overlooking the City of Lights. Drink at the American Bar, a Hemingway fave, or dine at the Michelin-starred Le Cinq.
As the name implies, the Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus is located right on the Bosphorus river, with sweeping views of Asia and only minutes from Topkapi Palace and the Hagia Sophia. Understatedly glamorous, the elegant 19th-century Ottoman palace features both an indoor and outdoor pool, a 22,605-square-foot spa, a gym, and bright and airy rooms that are dripping in gold accents.
If it's good enough for George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin's wedding, it's good enough for this list. Opened by Giuseppe Cipriani, owner of Harry's Bar and the inventor of the Bellini, the Belmond Hotel Cipriani is no stranger to celebrity guests. On the island of Giudecca, across from St. Mark's Square, the opulent hotel has complimentary ferries taking guests to the famous square and back, is surrounded by 215,000 square feet of colourful private gardens, and features a seawater pool, tennis court, spa and sauna, gym and beauty salon.
Remote in the best possible sense, Harvey' Point is in a breathtaking spot on Lough Eske, at the foot of the Blue Stack Mountains. The perfect compromise for adventurers and luxury lovers, the elegant hotel features dozens of hiking routes, golfing and fishing, even surfing, as well as fine dining and a spa.
Open since 1912, the Astoria
is rife with history: Lenin gave a speech from its balcony in 1919, and Hitler had planned to hold his victory banquet there. Right next to the Saint Isaac's Cathedral, it was the stomping grounds for Russia's royalty and St. Petersburg's elite before becoming a field hospital during WWII. Today, the hotel still oozes old world charm with massive chandeliers and sumptuous fabrics, alongside a state of the art spa, sauna, gym and Turkish baths, making the hotel a favourite among travelling celebrities and politicians.
Overlooking Kensington Palace and Gardens, the Milestone Hotel is one of London's most famous, and consistently ranked among England's top hotels. Plush and filled with antiques, upholstered walls and heavy rugs it exudes old school, but not old, with a spa, gym, an indoor pool, and a sauna. The red-brick Victorian -- three townhouses combined -- is exceedingly English, featuring a lavish High Tea, and boasts impeccable service thanks to a ratio of two staff members for every guest.
This Munich landmark was built in 1858, and it is the oldest, biggest, and most famous hotel in Munich -- as well as one of the best in the world. The Neoclassical stunner has undergone a costly renovation, now perfectly combining the old world with the new, tradition and tech (there's an iPad in every room). Right in the heart of Munich, on the city's glamorous golden mile, the Vier Jahreszeiten hotel features a spa, gym and rooftop pool and bar with panoramic views.
This medieval (11th century) fairytale castle is a hotel as classic as the celebrities who have endorsed it, including Gore Vidal and Humphrey Bogart. Sitting on Ravello's highest cliffs, the Belmond Hotel Caruso boasts unrivalled views of the Amalfi coast and rooms that feature a balcony or private terrace from which to enjoy them. The resort's crown jewel is its spectacular infinity pool, which sits among a beautiful, perfectly manicured private garden.
The town of Oia in Santorini is famous for being dramatically perched on stunning cliffs, and yet Mystique steals the show, literally carved into the hillside overlooking the ocean. The minimalist, whitewashed rooms, despite being literal caves carved into a cliff, are beachy and airy, with driftwood accents and unbelievable views. Steep staircases and the cliff backdrop make this hotel, as well as its restaurants and pool, exceptionally private.
Basically a golf resort with a super swank hotel attached, the Four Seasons Country Club has 96 villas with private kitchens, patios and balconies, all surrounded by 17 acres of private golf greens and pine forests. For those not hitting the links there are tennis and squash courts, an indoor and outdoor pool, a gym, spa and a sauna.
Literally get waited on hand and foot at The Goring, which is known for hiring attractive footmen, Downton Abbey-style. Across the street from Buckingham Palace, The Goring has been a royal fave since opening in 1910. It was the Middleton family's HQ ahead of the Royal wedding, and was publicly declared reopened by the the Duchess of Cambridge herself after an extensive recent renovation. The hotel describes itself as 'impeccably English,' and features one of London's largest private gardens, and rooms filled with silk and velvet upholstering, and famously, a stuffed sheep and plastic duck each.
Subtlety is key at the Hotel Lugarno, which is owned by the Ferragamo family, a fashion powerhouse, though you would never know it. The only giveaway that this medieval, 12th-century tower belongs to one of Italy's most famous families is the tastefully-designed rooms, lavish marble bathrooms and elegant common areas filled with antiques -- all with a nautical twist as a nod to the Arno River it's perched on.
Despite 'only' having four stars, the Hotel Belvedere is consistently voted one of the best in Italy. The hotel manages to be both no-frills and luxe, boasting all the amenities of a typical high end hotel -- a spa and sauna, pool, Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs -- but retaining a casual atmosphere. It also offers upscale bikes and extended bike tours, making it a favourite among cyclists, and is only two blocks from the beach.
This quintessentially English country house in a picturesque little village is like a cosy B&B, but with a cranked up 5-star luxury quotient befitting of a Relais & Châteaux property. Flower wallpaper and crackling fires set the tone in this 20-room cottage, as you'll half expect Mr. Darcy to saunter in -- no surprise considering the Summer Lodge was designed by Thomas Hardy, an English novelist and poet. However, free Wi-Fi, a gym, spa and indoor pool take this old fashioned beauty into the present.
Housed inside of two connected red brick townhouses that date back to 1843, and on a street in Knightsbridge once famous for its high density of British aristocracy, the Egerton House Hotel feels like a really glamorous private home. The notion is only strengthened by afternoon tea served by jacketed waiters, a lounge filled with comfy leather couches, board games and magazines, and the small size of only 28 cosy rooms, each filled with antiques and lots of gold.
Inside of a beautiful 12th-century palazzo overlooking the ocean and the Amalfi Coast, this place is dripping in luxury -- from Frette bedding to Bvlgari toiletries. Palazzo Avino first opened as a hotel by Sir Richard Branson in 1997 as the Palazzo Spasso, and is still known for its glitterati guests. It also features a gym, heated pool and rooftop jacuzzis, each known for the sweeping views that has made this hotel a consistent sight on best hotel lists for years.
This alpine wonderland full of Tyrolean charm sits 4,265 feet above sea level, next to a gondola in the Zillertal, which is famous for its incredible skiing. The Hotel Alpin Spa Tuxerhof manages to be both traditionally woodsy and stylish, and features every modern amenity, like free Wi-Fi. With a large sun terrace, spa and indoor pool it's the perfect place to unwind after a day spent hiking, mountain biking, or skiing -- the nearby Hintertux Glacier has year-round skiing.
Fiesole, on the outskirts of Florence and in the Tuscan hills, was long the holiday hideaway for the city's rich and famous. The 15th-century villa, which sits amidst an exquisitely ornate garden, started as a summer retreat for a noble Florentine family, and to this day sports original frescoes and marble floors, retaining a Renaissance vibe with features like a library filled with leatherbound books. Il Salviatino sits on a steep hill and features epic views of Florence, but is close enough for an easy commute.
Le Meurice bills itself as one of the most elegant hotels in the world, and indeed everything about this 19th-century palace exudes elegance. Right between the Louvre and the Tuileries Garden (featuring amazing views of the latter, and the Eiffel Tower), the hotel, which opened in 1815, was redone by designer Philippe Starck, turning it into a modern masterpiece within hallowed walls -- Salvador Dali used to be a regular guest, and Queen Victoria, the Maharajah of Jaipur, and the king and queen of Spain have all spent the night. The hotel is also home to the three Michelin-starred Le Meurice Alain Ducasse restaurant.
In the shadow of Buckingham Palace, the 41 Hotel oozes class in the form of a sleek black and white colour theme and chic mahogany and leather furniture. However, the hotel is known for its impeccable service: there's a guest preference form to fill out when you check in, free snacks all day long, two staff members per guest, a 'whatever, whenever' button in each room, and even a pet concierge.
Set in the middle of Old Town Prague at the edge of the Vitava River, the Four Seasons Hotel Prague combines centuries of the country's history and architecture with the modernity to deliver an unforgettable stay. Just steps away from the Charles Bridge, the resort includes a Presidential Suite that sits secluded on the second level of the 18th-century Baroque Building, views of the Vitava River and Prague Castle, and fine dining options.
The hotel ranked at No. 6 out of 100 on Travel & Leisure World's Best Hotels Ranking.
Overlooking the Rue de la Paix and within walking distance of Place Vendôme and Opéra Garnier, Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme has an ideal location within Paris. The luxe hotel is home to Michelin-starred restaurant Pur' and also has a gorgeous spa with a whirlpool bath, a steam room, a sauna, a gym, and four treatment rooms.
The hotel ranked highly on both Travel & Leisure and Fodor's top 100 lists.
With its central location in the Santa Cruz neighbourhood, Hotel Alfonso XIII occupies a prime spot in Seville. The hotel is a masterpiece of Moorish, Castilian, and Andalusian style and architecture, featuring beautifully crafted ceramic tiles and wood finishes. There's a courtyard, gardens, pool, and plenty of delicious restaurants to try.
The hotel ranked on Travel & Leisure World's Best Hotels and on Conde Nast Traveller's Top 100 Hotels & Resorts.
Ashford Castle is as grand as it gets. The castle sits on 350 acres along the shores of Lough Corrib and dates all the way back to 1228. The opulent rooms feature plush beds with Egyptian cotton sheets, and there's almost every activity imaginable: falconry, fishing, archery, golf, horse riding, boating, tennis, cycling, and kayaking. If you want to feel like nobility, Ashford is the place to go.
The hotel ranked 3rd on Travel & Leisure World's Best Hotels and 97th on Conde Nast Traveller's Top 100 Hotels & Resorts.
A mix of old and new, the Gritti Palace is the perfect place to experience Venetian art and style. Although the hotel was restored, it still has pieces that are original: wooden ceilings, its entrance flooring, dressing table mirrors, 18th-century wall lamps, and more.
The palace also boasts the largest rooftop terrace in the city, as well as amazing views of the Grand Canal and Venetian Lagoon. Guests will be hard pressed to determine what's better: the view or the food.
The Four Seasons Gresham Palace is in Szechenyi Square at the end of Budapest's famous Chain Bridge and offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Danube River and some of the city's most impressive landmarks. The hotel itself is an 'art nouveau landmark' that 'combines historical elegance with ultra modern comforts,' like a pool, fitness center, and spa. The suites are what you would expect from a palace: stately and spacious.
Gresham Palace placed 15th on Travel & Leisure World's Best Hotels and 4th on TripAdvisor Traveller's Choice Ranking, out of 25.
Want to feel like royalty? Try Castello di Casole, a restored Italian castle nestled among the picturesque green rolling hills of Tuscany, Italy. The castle dates back all the way to the 10th century and retains an old world feel. There's also a spa, pool, fitness center, and multiple fine dining options.
The hotel took 2nd place in Travel & Leisure World's Best Hotels and placed 26th on Conde Nast Traveller's Top 100 Hotels & Resorts.
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