Top 10 Luxury Hotels in Europe

16 October 2014

With earlybird airfares currently on sale, it’s now time to think about planning your next European holiday. There’s a wealth of luxury hotels in Europe for discerning travellers to choose from – we’ve narrowed the selection down to our top ten picks.

1. Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris, France

The Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris, was built in 1928 and offers 244 luxury guest rooms spread over eight storeys. Sitting near the Champs-Elysées, the hotel has a fine art collection as well as a two-Michelin-star restaurant, Le Cinq. The hotel hosts exclusive wine tastings in a cellar that sits 14 metres underground and boasts a collection of more than 50,000 bottles.


2. Shangri-La Hotel, Paris, France

The former home of Napoleon Bonaparte’s grandnephew, the Shangri-La Paris is elegant in its appearance and its legacy. The hotel has views of the Eiffel Tower and the River Seine, and rooms are decorated in an old-world French style. It has three restaurants, two of which are Michelin starred, as well as a bar with three historic lounges. The property is located steps from many famed Parisian monuments including the Champs-Elysees, Place des Etats-Unis, and the iconic Eiffel Tower.


3. The Savoy, London, UK

Managed by the Fairmont Group, The Savoy encompasses traditional, royal luxury in the heart of London on the edge of the River Thames. Conveniently placed within walking distance of Covent Garden, historic attractions and designer shopping areas, this 125-year-old, 268-room property has hosted an impressive list of famous guests, was the first luxury hotel in Britain and remains one of London’s most prestigious destinations.


4. The Langham London, UK

The Langham London sits in the city’s West End and has been hosting notable personalities since 1865. The hotel maintains the “English feel” of its early days, assisted by a multi-million-pound refurbishment completed in 2009. The Palm Court serves as the centrepiece of the hotel and has a traditional afternoon tea that has been taking place since the hotel’s inception.


5. Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus, Turkey

Four Seasons is known as a luxury hotelier and the Istanbul at the Bosphorus is no exception. Sitting on the city’s seafront, mountaintops surround the 19th-century former Ottoman palace to give guests a diverse and beautiful setting in which to enjoy their stay. The hotel’s décor features crystal and marble, with precious metals to provide the ultimate in opulence.


6. De L’Europe, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Located on the banks of the Amstel River, this 19th century property is timeless and elegant with distinctive décor. Each room (and suite) has a replicated Dutch Master painting, selected in conjunction with the Rijksmuseum (the museum of the Netherlands). The hotel’s signature restaurant Bord’Eau Restaurant Gastronomique has two Michelin stars, and every second room offers Amstel River views.


7. The Gritti Palace, Venice, Italy

Recently restored, the Gritti Palace is the venue of choice for international events such as the Venice Film Festival and the Biennale of Contemporary Art. The hotel features Venice’s largest rooftop terrace and has beautiful views of the city’s Grand Canal. The interior features stunning art, with original wooden ceilings, entrance flooring, dressing-table mirrors and 18th century wall lamps.


8. The St. Regis Rome, Italy

Rome is known as a destination that is appealing for its grand history, and the St. Regis Rome fits in well with the city it occupies. The 138 rooms and 23 suites are appointed with unique identities and are a combination of Empire, Regency and Louis XV styles. The St. Regis has a curated collection of fine art and antiques and is a stone’s throw away from some of the city’s most coveted attractions, including the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and various high-end shopping areas.


9. Hotel Eden, Rome, Italy

Dating back to 1889, the Hotel Eden, Rome, has panoramic views of the city and is “classic Italian” in style, with marble bathrooms and elegant furnishings. Known for its rooftop restaurant, La Terrazza dell’Eden, guests can dine al fresco or indoors with views of St. Peter’s Dome and the sprawling city beyond. Stay in the hotel’s Presidential Suite for the ultimate luxury, complete with a terrace, sun loungers and an outside dining area.


10. Hotel Ritz by Belmond, Madrid, Spain

This hotel sits in the midst of Madrid’s “Golden Triangle” and is within walking distance to many of the great attractions that the city has to offer. Baroque in style, the hotel was formerly a palace built in accordance with the wishes of King Alfonso XIII and has hosted many a notable dignitary ever since.


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