Europe is a haven of beautiful, dynamic and vibrant cities. Its cities are also home to some of the finest hotels in the world. Here are Hotel Designs’ picks for five to look out for…
La Réserve Hotel and Spa, Paris (MAIN IMAGE)
Set in a 19th-century mansion, this luxury hotel is a 2-minute walk from the nearest metro station, and 5 minutes’ walk from both Avenue des Champs-Élysées and the Grand Palais museum complex. Featuring antiques and silk-clad walls, the elegant rooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and marble bathrooms, plus personal butlers. They also have minibars and Nespresso machines, and some come with free-standing tubs. Suites add living rooms; airy upgraded suites include dining areas and balconies.
Waldorf Astoria, Amsterdam
Set in several 17th-century canal-side palaces, this upscale hotel is within 4 minutes’ walk from 2 tram stops, and 15 minutes’ walk from both Dam Square and the Rijksmuseum. Elegant rooms with plush furnishings and fine fabrics come with desks, flat-screens and free Wi-Fi, as well as designer toiletries, coffeemakers and room service. Some offer period features such as beam ceilings. Suites add living areas and individual features including original fireplaces and painted ceilings; 1 has a 17th-century spiral staircase.
Hotel d’Angleterre, Geneva
Defining elegant luxury, Hotel d’Angleterre is recognised as one of Europe’s finest five star luxury boutique hotels. With impeccable staff and service levels, the hotel proudly lives by its motto; “No request is too large, no detail too small”. Elegantly poised at the edge of Lake Leman with magnificent views of the famous Jet d’Eau and Mont Blanc, this beautiful boutique hotel showcases British charm with the finest Swiss hospitality.
This Forbes five star intimate retreat, 41 is an exquisite hidden gem overlooking the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace and minutes from Victoria Station. The team invites you to ‘plunder the pantry’ in a true ‘home away from home’ where the team will surprise and delight at every turn. 41 is one of the most distinguished and admired hotels in London, overlooking the Royal Mews and the grounds of Buckingham Palace. A discreet and intimate hideaway, 41 has the relaxed feel of an exclusive private members club.
Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace, Budapest
Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest is centrally located at the end of the renowned Chain Bridge, with panoramic vistas of the Danube and the hills of Buda. Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest gracefully combines vintage architecture and design with modern services and amenities. Of the Hotel’s 179 generously proportioned luxury guest rooms, including 19 suites with vaulted ceilings and private step-out balconies, many offer views of intimate interior courtyards, the Old City or the sparkling Danube.