Based on feedback by travelers, TRAVEL+LEISURE compiles a comprehensive list of the world’s best hotels every year, that takes into consideration their facilities, location, service, food, and overall value. Exploring far and wide, venturing to hotels that not only impress travelers, but also intrigue their sense of curiosity and adventure, globetrotters have identified this year’s hottest hotels in Europe, which span from palatial resorts in Greece to historic masterpieces in Poland.
Here are the current top 10 hotels in Europe:
1. Canaves Oia Epitome, Santorini, Greece
Also the top resort hotel in Europe according to TRAVEL+LEISURE, the Canaves Oia Epitome has become an epochal hotel in Greece in its short time of being open. Barely a year old, this boutique hotel perched high on the Oia cliffs, boasts sweeping views of the picturesque fishing village of Ammoudi, dramatic Oia volcano and dazzling Aegean Sea.
Consisting of a variety of suites and villas, the Canaves Oia Epitome is designed to reflect the surrounding volcanic topography while paying homage to traditional yet refined Greek architecture, showing-off cave-like interiors with white-washed walls and stone motifs. The wood, glass and marble furniture brings elegance into the rooms, while cute outdoor patios and expansive decks with private plunge pools round-off the accommodations perfectly.
2. J.K. Place Firenze, Florence
Also identified as the top city hotel in Europe according to TRAVEL+LEISURE, the J.K. Place Firenze oozes the grandeur of a Florentine aristocrat’s home, with none of the pretence. The hotel’s delightful team create a welcoming, intimate atmosphere ensuring that guests feel comfortable and well looked after.
The hotel’s interiors are elegant and sophisticated, boasting a white and black color scheme with four-poster beds, bountiful drapery and travertine-clad bathrooms. With its location in the vivacious Piazza Santa Maria Novella, views and entertainment are also in abundance.
3. Grace Hotel Santorini, Auberge Resorts Collection, Greece
A serene sanctuary overlooking the Aegean Sea, this cliff-top retreat is a must-visit when in Santorini. The Grace Hotel Santorini, with its unparalleled views and Instagram-perfect infinity pool famed as the best sunset spot in Santorini, has service as impeccable as its setting.
Every one of the rooms, suites and villas have large indoor and outdoor areas with heated private plunge pools looking onto the endless horizon of the iconic Santorini caldera. The interiors feature clean lines with pristine whites, earthy woods and pops of blue and purple.
4. Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, Lake Como, Italy
The number one resort in Italy according to the Travel+Leisure Awards, Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni is a gem on the banks of one of the world’s most picturesque locations. Not only is it one of the oldest and most ornate hotels in Lake Como, it is also the only 5-star luxury hotel in Bellagio, making it the place to stay when venturing to the Italian lakeside district.
From a Michelin-starred restaurant to a private dock with motorboats, Grand Villa Hotel Serbelloni has it all. To top it off, the hotel’s beauty is enveloped in tranquility, surrounded by nature and away from the crowds, the expansive lush green gardens and chic pool area – all with panoramic lake views – offer a peaceful space to relax and unwind.
The hotel’s interiors match the beauty of the exterior: the rooms are dotted with frescoes and paintings of mythological scenes, aglow under Murano crystal chandeliers, while period tapestry adorns the walls. Marble staircases and large mirrors are but some of the breathtaking additions to the interior that make it a true spectacle.
5. Palazzo Avino, Ravello, Italy
A peach-hued palace overlooking the emblematic Amalfi Coast, Palazzo Avino has been continuously recognized as one of the world’s best restaurants since its opening in 1997. Nestled high on a cliff in the medieval hilltop village of Ravello, the hotel boasts unprecedented views of the Meditteranean lined with scenic fishing villages and luscious greenery.
A true luxury escape, Palazzo Avino offers Michelin-starred dining, 24-h room service, and a limousine and helicopter service, along with a host of other ultra-deluxe amenities. Rooms and suites are bedazzled with antique carpets, hand-made Vietri tiles, 18th- and 19th-century classic furniture, elegant drapes and brass accessories. Glass doors with the most beautiful wooden doorframes lead onto balconies with breathtaking views.
6. La Réserve Paris Hôtel & Spa
Providing spacious yet intimate accommodation in one of the world’s most alluring capitals, La Réserve Paris Hôtel & Spa is designed to provide the “subtle luxury of refined simplicity”. Think privacy and comfort paired with attentive and discreet staff and the cultivated beauty of the quintessential 19th-century Paris.
In the land of haute cuisine, La Réserve Paris does not fall by the wayside. With its two Michelin-starred Le Gabriel Restaurant, the hotel is at the forefront of both gastronomy and hospitality.
7. Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco, Montalcino, Italy
Located on one of Tuscany’s oldest and most well-preserved estates, Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco is a true celebration of Italian heritage and agrestal beauty. With suites, villas and residential rentals on offer, there is a space for every taste. Outfitted with antique furnishings, locally hand-crafted textiles and artisanal accessories, the accommodations are both charming and authentic.
The villas, which have been created from pristinely restored farmhouses, are dotted amongst the rolling hills, olive trees and perfectly manicured gardens and feature private heated pools and stunning terraces. Bespoke furniture rounds off the interior, which is bathed in the boundless surrounding natural beauty that pours in from the floor-to-ceiling windows.
Truffle-hunting, wine-tasting and pizza-making are all on the agenda at Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco, exposing you to the delights of genuine Italian culture.
8. The Lanesborough, London
London’s best hotel according to TRAVEL+LEISURE’s awards, the Oetker Collection’s The Lanesborough London, is Hyde Park’s crowning glory. Exuding endless grace, this grand luxury mansion is home to Michelin-starred Céleste restaurant, the spirited Library Bar, the seductive Garden Room and the impressive Lanesborough Club & Spa, all while just being a few steps from Harrods, Harvey Nichols and London’s most exclusive shopping district; Sloane Street and Knightsbridge.
Renowned interior designer Alberto Pinto conceptualized the regal interiors, which spotlight stylish furniture and luxe textiles interwoven with the latest and greatest in technology. Each room and suite also offers 24-hr butler service, ensuring that guests’ every need are attended too.
9. Katikies Hotel, Santorini, Greece
Burrowed in the historic town of Fira, Katikies Garden is a 5-star luxury retreat effervescent with the history of the island’s past and the indulgences of its present. Filled with romance and refinement, this hotel -which built in the grounds of a former monastery – is a unique masterpiece perched on the dramatic caldera’s cliff-edge.
Archways, alleyways and fountains all add to the majesty of the hotel and its grounds, which are peaceful and private, providing a respite from the hustle and bustle of the downtown Santorini. Greys, whites and natural tones adorn the interiors, which are encapsulated by the characteristic white Greek walls. Decadent Venetian motifs bring in airs of grandeur, which are perfectly complemented by the exquisite ocean views. Fine Mediterranean fare is also on offer, as well as awe-inspiring spa and wellness services.
10. Hotel Bristol, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Warsaw
Hotel Bristol Warsaw is the first hotel in Poland to be recognized in the distinguished TRAVEL + LEISURE top 100 list, and is also the only Marriott International hotel in Europe to be featured on the list this year.
It is not only Hotel Bristol’s sublime façade and lavish offerings that draw guests in, it is also the hotel’s incredible sense of history that intrigues guests. A beauty dating back to 1901, the hotel boasts Art Nouveau interiors, atmospheric bars and restaurants as well as sensational city views (which include the Presidential Palace next door).
The hotel is centrally located on the celebrated Royal Route, just a short walk from Old Town, Royal Castle, National Theater and Opera House, making it a spectacular city landmark that seamlessly fuses history and modernity.
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