The history and cultural richness of Europe is unparalleled.
The history and cultural richness of Europe is unparalleled. It’s the place that has given us some of the best in music, art, architecture and cuisine. The best hotels in this area combine the best of Europe and gets is for those who want to experience Europe at its best.
1 Aman Canal Grande Venice, Italy
Venice is synonymous with canals that are not merely a means to get somewhere but a symbol of romanticism and charm that the city has exuded for centuries. The Aman hotel overlooks the Grand Canal in San Polo and is as much a landmark for Venice as any of the other ancient architectural and historic marvels. A family-run hotel, it has preserved its old world charm and grandeur ever since it was first constructed by a wealthy trader couple in the 1550s. Take any of the short duration excursions, experience the exotic spas and gourmet restaurants that are part of this quaint city and be cast under the Venetian magical spell.
2 Chateau de la Chevre D’or, Eze Cote D’azur France
If you are an aesthete, it is a French village that will appeal to your sensibilities. From art and decor to cuisine, fashion and ofcourse the azure blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea, there is a magical and even unreal sense of calm that descends on you as you become one of the locals, for the duration of your stay. The hotel is housed in a medieval castle situated in the village of Eze, in the French Riviera. Enjoy the earthiness of France and the view of the unending coastline from the top of the mountain – where the hotel is located. Relax in the heated pools and Jacuzzis and admire the view from one the 38 guest rooms and suites which the hotel offers.
3 The Lanesborough London
This luxury hotel is in the middle of the cultural city of London and is just few minutes from the tourist spots of Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park. The Lanesborough has 93 rooms and suites and is the only hotel that boasts of a 24- hour butler service. The guests can also walk to Harvey Nichols and Harrods which are just a stone’s throw away. If wanting to be in the hotel, check out their selection of cigars, an elaborate afternoon tea menu and a selection of cognacs that can be enjoyed in The Garden Room.
4 Castello di Casole Italy
Who wouldn’t like a romantic getaway under the Tuscan sun? This is a place that gives guests a rustic taste of Italy. Go cycling in the vineyards and sample a delicious and typical Italian lunch as the sun shines on Tuscan. The hotel was once a castle and dates back to the 10th century. Take your picnic basket to excursions or guided tours and enjoy the hotel outdoors even as you explore what this beautiful town of Italy is all about.
5 Four Seasons Budapest Hungary
The Four Seasons hotels have earned a place for themselves in the world of hospitality. However, in the cultural city of Budapest, this hospitality acquires different layers and nuances. Located at the end of the Chain Bridge, it is framed with picturesque views of the Danube river. As you revel in the Magyar spirit of the city, you have the choice of walking past elegant cafes, restaurants and bars, taking short cruises or being in the hotel itself to enjoy their spectacular collection of cocktails and liqueur.
6 Hotel Alfonso XIII Seville Spain
Since its inception in the year 1929, this place has been the top destination for elite travellers from all over the world. For anyone looking to explore Spain and to experience its golden sunny hues 365 days a year, this is the best place to stay. Impressive with its Mudéjar-style architecture, it brings alive historical characters, situations and legendary tales that are almost spellbinding. The ornamental designs and architectural marvels add to its vintage appeal.
7 Gritti Palace Venice,Italy
This is a place where the Who’s Who of Venice have hobnobbed for centuries. The venue of the Venice Film Festival and several international cultural events, Gritti Palace in spite of its uber luxury status has a homely feel, given its cozy and intimate ambience and pleasant hospitality. With subtle and understated artistic elegance, it is hard to not notice priceless antiques dotting its passageways and foyers. From Murano hand-made glass lamps and bowls to original 18th century wooden panelling and ceiling, just being in the hotel is like attending an art appreciation course. The culinary experience is equally exquisite. Sit at the Bar Longhi or Club Del Doga restaurant for meals followed by a leisurely stroll to the canal and top this up with a relaxing massage at the spa.
8 J.K. Place Frienze, Florence Italy
It’s not just the pizzas and olives that the capital of Tuscany region is all about. You can experience Italy in Florence in a manner that is rather unique and unlike any other. With its tasteful décor that is both classic and contemporary, it’s a hotel where you would not mind being confined to all day. Enjoy the exotic Sunday brunch in JK Place and take it easy with your time here. Do take a wine tour in the Chianti region which has a charm of its own.
9 St Regis, Florence Italy
This hotel is located along the famous Arno River and is only a few moments away from the city’s finest museums, shopping, and the world famous Ponte Vecchio. For all the foodies, there is no place like St Regis. You can taste the flavoured cuisine much of which stems from their award famed Florentine and Mediterranean cuisine. Of special note are the residential suites which are fitted with antique furnishings, Bose sound systems and juke box, large work areas and splendid showers.
10 Hotel de Paris, Monte Carlo Monaco
A place associated with royalty and the beauty of Grace Kelly, Hotel de Paris has a special charm. It is known for its finest wine cellars that are home to 600,000 bottles of the choicest wines. Here, luxury takes on many different hues, providing direct access to Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo, which is a 6,600 m² Spa. If the guests are hungry for more socialising and fun then they can always step into the famous Casino de Monte-Carlo. Le Louis XV-Alain Ducasse and Le Grill, which are regarded as “temples of gourmet cuisine”. The hotel and the adjoining areas are a visual treat
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