Europe is an adult Disneyland. With open borders, short distances, excellent public transportation and a multitude of cultures and cuisines, traveling through the continent is a breeze. Because of the ease of travel, it is simple to experience more than one fascinating destination all in the course of one holiday. Savvy travelers appreciate mixing it up from one country to the next.
Accommodation options are nearly endless running from chateau rentals to backpackers hostels and everything in between. But why not make 2017 the year to board your private jet charter and fly away to these ancient lands to experience some of Europe’s most luxurious hotels.
For an even grander holiday why not veer away from the traditional “hot spots” of Paris, Rome or Prague, and head to some smaller gems. Here are 9 great recommendations for luxurious hotels to visit in Europe.
Hotel Eurostars Palacio Buenavista- Toledo, Spain
Toledo is an ancient city set high in the hills of La Mancha. The home of the famed painter El Greco, one of the cities claims to fame is Arab, Jewish, and Christian monuments found within the walled old town. Located front and center to this glorious history is one of the prettiest luxurious hotels to be found anywhere in Europe. Overlooking the splendor that is Toledo, the 109 rooms and suites are luxurious and soothing. The on-site spa, pool and fitness center offer a relaxing tone after hours spent wandering the meandering cobblestone streets before retiring to your spacious room featuring luxury linens and deluxe bathrooms.
Hotel Bellvue- Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
Dominated by its 13th-century castle, the stunning city of Cesky Krumlov sits serenely in southern Czech Republic along the shores of the Vlatava River. The Hotel Bellvue adds to the charm. Written record of the building that now houses this unique hotel goes back to 1561 when the owners son opened a bakery shop along the street. History is all around in the elegant rooms that incorporate several wings. The location is ideally located within walking distance of all of the required sites along with endless shops and restaurants. In addition, there is an excellent on-site restaurant and ancient wine cellar that can be booked for private parties.
Hotel Santa Caterina- Amalfi, Italy
The original grande dame of the Amalfi coast, this 1904 gem of a hotel still reigns supreme. Run by the Gambardella family for over four generations, all of the room types feature locally sourced antiques and white washed walls. The stunning Amalfi coast has long been a favorite vacation destination highlighted by miles and miles of breathtaking coastline, azure waters, and charming villages. Lemoncello is a local favorite and an excellent choice for gifts for friends back home. The Hotel Caterina sits smack dab in the middle of this beautiful area and the lovely gardens and citrus gardens descend to a private beach. Many of the unique rooms feature ocean views and all embrace the charm of Italy.
Dorint Sporthotel – Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany
An incredibly popular outdoor area, Garmish-Partenkirchen offers double-barreled fun located just a snowballs throw from both the Bavarian city of Munich and the Alps. The friendly Dorint Sporthotel offers top class comfort and style with the spectacular views in every direction. The individual cottages and apartments create the feeling of a cozy alpine village but with all the comforts of a 5* resort. After a day of hiking or skiing relax in the elaborate spa, sauna or gym before dining in style in one of the resorts four restaurants, including a traditional beer garden.
James Boutique Hotel – Colmar, France
This 13th-century city resides along the Alsace wine route and is home to winding cobblestone streets lined with half-timbered buildings and specializes in the Riesling and Gewurztraminer the area is famous for. The lovely and welcoming James hotel sits in the center of town and embraces the definition of boutique hotel with modern yet comfortable rooms and suites, all decorated in soothing color palettes with upscale amenities. The perfect location to explore this little slice of heaven in France.
Heritage Hotel – Hallstatt, Austria
The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hallstatt is certainly one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Sitting on the shores of Lake Hallstatt high in the Salzkammergut region of Austria. Amid this setting is the Heritage Hotel, three historic houses that blend together seamlessly to create a special kind of luxury hotel. Stylishly appointed, each room is totally unique in design and décor, many with lake views. The gourmet restaurant and on-site spa are the perfect ending to the perfect location.
Royal Stone Houses – Goreme, Turkey
Cappadocia is a region of the world not soon forgotten. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the open air museum of Goreme entails some of the finest rock-cut churches in the world. Set in this unique region, the Hotel Royal Stone Houses are as unique as the valley and historic town it resides in. Terraces overlook the stunning landscape while rooms feature all of the comforts one expects from a first class hotel. Traditional Turkish breakfast is enjoyed with the sight of hot air balloons rising over the landscape. Truly an unforgettable experience.
Sintra Boutique Hotel – Sintra, Portugal
The picturesque hill town of Sintra has enticed the nobility of Portugal for centuries as evidenced by the exquisite palaces and gardens that exist in abundance. Although a small town, more than ten national monuments are spread throughout the hills. The perfect choice of lodging is the Sintra Boutique Hotel, a delightfully charming boutique hotel in an excellent location. Rooms feature clean lines and first class amenities all set amongst the majesty of the region.
Ibis Hotel – Dinant, Belguim
One of the most beautiful villages in all of Europe, Dinant is far off most travelers radar, making it a perfect spot for a luxurious holiday in one of Belgium’s luxurious hotels. Known for it’s 13th-century citadel, magnificent architecture, and crashing waterfalls, Dinant is for romantics. The lovely Ibis Dinant Centre Hotel sits in the heart of the city and on the banks of the La Meuse river. Rooms feature river views, excellent amenities, and modern décor, all within easy walking distance of all this beautiful village has to offer.
Whichever region of Europe draws your heart these unique villages and luxurious hotels will win your heart.