14 Stunning European Hotels We're Dying to Visit
2016 is here. It's time to plan your big trip of the year. Europe never goes out of fashion, so we're pointing our eyes there. But instead of the usual suspects (we love you, Paris), we've rounded up some truly stunning boutique design hotels in less-frequented European cities. Scroll below for some inspiring discoveries.
The ultimate getaway in the French Alps, Hôtel Des Trois Vallées was the first post-war hotel on ski resort Courchevel, and sits at the foot of the resort’s world-class slopes. Recently renovated, the landmark hotel features original furniture by important French designers like Charlotte Perriand, Jean Prouvé, and Pierre Paulin. In addition to the gorgeously designed modernist lobby and rooms, the hotel’s spa, with a sauna, Turkish bath, and large jacuzzi, are the perfect place to unwind after a long day on the slopes.
Located in Maastricht, on the southern tip of the Netherlands, Kruisherenhtoel is a renovated 15th-century that has been transformed into a contemporary hotel. The juxtaposition of the building’s late-medieval architecture, which includes a Gothic church, with modern furniture, light fixtures, and surfaces is nothing short of awe-inspiring.
In a 17th-century building in Rome’s Piazza Navona, near The Colosseum, G-Rough Hotel is a luxury five-star hotel that beautifully marries a sense of history, avant-garde design, and a touch of whimsy. The property features parquet floors, exposed beam ceilings, patina walls, and a mix of modern and vintage décor—a beautiful place for a Roman holiday.
If an island getaway in France sounds like your speed, make a beeline for La Plage Casadelmar in Corsica, just an hour and a half fom Paris. This beachfront property in Porto-Vecchio, a port town known for its nightlife and posh visitors, offers breathtaking ocean views and elegant modern design—just what you need to truly rejuvenate.
Vienna is a thriving European city with a rich history, but Hotel Topazz, the Austrian city’s first green upscale hotel, is a vision of tomorrow. The hotel’s landmark futuristic architecture, designed by BWM Architekten & Partner, with its round porthole-like windows and glossy black exterior, is nothing short of arresting. Its interiors are cozy, modern, and luxurious—a great place to unwind after a busy day on the town.
Designed by Ilse Crawford, one of our favorite interior designers, luxury boutique hotel Ett Hem, a stylish red brick townhouse in Lärkstaden in Stockholm, was formerly a private residence. The hotel was designed with all the personality of a Scandinavian home, filled with a beautiful collection of furniture and antiques, yet offers the best amenities for modern travelers. The cozy space is reason enough to book a flight to Sweden.
A neo-Gothic basilica transformed into a landmark contemporary hotel, THE QVEST, in the heart of Cologne, Germany, is an architectural wonder, marrying museum-worthy modern art and design with its historic walls. A large part of the hotel is furnished with owner Michael Kaune’s personal collection of furniture and photographs, and the hotel also houses a design shop and library—a treat to visit even if you don’t plan to stay.
Located in the heart of Georgia’s dramatic Caucasus Mountain Range, Rooms Hotel Kazbegi has one of the world’s most breathtaking backdrops. Designed by young local designers Nata Janberidze and Keti Toloraia, the hotel’s interiors and architecture are modern, rustic, and homey. With a spacious lobby, library, casino, an indoor swimming pool, and astounding views of the mountains, the property is unforgettable.
With its picture-perfect white houses and sparkling blue waters, Mykonos, Greece is a dream getaway, no matter where you stay. But San Giorgio Mykonos ups the ante with its luxurious bohemian vibe—think airy canopied beds, fringed hammocks, and ‘60s peacock chairs. Better yet, it’s steps from the world-famous Paradise Club and offers breathtaking views of the sea.
Built in 1929, five-star Hotel Alfonso XIII in Seville, Spain is a Moorish-inspired hotel that blends modern and traditional Spanish styles. With Juliet balconies, private terraces, and marble and Sevillian tiled bathrooms, the luxurious suites are the ultimate way to spoil yourself.
A thriving European metropolis, Brussels is rich in history, while offering the best of contemporary culture. Set behind famous theater and opera house Le Monnaie, four-star hotel The Dominican provides a similar juxtaposition. A former Dominican abbey, the hotel features original details like stone flooring and sweeping archways, paired with elegant modern details like steel-framed windows and Renaissance murals.
Situated on the coast of Portugal, in Moncarapacho, Algarve, Vila Monte is a sprawling oasis with orange and olive groves, gardens, ponds, swimming pools, a tennis court, and 55 suites. The hotel’s whitewashed surfaces, natural wood furnishings, and modern light fixtures have a bohemian-chic farmhouse vibe that’s too beautiful for words.
Set in Berlin’s Palais Pannwitz Palace, a villa which dates to 1914, Schlosshotel Im Grunewald is a five-star hotel with stately, rich rooms and indulgent amenities—including a cigar lounge, indoor pool, sauna, gym, and English-style bar. Better yet, there’s even a suite designed by the king of chic Karl Lagerfeld himself.
Part of must-see British hotel chain The Pig, The Pig on the Beach in Studland, England—an absolutely charming hamlet town—is a restored 16th-century manor house with quintessential English charm and a restorative cozy feel. The hotel’s kitchen garden menu is top-notch and local as it gets, and the rooms offer beautiful views of the sea.
Looking for more Europe travel tips? Pick up a copy of The New York Times' 36 Hours 125 Weekends ($28) in Europe for more wanderlust inspiration.
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