1. The Mandarin Oriental – Barcelona, Spain
Though the name might seem a bit cheesy, the hotel is fabulous. Despite the fact that it’s positioned right in the center of La Rambla, Barcelona’s main tourist area, you feel like you’re a million miles away – the rooftop pool surrounded by flowers is perfect for skinny-dipping in the middle of the night.
2. Four Seasons Sultanahmet – Istanbul, Turkey
Situated in a former Sultan’s Palace – hence the name – , Sultanahmet hotel features lavishly painted walls – all in Oriental motifs, hot Turkish baths and services including delivering fresh pastries every morning at the foot of your bed.
3. Hotel Sacher – Vienna, Austria
Vienna was once the heart of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire that dominated Central Europe for a hundred years. How, the Sacher hotel “dominates” the heart of Vienna. What can we say? Excellent services and amenities, great location.
4. The Inn at the Roman Forum – Rome, Italy
Located in the heart of Rome, near Foro Italico, this some-might-think oddly named hotel offers a fantastic experience to its guests: breakfast in the tidy and flower-taped back-garden, traditional Italian cuisine and great views from the rooms.
5. Le Bristol – Paris, France
If you have ever thought about how the perfect hotel would look like, then the Parisian Le Bristol would probably match that description. The 19th century ambiance, the central location and the exquisite services that it offers make you feel like royalty.
6. Hotel 41 – London, UK
Right next to Buckingham Palace, Hotel 41 is located in a magnificent 19th century building gifted with statues, paintings sculptures and frescos. You’ll genuinely feel like in a museum. For some people this might sound a bit creepy, but if you’re into the classical pipe-butler-5 o’clock tea experience, this is the place to go to.
7. Alchemist Grand Hotel & Spa – Prague, Czech Republic
Situated close to the Charles Bridge, Prague’s main tourist attraction, the Alchemist is a combination of old, Central European, architecture and art, on one side, and modern amenities, on the other. For those of you looking for lavishness in one of Europe’s oldest cities, this is the place to be.
8. Katikies Hotel – Santorini, Greece
Probably the best thing about this place is the view – the hotel is situated just at the edge of a cliff, painted in white (like all other buildings on the island) and with a pool that will leave you with your mouth open. Some say you can even see Turkey from your hotel room.
9. Al Belvedere Salina – Sicily, Italy
If you’ve ever tasted Sicilian oranges, you’ll now that they need a lot of sun to get to that exquisite taste. Well, the sun is also the main “ingredient” in this hotel: each room has a large patio looking over the sea and what the French call luminatoire, to let sunlight invade the room; some even have a private pool.
10. Hotel Palacio de Villapanes – Seville, Spain
A gem of a hotel located in what is called the “Gem of Spain”. Modern interiors, excellent amenities, great positioning in the city; what more can you ask for?