• Friday , 19 October 2018

Top 10 Boutique Hotels in Europe

Sometimes, bigger doesn’t mean better. That is certainly the case with these of charming boutique hotels. This collection of superb boutique hotels in Europe is quirky, original, and full of personality – and all of them have fewer than 50 rooms!

Almalusa Baixa Chiado – Lisbon, Portugal

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Almalusa Baixa/Chiado brings an authentic Portuguese flavour to downtown Lisbon. History surrounds the hotel. It is located on the Praça do Município, one of Lisbon’s most iconic squares, rebuilt just after the massive earthquake of 1755 that laid waste to the city. Although housed in an 18th-century building, the hotel’s interiors highlight contemporary design, combining modern elements with traditional wall tiles and pombalino-style windows. The hotel offers 26 individually and elegantly-designed bedrooms and suites that seek to immerse guests into Portuguese culture. Each room features heavenly beds and mattresses, and an en-suite bathroom with luxury toiletries; upgrades add in-room Delta coffee and tea machines. This level of comfort and hospitality is enhanced by the Delfina Restaurant and Deli, which serves a range of fine locally-inspired dishes, as well as a complimentary breakfast every morning.

Bio Design Landhaus St. Georg – Bad Wiessee, Germany

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The idyllic Alpine scenery surrounding the Tegernsee in Bavaria is perfect for active holidaymakers, with plenty of opportunities for hiking and golfing, among other things, on offer. The best place to stay to take advantage of this beautiful countryside is the Bio Design Landhaus St. Georg, a boutique countryside retreat offering eco-friendly accommodation. Guestrooms have a modern-rustic design, treating guests to sweeping mountain vistas, an outdoor terrace, and a leafy garden area. Each room comes fully-equipped with modern amenities, and an en-suite bathroom with complimentary organic toiletries. The hotel, which underwent extensive renovations in 2015, combines superb design with a totally relaxing environment. A short walking distance away from the hotel is the Tagernseer Golf Club, a park with tennis courts, a bath and spa park with swimming pools and saunas, and the wholesome locally-renowned iodine-sulphur baths.

 Waterford Castle – Waterford, Ireland

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Picture a 500-year old castle, covered by climbing ivy and weathered by the centuries it has stood on its own private island in the middle of a river, reached only by ferryboat. You don’t need to imagine it: it’s real, and it’s called the Waterford Castle, located just outside the city of Waterford in Ireland. Though old, this fairy-tale castle is completely luxurious. The awe-inspiring Great Hall is hung with medieval tapestries and stunning arched windows. There are 18 elegant rooms and suites, each exquisitely decorated, with many containing grand four-poster beds, chintz arm chairs and dark mahogany furniture. Most rooms offer stunning views of the river or the estate, which includes a superb 18-hole golf course that winds its way across the island. For less active guests, the hotel offers luxurious dining at the Munster Dining Room.

Grau Roig Boutique Hotel – Andorra

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It should come as no surprise that the Grau Roig is an award-winning hotel. Tucked away in the beautiful mountain landscape of Andorra, just a few metres away from the world-class ski slopes of Grandvalira ski resort. The hotel takes on a traditional mountain look, like a ski lodge or cabin writ large. 42 recently-refurbished rooms afford stunning views of the stunning mountain scenery. Guest are treated to comfortable furnishings and tasteful decoration that combines natural qualities with modern amenities. A minibar, satellite television, an en-suite bathroom, and slippers and bathrobes come as standard. Wireless internet is available throughout the hotel. Entertainment is also provided in the form of a jazz room, a reading room, and a summer lounge with its own massage bath. Even better, a Kids Club is on hand to give parents some much-needed respite!

Villa Soro – San Sebastián, Spain

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Villa Soro, located in the beautiful city of San Sebastián, strikes a harmony between the warm, familiar atmosphere of a century-old home, and the comfort and service of a modern, luxury hotel. This renovated 19th-century villa offers 25 elegant bedrooms, many of which have been retained from its time as the home of the wealthy Gaytán de Ayala family. Each room offers modern amenities like tea and coffee-makers, televisions, air conditioners, and free wireless internet. All this is complemented by cosy furnishings and a unique, boutique atmosphere. The hotel helps its guests explore the city, with a free bicycle rental service, as well as ample free indoor and outsoodr parking for those visiting by car. Better still, there is also an on-site gym for guests to work up a sweat.

Ventana Hotel – Prague, Czech Republic

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The art nouveau Ventana Hotel looks typically central European, possessing that grand Habsburg quality you’ll find across this part of the continent. Its dramatic appearance blends in well with the beautiful surroundings of Prague. Appropriately, the hotel is also blessed with a superb location, with the Týn Cathedral, the Old Town Square, and the iconic Charles Bridge all within easy reach on foot and by public transport. Inside, the hotel offers 29 elegant guest rooms, all incredibly spacious and individually designed, and filled with modern comforts and amenities. Together with the friendly and professional staff, the Ventana Hotel provides a superb boutique experience. It shouldn’t be a surprise then, that the hotel has welcomed some pretty high profile guests over the years – particularly fashion royalty.

Hotel Madinat – Cordoba, Spain

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Cordoba is a unique city, blending Spanish culture with medieval Arabic influences. You’ll find plenty of that on offer in the Hotel Madinat, a nineteenth-century building in the heart of the old medina that reflects the diversdity of the city around it. The hotel retains plenty of the traditional Andalusian style, with original tiles, pantings and furnishings to be found throughout the eleven guest rooms. The hotel has passed through many hands, and was once owned by the Mayor of Cordoba in the early 1900s; curiously, it was here from which the very first radio broadcast in the city was sent in 1929. As well as showcasing traditional design, the rooms are private, comfortable, and replete with modern luxuries, including flat-screen televisions. Elsewhere on the property is an exclusive Hamman bath, and two roof terraces that overlook the historic city, particularly the grand Mosque-Cathedral.

The Saint John – Valletta, Malta

Malta’s capital city, Valletta, is a small place, so a small hotel like The Saint John, with only 21 rooms, seems ideal. It’s housed in a 17th-century building in the heart of the city, though the hotel is keen to press that its outlook is firmly in the present, adding a unique blend of comfort, style, and technology to its accommodation offering. Inside the guestrooms, guests can use a mobile app to change the room temperature, order room service, and connect to a smart TV – and don’t worry, because wireless internet is provided free of charge throughout the hotel. The rooms are built around a retro, almost industrial theme. All this is topped off with the Cheeky Monkey, a gastropub-style restaurant serving tasty food, and the corporate facilities and private meeting rooms that help the hotel host a variety of guests.

Palazzo Failla – Modica, Italy

The Palazzo Failla is housed in an attractive 18th-century building set within the medieval quarter of Modica – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Once a noble residence, the Palazzo has been beautifully restored thanks to the work of skilled local craftsmen; original features have been retained throughout, including ancient stone walls, vaulted ceilings with historic frescoes, wrought-iron elements, and antique furniture. With only 10 guest rooms and suites, each uniquely decorated, it is a truly exclusive place to stay, surrounded by luxury and tradition. For further luxury, superior rooms and suites include a private balcony or terrace. A restaurant serving delicious traditional Sicilian food, a courtyard, and conference facilities are also available on site, to suit a range of guests. All this, plus a welcoming and friendly atmosphere, makes the Palazzo the perfect Sicilian hotel.

Hotel Duret – Paris, France

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Moments away from the Arc de Triomphe, and built in the city’s typical 19th-century Haussmann style, there are few boutique hotels more Parisien than the Hotel Duret. The hotel features 25 light, spacious and modern rooms, with windows looking out over a quiet street away from the main hustle and bustle of the city. Thanks to its charming décor and loyal and friendly staff, the hotel maintains a warm and cosy atmosphere for all its guests. The hotel offers a concierge service to help its guests make the most of their stay in the city of lights, helping devise customised itineraries filled with unique sights and attractions. It’s also well-equipped to the meet the needs of business travellers and conference attendees, so if you’re not in Paris for leisure purposes, the Hotel Duret has you covered too.

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