Five European hotels where you can sleep in style.
Hilton Old Town
Designer Alexandra Champalimaud introduced a contemporary vibe to the 305 rooms, while David Collins used a graphic motif inspired by Czech Modernist art in the public spaces. And the man responsible for the hotel’s Maze restaurant: Gordon Ramsay. 800/445-8667; hiltonpragueoldtown.com; doubles from $300.
Clarion Hotel Sign
The country behind Ikea is now bringing a similarly streamlined aesthetic to the affordable hotel chain, Clarion. The 558 rooms have the work of Scandinavia’s top 20th-century furniture designers, such as Bruno Mathsson and Hans Wegner. And Scandinavian star Marcus Samuelsson, the chef at New York’s Aquavit, has opened a location here. 46-8/676-9800; clarionsign.com; doubles from $262.
This 100-year-old palace abutting the Château de Versailles recently got a $30 million face-lift. The 199-room hotel retains all of the grandeur of its heyday, thanks to the crystal chandeliers, Roman arches, and Italian marble floors. The muted palette of olive, taupe, and beige and a stellar spa are welcome updates. 33-1/3084-5000; westin.com/trianonpalace; doubles from $460.
For its renovation of the 232-year-old historic palace, across from the National Opera, Regent tapped Jacques Garcia to revamp the 150 rooms. The whole place verges on the ornate, with 19th-century French furniture, richly colored brocade fabrics, and vast marble bathrooms. 800/545-4000; regenthotels.com; doubles from $608.
At this 478-room Ritz-Carlton resort on a cliff high above the Atlantic, canopied beds are framed by dark wood headboards, and wooden huts dot the 395-acre property. There’s also plenty of star power: the restaurant is helmed by Martín Berasategui. 34-922/126-000; ritzcarlton.com; doubles from $500.