Europe's Best Hotels
Courtesy of Villa San Michele
Ready to hop the pond this summer? Check into one of the
best hotels in Europe, as selected by T+L readers.
Imagine a room with a view and a decadent dinner worthy of
the local duke. If that’s your ultimate European experience, then consider the
Château Eza, in the French Riviera. The 11-room coastal château, which is
located next to the ancient rock walls of a medieval village, once belonged to
a prince—and it’s now home to a Michelin-starred chef.
That winning combination of a stellar location and
world-class dining is surely one reason the Hôtel Château Eza was voted one of
the best hotels in Europe, according to Travel + Leisure readers in the
annual World’s Best Awards survey. Other winning hotels range from a Renaissance villa to a recently
renovated property with panoramic lakeside vistas. All together, the top 20
hotels are a veritable wish list for Europhiles.
Americans are doing more than wishing about travel to Europe
this year, however. In a recent TripAdvisor survey, 51 percent of U.S.
respondents said they plan to visit the Continent this summer, up from 42
percent last year. And according to the American Society of Travel Agents,
Americans’ favorite European destinations are still the classics: London, Paris, and Rome, with Italy
ranking as the favorite country.
Travel+Leisure readers agree: in the list of the best
hotels in Europe, Italy and France rise to the top—both destinations have six
winners each. In Italy, the Amalfi Coast stole the show. Ranked No. 3 is Le
Sirenuse, a restored villa in Positano once frequented by John Steinbeck; now
the 63-room hotel has a Champagne-and-oyster bar and a small fleet of boats at
the ready for sightseeing.
Not all of Europe’s best hotels come with Le Sirenuse’s $680
per night room rate. The Four
Seasons Hotel Dublin—with English country accents in oversize rooms—offers
rates starting at $233 a night.
While Ireland is generally a good deal (as are Spain and
Greece), you’ll also find some great values in France. The highest-ranking affordable
hotel in Europe is the Domaine
des Hauts de Loire, a 19th-century hunting lodge on 178 forested
acres; it’s less than $250 a night, which means you’ll want to splurge on
hotel-arranged hot-air balloon rides and tours of neighboring châteaux.
But which European hotel is ranked No. 1? Read on for the