The 15 Best City Hotels in Europe

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The enclosed rooftop terrace at Hôtel Madame Rêve
Photo: Jerome Galland/Courtesy of Hôtel Madame Rêve

The Continent remains No. 1 in many Americans' hearts, and the competition was stiff this year for best city hotels in Europe. On 2022's list, extravagant grande-dame hotels and historic properties were heavily represented, with top-notch accommodations in beloved Paris, London, and Florence taking up most of the slots.

Every year for our World's Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Hotels (including safari lodges) were rated on their facilities, location, service, food, and overall value. Properties were classified as city hotel, resort, or safari lodge based on their locations and amenities.

Three out of four London hotels this year are located in classic buildings — No. 12 the Connaught, No. 8 the Goring, and No. 15 the Lanesborough — with just the Shangri-La the Shard, London (No. 5) representing a modern skyscraper property.

In Paris, the iconic Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel, landed in the 13th slot, thanks to its excellent staff and, as one reader describes it, being "the pinnacle of luxury." Another historic property, La Réserve Paris, came in at No. 6 because voters appreciate its intimacy and exclusivity, with one calling it "one of the truly special boutique hotels in Paris, with exceptional design and attention to detail," and another writing that it is "worth every penny."

New to the list, and nabbing the only slot (No. 7) for Rome, Rocco Forte's Hotel de la Ville breathed new life into an old structure in a prime location at the top of the Spanish Steps. "Amazing hotel with a great location and a fantastic refurbishment," wrote one fan, while another added that it has "the best rooftop bar in the city."

This year's winner is also located inside a historic building, though its conversion to a hotel is recent. Keep reading to find out which property took top honors — and which other hotels readers chose as the best city hotels in Europe.

1. Hôtel Madame Rêve, Paris

View of Notre Dame from the deluxe vue exceptionnel atelier at Hôtel Madame Rêve
Jerome Galland/Courtesy of Hôtel Madame Rêve

Paris is chock full of posh hotels, but this newcomer, which opened last fall, is bringing style, service, and savvy to its in-the-know guests. Inside a historic building that once served as the city's only 24-hour post office, the chic boutique hotel has sly references to the postal service, but what impressed guests the most were its exceptional views, two excellent restaurants, and a stunning 10,000-square-foot roof. "The Parisian place to go out with a breathtaking view of all Paris," raved one voter, adding that, "the decoration is just amazing." As another reader summarized, the hotel has an "excellent location and great ambiance and service."

Score: 98.73

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2. Rosewood Villa Magna, Madrid

Anglada House bathroom at Rosewood Villa Magna
Courtesy of Rosewood Villa Magna

Score: 98.67

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3. Portrait Firenze, Florence

View from the Two-bedroom Portrait Suite River View at Portrait Firenze
Janos Grapow, Hotel Photography/Courtesy of Portrait Firenze

Score: 98.25

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4. Raffles Istanbul

Interior of Raffles Istanbul
Eric Laignel/Courtesy of Raffles Istanbul

Score: 98.25

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5. Shangri-La at the Shard, London

View of London at night from a guestroom at Shangri-La the Shard, London
Courtesy of Shangri-La Group

Score: 97.86

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6. La Réserve Paris – Hotel & Spa

View of the Eiffel Tower from the La Réserve Paris suite at La Réserve Paris Hotel and Spa
Courtesy of La Réserve Paris Hotel and Spa

Score: 97.26

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7. Hotel de la Ville, a Rocco Forte Hotel, Rome

View from the Roma Suite Studio at Hotel de la Ville
Courtesy of Rocco Forte Hotels

Score: 97.17

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8. The Goring, London

Exterior facade of The Goring
David Cotsworth/Courtesy of The Goring

Score: 96.55

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9. Hotel Savoy, a Rocco Forte Hotel, Florence

The Grand View Suite at Hotel Savoy
Courtesy of Rocco Forte Hotels

Score: 96.47

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10. Le Bristol Paris, Oetker Collection

View of the Eiffel Tower from the Suite Paris at La Réserve Paris Hotel and Spa
Courtesy of Le Bristol Paris

Score: 96.00

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11. Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul

Exterior of Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul
Courtesy of Shangri-La Group

Score: 95.90

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12. The Connaught, London

The bar inside The Connaught
Jamie McGregor Smith/Courtesy of The Connaught

Score: 95.79

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13. Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel, Paris

Suite Duc de Crillon living room at Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel
Courtesy of Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel

Score: 95.66

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14. Helvetia & Bristol Firenze

Dining on the rooftop at Helvetia & Bristol Firenze
Stefano Scatà/Courtesy of Helvetia & Bristol Firenze

Score: 95.60

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15. The Lanesborough, Oetker Collection, London

Royal Suite living room at The Lanesborough
JACK HARDY/Courtesy of The Lanesborough

Score: 95.50

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