Best Hotels in Continental Europe

Our hotels in Continental Europe

We have started to recommend hotels in mainland Europe once again. We have begun with some of those we know best, and we have a great selection of hotels in Paris, Rome, TuscanyBarcelona, Amsterdam, Venice, BerlinPrague, Madrid, Budapest, Copenhagen, Vienna, Lisbon and Mallorca up already. We're also expanding our coverage of France, with a selection in Provence, Brittany, the Loire Valley and the Dordogne

Please help us get this exciting project off the ground. The more help and feedback we get from you our readers, the more reliable and comprehensive our selection will be.

Featured hotels in Continental Europe

Villa le Barone, Panzano in Chianti, Tuscany

This small Tuscan hilltop hotel, much loved by Guide readers over many years, has been owned by the famous Della Robbia family since the 16th century. It is now run by Conte Corso Aloisi de Larderel

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Ca'n Reus, FORNALUTX, Mallorca

In an attractive village, with cobbled streets and tiled rooftops, surrounded by orange and lemon groves, this 300-year-old house has been run since 2003 as a small rural hotel Sue and Nick

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Hotel Votsala , Mitilini , Lesbos

By the beach, in a garden of flowers and fruit trees, this ‘very relaxed’ hotel on the coast north of Mitilíni (capital of Lesvos). The owners, Iannis and Daphni Troumpounis,

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St Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas, Aghios Nikolaos, Crete

Consisting of bungalows and low buildings in gardens around a small bay (with a Blue Flag beach) on Crete’s north coast, this secluded resort hotel stands in 'beautifully designed' gardens with

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Ambassade Hotel , Amsterdam, North Holland

A long-time Guide favourite, 'it has to be one of our favourite hotels in Europe',  this hotel is spread among ten 17th-century gabled houses on two of the city’s finest canals

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Le Fleuray Hotel & Restaurant Le Colonial, Amboise, Loire Valley

This 19th century manor house has been converted into a charming country hotel restaurant by its English owners, Hazel and Peter Newington. They run it with son and daughter, Jordan and Cassie.

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Casa Tres Palmeiras , PRAIA DO VAU, Algarve

‘In a wonderful setting’, on a cliff, this upmarket B&B, ‘a peaceful oasis’, has glorious views of sea, sky, beach and the rugged coast of the western Algarve. The

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Villa Ducale , Taormina, Sicily

‘Our favourite small hotel in the world,’ says a traveller after his fourth visit. ‘Its position, above the town, gives it the feel of a private hideaway. The owners, Andrea and

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Villa Carlotta, Taormina, Sicily

A stone-clad 19th-century nobleman’s residence, modelled on a 14th century fortress, Villa Carlotta, perches high on a cliff above the Ionian Sea, with stunning panoramic views, and a vista of

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Auberge de la Selune, DUCEY, Manche

In a beautiful setting on the Sélune (one of the last salmon rivers in France), where the N176 crosses an old bridge, this unsophisticated Logis de France is run by Patrice and Sandra Girres;

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Hotel Diderot , CHINON, Loire Valley

Near the famous château of this well-known wine town on the Vienne, this B&B owned by two sisters, Francoise, and Martine, and their brother, Laurent,  continues to

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Casa del Maco, Benissa, Alicante

On a ridge in the Lleus valley near the beaches of the Costa Blanca, this 18th-century farmhouse, white-walled and tile-roofed, has been turned into a delightful small rustic hotel/restaurant by

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La Calcina, Venice, Veneto

John Ruskin stayed in this pensione on the Dorsoduro in 1877. Now owned by Marc Sibuet and Regina Segre Amar, who promise ‘discreet service and peace’, it faces the Giudecca canal and

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Villa Sangiovese , Panzano-in-Chianti, Tuscany

On the corner of the tiny square of this small, unspoilt Tuscan town stands Anne-Marie and Ueli Bleuler-Staerkle’s hotel; from the back it commands a ‘tremendous view of distant hills and

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Le Manoir les Minimes , Amboise, Loire Valley

Excellently situated, next to the château’, this luxurious 18th-century manor house was built on the foundations of an ancient medieval monastery. It stands on the banks of the Loire near

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Le Moulin du Roc, Champagnac-de-Belair, Dordogne

Michelin awards a star to owner/chef Alain Gardillou, admiring also the ‘magic’ setting of his 17th-century oil mill on the Dronne: Guide readers, too, call it a ‘wonderful, bucolic

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Domaine de la Tortiniere, Veigné, Loire Valley

 ‘A lovely hotel’. The owner/managers, Anne and Xavier Olivereau, are the fourth generation of the family to run this handsome pepperpotted Second Empire mansion, set amid woods and

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Castel Pergine, PERGINE VALSUGANA , Trento

Above a small town (once a Roman settlement) east of Trento, this medieval castle stands in large wooded grounds: ‘a marvellous setting’. For more than a decade, it has been a

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Ti Al Lannec, TREBEURDEN, Brittany

The Jouanny family’s handsome, white 19th-century mansion (Relais de Silence) stands in a large flowery garden, 'a beautiful location', where meals are served under parasols and cypress trees.

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La Villa de Mazamet, Mazamet, Midi-Pyrénées

In a quiet residential area, this 1930s maison de maitre has been carefully restored by English owners, Peter Friend and Mark Barber, who run it as a luxury chambres d'hôtes with dinners.

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Le Valmarin, St-Malo, Brittany

‘Such a wonderful building; good value,’ says a visitor about Françoise and Gérard Nicolas’s 18th-century house, elegantly renovated in period style. South of the old

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La Bergerie, Morzine, Alps

This family owned and run B&B is located very conveniently in the centre of Morzine, less than 100m from the nearest ski lift. Owners Eric and Caroline Marullaz-Monné have exceptional

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Hotels in Continental Europe

  • Hotel Ter Duinen, Bruges, West-Vlaanderen

    This charming small hotel is a trim white house by a canal, just out of the very busy tourist area, ten minutes walk from the market square.  It is well run by its friendly owners, Marc and Lieve

  • Sami Beach Hotel, Sami, Kefalonia

    On a beautiful bay, with a river on either side, on the beautiful island of Cefallonia, this ‘blissful’ B&B hotel, owned by the ‘genuinely welcoming’ Dorizas family,

  • Ca's Xorc, Soller, Mallorca

    ‘The food and setting were superb,’ says a visitor to this former olive mill located in the Serra de Tramuntara mountains near Sóller and its ‘Port’. The hotel,

  • Auberge du Bon Laboureur, Chenonceaux, Loire Valley

    'Lovely looking and efficiently run,' say visitors. At the château gates, this l8th century post house (Relais du Silence) has been owned by the Jeudi family since 1902. lt consists of five

  • Hotel Crillon le Brave , CRILLON-LE-BRAVE , Provence

    Below Mont Ventoux, in a tiny hill top Provençal village, this smart hotel (Relais & Châteaux), owned by Peter Chittick and Craig Miller, is managed by Sébastian Pilat.

  • Hôtel Le Plantagenet , CHINON, Loire Valley

    Martine de Carvalho, the new owner, is proud of the 'warm family ambiance' of her centrally placed, white-painted B&B hotel. It stands near the gates of the medieval city, not far from the River

  • Hotel Anselmus, Bruges, West-Vlaanderen

    A ‘quiet, tasteful’ B&B just four minutes’ walk from the Markt. It is liked for its reasonable prices and ‘the kindness of the owners’, Magda Maenhoudt and her

  • La Perouse, Nice, Cote d'Azur

    ‘Perfect location, perfect staff, perfect pool.’ On a hill at the east end of the Promenade des Anglais, this popular hotel has stunning views over the Baie des Anges. It stands back from

  • Beatrix Hotel , Budapest

    A pleasant three-star hotel in a trim white villa, in a quiet location, close to city centre. It has long been liked by Guide readers, particularly  for the ‘warm welcome’ from the

  • Olissippo Lapa Palace, Lisbon

    A large and opulent hotel in a pink 19th-century stately home with a modern wing. It stands above terraces with orange trees on a hilltop with glorious views over the Tagus. ‘Grande luxe,

  • Hotel-Restaurant Le Beau Site, Trois-Ponts, Liège

    On an outcrop in the Ardennes, with ‘stunning’ views of the sleepy little town and the valleys of the rivers Amblève and Salm, Dennis and Christine Fluijter’s Logis de

  • Pensione Bencista, Fiesole, Tuscany

    Ever-popular, Simone Simoni's 'blissfully quiet' pensione in a residential area on a hilltop just north-west of Florence represents 'amazing value', say its devotees. 'Breathtaking' views over the

  • Hotel de Buci, Paris

    Near St-Germain-des-Prés, this small, luxurious B&B hotel is in a 16th-century building facing the well-known outdoor market (which some rooms overlook) of the narrow Rue de Buci.

  • Hotel Caron de Beaumarchais, Paris

    ‘Well managed, charming; the location is superb,’ says a visitor regarding Alain Bigeard’s elegant small hotel in the trendy Marais district. ‘Very romantic’,

  • Hotel Le Clement, Paris

    M. and Mme Charrade’s ‘typical Parisian small hotel, narrow, on 6 floors’, is located just off Boulevard St-Germain and a stroll away from Luxembourg Gardens and the Notre-Dame. The

  • Grand Hotel Malher, Paris

    ‘Excellently located’, in the Marais, this ‘very friendly’ hotel has for three generations been owned and run by Didier Fossiez’s family (‘he and his wife, Pamela,

  • Le Pavillon de la Reine, Paris

    ‘Romantically set’ in the Marais, on one of Paris’s loveliest squares, this handsome 17th-century building, with creeper-draped facade and pretty front courtyard, is an elegant hotel

  • Relais du Louvre, Paris

    ‘Well placed for visits to central Paris’, this 18th-century building is where Puccini set La Bohème. ‘Quietly elegant’, it is in a small street opposite the Louvre, by

  • Hotel Tilsitt Etoile, Paris

    Liked for ‘peace, comfort, reasonable rates and accessibility’ is this hotel on a quiet side side street near Étoile, part of a group of four small hotels. 'Decor is artistic yet

  • Hotel Locarno, Rome, Lazio

    In a quietish street near the Piazza del Popolo, this Art Deco hotel opened in 1925 and later increased its size by extending into an adjacent building. It has a ‘charming internal

  • Hotel Claris , Barcelona, Catalonia

    ‘More stylish retreat than owner-managed home from home’, this designer hotel gran luxe in the Eixample district ‘delivers a comforting base for forays around the city’, say

  • Hotel Neri, Barcelona, Catalonia

    In the historic Gothic quarter by the cathedral, this 18th-century palace has been restored, ‘imaginatively and stylishly’, as a small hotel. ‘The contemporary artistic decor

  • Hotel Sant Agusti, Barcelona, Catalonia

    On an attractive square just off La Rambla, next to the Liceu opera house (and Metro station), this former convent of St Augustin has ‘simple, comfortable accommodation -- good value’. It

  • Le Prieure, Villeneuve-les-Avignon, Provence

    On the west bank of the Rhône, this historic little town above Avignon has a splendid charterhouse and other noble buildings, including this 14th-century priory, now a luxurious hotel (Relais

  • La Cabro d'Or, Les-Baux-de-Provence, Provence

    Well away from the tourist crowds which flock to this spectacular hilltop village, the Charial family’s ‘Golden Goat’ is a sophisticated modern hotel (Relais & Châteaux).

  • La Bastide de Voulonne , Cabrieres d'Avignon, Provence

    A honey-coloured 18th-century bastide, run by Penny and Julien Hemery as a charming small hotel. Light and airy, full of Provençal colour, it is in the valley between Gordes and the Luberon

  • Hotel Alexandra, Barcelona, Catalonia

    Well located, between Passeig de Gràcia (where you can see La Pedrera, Gaudí’s unusual apartment building without a straight line) and La Rambla, this large, modern hotel is a

  • Hotel Urquinaona, Barcelona, Catalonia

    Located at the top of La Rambla, and five minutes' walk from Plaza Catalunya, is this former hostal turned into small, inexpensive hotel. ‘Strongly recommended: unprepossessing entrance,

  • Mercer Hotel Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia

    Behind the medieval façade of a collection of buildings in the Gothic Quarter is this 'ultra modern', stylish hotel. The 'very quiet' rooms have wooden floors, original ceiling beams and

  • Hotel 1898, Barcelona, Catalonia

    Hotel 1898 once housed the headquarters of the Phillipines Tobacco Company (the name refers to the year Spain lost the Philippines as a colony) and the company's initials are still engraved on the

  • Residence du Vieux Port, Marseille, Provence

    ‘Splendidly located’ on the quayside and facing south over the Vieux Port is this modern seven-storey B&B hotel. The 1950s exterior is no beauty, but a recent renovation means the

  • Le Pigonnet, Aix-en-Provence, Provence

    ‘One of the nicest hotels we’ve stayed in,’ say visitors. ‘Staff were particularly helpful. Food was excellent.’ This 19th-century mansion is decorated in sophisticated

  • Bastide Magdeleine, Gemenos, Provence

    ‘A lovely hotel in a beautiful setting’; ‘calm and quiet’. It is one of the Guide’s best-loved hotels, owned by the Marignane brothers: Christophe and Vincent manage;

  • Les Florets , Gigondas, Provence

    Against a background of the craggy Dentelles de Montmirail, this old-fashioned hotel has a superb setting high in a wooded valley, near some of the best Côtes du Rhône vineyards.

  • Canal House Hotel, Amsterdam, North Holland

    Located in a 17th-century house on the canal in the Bohemian Jordaan district, this glamorous, contemporary hotel reopened in 2010 after a full-scale renovation, under the new ownership of Jessica and

  • Hotel de l'Europe, Amsterdam, North Holland

    The 19th-century building, at the junction of the River Amstel and two canals, may be imposing with grand public rooms, but readers like the ‘happy mix of large hotel of character and ambience

  • Le Mas de Guilles , Lourmarin, Provence

    ‘We cannot adequately praise this hotel,’ say visitors about this 17th-century mas (Relais du Silence). It stands up a private road on a large estate, outside this beautiful village on the

  • Pensione Accademia – Villa Maravege, Venice , Veneto

    A 17th-century villa which was the Russian consulate when Venice was an independent republic, this well-known pensione has a ‘super position’ by a side canal, near the Grand Canal at the

  • Ca' Pisani Hotel, Venice, Veneto

    In a relatively quiet part of the city, by the Accademia, this 16th-century palazzo is part of the Design Hotels group. Named after Vettor Pisani, the great admiral of the ancient republic, it is

  • Hotel Colombina, Venice , Veneto

    ‘One of the attractions of this gem,’ write its nominators, ‘is its location on a junction of canals just behind the Doge’s Palace.’ In the warren of little streets 100

  • Hotel Flora, Venice, Veneto

    ‘Quiet, even by local standards’, the Romanelli family’s B&B hotel has long been loved by Guide readers. It stands at the end of a small street near St Mark’s Square by the

  • Hotel Londra Palace, Venice , Veneto

    The proud boast of this opulent hotel is that it has a hundred windows facing the lagoon. A short walk from St Mark’s Square, it was built in 1860 and later merged with another hotel next door.

  • Domaine du Colombier, Malataverne, Provence

    In open country south of Montélimar, this creeper-covered 14th-century bastide was once an overnight stop for pilgrims. It is now a stylish little hotel, owned and run by Cyric Fressac, who is

  • Le Hospitaliers , Le Poet-Laval, Provence

    Visitors returning to the Morin family’s hilltop hotel found it ‘delightful as ever’. In a medieval village east of Montélimar, it is built on the ruins of a much older

  • Le Mimosa , St-Saturnin-de-Lucian, Provence

    In a village near Clermont-l’Hérault is this delightful small hotel, run since June 2014 by welcoming hosts Sonia and Sylvain Geindreau. ‘The rooms are simple and

  • Hotel Montmirail , Gigondas, Provence

    In a ‘delightful location’ near Vacqueyras, at the head of a wooded ravine below the rocky Dentelles de Montmirail, this 19th-century building was once a spa centre. ‘We once again

  • Sous le Figuiers, St-Remy-de-Provence, Provence

    ‘A little French gem, full of charm and character’: Gisèle and Denise Lafuente’s chambres d’hôtes stands quietly in ‘beautifully kept

  • Regina Hotel Baglioni, Rome, Lazio

    This sumptuous and elegant hotel is located on Via Veneto, the street that formed the backdrop to Fellini’s classic movie “La Dolce Vita”, and close to the Piazza di Spagna, Villa

  • Hotel Daniel , Paris

    The imaginatively detailed interior of this hotel sets it apart: the 18th century French chinoiserie style includes fabric toile du Jouy wallpaper, oriental carpets and custom-made furniture with

  • Suite Della Vite, Rome, Lazio

    Suite Dellavite is not a hotel, but instead a centrally-located collection of seven different studio apartments, most of which are spacious and feature kitchenettes with fridges. The penthouse suite

  • Hotel Toren, Amsterdam, North Holland

    Owned and run by Eric and Petra Toren since they took over from Eric’s father in 1991, this opulently-decorated hotel prides itself on its excellent customer service: staff have been praised for

  • Hotel Estherea, Amsterdam, North Holland

    Amsterdam does a certain kind of boutique hotel very well: ornate detailing, luxurious patterned fabrics, crystal chandeliers and dim lighting, and Hotel Estherea is one of the best. Originally

  • art'otel Berlin Mitte, Berlin

    ‘Comfortable, minimalist and elegant,’ say its fans. This hotel was built by the Austrian architect Johanne Nalbach in the lively Berlin-Mitte area. It is filled with original pictures by

  • Bleibtreu Hotel, Berlin

    In the Charlottenburg district, this ‘funky’ designer hotel is run with an emphasis on healthy living. Eco-friendly materials have been used throughout (organic paint, etc), and there is a

  • Hotel Jurine, Berlin

    This three-star B&B hotel opened in 1997 and has since doubled in size, but it is still ‘welcoming and quiet’, says its nominator. The buffet breakfast is ‘unusually good: eggs

  • Ringhotel Seehof, Berlin

    Located in Charlottenburg, near the conference centre, is this ‘excellent’ hotel, ‘civilised, peaceful’, wrote one reviewer; the atmosphere is quite smart and formal, with

  • Le Castel Marie-Louise, La Baule , Brittany

    Built a century ago as a private house, this belle époque mansion (Relais & Chateaux) was turned into a hotel by François André in 1926: he named it after his wife. It stands

  • Domaine de Rochevilaine, Billiers, Brittany

    On a rocky spur of the south Brittany coast, this luxurious hotel (Relais & Châteaux) is owned by Bertrand Jaquet. A romantic collection of buildings, including a 13th-century stone gateway,

  • Grand Hotel des Bains, Locquirec, Brittany

    ‘A terrific place,’ said a recent visitor. Gloriously positioned on a peninsula in a fishing port on the north Brittany coast, this handsome white 1900s hotel is decorated in

  • Quintessia Resort, Orvault, Brittany

    Built in the 1970s, this large white villa, with its sloping red-tiled roof, looks more Basque than Breton. Previously known as Le Domaine d'Orvault, but still managed by Nathalie and Sylvain Lejeune,

  • Hotel Casa Marcello, Prague

    Quietly set by St Agnes Monastery (and once part of the convent) this hotel is composed of two listed buildings in the Gothic style. It is owned by the Kotikova famiky; Katerina Kotikova is the

  • Hotel Hoffmeister, Prague

    ‘Service is impeccable yet friendly,’ say visitors to this white-fronted hotel. The location is ‘just right’; near the left bank of the Vltava, on a busy boulevard below the

  • Hotel U Pava, Prague

    ‘Pleasant, quiet and convenient’, this historic building (‘At the Peacock’) belonged to the Benedictine order and was rebuilt in 1639 as a baroque house. On Kampa island, near

  • Hotel Pohoda, Prague

    Owned and managed by the Šimon family, this simple, well-modernised, small B&B hotel is located in Strašnice suburb, a residential district four kilometres east of the centre. It

  • Romantik Hotel U Raka, Prague

    In an artists’ colony up a hill near the castle (a ‘charming spot’), this stylish little guest house (‘At the Sign of the Crayfish’) is a tasteful recreation of two

  • Hotel 16, Prague

    A returning visitor to this well-run small B&B hotel near the botanical gardens thought it ‘the best I’ve experienced in the Czech Republic’. Earlier praise: ‘It is so

  • Hotel Le Mur du Roy, Penvins, Brittany

    The setting of M. and Mme Boyère’s modern hotel is ‘splendid’, say visitors to the lovely Rhuys peninsula. Others wrote of ‘a spacious feel, a friendly patron’.

  • Manoir de la Hazaie, Planguenoual, Brittany

    ‘Superbly restored’ by owners Jean-Yves and Christine Marivin, and with ‘furnishings tastefully selected to create an authentic contemporary ambience’, this stone-built manor

  • Hotel Montgomery, Pontorson, Brittany

    Built in 1526, this creeper-covered building was the home of the Earl of Montgomery, who accidentally killed the French king, Henry II, in a tournament. Now a hotel ‘full of character’

  • L'Hotel, Paris

    This hotel’s most famous guest was Oscar Wilde, who died here when it was a rundown boarding house, but since then a number of celebrities have stayed here and continue to do so; a revamp by

  • Relais de la Rance, Quedillac, Brittany

    A restaurant-with-rooms (Logis de France) in a village north-west of Rennes, just off the main road to Brest. This old granite maison bourgeoise is run by its ‘charming and sophisticated’

  • L'Auberge Bretonne, La Roche-Bernard, Brittany

    ‘Pretty close to perfection’ was one couple’s verdict on this charming hotel in a busy market village near the south Brittany coast.  The restaurant, in an enclosed cloister, is

  • Villa Belvedere, Florence, Tuscany

     With ‘stunning views’ over Florence and the surrounding hills, this family friendly hotel ‘couldn’t be faulted’ by a visitor. Run by the Ceschi-Perotto family

  • Hotel Hermitage, Florence, Tuscany

    Overlooking the Arno, between the Ponte Vecchio and the Uffizi, this ‘very peaceful’ B&B hotel has ‘marvellous views of the duomo’. Its ambience is ‘decidedly

  • Loggiato dei Serviti, Florence, Tuscany

    Much loved by Guide readers, Rodolfo Gattai’s B&B is in ‘one of Florence’s loveliest squares’, ‘easily reached from all directions’. Built in 1527 for the order

  • Hotel Monna Lisa, Florence, Tuscany

    In the city centre, this Renaissance palace is now a ‘beautiful and gracious’ hotel with ‘stunning’ lounges filled with antiques and art treasures, and neo-classical drawings

  • Relais Uffizi, Florence, Tuscany

    By the Uffizi Gallery, Elisabetta Matucci’s B&B is a 15th-century building in a little pedestrianised street (reached under an ancient arch) off the Piazza della Signoria. This is overlooked

  • Hotel Tornabuoni Beacci, Florence, Tuscany

    ‘Excellently located’, this ‘beautifully kept’ B&B hotel has been run for many years by its owners, the Bechi family. ‘A lovely mixture of antique furnishings and mod

  • Le Brittany & Spa, Roscoff, Brittany

    Right by the sea, this 17th-century manor house, just east of the port, is now an attractive hotel whose owner, a Mme Chapalain and her son, ‘are very kind’, says a returning visitor. The

  • Hotel de la Plage, Ste-Anne-La-Palud, Brittany

    Run ‘with panache’ by its owners, Anne and Jean Milliau Le Coz, this upmarket beach hotel (Relais & Châteaux) is described by correspondents as 'delightful'. It stands beside a

  • Manoir de Lan-Kerellec, TREBEURDEN, Brittany

    ‘A beautiful hotel,’ one reader wrote. Built of local pink granite, this 19th-century Breton manor house (Relais & Châteaux) stands on a wooded headland on the edge of this

  • Only You Hotel & Lounge, Madrid

    A former 19th century palace has been transformed into a 'great boutique hotel in Madrid's hip district of Chueca, ideally located close to many main tourist sites', according to one visitor. The

  • Hospes Madrid, Madrid

    This charming boutique hotel is located on the Plaza de la Independencia, and within walking distance of major sights such as the Prado Museum, Reina Sofia Museum and the Cybeles Fountain. Formerly a

  • Petit Palace Art Gallery Hotel, Madrid

    The rooms in this imposing 19th century former townhouse are decorated in a contemporary style, with mainly white and beige hues with splashes of red, and the lobby has interesting artworks. Bathrooms

  • art'otel Budapest , Budapest

    Six hundred works of art by a minimalist American artist, Donald Sultan, fill this designer hotel, a conversion of four 18th-century baroque houses on the Danube embankment, opposite the Parliament

  • CityHotel Pilvax, Budapest

    Occupying the lower floors of a 1930s-style block in the business district of Pest, this medium-priced hotel (part of the small CityHotel chain) is on a traffic-free street near the main shopping

  • Hotel Gellert, Budapest

    A visitor loved this imposing Art Nouveau white palace (1918) of ‘faded charm’. ‘Perfectly positioned’ on the right bank of the Danube, it has ‘slightly echoey’

  • Hotel Victoria, Budapest

    On the Buda bank of the Danube, five minutes' walk to the Chain Bridge (an 'excellent and convenient' location), is this newly-renovated B&B hotel. All the four star" ‘generous-sized’

  • Maisons de Bricourt, Cancale, Brittany

    Owner/chef Olivier Roellinger and his wife, Jane, preside over their collection of maisons (Relais & Châteaux) in and around this picturesque fishing port renowned for its oysters. They

  • Chateau de la Cote, Bourdeilles, Dordogne

    In a park with century-old trees bordered by box tree walkways, this Renaissance château near Brantôme looks across a valley. Graceful and romantic, it is creeper-covered,

  • Hostellerie Les Griffons, Bourdeilles, Dordogne

    Beneath the 13th/16th-century château of this village near Brantôme, this 17th-century maison bourgeoise stands by the River Dronne. Owned by Frédérique and Jacques Dauba, it

  • Le Metairie, Mauzac, Dordogne

    In the Périgord Noir, this ‘true gem’ is run by its ‘genial’ Swiss owners, Heinz and Rita Johner. An ivy-covered 18th-century house, it stands amid pretty countryside,

  • Hotel Artrip Madrid, Madrid

    This modern, well-priced hotel is located in the bohemian, multicultural and predominantly working class area of Lavapiés, but is in close proximity to Plaza Mayor, the Gran Via and Buen Retiro

  • VP Jardin de Recoletas, Madrid

    Located on a quiet street in the Salamanca area, in the centre of Madrid, this newly-refurbished (2013) hotel has spacious, sound-proofed rooms decorated in neutral shades of brown, beige and grey.

  • Hotel de la Ferme Lamy, Meyrals, Dordogne

    Michelin finds Michel Bougon’s extended 17th-century farmhouse in the Périgord Nord near Sarlat, ‘ravishing’ and tells of its ‘ambiance cosy’. And a nominator

  • La Terrasse, Meyronne, Dordogne

    Formerly the summer residence of the bishops of Tulle, this 11th-century château stands above the Dordogne, near Rocamadour: it has ‘glorious views’. ‘We loved the personal

  • Hotel Christian IV, Copenhagen

    Located in the old part of Copenhagen, in a white 1950s building near Rosenberg Castle and the King's Garden (and a ten minute walk to the city centre), this reasonably-priced hotel offers four types

  • Ibsens Hotel, Copenhagen

    In a quiet setting in Nansensgade, but only 15 minutes from Copenhagen Airport by metro, is this good-value hotel. Following a refurbishment in 2011, artworks from local neighbourhood artists hangs on

  • Hotel l'Ecrin et Restaurant Maxime Crouzil, Plancoet, Brittany

    ‘Again we had a wonderful time,’ say trusted correspondents after their third visit to this restaurant-with-rooms in a village west of Dinan. Earlier they wrote: ‘It has vitality,

  • Hostellerie des Ducs, Duras, Dordogne

    In a ‘delightful’ small wine-growing town between the rivers Garonne and Dordogne, the Blanchet family’s restaurant-with-rooms has a terrace facing Duras’s 14th-century

  • Andersen Boutique Hotel, Copenhagen

    Located in the central but edgy neighbourhood of Vesterbro – formerly seedy, but rapidly being gentrified – is this smart, modern hotel. Standard rooms are very small, and some are noisy

  • Avenue Hotel Copenhagen, Copenhagen

    This luxury boutique hotel is in the trendy Norrebro and Frederiksberg areas of Copenhagen, next to the Tivoli Gardens, and housed in a classic 19th century building. Rooms are minimal and

  • Hotel Austria, Vienna

    ‘Good value, good location, extremely helpful staff,’ says a returning visitor to this B&B hotel. It is in a pedestrianised cul-de-sac between St Stephan’s cathedral and the

  • Hotel Kaiserin Elisabeth, Vienna

    ‘The location could not be better,’ says a visitor about this ‘lovely, smart hotel’, ‘central but quiet’, liked for both ‘elegance and value’. Privately

  • Hotel König von Ungarn, Vienna

    Much loved by Guide readers, this is said to be the oldest hotel in Vienna (opened 1815). ‘Full of character’, it is close to St Stephan’s cathedral and ‘very good

  • Mailberger Hof, Vienna

    A stone’s throw from the Opera, in a pedestrianised street, this ‘very friendly’, family-run hotel is composed of two Gothic gabled listed buildings formerly owned by the Knights of

  • Pension Nossek, Vienna

    ‘Amazing value. Genuinely friendly.’ ‘Our spacious, nicely decorated room had an attractive bathroom.’ Always liked for its old-fashioned ambience, this pension (for over 100

  • Hotel Zur Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna

    ‘A charming and stately old pension,’ say visitors. In a pedestrianised street near the Karntner Strasse, this 19th-century building, with its baroque facade, flowery window boxes and

  • Chateau de Pray, Amboise, Loire Valley

    In a wooded park outside Amboise, facing the Loire, this small château was built in 1244 by Geoffrey de Pray; later, the wife of Alphonse Daudet lived here. Now a highly regarded hotel, it is

  • Le Manoir Saint-Thomas, Amboise, Loire Valley

    A 12th-century turreted former priory has been sympathetically restored, and is now a B&B hotel owned by Isabelle and Alan Sohn, and located two minutes' walk from Amboise centre. Rooms are all

  • Hotel du Mail, Angers, Loire Valley

    ‘Bang in the middle of decent-sized, pleasant town’, behind the Hôtel de Ville, is this converted 17th century Ursuline convent, now a B&B hotel. A visitor found it

  • La Solognote, Brinon-Sur-Sauldre, Loire Valley

    Owned by Marie-Christine Menec Lacube, this former coach house is now an auberge (Logis Hotels), with a low brick building and rear bedroom extension, and located by a river, in a village on the edge

  • Hotel Agnes Sorel, CHINON, Loire Valley

    Named after a mistress of Charles VII who was also an enthusiastic cook, this ‘sweet, unpretentious little place, astonishingly cheap’, has long been loved by Guide readers. Owned and run

  • Chateau de Marcay, CHINON, Loire Valley

    Built as a fortress in about 1150, the town of Marçay was originally inside the walls of this splendid château, now a smart hotel. The present structure, with pepperpot towers and a

  • Chateau de Chissay, Chissay-en-Touraine, Loire Valley

    In the Cher valley, near Chenonceaux and Blois, this ‘idyllic’ medieval château stands on a hillside. Owned by Philippe Savry, and part of the small Savray group, it is ‘a

  • Auberge du Centre, Chitenay, Loire Valley

    Convenient for visiting the Loire châteaux, this ‘cool and pleasant’ inn (Logis de France) is in a peaceful village south of Blois. It is the family home of the owner, Gilles

  • Auberge du Port des Roches, Luche-Pringe, Loire Valley

    On the banks of Le Loir (not La Loire, further south), is this small country restaurant-with-rooms (Logis de France). ‘The setting is most attractive, the owners [Thierry and Valérie

  • Hotel du Commerce, Oucques, Loire Valley

    In quiet street in the small village of Oucques is this small hotel/restaurant (Logis de France, Michelin Bib Gourmand) owned by chef M. Lanchais: ‘He and his wife are warm and friendly. Our

  • La Tonnellerie, Tavers, Loire Valley

    Once the home of a 19th-century wine merchant, this vine-covered building is now a ‘charming small hotel’, says a visitor. ‘The friendly staff were very helpful.’ The owners

  • Le Manoir de la Foret, La Ville-aux-Clercs, Loire Valley

    Between Orléans and Le Mans, outside a village 18 km north of Vendôme, is this handsome, ivy-covered 19th-century former hunting lodge of Duc de La Rochefoucauld, now owned by Maryse and

  • Hotel am Stephansplatz, Vienna

    The location couldn't be better - in a square in the heart of old Vienna, and opposite St Stephan's Cathedral - and the service friendlier. The hotel is environmentally conscious where possible, and

  • As Janelas Verdes, Lisbon

    Liked for its informal atmosphere, this 18th-century palace, managed by Diogo Laranjo, stands in the cobbled street of the same name (‘green windows’). Owned by the Cardoso and Fernandes

  • York House, Lisbon

    This 17th-century Carmelite convent was turned in the 19th century into a hotel by two Yorkshire women, hence the name. It is on a busy street (some bedrooms face this), but steep steps

  • Hotel Britania, Lisbon

    This art deco gem is located on a quiet street in Lisbon's historic centre. It was designed by the famous Portuguese modernist architect Cassiano Branco and built in 1944. Many original features

  • Circus Hotel, Berlin

    The location of this hotel is great - opposite the Rosenthaler Platz, a transport hub, and on the northern edge of the Mitte district, adjoining the hip Prenzlauer Berg area - and the value for money

  • Memmo Alfama, Lisbon

    This stylish, contemporary design hotel is located in Lisbon's Alfama district, or old town. Some rooms overlook the River Tagus, some have wooden decks, others have street or interior patio views,

  • Palacio Ramalhete, Lisbon

    Located in the quiet residential Lapa area, opposite the National Museum of Ancient Art, is this former palace now elegant boutique hotel. Parts date to the 17th century, others the 18th century. The

  • Hotel Cantemerle, Vence, Cote d'Azur

    This ‘very peaceful’ hotel stands on a hill amid pine trees, in a well-kept garden with swimming pool (where snacks are served in summer). ‘It is architecturally pleasing, in

  • Chateau de Trigance, Trigance, Provence

    ‘Magical.’ ‘Delightful.’ This former 10th-century fortress, near the awesome Gorges du Verdon, is owned by the family of Guillaume Thomas. ‘The welcome is warm and

  • Hotel Le Saint Paul, St-Paul-de-Vence, Cote d'Azur

    ‘For warmth of reception combined with lovely rooms, it cannot be beat,’ writes a travel expert about Roberto and Nanda Polito's luxurious and stylish little hotel (Relais &

  • Auberge de Reillanne, Reillanne, Provence

    This 'beautifully refurbished’ old bastide is located within walking distance of the ancient fortified village of Reillanne. A reviewer found it  ‘calm, quiet, relaxing; simply

  • Hotel d'Europe, Avignon, Provence

    A hotel since 1799, this elegant 16th-century building has long been a favourite of Guide readers. Earlier visitors include Napoleon, Victor Hugo, Tennessee Williams, Picasso and the Brownings. In

  • Auberge de Carcarille, Gordes, Provence

    Informally run by the Rambaud family is this stylish inn located in a ‘pleasing stone building’ set back from the road, in ‘fairly spacious’ grounds with olive and almond trees

  • Mas de Aigras, Orange, Provence

    This creeper-clad stone mas is now a welcoming three-star demeure d’hôtes, quietly set amid fields, vineyards and orchards in the heart of Provence, 4 kms from Orange. Sylvie and

  • Hotel Saint-Jean, Orange, Provence

    Near the Roman theatre, at the foot of St-Eutrope hill is this 17th-century coaching inn, now a pink and green-shuttered two-star B&B with ‘welcoming’ owner/manager, Alain Bennejean.

  • Hostellerie Les Gorges de Pennafort, Callas, Provence

    Opposite the dramatic gorges of Pennafort, in wooded country near Draguignan, this former relais de poste is now a luxurious hotel/restaurant managed by chef Philippe Da Silva and his wife, Martine.

  • Hotel la Moraleja, Cala san Vicenc, Mallorca

    A ‘most relaxing’ small, hotel composed of two white villas in a residential area of this popular, ‘if not particularly appealing’, resort. ‘Service is excellent,’

  • Cala Sant Vincenc Hotel, Cala san Vicenc, Mallorca

    Near the sandy beaches of Mallorca’s northern cape, this small luxury hotel stands quietly in landscaped gardens amid pine trees, in a busy resort. ‘A comfortable, pleasant stay,’

  • Gran Hotel Son Net, Puigpunyent, Mallorca

    With ‘brilliant service’ and ‘fantastic rooms’, David Stein’s small luxury hotel, a converted 17th-century palace, is ‘strongly recommended’ by visitors.

  • Hotel Bon Sol, Illetas, Mallorca

    On a pine-covered hillside overlooking Palma bay, this large holiday hotel, with mock-Moorish tower, is managed by its owners, Lorraine and Martin Xamena and their son Alejandro. ‘An enjoyable

  • Hotel Es Moli, Deia, Mallorca

    On the outskirts of this famous hill village, on a hillside with ‘breathtaking views’ across olive terraces to the sea, this holiday hotel has long been popular with Guide readers.

  • Hotel des Puig, Deia, Mallorca

    ‘A bargain in a delightful location’: this pretty house is not far from the upmarket Residencia. It offers similar views at half the price. The manager, Lucian Rogojina, ‘works hard

  • Hotel Mar i Vent, Banyalbufar, Mallorca

    The Vives family’s unassuming hotel offers ‘good value on a coastline that remains unspoilt by development’. Set above steeply terraced, cultivated slopes that lead down to coves on

  • Le Logis de l'Escalin, La Garde-Adhemar, Provence

    ‘A lovely discovery’, by a regular Guide correspondent. Just outside this medieval village perché north of Orange, above the Rhône, it is only a kilometre from the A7,

  • La Passiflore, Vergeze, Provence

    In a pretty village between Nîmes and Montpellier is this renovated, creeper-covered, old farmhouse, run by Alain Foubert. All the air-conditioned bedrooms face the central courtyard or a

  • Auberge de la Tour, Valros, Provence

    In two buildings, separated by a garden with a swimming pool, is M. and Mme Grasset’s ‘relatively modern’ Logis de France, popular with golfers. ‘Cheap and cheerful, with

  • La Ferme St-Michel, Solerieux, Provence

    ‘Charming as ever,’ says a visitor, returning to this 16th-century stone mas in vineyards and lavender fields in rolling country east of the Rhône valley. ‘No airs and graces,

  • Hotel Ses Rotges, Cala Ratjada, Mallorca

    In a village on the north-east tip of Mallorca, this much-admired restaurant-with-rooms is run by the ‘delightful’ French owner/chef, Gérard Tétard, with his wife

  • L'Hermitage, Orient, Mallorca

    This former 19th-century monastery is now an elegant Mallorcan-owned hotel in a ‘stunning’ setting, two kilometres west of Orient, in beautiful, remote valley. Visitors found

  • Hotel la Cle des Champs, Gordes, Provence

    This old hill village, popular with artists, is full of arty boutiques. Its name means ‘russet’: it is famous for its ochre quarries, and its buildings are in shades of red, pink and

  • Hotel Charembeau, Forcalquier, Provence

    Tastefully converted by its owners Sandra and André Berger, this group of 18th-century stone farm buildings is now an inexpensive B&B hotel. It stands in a large park of woods and rolling

  • Hotel du Levant, Cap d'Antibes, Cote d'Azur

    Although somewhat dated and in need of renovations, this ‘attractive, comfortable’ hotel still offers lots of charm, and ‘helpful staff. Good value in an expensive

  • Le Cagnard, Haut-de-Cagnes, Cote d'Azur

    This unusual hotel is a clever conversion of medieval houses on the side of a cliff, by the ramparts of this fashionable hill village, inland from Nice. The hotel was purchased from the Barel-Laroche

  • Hotel Windsor, Nice, Cote d'Azur

    This unusual hotel is located not far from the seafront, behind the mighty Hôtel Negresco. Visitors called it ‘a delight’. Fairly quiet, yet lively, it has a quirky style. The hall

  • Hotel Welcome, Villefranche-Sur-Mer, Cote d'Azur

    Between Nice and Monte Carlo, this ‘impeccable hotel’, owned by Gérard Galbois, stands opposite the fishermen’s chapel decorated by Cocteau. ‘He wrote Orphée in

  • Le Bosquet, Pegomas, Cote d'Azur

    Between Cannes and Grasse, on the edge of a village in mimosa country, this informal and ‘convivial’ holiday hotel, long popular with readers, is owned and run by Chantal Cattet and her

  • La Colombe d'Or, St-Paul-de-Vence, Cote d'Azur

    At the entrance of this old walled town, this ‘beautiful and special’ hotel is run by François Roux with his wife, Daniele. His artist grandfather, Paul Roux, founded it in 1931,

  • Les Rosees, Mougins, Cote d'Azur

    Located very close to the village of Mougins, and only 20 mins from Cannes, this small luxury hotel is described as more of a country house than a hotel, with only five beautiful suites. Three are in

  • Mas Djoliba, Antibes, Cote d'Azur

    Ten minutes’ walk from the busy old town and its beaches, this converted 1920s mas has something of the air of a private home: ‘handsome, quiet and comfortable’. Each bedroom is

  • Hotel Pelagia Aphrodite, Agia Pelagia, Lakonian Islands

    On a sand and rock beach (‘fine swimming’), in an old fishing village on the north-east coast of lovely Kythira island, stands this small white B&B hotel, built in traditional style.

  • Hotel Excelsior, Nice, Cote d'Azur

    Located just steps away from the Promenade des Anglais is this small, Belle Epoque boutique hotel, with charming and friendly staff. Rooms have a clever 1920s travel theme, with travel-related

  • Hotel Baie Doree, Cap d'Antibes, Cote d'Azur

    Although you are paying for location more than decor - the reception is tiny and the rooms simply furnished - all rooms have terraces with sea views. The hotel also has two swimming pools - one

  • Hotel Petali, Sifnos, Cycladic Islands

    On a hill above the capital of this ‘traditional Greek island’, this ‘very attractive hotel’ (said the nominator) has been managed by Georgios Troullos for many years. Built in

  • Margarita Hotel, Chora, Lakonian Islands

    In Kythira’s ‘very pretty’ old administrative capital, this white-walled, blue-shuttered, two-storey 19th-century mansion stands on a hill. There are ‘breathtaking sea

  • Corfu Palace, Corfu, Ionian Islands

    By the old city wall of Corfu’s Venetian capital, and a short walk into the town, this large provides an escape from the heat and crush of the town. Recent reports cite that the hotel is in need

  • Porto Veneziano Hotel, Chania, Crete

    ‘A wonderfully relaxed place,’ say visitors returning to this large, much-balconied hotel, by the water on the old Venetian harbour, is run by its ‘charming’ owner, Yannis

  • Bratsera Hotel, Hydra, Saronic Islands

    With ‘bags of character’, this converted 19th-century sponge trading post is ‘in many ways the perfect small Greek island hotel’, according to a visitor. It stands, overlooking

  • Hotel Miranda, Hydra, Saronic Islands

    Valued for its ‘relaxed atmosphere’, the Sofianou family’s ‘civilised’ B&B hotel is a listed 19th-century sea captain’s mansion, ‘a fine example of

  • Lefkes Village Hotel, Paros, Cycladic Islands

    Outside a charming inland village, this ‘most attractively situated’ small hotel is designed to look like a village itself. It stands in gardens with flowers, vines and fruit trees, and

  • Hotel Grotta, Naxos, Cycladic Islands

    On a hillside, about seven minutes’ walk from the harbour and within a short distance of the Venetian castle, the museum and many tavernas and shops, ‘this is one of the nicest hotels we

  • Hotel Aliki, Simi, Dodecanese Islands

    This restored neo-classical mansion, originally built by a wealthy 19th-century sea captain, is now a sympathetic and ‘exquisite’ B&B hotel. It's located on the picturesque waterfront

  • Luna Convento, Amalfi, Amalfi Coast

    Run for many years as a hotel by the Barbaro family, this former medieval convent, founded by St Francis of Assisi in 1222, has long been popular with Guide readers. ‘A great place: lots of

  • Villa Sarah, Capri, Amalfi Coast

    Once the summertime day-trippers have left, Capri becomes a different place: it has ‘charm, beauty, many fabulous sights’. A short walk from its centro storico, although up a hill, the de

  • Villa Brunella, Capri, Amalfi Coast

    A bit of a walk from Capri’s small main square, Piazza Umberto, in a pleasant residential area, this small modern villa is ‘stylish, efficient and vertiginous’, says a visitor this

  • Hotel Marincanto, Positano, Amalfi Coast

    ‘Wholeheartedly recommended’ by Guide readers, this elegant four-star B&B hotel is on six floors, with lovely terraces and splendid views (‘even from the bathrooms’), and

  • Palazzo Avino, Ravello, Amalfi Coast

    High on a cliff, the pink 12th-century palace of the Sasso family, now a ‘very fine hotel’, has ‘spellbinding views’ from its terrace over the Amalfi coast. A combination of

  • Hotel Palazzo Murat, Positano, Amalfi Coast

    Built in 1808 by the King of Naples (who was married to Napoleon's sister) as a summer residence, this townhouse hotel is located in the centre of Positano. It is located on a pedestrian thoroughfare,

  • Le Sirenuse, Positano, Amalfi Coast

    The Sersale family's summer home was turned into this spectacular hotel in 1951, and is still run by the descendants of the original brothers. The hotel combines the charm of a private home with the

  • La Minerva, Capri, Amalfi Coast

    Located in the centre of Capri but surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens, nearly all of the rooms at this peaceful family-owned and run boutique hotel have sea views and terraces or balconies.

  • Hotel Caruso, Ravello, Amalfi Coast

    The highlight of this 11th-century restored palace is the infinity pool - heated to a warm temperature year-round, and located at the highest point in Ravello, it has incredible views of the Amalfi

  • Santa Caterina Hotel, Amalfi, Amalfi Coast

    This hotel, set in an art deco villa on Amalfi drive, offers a genteel, old-fashioned charm, and has been in the same family since it opened as a hotel with six rooms in 1904. The spacious rooms have

  • Monastero Santa Rosa, Conca dei Marini, Amalfi Coast

    A former monastery dating from the 17th century, this luxury boutique hotel has been sympathetically restored by owner Bianca Sharma; features such as vaulted celings and wooden shutters on the

  • Casa Buonocore, Positano, Amalfi Coast

    This hotel is in the centre of Positano, close to shops and restaurants and five minutes from Spiaggia Grande beach. What it may lack in amentities such as a pool or direct beach access it more than