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


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


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,


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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;


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


Hotel Alpenrose , WENGEN, Jungfrau

‘A model of a friendly small hotel,’ say visitors. Owned by the von Allmen family, it has a ‘wonderful position’ in the lower part of the village. Others wrote:


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


Hotel Sonnenhof, Kuens, Bolzano

‘It remains a gem, loved by all who visit it,’ said the original nominators of the Schrott family’s chalet-style hotel, in the ‘very beautiful’ Passeier / Passiria valley


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


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


L'Abbaye-Chateau de Camon, Camon, Midi-Pyrenees

‘Just as lovely as we remembered,’ says a returning visitor to this converted 10th-century abbey, part of a castle in this lovely old fortified village, way south-west of Carcassonne. The


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


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


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


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


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.


La Villa de Mazamet, Mazamet, Midi-Pyrenees

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.


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


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


Hotel Restaurant Ermitage, Kandersteg, Bern

This village, at the western end of the Bernese Oberland, is good all year round for a holiday: skiing and glaciers in winter, ‘a hiker’s paradise’ in summer. Just above it is the


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

  • Hotel Bella Tola & St Luc, St-Luc, Valais

    At the entrance of this village in the beautiful Val d’Annivers, Anne-Françoise and Claude Buchs-Favre’s large white, blue-shuttered hotel dates from 1859. It has fine views of

  • 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 Metropol and Spa, Zermatt, Valais

    ‘Ten wonderful days. My favourite hotel anywhere,’ wrote a devotee who celebrated his 80th birthday at Franziska and Gabriel Taugwalder’s chalet hotel. ‘A very friendly,

  • 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

  • Hotel La Tartana , LA HERRADURA , Granada

    This 'welcoming’ boutique hotel, managed by owners Jed and Amanda Filmer, is built in Andalusian style with a central courtyard and fountain, old oak beams and old monastery doors. It is located

  • 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

  • Hotel Belvedere, Grindelwald , Bern

    In the beautiful Jungfrau region of the Bernese Oberland, this classic hotel was built by the Hauser family in 1904. Silvia and Urs Hauser are now the ‘hands-on’ proprietors; they and

  • 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 Spa Le Calendal , Arles, Provence

    ‘A lovely little hotel,’ says a visitor to Frederic and Cécile Lespinasse-Jacquemin’s quiet, friendly B&B in three buildings in the old town. Other comments:

  • 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

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

    Well away from the tourist crowds which flock to this spectacular hilltop village is the Charial family’s sophisticated modern hotel (Relais & Châteaux). Built in the style of a

  • 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

  • Relais de la 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 14th-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

  • Hotel 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, Provence

    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, Provence

    ‘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 'and fascinating' tiny hill village, on a hillside with ‘breathtaking views’ across olive terraces to the sea, this holiday hotel has long been popular with

  • 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 L'Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix, Rhone-Alpes

    In a village midway between the town and the Mont Blanc Tunnel entrance, this cheerful chalet-style hotel (Logis de France) is owned and run by Bernard and Martine Farini. In a large park (with big

  • Le Hameau Albert 1er, Chamonix, Rhone-Alpes

    Owned since 1903 by the Carrier family, this luxury hotel (Relais & Châteaux) is named after the Belgian king who loved this ski resort. It has ‘wonderful views’ and, says a

  • 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, Provence

    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

  • Hotel Aigua Blava, Begur, Costa Brava

    Built in the style of a Catalan village around the Fornells cove on a lovely stretch of the Costa Brava, this much-loved hotel (‘well run, in a beautiful spot’) was thought ‘truly

  • Hotel El Patio, Garachico, Tenerife, Canary Islands

    The ‘charming’ de Ponte family have converted the quinta and other buildings on their banana plantation (they have owned it since 1507) into this small rural hotel just outside Garachico.

  • Hotel San Roque, Garachico, Tenerife, Canary Islands

    On a cobbled street near the seafront of this interesting little port in the lush north-west of Tenerife, this small designer hotel provides ‘a charming blend of style, comfort, cosy ambience,

  • Hotel Obispo, Hondarribia, Basque Country

    On a hill within the ramparts of this interesting old Basque fishing port/seaside resort (also known by its Castilian name, Fuenterrabía), this small B&B hotel is a converted 14th-century

  • Hotel Llevant, Llafranc, Costa Brava

     On the beach in an unspoilt small Costa Brava resort, the Farrarons family have run their hotel since 1935. ‘It is pleasant for a few days at the seaside,’ say recent visitors.

  • Hotel Villa la Argentina, Luarca, Asturias

    This listed belle époque villa was built in 1899 by a shipping magnate. It is in a residential area above this charming fishing village in northern Spain. The nominators reported: ‘A

  • Hotel San Lorenzo, Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca

    ‘A wonderful little hotel,’ say visitors. ‘An excellent welcome; we much enjoyed our junior suite.’ Another comment: ‘The ambience is beautifully done. The small number

  • Parador de la Gomera, San Sebastian, La Gomera, Canary Islands

    This stone-built parador stands on a cliff-top overlooking the harbour and marina of the lushest and least spoilt island in the Canaries. Visitors wrote: ‘Our comfortable room had garden view,

  • Parador de la Palma, Santa Cruz de la Palma, La Palma, Canary Islands

    La Palma, the most north-westerly of the Canary Islands, is small and volcanic, less busy than its larger neighbour Tenerife. This parador was built in local style in 1999, on the coast outside the

  • Parador de Canadas del Teide, Las Canadas del Tiede, Tenerife, Canary Islands

    In a ‘spectacular, albeit isolated’ setting, this purpose-built parador is ‘excellent and inexpensive’, says a visitor endorsing ‘with enthusiasm’ its entry in the

  • Parador de El Hierro, El Hierro, El Hierro, Canary Islands

    One of the remotest of all the paradors, a modern white-painted building by a black lava beach on the smallest, least visited of the Canary Islands. It stands in large gardens with coconut palms and

  • Villa Cheta Elite, Acquafredda di Maratea, Lombardy

    In this ‘old-fashioned summer resort’ on the dramatic north Tyrrhenian coast,  this 18th-century ‘Liberty-style’ building stands in lush grounds. Family antiques,

  • Villa della Pergola, Alassio, Liguria

    A former haunt of English noblemen, this B&B is a conversion of two pink colonial-style villas once owned by Sir Daniel Hanbury. It stands above the town in a park with magnolias, eucalyptus,

  • Villa Las Tronas, Alghero, Sardinia

    Until the 1940s a holiday home of the Italian royal family, this rectangular pink 19th-century villa retains a ‘charming air of gently fading elegance’, says its nominator. ‘It

  • Hotel Cenobio dei Dogi, Camogli, Liguria

    ‘We cannot think of a nicer, better-run seaside hotel,’ says a devotee of this large hotel, built on the site of a villa once owned by the aristocratic Dogi family. ‘Well run, though

  • Albergo Pietrasanta, Pietrasanta, Tuscany

    This small town (famous for its marble sculptures), with wooded hills behind and sea stretching out in front, is a 30-minute train ride north of Lucca. In a pedestrianised street, the 16th-century

  • Punta Rossa, San Felice Circeo, Lazio

    In a remote setting on an ‘amazing cliffside’, this resort complex includes a hotel and a ‘fishermen’s village’ (apartments), in a large botanical park on the coast

  • Villa Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik, Dalmatia-Dubrovnik

    Terraced on to a cliff on the southern side of Dubrovnik, this striking modern building faces the old walled town and the island of Lokrum. Pine trees, flowers and blue awnings give a Riviera flavour.

  • Villa Vilina, Lopud, Dalmatia-Dubrovnik

    On the small island of Lopud, 45 minutes by ferry from Dubrovnik, this ‘charming hotel’, run by its owners, the Vilina family, is warmly recommended. It stands on a bay, by a medieval

  • Hotel Ostrea, Mali Ston, Dalmatia-Dubrovnik

    In south Dalmatia, this ancient stone-built fishing village is off the main coast road north-west of Dubrovnik. It is ‘quiet, and gorgeous, with lots of narrow streets suitable only for

  • Hotel Primero Primera, Barcelona, Catalonia

    Although it's located in the leafy residential neighbourhood of Tres Torres, away from the hustle and bustle, this boutique hotel has a metro station five minutes' walk away with a direct route to

  • Hotel Do, Barcelona, Catalonia

    The location of this luxury boutique hotel - facing Plaça Reial in the Gothic Quarter - could not be bettered and breakfast (included in the rate) is taken in the square itself. Most of

  • Hotel Villa Ariston, Opatija, Kvarner and Highlands

    This classic seaside resort was popular with the aristocracy of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Just outside, this handsome 19th-century villa stands in ‘delightful’ terraced gardens facing

  • Palmizana Meneghello Reservation, Palmizana, Dalmatia-Split

    On a small private island in the south Adriatic (Sveti Klement), off the coast of the island of Hvar, this ‘splendid’ complex (‘my favourite place for a weekend break’, says a

  • Hotel Plitvice, Plitvice, Kvarner and Highlands

    The Plitvice national park, in wooded hills way south of Zagreb, is famed for its ‘seventeen lakes of a beautiful turquoise colour, linked by waterfalls and cascades: one of the great natural

  • Hotel Park, Split, Dalmatia-Split

    This historic city/port is the cultural and economic centre of Dalmatia, and this ‘lovely old stone building’, managed by Joze Tomaš, is used by business people, but other

  • Hotel Adornes, Bruges

    ‘Unpretentious, spotless, good value’, Nathalie Standaert’s B&B hotel consists of four gabled houses on a corner by a canal bridge. They have been updated in a style

  • Hotel Bryghia, Bruges, West-Vlaanderen

    Liked for its good value and its quiet location, on one of the city’s prettiest canals, Guido Lebacq’s red brick 15th-century merchant’s house is just five minutes’ walk from

  • Hotel Egmond, Bruges, West-Vlaanderen

    ‘Our favourite Bruges hotel,’ says a regular visitor after ‘another comfortable stay’ at this B&B, run by Thierry Florial. Overlooking the ‘lake of

  • Hotel de Tuilerieen, Bruges, West-Vlaanderen

    By the Groeninge museum, 50m from Market Square, Alana Boonen's luxurious little B&B hotel is a 15th-century mansion on one of Bruges’s main canals. It is ‘visually delightful’,

  • Le Dixseptieme, Brussels

    ‘Brilliantly located’, on a side street between the Grand’Place and the central station, this B&B hotel was once the home of the Spanish ambassador. It was mostly liked by

  • Stanhope Hotel, Brussels

    This ‘agreeable’ large luxury hotel is located near the Royal Palace and European Parliament, but is quiet. A visitor reported, ‘The hotel has an elegant hall and sitting areas, and

  • Berns Hotel, Stockholm

    A large building by Berzelii Park has, since 1863, contained restaurants, bars and a theatre. Part of it is now this ‘discreet and exclusive’ boutique hotel. The bedrooms have been

  • Central Hotel, Stockholm

    In the middle of of one of the city's main streets and by the main bus and railway station is this large, ‘environmentally conscious’ chain-owned hotel, managed by Sofia Klasenius.

  • Lady Hamilton Hotel, Stockholm

    The philosophy of the Bengtsson family, owners of a trio of hotels in the pedestrianised old town (Gamla Stan), is that ‘hotel corridors should not be boring’. Nelson enthusiasts, they

  • Victory Hotel, Stockholm

    ‘Still sailing well’, this 17th-century house in the Old Town is the flagship of the Bengtsson family’s group of three Stockholm hotels (see also Lady Hamilton). Dedicated to the

  • Sven Vintappare, Stockholm

    Located in a building dating from 1607 in the old part of Stockholm, and set in a quiet square, this simple, stylish hotel has cosy rooms with exposed wooden beams, stripped wooden floors, luxury beds

  • Gasthof-Hotel Doktorwirt, Salzburg

    A ‘lovely traditional hotel’, much enjoyed by visitors: ‘We can’t give it enough accolades,’ one reader wrote. Another adds: ‘What a delightful place. Some of the

  • Hotel Goldener Hirsch, Salzburg

    In this famous street in the pedestrianised centre, this old hotel, opposite the festival hall, has been managed for several years by Wolfgang Putz. Composed of several tall, narrow houses, it has a

  • Hotel Astoria Salzburg, Salzburg

    The Illinger family’s reasonably priced hotel is a 15-minute walk from the historic centre of the city (there are also two buses, no. 1 and no, 10, which stop nearby). Rooms and public areas all

  • Altstadthotel Weisse Taube, Salzburg

    Run by its friendly new owner, Christine Gmachl, this B&B hotel is a converted 14th-century Burgerhaus in an ‘outstanding’ location, in the middle of the old town and near the

  • Altstadthotel Wolf-Dietrich, Salzburg

    On the edge of the Altstadt, the Schmelzle family’s ‘pleasant hotel’ is near Schloss Mirabell and the Kapuzinerberg. Some bedrooms (several have a balcony) look over the adjacent St

  • Solar Do Castelo, Lisbon

    This is the only hotel within the walls of Sao Jorge Castle, and in fact was built on the site of the castle's kitchens at the time that it served as the royal palace. A gorgeous lemon-coloured

  • La Treille Muscate, Cliousclat, Rhone-Alpes

    Easily accessible from the A7 Autoroute du Soleil, and just 24 kilometres from Montélimar (which has a TGV station), the Delaitre family’s ‘exquisite’ ivy-covered,

  • Cour des Loges, Lyon, Rhone-Alpes

    ‘What a remarkable place,’ says a visitor to this designer hotel in the lively narrow streets of the trendy St-Jean quarter of Vieux Lyon. Four adjacent Renaissance mansions have been

  • Hotel des Artistes, Lyon, Rhone-Alpes

    Located by the Théâtre des Célestins, this B&B is much used by visiting actors. The lobby, with its painted walls and dramatic red and gold tones, is reminiscent of a theatre,

  • Hostellerie de Perouges, Perouges, Rhone-Alpes

    This lovely medieval village, with its ramparts, half-timbered houses, and cobbled streets, is often the setting for historical films. Here, the Thibaut family have presided since 1912 at their hotel,

  • Hotellerie Beau Rivage, Condrieu, Rhone-Alpes

    ‘Very smart’ and ‘beautifully situated’ (on the Rhône, in a famous vineyard), the Humann-Donet family’s hotel is ‘still highly recommended. Modernisation

  • Domaine de Clairefontaine, Chonas L'Amballan, Rhone-Alpes

    Owned by the Girardon family, this lovely 18th-century mansion, once the country home of the bishops of Lyon, is on the edge of a Rhône valley village. It has a ‘beautiful terrace’,

  • Le Chalet, Gresse-en-Vercors, Rhone-Alpes

    Amid the ‘breathtaking scenery’ of the eastern Vercors, where, say visitors, ‘sheer mountain cliffs rise majestically above trees and meadows’, is this ‘gem’ of a

  • Auberge St-Pierre, Tourtour, Provence

    High in the mountains in Upper Provence, outside a lovely but touristy village, is this ‘special place’. René Marcellin’s converted 16th-century bastide stands in a large

  • Le Logis du Guetteur, Les Arcs Sur Argens, Provence

    An 11th-century fortified castle at the top of a medieval village in the hills south of Draguinon has been turned into this small hotel where, say the nominators, ‘everything was correct’.

  • Hotel Chilo, Barcus, Pyrenees-Atlantiques

    South-west of Pau, in a tiny village on the edge of the Pays Basque, this old inn has been turned into a restaurant-with-rooms by owner/chef Pierre Chilo and his wife Martine. Praised by readers for

  • Le Lion d'Or, Bayeux, Normandy

    This Logis de France (also Relais du Silence) is a short walk from the famous tapestry (really an embroidery). A much-modernised old coaching inn, it was enjoyed again by nominators. ‘Staff were

  • La Villa, Calvi, Corsica

    ‘Extremely luxurious’, Jean-Pierre Pinelli’s hilltop hotel (Relais & Châteaux) stands in lovely grounds above this fortified harbour town (its 15th-century citadel, built

  • Hotel V Nesplein, Amsterdam, North Holland

    Set in the city’s theatre district, and an easy walk from Dam Square and the Anne Frank House, this ultra-stylish family-owned hotel opened in 2013 and offers industrial, loft-style rooms,

  • The Neighbour's Magnolia Hotel, Amsterdam, North Holland

    Formerly Hotel Zandbergen, The Neighbour's Magnolia Hotel is set in a typical 1900s building on a quiet street in Oud-Zuid, the fashion and museum district of Amsterdam. On the surface, the hotel

  • Hotel Ai Reali, Venice, Veneto

    A 17th-century former palace refurbished into a luxury hotel in 2013, Hotel Ai Reali is set on a quiet canal between the Rialto and Piazza San Marco. The elegant, typically Venetian-style rooms

  • Novecento, Venice, Veneto

    Set a short walk from St Mark’s Square but on a peaceful side street, this small hotel is perfect for visitors looking for a 'home away from home’. It is owned and run by the Romanelli

  • Oltre Il Giardino, Venice, Veneto

    Owned and managed by Lorenzo Muner, Oltre Il Giardino is set in the San Polo area of Venice, just a few steps from the Church of Frari and 15 minutes from St Mark’s Square. Its secluded garden,

  • Le Vieux Castillon , Castillon-du-Gard, Languedoc-Roussillon

    In a medieval village between Avignon and Nîmes, this group of ancient stone houses has been turned, ‘with charm and imagination’ into a luxurious hotel, now part of the small H8

  • Hotel Echo et Abbaye, La Chaise-Dieu, Auvergne

    In a picturesque village amid the ‘great countryside’ of the Massif Central, this ‘delightful small hotel’ stands on a quiet square behind a lovely abbey (fine Flemish

  • Auberge du Camp Romain, Chassey-le-Camp, Burgundy

    Between woodlands and vineyards on a Burgundy hillside, this holiday hotel stands on a minor road, below an old Neolithic settlement. Its leisure facilities include a ‘first-class outdoor

  • Ackselhaus & Blue Home, Berlin

    Ackselhaus & Blue Home is set on a residential street in the trendy district of Prenzlauer Berg and comprises of two distinct hotels in one 19th century building. One is blue and the other

  • Residence Nikolai, Berlin

    Residence Nikolai is located on a quiet street in the Mitte district in the heart of Berlin, with Museum Island just 700m away. This small, family-run hotel has 21 stylish rooms offering all the

  • Green Garden Hotel, Prague

    Set in a stately 19th century building, the Green Garden hotel is located just 5 minutes from I.P. Pavlova metro and tram station and a 15-minute walk from Wenceslas Square. The hotel has a

  • Golden Wheel Hotel, Prague

    Located on the historic ‘Royal Mile’, just a few minutes from Prague Castle, this historic Baroque-style building dating back to the 15th century has been renovated into a lovely boutique

  • The Pucic Palace, Dubrovnik, Dalmatia-Dubrovnik

    The Pucic Palace hotel sits in the peaceful Gundulic Square at the centre of the Old Town in Dubrovnik. Once a noble home, this 17th century Baroque palace now houses 19 rooms, all elegantly furnished

  • St Joseph's, Dubrovnik, Dalmatia-Dubrovnik

    St Joseph’s is a small, elegant boutique hotel set in a restored townhouse dating from the 16th century and located on a quiet street in the heart of Dubrovnik’s Old Town. It’s just

  • Bed & Breakfast Studio Kairos, Zagreb

    Studio Kairos is a small, family-run boutique hotel set just 15 minutes’ walk or four tram stops from the main city square. It is owned and run by Danijela Cavlovic and her husband Boris, who

  • Baltazar Budapest, Budapest

    This family-run boutique hotel opened in 2013 and is located within in the walls of Buda Castle at the northern end of the castle district. The hotel has 11 individually-decorated, quirky rooms,

  • Bohem Art Hotel, Budapest

    This hip art hotel is centrally located in historic downtown Budapest, just 50 metres from the Danube and a few steps from the city's main pedestrian thoroughfare, Vaci Street. Set in a late 17th

  • St George Residence, Budapest

    Located in the Buda Castle Quarter, St George Residence is one of the city’s oldest hotels and has hosted many illustrious guests over the years. It is set in a building dating from 1392, and

  • Casa Camper Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia

    Casa Camper is set in a 19th century Gothic tenement building in the heart of Barcelona, close to the famous La Boqueria market and a five minute walk from Plaça de Catalunya. Rooms are

  • Parkhotel Bellevue, Adelboden, Bern

    Adelboden, one of the older Swiss ski resorts in the western part of the Bernese Oberland, has changed little over the years, nor has this holiday hotel, now run by the third generation of the Richard

  • Haus Lydia, Appenzell, Eastern Switzerland

    ‘Unusually good value’, Emil and Lydia Mock's modern Appenzeller chalet, says a regular correspondent, is ‘an interesting cross between a B&B and a hotel garni’. It is

  • Hotel Pratschli, Arosa, Graubunden

    This modern and stylish hotel, set 1,900m above Arosa, at the edge of snowfields, is ‘ideal for winter sports; you can almost ski into the Ski Halle,’ according to a visitor. Rooms are

  • Chesa Rosatsch, Celerina, Graubunden

    ‘A superb family hotel with universally friendly staff’, Chesa Rosatsch is formed of four historic houses located in the centre of a ‘lovely, cosy’ village. A nominator

  • Hotel-Restaurant Kirchbuehl, Grindelwald , Bern

    ‘A great hotel. What makes it special is the warmth of the owners, and the quality of the food,’ says a visitor to this chalet hotel (Relais du Silence) on a hillside. ‘Mr and Mrs

  • Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof, Grindelwald , Bern

    ‘One of our favourites’: on their third visit in ten years, regular Guide correspondents again loved this double-gabled chalet hotel with rustic decor. The owners, Anneliese and Otto

  • Hotel Meisser, Guarda, Graubunden

    ‘Wonderfully situated’ in a quiet village high above the Inn valley, the Meisser family’s spruce yellow-painted hotel dates from 1658. The atmosphere is ‘homely’ (books,

  • Hotel Beausite, Interlaken, Bern

    ‘We couldn’t fault it,’ says a visitor regarding this this traditional hotel owned by the ‘charming’ Max and Ria Ritter. It has magnificent views of the Jungfrau massif.

  • Waldhotel Doldenhorn, Kandersteg, Bern

    ‘Delightful’ and smart, the Maeder family’s chalet-style hotel is on the outskirts of the village. ‘Cosy in winter’, it has ‘a lovely large lounge’ with open

  • Hotel Garni Chesa Mulin, Pontresina, Graubunden

    In this upmarket resort, good for a winter or a summer holiday, the Isepponi-Schmidt family have been 30+ years at their ‘cosy’ B&B hotel. Formed of two chalets, it is admired for its

  • Hotel Nest und Bietschhorn, Ried-Blatten, Valais

    Popular with walkers, climbers and skiers, this small chalet-style hotel is in the upper part of the Lötschental, a beautiful and unspoilt area and UNESCO heritage site, and is the oldest in the

  • Hotel Restaurant Luderenalp, Wasen-Luderenalp, Bern

    Owned by Beat and Michael Held, this modern chalet-style hotel ‘combines Swiss efficiency with charm’. The setting is ‘entrancing’, and it is ‘neither imposing nor

  • Hotel Alex, Zermatt, Valais

    ‘Efficient, enjoyable, individual’, the Alex has views of the towering Matterhorn. Its ‘kind owners’, Alex and Gisela Perren, offer ‘old-fashioned hospitality’, say