Best Hotels in Continental Europe

Italy, France, Spain, Holland, Germany and the Czech Republic

We have started to recommend hotels in mainland Europe once again. We have begun slowly with some of those we know best, and we have a great selection of hotels in Paris, Rome, TuscanyBarcelona, Amsterdam, Venice, Berlin and Prague up already. We're also expanding our coverage of France, with a selection in Provence, and more regions to come.  

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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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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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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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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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 (where meals are served under parasols and cypress trees). The hotel is high

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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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 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).

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 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

  • 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

  • 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.