Good Hotels in Continental Europe

Good Hotel Guide selection of hotels in Continental Europe

We have started to recommend hotels in mainland Europe once again. We have begun slowly with some of those we know best,  but we hope readers will nominate their favourite European hotels so that we can gradually build up the numbers again. That is the way the Good Hotel Guide began 35 years ago when Hilary Rubinstein, a literary agent, asked his friends to nominate their favourite hotel.

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 of Continental European Hotels will be.

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Featured hotels in Continental Europe

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


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


Hotels in Continental Europe

  • 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.

  • 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