Europe is one of the most beautiful places on earth with a multitude of reasons to visit, from old-world architecture and diverse landscapes to gorgeous beaches and luxury resorts.
The continent naturally lends itself to tourism with incredible accommodation in stunning structures throughout every country. While there are many incredible places to stay during your visit, we’ve managed to narrow down the 10 most beautiful hotels in Europe.
If watching the sunset over the caldera at the southernmost point of Oia in Santorini isn’t enough to make you drool, viewing it from a private terrace will be.
The Mystique boasts luxurious rooms that carve out a space in the white-washed walls of Santorini (and surely, your heart), an infinity pool with unrivaled Aegean ‘sea’-nery and a decor that will undoubtedly delight all of your senses. The property’s swim-up bar, Aura, offers a spot to sip on a cocktail while you savour heart-stopping sunsets.
When it comes to the most stunning spots to spend a night or two, it’s no secret that Mystique is easily one the most beautiful hotels in Europe.
With only 38 rooms, a walled garden, and a picture-perfect setting amongst the rolling hills of the countryside, this Italianate mansion will make you feel right at home. The history of the house can be felt in the antique furniture and period features, and the individuality of each room is not lost on anyone (especially those lucky enough to enjoy their own private terrace with sweeping views over the River Thames).
The cuisine at the The André Garett at Cliveden restaurant is as exquisite as the property itself, offering a mouth-watering dining experience that has earned 3 AA Rosettes (that translates to really yummy).
The best part about this beauty? It’s less than an hour’s drive from London and only 20 minutes from London Heathrow Airport.
Italy is one of the most beautiful places in the world, so it simply makes sense to place a Four Seasons property in the heart of Florence.
This metropolitan marvel is made up of two structures, the 15th-century Palazzo della Gherardesca and the ex 16th-century convent, La Villa. Between the two buildings there are 116 luxurious rooms that are sure to satisfy your suitetooth, a spa that spans two floors, and a Michelin-Star restaurant where dining is always at its finest.
Forgive us, but the Four Seasons must take another spot in our top 10. This magnificent masterpiece sits at the base of the chain bridge that crosses the Danube, connecting the two sides of the river that were once referred to separately as ‘Buda’ and ‘Pest.’
The jaw-dropping hotel has stain glass, a mosaic-tiled floor made up of millions of pieces, and spacious rooms fit for royalty; we’re certain this landmark belongs on your bucket list.
When in Rome, the Palazzo Manfredi is the place to stay. Atop this beautiful boutique hotel sits a terrace that affords its guests a panoramic view of the iconic Colosseum. Each room was designed with undeniable detail, marble floors and modern furnishings.
The property offers everything from a personal shopper to a Lamborghini car rental at reception, making it an absolute must-stay.
Fancy a fairy tale getaway? You’ll find it in the form of a 15th-century hunting lodge on a luscious lakeside retreat in Austria. The hotel offers over 100 rooms and six intimate cottages that include a fireplace, sauna, and private terrace on the lakeshore.
Perched perfectly on the peninsula of an alpine lake, this combination of luxury and leisure is what European travel dreams are made of.
There are many stunning hotels in the city of Paris, but this property takes the croissant. The Plaza Athénée has been a temporary home to the likes of Jackie Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor and once set the scene for Carrie Bradshaw’s foray into French territory in the Sex and the City finale.
Not fancy enough for you? This 5-star hotel also grants its guests access to a Dior institute spa, 5 restaurants supervised by a Michelin-Star chef, and is situated a mere 15-minute walk from the Eiffel Tower.
Located in the centre of the Costa del Sol, Finca Cortesin Hotel Golf & Spa appeals to the avid golfer and poolside patron.
The southern climate of the Mediterranean creates the perfect environment for a round of 18 holes on a champion golf course or an afternoon of relaxation at the private beach club infinity pool. The property is decorated with imported antiques, carefully chosen furniture and fabrics, and each room has its own private terrace or balcony – some even offer a private pool with a view.
This charming,18th-century countryside villa is the perfect escape to an enchanted forest north of the Old Town.
Every room on the property has a unique touch of antique furnishings and lavish decor, promising a cozy and comfortable stay. Guests gather at the outdoor pool in the evening for cocktails and gourmet cuisine, surrounded by a seven-acre garden and a sense of serenity that is unmatched.
This 14th-century monastery turned luxury hotel has 99 rooms and underfloor heating in every single one. As an architectural marvel with a contemporary touch, it houses a 2-storey spa inside of an old chapel and a pride in its 14th-century foundation that’s on display through the glass floors of the lobby.
This is where modern luxury meets the magic of Europe. As the most Instagram-worthy wonder, the Mandarin Oriental takes the #1 spot on our list of the 10 most beautiful hotels in Europe.