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From breathtaking views of the Swiss Alps, rich heritage of Paris, historic charm of Berlin and the majestic architecture of Rome, Europe is a dream destination for anyone who loves to travel. Picking the right places to stay in can be that cherry on the cake that turns your European escapade into a truly unforgettable experience. Here is our pick of top five hotels to check in during your vacation in Europe.
Hotel Balzac, Paris
If you appreciate rich history, Hotel Balzac is just the kind of place you’d want to spend your Paris holiday at. This five-star boutique hotel was once home to the famous French writer, Honore de Balzac. The property, steeped in French history and mirroring the quintessential Parisian elegance, is situated off the Champs-Elysées and is a short walk from the Arc de Triomphe. Its proximity to both Avenue Montaigne and Avenue George V gives it a certain vantage point in Paris’ Golden Triangle, known for its haute couture boutiques and fine-dining restaurants. The hotel has 69 luxuriously appointed rooms and suites, with the suites and five-star rooms offering a clear view of the Eiffel Tower backed by the stunning Parisian skyline. It also houses a 3 Michelin Star restaurant, where you can treat yourself to some of the finest French cuisine.
Reflecting the essence of Berlin’s spirit, the Titanic Gendarmenmarkt has been designed with a mix of heritage and contemporary influences. The hotel is located on Französische Straße in the gorgeous Gendarmenmarkt area, and is housed in an 18th century building once used as a warehouse by Staatsoper. The hotel is equipped with 208 elegant rooms and suites, but the sports and spa facility is the clear hero on this property. Spread over two floors, this luxurious spa retreat boasts of a Turkish hamam, steam bath, dry sauna equipped with ice fountain, 3 full-blown spa suites for massages and beauty treatments, and relaxation rooms designed to exude a tranquil vibe. You can also unwind with some foot-tapping live music performances at the Schinkel Bar here, and finish off the evening with delectable offerings at the hotel’s Beef Grill Club restaurant. The rooms have a charming décor and have been done up to accord all modern-day luxuries. A bath in the walk-in rainforest shower after a long day of exploring Berlin’s neighbourhoods is just what you need to rejuvenate your senses.
The La Scelta Di Goethe is a beautiful relais nestled in the charming Tuscan Hills. The location of this luxury hotel, which offers a unique view of ancient history, is a delight unto itself. Plush comforts, luxurious décor and unadulterated pampering—a stay La Scelta Di Goethe is an experience right out of a fairytale. You can book the entire house or just one of the two luxury suites. Guests are treated to a hearty continental breakfast, which can be enjoyed on the terrace by the fireplace, or even in bed. You’d also be assigned a butler and a personal assistant to cater to your every need. In addition to all this, La Scelta Di Goethe also organizes wine tasting tours, shopping trips with a personal shopper, golf outings, helicopter tours, visits to museums and art exhibitions, all with a dedicated limousine to drive you around. It is like living a dream that can only be turned into reality in Rome.
Aptly named The View, this luxury hotel offers panoramic visuals of the picturesque Lake of Lugano, with all 16 junior suites and two luxury suites facing the magnificent lake. If you want a date with nature wrapped in a blanket of luxury, The View is just the place to be. Each suite boasts of a unique design theme and furnishings, lending it an air of exclusivity. The place also houses a fine-dining restaurant serving the best Italian delicacies prepared from locally sourced produce, coupled with the finest wines from across the world. You can pamper yourself with a relaxing spa treatment or unwind with a dip in the indoor pool. The hotel also organizes fun activities and courses for its guests from time to time.
The Bagues in Barcelona is an elegant and sophisticated 5-star boutique museum hotel on Las Ramblas in the famous Gothic Quarter neighbourhood. This ancient El Regulador palace was remodelled in 2010 with blends of art nouveau and modernism to create an exquisite luxury destination for tourists from across the globe. The building’s original façade has been preserved to offer a sneak peek into the classic architecture of a bygone era. The property houses 31 luxuriously done-up rooms and suites, a terrace offering a bird’s eye view of the city streets, swimming pool, sauna and gym, along with an in-house restaurant and bar. There is a museum on the property that showcases unique pieces from the Bagués-Masriera family’s centuries-old jewellery workshop. Special offerings like free access to the Egyptian Museum of Barcelona are definitely an added incentive during your stay here.
A journalist by profession, Arushi has ventured into freelance writing to be able to do the two things she loves doing most – writing and spending time with her bundle of joy. When not writing, she likes to be in the company of books and food, or hitting the road to explore new places.