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The Best Hotels from the Conde Nast Traveler 2016 Gold List in Europe. Those thinking about a trip to Europe will want to check out this list of the favorite hotels on the continent. There are centuries-old historic hotels, chic boutique properties, and country estates. Check out the best luxury hotels below before you check-in.

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Aman Canal Grande Venice | Venice, Italy

Guests usually arrive at the Aman Canal Grande Venice by boat, docking at a landing that leads directly into the luxury property. With its soaring ceilings and historic frescos and reliefs, the hall provides a sense of bygone luxury, as well as direct access to the resort's private gardens and a small Boutique specializing in Venetian...


Ashford Castle | County Mayo, Ireland

Originally built as a crenellated castle in the 13th century and rebuilt as a hunting and fishing lodge in the 1800s, today Ashford Castle is one of the finest and most luxurious castle hotels in Ireland. It is the former estate of the Guinness family. Ashford Castle dates back to 1228 and is set on the shores of Lough Corrib, Ireland's...


Five Star Alliance Perk:

All guests making reservations for the "Breakfast Inclusive" and "Signature" rates with Five Star Alliance will receive the full Irish breakfast for two daily, plus an additional 85 Euro food and beverage credit and complimentary green fees daily. Also, based on availability at the time of check-in/departure: a room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out.

Badrutts Palace Hotel | St. Moritz, Switzerland

The legendary and unique Badrutt's Palace Hotel is a famous symbol of St. Moritz. Set in the breathtaking natural surroundings of the Swiss Alps and embedded in more than a century of history, the "Grande Dame" of Swiss luxury hotels is home to royalty, stars and sport lovers who value quality. ...


Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo | Taormina, Italy

Set high in the rocky hills on the east coast of Sicily, Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo has long been a favourite destination of glamorous European and Hollywood stars, from Sophia Loren to Marcello Mastroianni and from Audrey Hepburn to Elizabeth Taylor. As the first hotel to be built in Taormina, it naturally sits in the most...


Five Star Alliance Perk:
All guests making reservations at Five Star Alliance receive one complimentary lunch for two in the Pool Restaurant (excluding beverages), welcome fruit and flowers, and broadband wifi. Also, subject to availability at the time of check-in, a room upgrade.

Welcome to a world of elegance and refinement where hospitality, privacy and service are second to none. A unique dimension, that of Portofino. The ineffable charm of a Riviera with a sparkling yet reserved personality. Standing amid verdant woodlands overlooking a ravishing seascape, the Belmond Hotel Splendido is a unique blend...


Belmond Villa San Michele | Florence, Italy

A 15th-century Franciscan monastery has now been transformed into one of Europe's most charming and picturesque hotels. Only a few minutes from the centre of Florence, Belmond Villa San Michele is an oasis of peace and unsurpassed beauty, surrounded by its own gardens and woodland on the Fiesole hills. The present aspect of the building,...


Five Star Alliance Perk:
All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance will receive one complimentary lunch for two at the Pool Restaurant (beverages excluded), fresh flowers and fruit in the room upon arrival, and complimentary broadband internet. Also, subject to availability at the time of check-in: a room upgrade to the next category.
Claridges | London, United Kingdom

Claridge's embodies the essence of true English style. All 203 bedrooms and suites boast the latest in communications and entertainment technology. Rooms and suites have integrated DVD/CD sound systems and plasma TV screens. There is a wide range of suites, dining and meeting rooms, much in demand for cocktail receptions and...


Conservatorium Hotel Amsterdam | Amsterdam, Netherlands

Since opening in 2011, the Conservatorium has become fully part of the rich cultural heritage and bustling daily life of what is one of the world’s most important intact historical city centers. Set within the former Sweelinck Conservatory of Music, a 19th century Neo-gothic building, the luxury hotel is located on Amsterdam’s...


Das Stue | Berlin, Germany

Consisting of an historical portion and a new addition by Potsdam-based Axthelm Architects, the 79-room Das Stue is located in a traditional diplomatic neighborhood. The area's past is laden with historical importance, influence, and power. The many grand embassy buildings surrounding the hotel are a testament to the district's longstanding...



Four Seasons Hotel George V is where glamour and romanticism meet culture and history. From the very instance you enter our doors we will engage your senses and surround you with elegance, kindness and exquisite service. Each of our 244 guest rooms and suites is beautifully appointed with opulent details and decorated in the style...


Grand Hotel Du Cap-Ferrat | Saint-Jean Cap-Ferrat, France

The Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, a Four Seasons Hotels, entirely refurbished by Pierre-Yves Rochon, re-opened its doors on 15th May 2009 after 14 months of extension and refurbishment work. The new wing, the "Residence", created by the Nicean architect Luc Svetchine, offers 16 new rooms , 8 exclusive suites with private swimming...


Gravetye Manor | West Hoathly, Sussex, United Kingdom

This 17 bedroom Relais & Chateaux Country House Hotel near West Hoathly in Sussex, is set in 1000 acres of wooded parklands and gardens, famous for being created by William Robinson, arguably one of England’s greatest gardeners. It is hard to believe that this secluded haven of peace is only 12 miles from Gatwick Airport and 30...


Ham Yard Hotel | London, United Kingdom

In the midst of Soho and moments from Mayfair, Ham Yard Hotel has an urban village feel. The hotel revolves around a tree-filled garden with a bronze sculpture centrepiece by Tony Cragg. Alongside the hotel's 91 individually designed bedrooms and suites are 24 apartments, 13 independent stores, and a restaurant and bar with outdoor...


Hotel D'Angleterre Copenhagen | Copenhagen, Denmark

Please Note: From May 31, 2013 to May 31, 2018 - The Copenhagen Metro system has a large construction site in front of the hotel . During some days, noise is expected; however, the hotel features soundproof windows which will dissipate a lot of the noise. Following a major renovation in 2013, the Hotel D’Angleterre Copenhagen...


Hotel Grande Bretagne | Athens, Greece

For nearly 140 years, the Hotel Grande Bretagne has been recognized as the "Royal Box" of Athens. Occupying the most prestigious block of the city's center, the Hotel Grande Bretagne stands across from Constitution Square, the House of Parliament and the National Gardens. Ideally located within short walking distance of exclusive...


Hotel Le Meurice | Paris, France

Ideally located opposite the Tuileries Garden, between Place de la Concorde and the Musee du Louvre, Le Meurice has held sway as the jewel in the crown of French luxury hotels since 1835. Reflecting its uninterrupted attachment to the French art of living, Le Meurice is a magical, serene place, where the refined splendours of 18th-century...


Hotel Plaza Athenee | Paris, France

Hotel Plaza Athenee, which re-opened August 1, 2014, will take the guest experience to new levels of luxury. The the iconic hotel underwent a partial restoration to integrate additional buildings, and created six new guest rooms, eight suites, a ballroom, and two event spaces. The subtle restoration was sensitively carried out and...


Il Pellicano | Porto Ercole, Grosseto, Italy

An intimate small hotel set on the spectacular Tuscan coastline of Monte Argentario, perched romantically at the cliffs edge, and featuring dramitic sea view rooms. A magnificent retreat, the hotel's central building and cottages are surrounded by centuries-old olive trees set in an extensive garden. Il Pellicano's superb location...


JK Place Capri | Capri, Italy

Unlike many other hotels on the island, J.K. Place Capri is ideally placed to take full advantage of the gentle sea breezes and the sounds of the ocean thanks to its seaside location. Surrounded by stunning azure sea, just off the coast of Naples and Salerno, lies the majestic island of Capri. With its Mediterranean climate, peaceful...


Le Sirenuse | Positano, Italy

Le Sirenuse is a wonderful place from which to enjoy the simple pleasures of Positano and the spectacular Amalfi Coast. lmost all rooms, suites and junior suites look out over the bay of Positano. Most have a private terrace or balcony and all have white-washed walls, vaulted ceilings and hand-made tiles on the floors. La...


Five Star Alliance Perk:
All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive 85 Euro in spa credit and a complimentary bottle of Italian Spumante upon arrival. Also, based on availability at time of check-in/departure: room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out.
Les Sources de Caudalie | Martillac, Gironde, France

Les Sources de Caudalie, located among the vineyards of Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, a Graves great growth, was established in 1999. The concept behind Les Sources de Caudalie is inspired by the French Paradox, discovered over 20 years ago. It refers to a study proving that the French diet and lifestyle, particularly in Southwest...


Lime Wood | Lyndhurst, United Kingdom

A stunning Regency country house originally established as a hunting lodge in the 13th Century, Lime Wood is a boutique country house hotel set in the New Forest National Park. Ben Pentreath of Working Group Design restored the main house and its extensions, comprising 16 bedrooms, a series of classically designed sitting...


Palazzo Avino | Ravello, Italy

Palazzo Avino (formerly Palazzo Sasso) is a stunning five-star deluxe hotel on Italy's famed Amalfi Coast. Built in what was once a 12th century private villa for an Italian noble family and opened as a hotel in 1997, Palazzo Avino has been rated as one of the world’s finest hotels and boasts two-star Michelin dining. Tucked away...


Rosewood London | London, United Kingdom

Opened in October 2013, Rosewood London embraces guests within one of London’s most historic locales, where the City meets Covent Garden and the West End on High Holborn. The early 20th-century Edwardian, Grade II-listed building offers a true sense of the destination, combining English heritage with contemporary sophistication....


Santa Caterina | Amalfi, Italy

A late 19th century liberty style villa immersed in the beautiful scenery of the Amalfi Coast, an elegant seaside residence surrounded by the perennial blue of the Mediterranean sea and sky, by luscious bougainvillea and by lovingly cultivated olive groves and fruit orchards. This is Hotel Santa Caterina of Amalfi, a special place...


Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok | Bangkok, Thailand

With lush gardens, river views and a signature spa, the Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok offers guests the warmth of the Thai capital amid the serenity of a tropical retreat. The Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok, is a 5-star luxury hotel in the central Silom district of the city. The design and appointments express the welcoming warmth and richness...


Shangri-La Hotel Paris | Paris, France

Built in 1896 as the home of Prince Roland Bonaparte - Napoleon Bonaparte's grandnephew - Shangri-La Hotel, Paris is situated in the elegant 16th arrondissement of Paris, adjacent to the Trocadéro. Located amidst one of the highest concentrations of museums in Europe, this historic residence features breathtaking views of the Eiffel...


Summer Lodge Country House Hotel and Spa | Evershot, Dorset, United Kingdom

Nestled in the heart of Thomas Hardy's Evershot, Dorset, the Summer Lodge Hotel is a luxurious quintessential English country house set on four acres of manicured gardens. The Relais & Chateaux property has a 3-rosette restaurant and extensive wine cellar with selections chosen by the hotel's award-winning sommelier. Each of...


Five Star Alliance Perk:
All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive complimentary daily full breakfast for each guest, one lunch for each guest during the stay, one afternoon tea for each guest during the stay, and 20% of all spa treatments. Also, based on availability at the time of check-in/departure: early check-in, late check-out, and a room upgrade.
The Alpina Gstaad | Gstaad, Switzerland

The Alpina Gstaad is the first completely new five-star hotel in Gstaad to open in this traditional Swiss village for more than a century - a stately address built in the local style with fresh and modern textures layered upon antique woods. The Alpina Gstaad is a luxury hotel in Switzerland for the world’s most discerning...


The Beaumont | London, United Kingdom

The Beaumont is the first hotel by Corbin & King, the London restaurateurs behind The Wolseley, The Delaunay, and a number of other leading restaurants in the capital. A luxury, 5 star Mayfair hotel, with just 50 rooms, 13 studios and 10 suites, The Beaumont occupies a historic 1926 building overlooking Brown Hart Gardens. The...


The Berkeley | London, United Kingdom

Steps away from Hyde Park, The Berkeley is a design-focused luxury hotel in the heart of the Knightsbridge district. Offering a variety of bespoke services, suite guests can Following a major renovation in 2016, the property's designer rooms and suites offer chic, yet timeless furnishings with Italian marble bathrooms, opulent...


The Connaught | London, United Kingdom

Located on Mount Street in the heart of fashionable Mayfair Village, this legendary address was recently the subject of a multi-million pound restoration. The detailed work includes a magnificent redesign of the guest rooms, suites and interiors, with the addition of a new wing providing additional rooms and suites and the unique-in-the-world...


The Lanesborough | London, United Kingdom

Following a comprehensive and meticulous refurbishment overseen by designer Alberto Pinto, the world renowned interior design studio, The Lanesborough reopened its doors in July 2015. The Lanesborough presents bedrooms and dining rooms reinstated to their original Regency splendor, into which the latest communications technologies...


The Peninsula Paris | Paris, France

The Peninsula Hotels makes its grand entrance into Europe with The Peninsula Paris, setting new standards in design, luxury and comfort. The latest chapter of Peninsula excellence brings an unprecedented new level of distinction to the City of Light. Perfectly situated at 19 Avenue Kleber, just steps from the Arc de Triomphe, The...


Trump International Doonbeg | Doonbeg, County Clare, Ireland

Trump International Golf Links & Hotel, Doonbeg, awaits travelers with spacious accommodations, fine amenities and discreet service. A trip to Trump International is an unparalleled opportunity to experience luxury accommodations set against a magnificent backdrop of rugged landscape, rolling waves and sand dunes with thousands...