It’s Leo season and things are getting HOT! With less than a month left of summer, it’s time to pack those bags and make the most of the last few weeks we have left. If you’re looking to get away to Europe this month, we’ve rounded up a selection of the HIP’est stays around. From Sweden to Austria, Greece to Italy, each of our unique hotels promises an experience that’s simply off the charts.
For the ultimate in luxury, head to the Hotel Savoy in Florence. Part of the prestigious Rocco Forte Hotels brand, this elegant Renaissance hotel offers the epitome of excellence, and sits slap bang within the dazzling Piazza Della Repubblica, with El Duomo, the Ponte Vecchio and the Via de’ Tornabuoni all just moments away. There are 80 sensational rooms and 13 suites to choose from, all decorated in inimitable Italian style, where mosaics, marble and elegant antique furnishings abound. There are quirky pictures of shoes and hats dotted around the hotel which pay homage to the illustrious fashion houses located nearby. Enjoy alfresco dining as you treat your taste buds to the authentic flavours of Tuscany at Irene, the hotel’s Florentine bistro. And then treat your body at their newly launched Spa Suite on the fifth floor, as you enjoy pampering sessions using the indulgent Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria products, harnessing the power of nature. Extra touches such as free bag packing, a valet and pressing service, as well as a pillow and linen menu, all contribute to the luxurious experience awaiting you at this iconic establishment.
Mimi’s Hotel Soho is a delicious gem in the heart of London’s bustling theatreland. Disguised behind an original London townhouse façade, you only know, if you know. Choose a room from the “tiny” right up to the “lux” category, each kitted out in tasteful classic décor and get treated to the most comfortable stay in town. Plush bedding, underfloor heating and an array of luxurious Molton Brown amenities all come as standard and if you feel like pulling out all the stops, book into one of their suites for 20sqm of impeccable style and comfort. There might not be a restaurant on site, but when you’re located in the heart of the action, why would you need one? Besides, haven’t you heard of the liquid lunch? And where better to sip on a handcrafted cocktail, than at Henson’s Bar & Social, the hotel’s very own watering hole. With an ornate fireplace and reclaimed wood flooring, this historic bolthole offers all the ambience of a private member’s club where everything is deliciously decadent. Henson’s is also a local favourite for those seeking a cosy get-together over award-winning coffees. It’s got our vote!
Hotel Schgaguler is a visual masterpiece in its own right. Designed by Italian architect Peter Pichler, this transparent glass fronted property invites guests to experience not only the hotel, but its intrinsic connection with the natural world outside. Set within the heart of the charming village of Castelrotto, in Italy’s South Tyrol, this monolithic structure somehow manages to both stand out, and blend in with its magnificent surroundings. A minimalist contemporary property that is both simple, yet bold, functional, yet inviting. There are eight tastefully decorated types of room and suite to choose from. Think immaculate and calming with deep soaker tubs just waiting to be filled. And guests can expect to be individually taken care of by the hosts, who are on hand to take care of your every need. The menu offers a plethora of fresh, local specialties, whilst the extensive spa is just waiting to lull you into a state of pure bliss. Enjoy a dip in the terrace pool and then treat yourself to a traditional Finnish (Kelo) sauna for a sense of total wellbeing. Kelo wood is made from the ancient trunks of Arctic spruces, offering high temperatures and low humidity, which is far more tolerable – not your average sauna, and certainly not your average hotel.
Literary lovers will fall in love with As Janelas Verdes. This 18th century palace was once the home of Eça de Queirós, one of Portugal’s most respected novelists, and the source of inspiration for his most iconic work, ‘O Ramalhete.’ Take refuge amid a sea of books, art and family portraits, in one of Lisbon’s most romantic hotels. Under a veil of lush green ivy, you’ll find 29 sumptuously appointed rooms, with oh so plush linens and indulgent Molton Brown toiletries. A grand spiral staircase dominates the heart of the building, whilst the wood-panelled rooftop library, offers breathtaking views over the city and the river Tagus. Situated next door to the National Ancient Art Museum, and just a 10-minute cab ride from Lisbon’s Romanesque cathedral, Sé, this historic hotel is perfectly located to soak up the memories of the past, alongside the best of the modern world. Relax with a good book or explore the charm of Old Town Lisbon. Whatever you do, a stay at As Janelas Verdes won’t disappoint. And when the world gets too much, retire to your room as you place a cushion outside your door with the words, “Schhh..”
Boman’s puts the unique in boutique. This quirky Swedish bolthole goes by the saying, ‘More is more – less is a bore’ and we couldn’t agree more. Set in Trosa, just an hour south of Stockholm, Boman’s serves up a deliciously eclectic mix of animal print, oversized artwork and super cool furnishings. If you love shoes, you’re in good company. Owner, Kristin Boman, a self-confessed shoe aficionado, has quite the collection, with seven exquisite pairs available if you forget to pack your heels. Slip into a pair of Manolo’s or Louboutin’s - there are even rooms dedicated to the designers - and should you need a spritz of heavenly perfume, consider that done too. With many incredible rooms to choose from, opt for the one that best suits your mood, or personality. With names such as ‘Black as sin’, ‘La Dolce Vita’ and ‘Nude’, there’s something for everyone. Rock n’ roll types might enjoy ‘The Glimmer Suite’, dedicated to Keith Richards, where vinyl, Jack Daniels on ice and a tub in your room all come as standard. Fancy a little R n’ R? The “red cabin” is dedicated to wellness with a sauna and outdoor hot tub and can be rented privately by the hour. Pets are also welcome at this sensational establishment.
If you’ve got a head for heights, you might be tempted to stay at a unique property located in the tallest building in the Commercial Triangle of Athens. Standing at 103m tall, be wowed by the most incredible 360-degree panorama of the city, taking in uninterrupted views of the Acropolis, Plaka and the Athens National Observatory. The Pinnacle Athens offers guests an array of flawlessly designed penthouses and suites, an explosion of gold and silver, plush velvet drapes and vintage wallpaper. Think the best of the old world harmoniously paired with chic contemporary design. The Pinnacle also acts as its own art gallery, showcasing both modern and traditional paintings throughout the main 10 floor staircase. Why take the lift when art can elevate you? Being so central in one of Europe’s oldest and most historically rich cities, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to exploring. And when your feet are sore and you’re in need of some respite, let your hosts pour you a glass of something chilled as you sink down into a seat perched upon your own Athenian skyscraper. In their own words, “The sky is not the limit... it’s just the view.” Breathtaking.
Life is better at the lake, or so they say. Perched right on the edge of a beautiful quiet bay on Lake Wolfgang, Cortisen Am See has all the trappings of laid back living. This luxurious property promises the ultimate in relaxation, so kick off your boots and retreat to one of their uniquely designed accommodations. Think luxury cabin style meets Euro flair. With pops of purple and green, exposed brickwork, and wooden beamed ceilings, the charmingly designed rooms will have you chilled out and stress free before you can say, “I’ll have a glass of red please.” And then there’s the state of the art “P83” spa with a professional 25m indoor pool, sauna, and wellness area. Couple that with a cigar lounge bar and an award-winning restaurant serving up a hearty selection of local Austrian delicacies, and you have yourself a recipe for the most delectable bliss. Let your hosts organize a once in a lifetime hot air balloon ride and take to the skies, as you enjoy the most awe-inspiring views over the lake. We highly recommend booking the ‘Boat Shed Suite’ on the first floor of the boathouse – with nothing between you and the mesmerising Lake Wolfgang, can it really get any better?
An enchanting slice of regal Scandinavian life. Görvälns Slott can be best described as opulent, with a thoroughly modern twist. What was once a Crown property, owned by King John III of Sweden, today is a sprawling Swedish estate, centred around the original manor house, retaining all the trappings of a noble home. There are 38 unique rooms in total, spread over six buildings offering anything from garden to sea views. Every detail of the décor has been thoughtfully selected by owners Johan and Maria Eklundto create an ambiance of plush comfort and refined elegance. With gilded bedsteads, Rococo furniture, ornate furnishings and top of the line divans and bedding from Swedish design house, Mille Notti, you will indeed sleep like a king, or a queen. Indulge in tantalising local dishes with an innovative twist, at the Manor House restaurant, where traditional ingredients are blended with creativity for flavours you won’t forget. Whether you’re enjoying a much needed rest in your royal suite, or exploring this gorgeous slice of Sweden, you’re in for a right royal treat. Also worth noting - Görvälns Slott was also awarded the prestigious Nordic Swan award making it a proud eco-hotel. Luxurious and sustainable – what could be better than that?
As one of Europe’s coolest cities, it’s not hard to find a plethora of trendy hotels to check in to, and Monbijou Hotel, is no different. In a class of its own this unique city bolthole offers a cosy sanctuary far from the madding crowds. Located in the urban heart of Berlin-Mitte, and just 400 metres from the UNESCO Heritage Museum island, Monbijou is perfectly placed to explore this eclectic and progressive neighbourhood by foot. The 101 rooms on offer are cosy and adorned with unique details such as vintage trunks for tables, and invigorating rain showers to help with the hangover should you have one too many. Speaking of which, there’s a decidedly gentleman’s club feel to the property, where the distinct aroma of rich mahogany is guaranteed to impress, along with inviting leather sofas and low level lighting. Take your drink in the intimate courtyard bar boasting the best in German and international wines and beers, alongside original handcrafted cocktails. In summer, retreat to the Roof Terrace and enjoy an unobstructed 360-degree view of this vibrant city below. Whilst there’s no restaurant on-site, the Courtyard Bar does offer a delicious array of snacks to tie you over before you head into one of Germany’s most exciting cities.
Ahhh the undeniable draw of South Tyrol. From the UNESCO World Heritage Dolomites, to the ever-changing slopes of the majestic Baranci mountains – snow-capped in winter, lush green pastures in summer. Suspended between the peaks, in the centre of San Candido/Innichen, Boutique Hotel Zenana is waiting. There are nine handsome suites to pick from in this historical townhouse hotel, which has been home to a tailor and a glovemaker before becoming a Viennese Café, during its time. Each of the individually decorated rooms blends Western and oriental styles, all carefully selected by the owners. From dreamy four poster beds to scarlet walls, each room is unique and delicately infused with perfume, incense and candles. Whilst there may not be a restaurant on-site, the hotel does serve up a delicious homemade breakfast, and two of the suites have recently been installed with their own custom kitchenettes. If you love to cook why not book ‘The Flat’ – the hotel’s sunlit garden accommodation, which can sleep up to four, and rustle up your own dumplings and apple strudel. Fun fact – The word ‘zenana’ means ‘of the women’, and with every room named after one, there’s a distinct air of strong, warm femininity that radiates throughout this charming Tyrolean escape.
Picture a converted 1920s townhouse with colourful distressed walls, high ceilings and indoor banana plants and you just might have an idea of The Trilogy House. This high concept boutique hotel ticks all the design boxes to create an ambiance of both style and comfort. There are 10 unique rooms to choose from, along with two self-contained apartments, and all come with their own espresso machine as they flaunt designer fixtures and fittings from international brands such as Tom Dixon and Fritz Hansen. Situated on Tsimiski Street, in the heart of Thessaloniki, you’ll find yourself in the hippest part of the city, with a myriad of cute cafés, shops and restaurants on your doorstep and just minutes away from the glimmering seafront. Greek cuisine is an ode to foodie lovers everywhere and in Thessaloniki, this is no exception. With laid back snack bars to fine dining, the Port is brimming with places to savour. In fact, this Byzantine city boasts more bars and cafés than any other European city. From your morning espresso right through to your night at the taverna, or rooftop bar, Greece’s second largest city is sure to capture your heart.
The hills are alive with the sound of magic… Austria’s enchanting Hotel & Chalet Aurelio was recently awarded ‘Austria’s Leading Boutique Hotel 2021’ & ‘World’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021’ and there are no surprises why. Nestled within the chocolate box village of Lech, with a backdrop of the most picturesque views of the Alps, this is a landscape painting just waiting to happen. Popular in winter given you can ski directly out of the hotel and onto the soft white powder, in summertime the snow-capped peaks become a halo of exuberant green hills and meadows of wildflowers. Choose from one of the 18 elegantly appointed rooms and suites decorated in a palette of crisp whites and warm, cosy wood-panelling. Most rooms enjoy a spacious balcony or private terrace so step outside with a glass of bubbles and savour the magnificent view. Indulge your taste buds with mouthwatering Austrian dishes, and sooth your body at the hotel’s luxury spa, complete with a 23-metre pool and invigorating herbal steam. The perfect end to a day hiking, mountain biking, or just being in the fresh alpine air. Believe in the magic.
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