7 new five-star hotels to visit in Europe


When Forbes Travel Guide unveiled the annual Star Awards 2017 list on February 22, it welcomed a new batch of five-star hotels. The winners were spread all over the world, but some of the brightest stars came from Europe. From a small boutique hotel in London to a grand old palace in Budapest, the only thing these properties have in common is that they offer unforgettable experiences.

Let us introduce you to our new five-star hotels in Europe:

Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona

Located on Passeig de Gràcia, Barcelona’s most invigorating street, this modern and elegant hotel offers you a respite. You’ll find it in the rooftop bar with its infinity pool and dazzling views, the Mimosa Garden restaurant filled with mimosa and lavender, the atmospheric four-star spa with its own lap pool and steam room or guest rooms. quite chic. Upgrade to a suite for a 24-hour butler.

Hotel 41, London

In this boutique hotel, there are only 28 unique rooms. The intimate size allows Hotel 41 to offer you exclusive perks, including a champagne cart that moves to greet you at check-in; a comfortable executive lounge for guests only serving bites throughout the day; and a pantry stocked with cheeses, quiches, pies and more that you are invited to plunder after hours.

Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, a Four Seasons hotel, French Riviera

The French Riviera scores its first five-star with this 1908 seaside retreat. There are 17 acres to explore, but you’ll spend your entire trip at Club Dauphin, whose stunning infinity pool sits dramatically on the rocky coast. of the Mediterranean. Take the time to relax in the hotel’s four-star Spa, which allows you to have a massage outside in the Spa Garden with sea view.

Ritz Paris

This Parisian icon has emerged from a vast four-year renovation that is even more glorious than when it opened by Cesar Ritz in 1898. Sumptuous suites with Louis XIV details, the largest indoor swimming pool in the city, a retractable roof terrace, the world’s first Chanel spa and a flexible policy that lets you check-in and go whenever you want, all of these have helped this opulent hotel achieve five-star status.

Four Seasons Gresham Palace Budapest Hotel

A former palace on the banks of the Danube, art nouveau beauty can be found at the end of the eminently Instagrammable Chain Bridge. Inside the hotel, admire design details like the Zsolnay mosaic tiles in the arcades of the Zrínyi Passage in the lobby. Add in top-level service by friendly and intuitive staff and you get a full picture of why this photogenic property was named Budapest’s first five-star hotel.

Portrait Roma – Lungarno Collection, Rome

Expect high fashion in every corner of this Rome hotel, which is located next to the city’s main shopping street, Via dei Condotti. Italian designer Salvatore Ferragamo inspired contemporary interiors, which include supple leather sofas, Ferragamo linens and photos of 1950s Rome and Ferragamo shoe design sketches. The 24-hour lifestyle and guest assistant teams make sure your trip isn’t in style over substance.

Belmond Cipriani Hotel, Venice

This historic hotel stole the only five-star honor in Venice. Here are a few reasons why it will hold your attention: the beloved Bellini brunch drink was invented at the hotel’s Harry’s Bar, the Cipriani has the only swimming pool in Venice, beautiful Italian accents (Murano glass, Fortuny lighting, Rubelli fabrics) add a sense of place and the charming Cip’s Club waterfront bar offers stunning views of the canal and San Marco.

We just unveiled our star rating from the 2017 Forbes Travel Guide. Click on here to see the full list of winners.


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