Six of Europe’s Top New Boutique Hotels

October 11, 2013 by

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For many, traveling to Europe is an easy trip to arrange given the available guidebook resources and multitude of transportation options to and around the continent. One of the more difficult aspects of planning is choosing the right hotel.

For a more intimate stay that almost guarantees personalized service and accents of local culture, we suggest choosing a boutique hotel with a convenient location. Recently, there have been several stunning smaller properties to open all across Europe – from swanky beach resorts to hip city hotels — each offering a unique and enjoyable experience:

Mykonos Ammos Hotel, Greece

Mykonos Ammos

Mykonos Ammos

Situated on a sheltered stretch of Ornos beach, the 50-room, open-air Mykonos Ammos Hotel offers the ultimate Greek-island experience. Step out of your beautifully appointed room, inspired by the surrounding natural environment, and onto golden sand as you admire crystal waters and the picturesque Cycladic landscape. The hotel houses the island’s hottest new beach restaurant, Kuzina, which fuses Greek cuisine with Mediterranean and Asian flavors. Located close to the Chora of Mykonos, with cafes and restaurants abound, guests can enjoy local delights and the vibrant cosmopolitan culture.

Hotel Byron, Italy

Hotel Byron

Hotel Byron

At Hotel Byron, a 29-room villa with breathtaking views of the sea and Apuan Alps, it is easy to get lost in “la dolce vita” of Tuscany. Situated on the Tyrrhenian coast of Forte dei Marmi, the renovated villa is close to beautiful beaches, quiet gardens couture boutiques, excellent restaurants and laid-back bars. After a morning dip in the heated pool, which is nestled among a garden, borrow one of the hotel’s bicycles and explore the town’s peaceful tree-lined avenues. During the summer months, enjoy a candlelight dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, La Magnolia, then head to La Versiliana Park to enjoy theatre, ballet or concerts.

Vice Versa Hotel, France

Vice Versa Hotel

Vice Versa Hotel

If you’ve ever wondered what the notion of heaven is like, Vice Versa Hotel has re-created it – Parisian style – in its all-white “living room,” which welcomes guests upon entering. The 27-room property is spread over six floors, each with a unique “cardinal sin” theme. Gluttony, Avarice, Passionate Anger, Pride, Envy and Laziness are translated into an array of sassy decors that offer an unparalleled experience. After a busy day of sightseeing in Paris, relax in the steamy hammam, located in the basement of the hotel, which is drenched in black to symbolize Hell. With Hell being so relaxing who needs Heaven?

Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht, Holland

Andaz Amsterdam

Andaz Amsterdam

Surrounded by the unique cultural scene and spirit of the lively Jordaan district and adjacent “Nine Streets,” the Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht is a luxurious 122-room property set on the picturesque Prinsengracht (Prince’s Canal).  Upon arrival, guests are greeted and invited to have a drink in the Andaz lounge while they leisurely check in using a computerized tablet. Designed by Marcel Wanders, the hotel décor reflects a modern view of Dutch history and local culture through video art on walls, books displayed on shelves and the sleek fixtures throughout. The hotel is situated in the heart of Amsterdam close to unique specialty shops, trendy fashion boutiques, stylish restaurants and many of Amsterdam’s major attractions including the Anne Frank House, West Church, the Royal Palace, the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk Museum.

The House Hotel Bosphorus, Turkey

House Hotel Bosphorus

House Hotel Bosphorus

Combining historical glamor with contemporary design, The House Hotel Bosphorus offers a luxurious stay in the lively and vibrant Ortaköy neighborhood. The 26-room property is the former home of the famous Ottoman-era architect Simon Balian, whose family, individually or in collaboration with each other, designed many of Istanbul’s imperial buildings. Cobbled streets and leafy trees shading cafes, restaurants, food stalls, bars and famous clubs are just steps from the hotel’s doors. After a busy day of sightseeing, guests can relax in the Bosphorus Lounge and soak in the stunning views stretching from the Bosphorus Bridge to the Topkapi Palace.

Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa Mallorca, Spain

Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel

Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel

Nestled on a cliff enveloped by the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, the Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa Mallorca is a peaceful beach haven offering 120 secluded sea or mountain facing rooms and suites. The experience here is all about the breathtaking views, which can be found from almost any location on the property. Beautifully appointed rooms offer warm tones, elegant furniture and floor to ceiling windows, many of which open to reveal a sublime landscape. The property houses four bars and two restaurants serving Spanish delicacies. You don’t want to miss your appointment at the spa here where cliff-top views compliment rejuvenating treatments.

By Maria Russo for HotelsCombined.com

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One Response to “Six of Europe’s Top New Boutique Hotels”

  1. Maarika Mets Says:

    with so few words Maria Russo can paint a beautiful picture of a perfect hotel room, to spend your holiday at! France, Spain and Greece are my personal favorites..

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