From hilltop castles to boutique beauties: Europe’s most dramatic hotels

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Looking for unique hotels to stay in this year? We’ve got you covered. Our family of historic properties, which includes everything from castles to palaces and villas to cosmopolitan locales, can accommodate every type of European adventure. See below for our suggestions, and don’t forget to check out our full Collection for even more options.

1. Barberstown Castle: Ireland

Dramatic flair is the bedrock of Barberstown Castle, a thirteenth century jewel known for its medieval architecture. Everywhere you turn, there’s somewhere to grab a photo here: with its Victorian and Elizabethan extensions, grand lounge areas and moody, historic decor creating a range of backdrops for that perfect pose. If you’re travelling with a bigger party, you should definitely consider renting out the Medieval Castle Keep, where you can enjoy phenomenal food in a stony nook flanked by arch windows. Dinner has never been more dazzling.

2. Hotel Cattaro: Montenegro

If your search for unique hotels factors in culture and coastlines, you couldn’t pick a better property than Hotel Cattaro. Based in the captivating and historic Kotor, it’s close to sightseeing spots including a fortress and various museums, as well as the city’s trademark blue shores. Home to a Town Guard Tower, Old Town Hall and more, every inch of Hotel Cattaro alludes to a heritage-steeped past that piques the interest of every history lover. Kick back with a glass of wine, close your eyes and feel centuries’ worth of stories wash over you. It’s a truly transportive experience.

3. Hotel Royal Palace: Slovakia

There’s nowhere quite like Hotel Royal Palace. This nineteenth century, art deco beauty turned luxury five-star spa hotel radiates originality and elegance at every turn… not least in its exclusive Royal Bath area, which was once a favourite haunt of emperors and dukes. This exemplary feature channels thermal mineral water into a golden swimming pool – a truly opulent way to soothe your mind, body and spirit. If that wasn’t enough to entice you to reserve a room here, there’s plenty to do close by, from golfing and skiing to diving headfirst into the glorious Slovakian countryside. Now that’s what we call the ideal vacation.

4. Golden Tulip Hotel Central: Netherlands

For unique hotels in the Netherlands, Golden Tulip Hotel Central should be right at the top of your list. Built in the 1400s, it’s lost none of its old-world charm thanks to the hotelier’s careful attention to detail and eye for timeless design. Art buffs will particularly enjoy this building, as beautiful details that draw parallels to the works of Hieronymus Bosch decorate many of its rooms. Hertogenbosch is a real treat for tourists, too. Packed with great places to eat and things to do, you definitely won’t be short of inspiration in filling up your itinerary. For something totally different, check out what’s coming up at Verkadefabriek: an old cookie factory which now hosts a number of events and live performances.

5. Hotel Villa Kastelruth: Italy

Holidays don’t get more jaw-dropping than when spent at Hotel Villa Kastelruth: a chalet-style property based in the staggering landscape of the Italian Dolomites. Astonishing views are central to this hotel, whether you’re admiring the mountains from your cosy bedroom or panoramas from the property’s snowkissed gardens. Originally built as an alpine nursing home in the early 1900s, this South Tyrolean hotspot now delivers stunning hospitality, suites and spa treatments to travellers around the globe.

6. Hotel Lisboa Plaza: Portugal

Combine your search for unique hotels with the city break of a lifetime at Hotel Lisboa Plaza, a four-star boutique hotel in the middle of Lisbon’s vibrant hustle and bustle. Designed to reflect the electrifying 1950s, this stylish escape is only minutes from the city’s most inspiring attractions. Enjoy strolling the Avenida da Liberdade moments after drinking your morning coffee, or soaking up the displays at the National Museum of Ancient Art after chilling on the property’s leafy terrace. It’s all about balance.


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