With its unrivaled charm and history, Europe is an excellent choice for your honeymoon. And while a countryside getaway can be quite idyllic, many urbanites prefer the hustle, bustle, and excitement that comes with vacationing in a city. Whether it’s the lights of Paris or Prague’s enchanting architecture, there’s so much romance to be found in metropolitan areas—especially in Europe.
Seeking some guidance in the accommodation department? We've rounded up 10 city-center hotels so sublime you’ll never want to check out.
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Four Seasons Hotel Prague | Prague, Czech Republic
Situated near the Charles Bridge and Old Town Square, the Four Seasons Hotel Prague exudes timeless sophistication. Every inch is thoughtfully designed. Expect magnificent floral arrangements, Bohemian crystal chandeliers, and trompe l'oeil. Dare we say, you'd be hard-pressed to find a more inviting bed—which bodes well for everything that might go down between the soft cotton sheets. Last but certainly not least, the tranquil spa is the perfect place to unwind after a long day of sightseeing.
Barceló Torre de Madrid | Madrid, Spain
Fun-loving duos looking for a fabulous city break that's close to everything should shack up at Barceló Torre de Madrid. Housed in a landmark building on the Plaza de España, facing Gran Via, the property celebrates its heritage in a fresh way. The aesthetic is whimsical with midcentury-inspired furnishings, colorful photography, and eye-catching sculptures. The second-floor reception area instantly creates a welcoming atmosphere, which extends to the guest rooms. Oh, and we’d be remiss not to mention the mouthwatering breakfast spread.
Aria Hotel Budapest | Budapest, Hungary
A symphony of mellifluous style and impeccable service, Aria Hotel Budapest strikes a chord with well-heeled travelers. From the rare piano in the glass-enclosed atrium to Liszt Restaurant (named after the legendary Hungarian composer), everything revolves around music. Couples can enjoy live performances during wine and cheese hour. Not surprisingly, High Note SkyBar is one of the most popular evening spots in Budapest. Do yourself a favor and reserve a table in advance or risk missing out on the spectacular panoramas.
Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme | Paris, France
France’s capital isn’t lacking in honeymoon-worthy hotels. That said, if understated elegance is a turn-on for you, we’d suggest the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme. Displaying muted tone, gold accents, and custom art, it’s the definition of refinement. Foodies will go gaga for the Michelin-starred gastronomy at Pur’, while the swanky bar pours craft cocktails and champagne. Upping the appeal? An unbeatable address within walking distance of many famous attractions, plus romantic restaurants and designer shops.
Hotel Savoy | Florence, Italy
Proffering an exclusive location on Piazza della Repubblica, steps from Antica Giostra Toscana and the Duomo, the recently refurbished Hotel Savoy is *the* place to stay in Florence. Part of the Rocco Forte Hotels portfolio, the five-star landmark marries traditional furnishings and Emilio Pucci fabrics. The result is current with a deep sense of authenticity. Craving more Florentine flavor? Book a cooking class or wine tasting through the concierge. For a next-level getaway that your spouse won’t soon forget, consider splurging on a spacious suite.
The Hoxton, Amsterdam | Amsterdam, Netherlands
Its youthful vibe, always-busy bar, and picturesque setting on Herengracht (Lord’s Canal) make The Hoxton, Amsterdam ideal for newlyweds dreaming of an energetic escape. Interiors blend quirky historic details (the building dates back to the 1600s) with modern touches such as a bespoke hexagonal mirrors. Original ceiling beams, herringbone floors, and a photo booth to capture memories of your trip are all part of the charm. Need plans for Sunday? Join servers decked in groovy threads and a DJ for “disco brunch” at Lotti’s.
Hotel Principe di Savoia | Milan, Italy
A beacon of neoclassical grandeur in the Porta Nuova district, Hotel Principe di Savoia is a terrific kicking-off point for exploring the renowned fashion hub. The spirit of Milan comes to life at the posh Dorchester Collection outpost, where old-world character meets contemporary glamour. Stately accommodations showcase antiques, lavish textiles, and hand-painted frescos. Add to that luxurious amenities (ahem, Acqua di Parma toiletries) and top-notch service. No wonder honeymooners and A-listers opt to hunker down here.
Hotel Excelsior | Dubrovnik, Croatia
Unquestionably the most recognizable and best-located lodging in Dubrovnik, Hotel Excelsior has welcomed numerous high-profile visitors—including Queen Elizabeth II—over the years. The ambiance and blissfully serene decor contribute to its iconic status. Swathed in soothing coastal hues, rooms offer sweeping views of the Adriatic Sea and the UNESCO-listed Old Town. If that's not enough to spark romance, the property also features a 9,149-square-foot wellness sanctuary, lovely gardens, and direct beach access.
SKT.PETRI | Copenhagen, Denmark
Even if SKT.PETRI, a member of Prefered Hotels & Resorts, didn’t occupy such a prime position in Copenhagen’s Latin Quarter, we’d still love it on the grounds of sustainability, upscale amenities, and swish style. On that note, elements like clean-lined furnishings and lush plants infuse plenty of Nordic personality. Back to plush perks, guests have use of a top-of-the-line fitness center, sauna, steam bath, and seasonal outdoor courtyard. Plus, the concierge can arrange VIP private airport transfer in a Mercedes S-Class.
Flemings Mayfair | London, UK
It’s not every day that you get to stay at one of the oldest family-owned hotels in London. Flemings Mayfair, which first opened in 1851, emanates opulence. Rooms scream luxury with sumptuous textures and rich hues. Fancy a craft cocktail? Head downstairs to Manetta's Bar. Of course, no jaunt across the pond would be complete without afternoon tea in The Drawing Room. Should you feel like saying “cheerio” to the royal family, it’s a short stroll to Buckingham Palace.