The history in Europe is rich and vast, and not only in terms of sights to see. Throughout the countries that make up the beautiful continent, there lie ample treasured hotels at the heart of where history and luxury combine. When planning a European adventure, honeymoon or getaway be sure to check out these five-star gems with backstories as prized as their accommodations and décor.
Hotel Alfonso XIII, Seville
This Moor masterpiece dates to 1929, when the king of Spain commissioned a place for traveling guests to stay during the 1929 Exhibition. Located in the heart of the unmissable city of Seville, the Hotel Alfonso XIII has a wide range of room and suite options. We suggest trying to upgrade to the Reale Alcázares Suite, which boasts a breathtaking view of the city, particularly the gothic wonder that is the Catedral De Seville, where the tomb of Christopher Columbus is located. The hotel’s Restaurante San Fernando offers Spanish classics by executive chef Carles Abellan, and the Sunday brunch is widely regarded as one of the city’s best.
Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como
On your next (or first!) trip to beautiful Italy, make a point to go north, near the Switzerland border, to beautiful Lake Como. Across the lake from Bellagio is the Grant Hotel Tremezzo, built in 1910. It temporarily served as a military hospital during the first world war, and in 1932 rose to international acclaim with an appearance in the Greta Garbo film Grand Hotel. Now the family-owned beauty offers incredible views of the Gringe Mountains and features three gorgeous pools, including one that floats on the lake. You’ll want to walk around and explore the beautiful lakefront, but with five restaurants and bars onsite, plus a private beach area, you may not have to.
Cliveden House, Taplow
Located on the plush greens of the Cliveden National Trust, the Cliveden House Hotel is must-visit on your trip to the U.K. You’ll feel at home in this stunning former estate of the Astor family that's more than 350 years old, conveniently located just 30 miles outside central London (not too far, not too close to the big city hustle and bustle). The Andre Garrett Restaurant and its incredible wine selection ensure you’ll have a brilliant dinner, while the recently opened spa offers a variety of treatments, as well as some R&R by indoor and outdoor pools. Adorned with classic art and featuring specially named rooms, Cliveden House offers a homey but elegant vibe you’ll want to take with you.
Chateau Du Grand Lucé, Le Grand Luce
Any fan of architecture will be in awe at the Chateau Du Grand Luce in the Loire Valley of France. This neoclassical treasure dates to the 18th century and was originally a summer palace. Over the years, the Chateau has hosted dignitaries (cough Louis Vuitton cough) and a number of grand weddings and celebrations, and it’s easy to see why. You must take a stroll through its stunningly maintained gardens, and the interior has been restored to look as though you’ve taken a step back into living history. The picturesque village of Le Grand Lucé is a stone’s throw away, and you can find yourself in Paris in just over two hours by car.
Schönburg Castle, Oberwesel
This beautiful castle along the Rhine in eastern Germany is a great place for a romantic evening. It was originally built between the early 900s and the mid-1100s, when the Schönburg family ruled over the town of Oberwesel. The castle burned down in the late 1600s and remained in ruins for nearly two centuries before being restored. Now, it’s a stunning place to spend a night in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There’s tons to discover while walking along the Castle Gardens, with amazing views of the river and town below. The onsite restaurant offers traditional cuisine with modern flair and alfresco seating to boot.
Hotel Sacher Vienna, Vienna
Gandhi, Queen Elizabeth II, and President Kennedy are among some of the past distinguished guests at this grand hotel in the cultural powerhouse that is Vienna. It was founded in 1876 by restaurateur Eduard Sacher—and food is one of the lasting legacies of the property. It’s the home of the world-famous Sachertorte, a chocolate cake with apricot filling, which dates back to Eduard’s father, Franz. Located right across the street from the Vienne State Opera House in the central part of the city, the Sacher will have you feeling pampered, well-fed, and overall top-class during your stay in Austria’s capital city.