The most wonderful historic European hotels

Culture vultures will love these spots.

by Rashmi Chugani

Europe is filled with pretty magical spots. Your stay can be even more incredible if you choose to stay in the right place. Honestly, what better place to check out historic hotels than the Old Continent? You’ll fall in love with every hotel you visit. Guaranteed.

Hotel De Russie 96

Via Del Babuino 9

This very grand hotel in Rome’s most fashionable shopping area (the Tridente) has been returned to its luxurious best as part of the Rocco Forte group.

- Insight Guides

Brown's Hotel 91

33 Albemarle Street

Urbane and very British... with an illustrious past.

- Michelin Guide

Hotel de Rome 93

Behrenstr. 37

What puts the Hotel de Rome over the top for us, making it one of our favorite hotels in Berlin, is the location.

- Concierge

The St. Regis Florence 88

Piazza Ognissanti 1

You’ll find "super-grand guest rooms" at this fifteenth-century former palace on the Piazza Ognissanti, overlooking the Arno River.

- Condé Nast Traveler

Mandarin Oriental, Prague 91

Nebovidska 459/1

Warm, contemporary decor has an Asian edge; bedrooms are luxurious and well-equipped.

- Michelin Guide

Hotel du Jeu de Paume 79

54 rue Saint Louis en L Ile

With a discreet courtyard entrance, 17th-century beams, private garden and a unique timbered breakfast room that was once a real tennis court built under Louis XIII.

- Time Out

Hotel de Orangerie 89

Kartuizerinnenstraat 10

This refined 20-room hotel started out as a 15th-century Carthusian convent but is no longer anything like a place of renunciation.

- Lonely Planet

Three adjoining 19th-century buildings on a cliff overlooking the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius, owned and operated by the same family since 1834 and still containing many original furnishings.

- Travel + Leisure

Hotel Sacher Wien 94

Philharmonikerstrasse 4

Vienna charmer with bohemian history, a bold design and a fabulous bar and restaurant scene.

- Jetsetter

Le Meurice 94

228 rue de Rivoli

With its extravagant Louis XVI decor, mosaic tiled floors and modish restyling by Philippe Starck, Le Meurice is looking grander than ever.

- Time Out

Le Bristol Paris 94

112 rue du Faubourg Saint Honore

This luxury hotel, built in 1925 and boasting a new wing added in 2009, is arranged around a magnificent garden.

- Michelin Guide

The Scotsman Hotel 89

20 North Bridge

This stylish hotel is housed in the converted former offices of The Scotsman newspaper, and offers great views of the city.

- DK Eyewitness

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