There's a romance about Europe that's simply inescapable. Picture yourself sipping coffee with a view of the Champs-Elysees in the sunshine, wandering past the Duomo in Florence, breathing in the Swiss mountain air or bathing in the golden sunlight of the south of France. Whatever your dream destination, find inspiration for where to stay with our top recommendations for honeymoon hotels, as selected by Bonnie Friend, the Good Hotel Guide's online editor.
Le Pavillon de la Reine, Paris
The city that inspired a thousand love stories, Paris has a charm that's universally acknowledged, and Le Pavillon de la Reine in the Marais is on one of its prettiest squares. Based in a 17th-century building with a creeper-draped facade, it is an elegant hotel exuding classic
Hotel Locarno, Rome
Close to the Piazza del Popolo, Hotel Locarno is an art-deco hotel that opened in 1925. Views across the Roman skyline add romance to the rooftop terrace, while a charming internal courtyard brings a sense of clandestine beauty to the whole experience. Brimming with grandeur, this is a classic hotel in the heart of a timelessly elegant city.
Hotel Belvedere, Grindelwald
If you'd prefer to spend your honeymoon away from Europe's cities, Switzerland brings an entirely different kind of romance that's rooted in the country's natural beauty. Situated in the beautiful Jungfrau region of the Bernese Oberland, Hotel Belvedere has been open since 1904, a tall pink concrete building with spectacular views of the world-famous Eiger North Face, the
Le Cagnard, Côte d'Azur
Perched on a hillside near Nice, accessible via a series of narrow streets, Le Cagnard is a clever conversion of medieval houses, combining antique furniture and historic style with contemporary details such as underfloor heating. Enjoy the panoramic sea and mountain views from the balconies in every room, or book the suite and relax on the expansive terrace. Venture beyond the hotel to visit one of the many cultural locations within easy reach, including Auguste Renoir's old house.
Le Manoir de la Fôret, Loire Valley
Sitting outside a village about 18 kilometers north of Vendôme, this former hunting lodge belonging to the Duc de La Rochefoucauld offers beautiful valley views and a superb dining experience. It is a particularly good destination for those on a tour around this region of France; stay for a few days as part of a wider adventure and refresh yourself amid the wooded grounds.
Hotel de Tuilerieen, Bruges
For an intimate European getaway, Hotel de Tuilerieën in Belgium is the stuff that black-and-white films are made of. A 15th-century mansion on one of Bruges's main canals, this luxurious B&B hotel is close to the market square and is decorated in traditional Flemish style, with polished wood, black-and-white marble checkerboard floors, and crystal chandeliers, along with big sash windows taking in waterside views.
Romantik Hotel U Raka, Prague
We couldn't have a list of honeymoon hotels without talking about Prague, which has been named the most romantic city in Europe on numerous occasions. The Romantik Hotel U Raka is charmingly located in an artists' colony up a hill near the castle and has been tastefully created from two wooden 18th-century farm buildings in cobbled courtyards. Tiled floors and open
Berghotel Schlossanger Alp, Pfronten
Set high in the Allgäu Alps in a tranquil part of Germany, nowhere could be more apt for enjoying peace, quiet, and quality time with your partner than this chalet hotel. Visit at any time of the year, be it in the snow or the sunshine to take in the views, enjoy the excellent food and spot teeming wildlife. You'll be greeted by geraniums on the balconies, deer in the meadows, cowbells by day and croaking frogs in the evening–otherwise, it's total calm.
Hotel Monna Lisa, Florence
Perfectly located in the center of historic Florence sits this most gracious of hotels. Brimming with spectacular lounges filled with antiques and artistic treasures, it's everything an Italian hotel should be. Choose a room with a balcony overlooking the garden for glorious views.
Berns Hotel, Stockholm
Although the building has existed by Berzelii Park since 1863, Berns Hotel is strikingly modern inside. Some rooms have balconies facing the harbor – well worth opting for – and the restaurant, designed by Terence Conran, is an ornate former music hall featuring huge mirrors and chandeliers. There are a bar and nightclub with regular music, and the hotel provides you with a VIP pass to skip the queues at six of Stockholm's best clubs.
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.uk.
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