From sophisticated design to great hospitality, these boutique gems have it all and are definitely a must if you look for chic hotels to stay in Europe!
Wandering the city streets, delving into the taste of a different culture, feeling the rush of a new adventure and of course posing countless times for the perfect Instagram picture, are all parts of a vacation in the vibrant European cities.
But what about your home away from home for the days? As a hotel enthusiast, I always love hotels that stand out, with a magnetic atmosphere I can get lost into. I love learning about the hotel’s history, noticing every detail of the decoration and enjoying the pampering of a great hospitality. Whether its Paris, Milan or Barcelona, I know I will find all of this and then some more, in these cool boutique hotels that made it to the top of my list.
Below there is a list of the 5 coolest boutique hotels to stay in Europe:
Totem Hotel – Madrid
From the impressive wooden staircase to the big plants of the cocktail bar and from the tiled floor in the bathrooms to the wooden “do not disturb” sign, there are lots to Instagram in Totem Hotel. It combines eclectic style with an ideal location if you love shopping- it is strategically placed in the heart of the elegant and upmarket Salamanca neighbourhood. The rooms are minimal and clean-lined with mid-century pieces and colourful touches but what stole my heart was the restaurant (already a cool spot for Madrilenos) called Hermanos y Malditos, after one of my favorite books, the famous Beautiful and Damned by F. S. Fitzgerald.
Hotel Grands Boulevards – Paris
Located in the heart of the second ‘arrondissement’, in a neighborhood that attracts the hip crowd of both Parisians and foreigners, Hotel Des Grands Boulevards offers a charming mixture of nostalgia and urban modernity. In the romantic attics, one can find Grand Siècle draped canopy beds, 70s rotary dial phones and boasting windows with the iconic view of Parisian rooftops. Decorated with art nouveau stained-glass windows, petite fountains and floral wallpapers, the public spaces of the hotel are also designed to become meeting points for hip visitors of the neighborhood.
Hotel Danmark – Copenhagen
Placed in the old museum quarter between the City Hall Square and The National Museum, Ηotel Danmark is indeed the epitome of hygge. From its trademark leather headboards to the velvety dark hues on the walls and the lounge with the fireplace, everything in this hotel aims at introducing you to this famous Danish art of happiness. There were actually two wow factors for me- the small reception lobby that turns into a cozy wine bar from 5pm to 6pm and the rooftop- a sky-high urban oasis with a sweeping 360-degrees view of Copenhagen and beyond.
The Serras – Barcelona
The Serras Hotel in Barcelona is a hotel with a strong Mediterranean identity which checks all the boxes of modern hospitality. I was amazed by the story of the Jordi Serra, a businessman and passionate traveler who made his dream of owning a hotel true, with the help of his kids. The building features an authentic neo-classical façade and was actually the first studio of Picasso. I loved the elegant interiors and the combination of trademark materials and motifs of Barcelona tradition with modern touches an I couldn’t resists visiting the decked terrace for a cocktail at dusk.
Senato Hotel – Milan
There is a whole world behind the classic palazzo façade of Senato Hotel. No wonder why it can be found in every list with new cool hotels in Milan. The Neoclassical-style building dates back to the early 20th century and it was actually home to the Ranza family, before they restored it to a 43 room hotel where one can experience the real Milan. Kickstarting with the most impressive reception ever, you’ll be amazed by the marble and brass deco, the gastronomic delicacies at the Caffe, the super comfy beds and the rooftop that welcomes art projects.
Henrietta – London
For this hotel which is the first in London by the famous Experimental Group, the designer, Dorothée Meilichzon, worked on joining two long and classically English buildings (dating from 1874 and 1877) located at numbers 14 and 15 Henrietta Street. Inspired by the streets of Covent Garden and stylish apartments in Milan, the acclaimed designer curated an 18-room hotel which could also stand as the definition of good taste. See more here
Kimpton De Witt – Amsterdam
Imagine gazing at the sky of the Dutch capital from the cutest attic suite in the city, at Kimpton De Witt, a really cool hotel in Amsterdam. You see Kimpton De Witt is housed in two original Renaissance buildings, in the heart of Amsterdam’s Palace Quarter, a stone’s throw away from the Central Station of Amsterdam, offering an authentic Amsterdammer stay. See more here
Albergo Abruzzi – Rome
A budget-friendly hotel that has been renovated and offers a high design decoration as well as the most emblematic view of the eternal city. See more here