After traveling Europe extensively and staying in hundreds of hotels I'm sharing the best hotels in Europe. Whether you're after epic views, a budget stay, or a delicious breakfast, I'm breaking down the best hotels Europe has to offer.
It's so difficult to find where to stay. So I'm taking out the guess work for you. All of these hotels are ones I've personally stayed in, and I trust them 100%. Some are high end, some are very budget friendly. Each one is a guaranteed good stay.
I'll be breaking down this list with a price rating so you can get an idea of how much this will cost you.
Broken down by country, then city, find the best places to stay! Some places are starred (*), meaning they are TRULY exceptional! Like, so good, I'd go to the destination just to stay at the hotel.
*Wilder Kaiser – I love this region more than any other, maybe in all of Europe. I keep coming back again and again to the Wilder Kaiser region made up of the towns Ellmau, Going, Scheffau, and Söll. The great part about this region is you can't stay in a bad hotel. There are just so many delightful ones. Here are a few of my favorites:
Hotel Hochfilzer in Ellmau
*Leogang – Naturhotel Forsoffgut – This hotel has it all. If you want to ski, eat some of the most divine food, hike, or sleep in a beautiful chalet, you can do it all here. Fresh, farm to table cuisine, epic views of the Alps, and deer you can even pet on the property. It doesn't get much better than this. This hotel fills up fast so book ahead of time! Here's my full review.
Vienna – There are a lot of great places to stay in Vienna. If you're looking for budget, check out Wombats hostel. Make sure to book this one, near Naschmarkt, not the other. Cheap and easily located, it's one of the best bangs for your budget in all of Europe. Full review here. Zeigeist hotel near the train station is another great option for a more hotel feel and is a bit more expensive. Still reasonably priced. Full review and Vienna travel guide here.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Sofia– Best Western. What I like about this location is the easy access between the city center and the airport. It's an easy taxi or tram ride away to either. The breakfast served is where this Best Western really shines. Check out my guide to Bulgaria here.
Trogir – Villa White – a great basic hotel near the water in Trogir. You can easily crash here for the night when you want to be near the ocean.
*Prague – Golden Key and Hotel Klarov (the only location with two great hotels!). I've stayed in both locations and I can say they are both wonderful, accommodating, and historic. Golden Key is close to the castle while Hotel Klarov has epic views. You can't go wrong with either. Check out my guide to 3 days in Prague and review of Golden Key hotel here. See 15 unique things to do in Prague and review of Golden Key here.
Copenhagen – Hotel Ibsens – perfect location near Market Torvehallerne that encompasses the perfect of “Hygge” or coziness. They offer a daily happy hour which is the perfect opportunity to warm up and sip wine near the fire.
*Helsinki– Hotel Katajanokka. Never thought I'd say this, but I LOVED staying in jail. That's right, Hotel Katajanokka is a former jail! This modern and surprisingly comfortable hotel makes for a perfect hotel stay. Located near the city center, you'll find a tram stop just steps from the hotel. There's a sauna in the hotel and it's the perfect respire from the cold. Guide to Helsinki here.
Strasbourg – Hotel Beaucour – well priced and centrally located.
*Corfu – MarBella Resort – This all inclusive resort is world class and will make you not want to leave the property. The food is delicious and the bougainvillea is some of the best I've ever seen in all of Greece. See my full guide to Corfu and review of the property here.
*Santorini (Thira) – Villa Clio – I can't recommend this place enough! It's inexpensive, lovely, and walking distance from the beach in Perissa. No, this isn't the main cities of Fira or Oia which is what I actually suggest. Rent a car and stay here!
*Siena – Excelsior Spa Hotel – I've never had so many questions about a place. This hotel/house is perfect if you have a bit of a larger group, as it comes with 4 bedrooms, 2 dining areas, and a full kitchen. It's well worth it. Set in the heart of Siena, this palace hotel feels like you are living like a former queen. one of the most elaborately decorated and beautiful places I've ever stayed. Just come here to stay in the hotel. It's that amazing.
Sorrento – Hotel La Solara (Also see my full guide here)
*Florence – Poggio Farm House – This is the COOLEST place to stay in Florence. Look out your window and see epic rolling hills and the city of Florence below. It will make you feel like a fancy Italian lord or lady.
Oslo – Frogner House – Pretty, accessible apartments with fully, equipped kitchens and luxury bedding.
Krakow – Grand Sheraton Hotel – One of the nicest hotels in Krakow. This elegant hotel is one of the best places to sight-see in Krakow.
Lisbon – Empire Lisbon Hotel – This is a great spot to see and explore Lisbon and the surrounding areas. It's a very well priced hotel, great breakfast, and easy to walk to the sights around the area.
*Malmo – Story hotel is so cool. Walk inside and you'll see the cascading staircase leading to rooms as well as offices and meeting spaces. Comfortable rooms with the highest technology around and commanding views make for a perfect stay. They also let you rent bikes for free! Check out my guide to Malmo here.
*Stockholm – There's also a Story hotel here! Without question, stay here! Located in the heart of downtown you have easy access to trams and landmarks. Also exceptional breakfast and again top Check out my guide to Stockholm.
*Zermatt – Hotel Cervo – If you want to feel like you're stepping into an actual snowglobe then look no further than Hotel Cervo. One of the loveliest hotels I've ever stepped foot in – perfect decorated, friendly staff, and pet accommodating. This ski-in and out hotel is just the best. See my complete guide to Zermatt and review of the hotel here.
*London – Shangri-La At the Shard London – If you're looking for the world's best view in one of the most iconic cities look no further than the Shangri La. Superb service, beautiful and thoughtful details in an exquisite room. Located inside the towering Shard, Western Europe's tallest building, you'll be high above London overlooking the River Thames and the bustling city. All of the rooms have floor to ceiling rooms so you can be sure you won't be missing out.
Yes, you'll come for the view (and the tub!) but you'll stay for the service and the delicious food. Breakfast is served each morning overlooking Tower Bridge. If you're still looking for more views, you can relax in the Sky Pool at 52 stories high. Even if you're just passing through London I recommend getting a cocktail at Gong Bar (make a reservation in advance) it's well worth it.
This is by far one of the best hotels you can stay in Europe! Book here.
*Cotswolds – Cowley Manor. The Cotswolds are already some of the most charming villages in Europe. But Cowley Manor takes it to another level. It has both historical and literary significant (see it's history with Alice and Wonderland author Lewis Carrol here) but it's also beautiful, comfortable, and unique. Excellent price point too!