The weary and often jet-lagged traveller checking into a hotel just wants to get to the room as fast as possible. First impressions are lasting ones, and warmth and efficiency at the front desk are a great start for the hotel. Travellers are universally particular about cleanliness, good food and amenities, efficient service and a comfortable bed.
Some needs like the fore mentioned are generic, while others could be trip specific, like video conferencing and activities for children, depending on whether you’re travelling for business or leisure. So what are some of the hotels in Europe that check most of the boxes? Let’s take a look.
Hotel de Banville, Paris
For a start, book a flight to France and stay at this Parisian gem. It is a family-owned and operated property, housed in a 1926 art deco building and located on a quiet tree-lined avenue. The hotel offers 38 rooms and suites, and the cosy atmosphere actually feels spacious.
Soho House, Berlin
The property is actually a private members club, but the rooms are rented to the general public. It is located in the Mitte district and housed in a 1928 Bauhaus building. Facilities include 65 well-equipped rooms, a 30-seat screening room, a spa, a rooftop pool and great food at the Bistro.
Ace Hotel London, Shoreditch
Located in east London, the hotel has absorbed the industrial and manufacturing vibe of its surroundings. The quirky collegiate rooms add to this atmosphere while providing all modern amenities. The property is a hub for visiting art galleries, theatre, design facilities and the famous Brick Lane market. There are multiple options for food, including the modernist brasserie The Hoi Polloi, which serves everything from nouvelle cuisine to bubble and squeak.
The Merrion Hotel, Dublin
Book your flight to Ireland and stay at this Dublin landmark, which is a getaway for both moneyed families and business travellers seeking a city centre oasis. Service is top-notch and unobtrusive, and the well-appointed rooms come with Asprey toiletries apart from hospitality trays. The hotel offers an extensive range of choices for food and drink at the Cellar Bar and Ireland’s only two-star Michelin restaurant, Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud. Interconnecting rooms and child-minding facilities make this hotel ideal for families.
D.O.M. Hotel Roma, Rome
The hotel is housed in an ancient aristocratic palace, and care has been taken to preserve the original style and architectural integrity. Andy Warhol silk screens are coupled with engraved marble floors that date back to the Renaissance period. The 18 rooms and suites are tastefully appointed and come with exposed brick walls, contemporary art and polished oak floors. The Deer Club offers food and drinks, and the hotel is conveniently located to explore the architectural heritage of the city.
If you travel frequently to these cities, a stay at the selected hotels is highly recommended. The properties get good reviews across the board on most travel sites, and you may yet discover the gem that offers you that home away from home atmosphere, with tons of pampering thrown in for good measure.