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These are the 10 best boutique hotels in Europe

They are small and exquisite - and mostly privately owned: boutique hotels are in vogue because they combine exceptional design with a family atmosphere. These ten addresses in Europe are now worth a trip.

January 27, 2023

Villa Arnica

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Fancy rooms at the boutique hotel Villa Arnica © unattached

Amid vineyards yet in the center of Lana in South Tyrol stands this family-run hotel with exclusive four rooms and six suites. Vintage sofas meet selected new design, the colors of mustard, sage and terracotta create a homey atmosphere. Another plus of this oasis is the spacious garden with pool.

Villa Arnica 
Andreas - Hofer - Str., 8, 39011 Lana Autonomous Province of Bolzano - South Tyrol, Italy
Tel.: +39 0473 562800
Web: villaarnica.it
Price: doubles from €190

Nomad London

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A journey to the roaring twenties ©Simon Upton

A luxury hotel with history: The "NoMad" resides in a listed historic building. The former courthouse and police building dates back to the 19th century and is located directly opposite the Royal Opera House. The highlight is a courtyard restaurant designed with hanging plants like a Victorian glass house. Art hangs on the walls inside of the hotel, and there are elegant chandeliers and Oriental rugs. The bathroom plays with 1920s flair - the freestanding bathtubs have feet, and the fixtures are gold. 

NoMad Hotel
Old Police Station Entrance, 28 Bow St, London WC2E 7AW, United Kingdom
Tel.:  +44 20 3906 1600
Web: thenomadhotel.com
Price: doubles from €470


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The hotel lobby at Amerikalinjen © Francisco Nogueira

The capital city of Oslo was once home to the magnificent headquarters of the Norwegian "America Line," a shipping company that sent passenger and cargo ships to the land of opportunity between 1910 and 1995. Anyone who wanted to go to the USA picked up their crossing ticket in this imposing building. Today, the "Club Gustav" is still a reminder of the New York jazz scene, and the "Pier 42" bar serves American cocktail classics. The boutique hotel "Amerikalinjen" is elegant but not overloaded, it combines retro elements with contemporary design - and it is so centrally located that you can explore Oslo by foot.

Jernbanetorget 2, 0154 Oslo, Norway
Tel.: +47 21 40 59 00
Web: amerikalinjen.com
Price: doubles from €220

Dylan Amsterdam

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The charm and character-rich rooms at Dylan Amsterdam © Roel Ruijs

Today's "The Dylan Amsterdam" was designed as a theater in 1632. During a performance, however, the building caught fire; after numerous renovations, it was finally reopened in 1999 as a luxury boutique hotel. The distinguished house is picturesquely located in a canal of the Dutch capital; the rooms skillfully combine historic nobility with minimalist contemporary appeal, each with its own unique charm and character. Why are gourmets especially attracted to this address? The hotel is home to the Michelin restaurant "Vinkeles," which is ideal for an elegant eight-course meal. Private dining can also be arranged effortlessly at "The Dylan Amsterdam" at any time - the house is fully equipped for romantic weekends.

Dylan Amsterdam
Keizersgracht 384, 1016 GB Amsterdam, Netherlands
Tel.: +31 20 530 2010
Web:  dylanamsterdam.com
Price: doubles from €360

Château de la Resle

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Art in the castle © optional

This house is an ideal retreat in the French Burgundy, an area famous for its excellent wine. The stylishly renovated hotel is set in a 17th-century chateau, and includes a six-acre country estate where absolute tranquility is guaranteed. There's a heated outdoor pool, a sauna and steam room, a gym, and classes for yoga and a private fitness coach. The stately architecture contrasts wonderfully with the minimalist decor; each room is designed differently. The two operators are art collectors, so there's plenty to explore.

Château de la Resle
Lieu dit, La Resle, 89230 Montigny-la-Resle, France
Tel.:  +33 6 86 11 29 22
Web: chateaudelaresle.com
Price: doubles from €250

Hotel Aristide

Elegant rooms , as well as a sea view from the rooftop terrace © provided

A neoclassical mansion with marble staircase and Doric columns: once the headquarters of the tax authorities, the building now shines as an exclusive hotel on Syros, a Greek island far from mass tourism. Art has been integrated with great attention to detail, there is a garden for a champagne breakfast and a roof terrace from which to enjoy perfect sunsets overlooking the sea. 

Hotel Aristide
Mpampagiwtou 27, Ermoupoli 841 00, Greece
Tel.: +30 698 662 4881
Web:  hotelaristide.com
Price: doubles from €350

Les Bains

Historic opilence at Les Bains © GUILLAUME GRASSET

Les Bains" was in Paris what the legendary "Studio 54" was in New York: a party location where people partied all night long and made history. The celebrity density was high - David Bowie, Grace Jones and Andy Warhol were on the dance floor. Built in the 1880s, the building first housed a thermal spa, hence the name; after a remodel, the building now shines as a hotel that manages a good balance of contemporary reduction and historic opulence. There is an elegant spa area, and the bar and restaurant are in a retro design.

Les Bains
7 Rue du Bourg l'Abbé, 75003 Paris, France
Tel.: +33 1 42 77 07 07
Web: lesbains-paris.com
Price: doubles from €330

The Tótem Madrid


Tótem Madrid shines with minimalist design paired with a pleasant atmosphere. © provided

From the outside, the "Tótem" in Madrid looks discreet, almost inconspicuous - a building from the 19th century that doesn't scream "Hotel!". Inside, you'll find yourself in an extremely stylish ambience: minimalist design made of high-quality products, coupled with a pleasant atmosphere in which you immediately relax. The cocktail bar is particularly chic, with its blue floral wallpaper and palm trees. The "Tótem" is also pet-friendly, dogs are welcome. The hotel is centrally located in the luxury district of Salamanca, this invites with a high density of gourmet restaurants and boutiques to stroll in the area. 

The Tótem Madrid
C. de Hermosilla, 23, 28001 Madrid, Spain 
Tel.: +34 914 26 00 35
Web: totem-madrid.com
Price: doubles from €200

Château Royal Berlin

For those interested in art, the Chateau Royal is the first choice. © Felix Brüggemann

Berlin's creative scene meets in the Grill Royal restaurant, while those who come to Berlin as art-loving travelers stay in the Château Royal - no wonder, the manager of the Grill is also on board here. The furnishings are based on materials that were popular in Berlin's heyday at the turn of the 20th century: colorful marble, herringbone parquet and craquelé tiles. In addition, there are over 100 works of art.

Château Royal Berlin
Mittelstraße 41, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Tel.: +49 30 23456770
Web: chateauroyalberlin.com
Price: doubles from €195

Gran Hotel Inglés

Jazz feeling at the Gran Hotel Inglés © optional

The oldest hotel in Madrid opened in 1886, in one of the first streets in the city to have electricity back then. The "Grand Hotel Inglés" still combines urban sophistication with the glamor of times gone by. Even in the spa area, there are still elegant Art Deco decorations, bronze, marble and glass, which made up the luxury of the hotel even before. Rooms rely on wood and earthy tones, and some have small balconies. 

Gran Hotel Inglés
Calle de Echegaray, 8, 28014 Madrid, Spain
Tel.:  +34 913 60 00 01
Web: granhotelingles.com
Price: doubles from €400 

This article appeared in the Falstaff TRAVEL issue Winter 2022/23.

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