Hotel Guide: Europe’s top 10 Grandeur

Hotel Guide: Europe’s top 10 Grandeur


Hotels on Europe’s festival circuit come in a range of styles, from party-centric to serene retreat. Some even create their own festivals devoted to food, literature or music, and others offer easy access to destination events nearby. The following new, improved or event-staging hotels welcome guests to celebrate.


Hotel Stein, Salzburg

Music is in the air throughout the year in Salzburg. Though the hotel traces its roots to a 14th-century inn, its new décor mixes modern furniture with Venetian glass lamps and mural-size black and white photography. Rooms from 250 euros, or about $309.


Cliveden House, Taplow

Built in the 17th century as a gift from the Duke of Buckingham to his mistress, Cliveden House has seen plenty of drama. Now operated as a 38-room hotel set on 376 acres about 30 miles west of London, the estate generates its own intrigue, albeit of the bookish kind, with its Cliveden Literary Festival.


Grand Hôtel Cabourg, Cabourg

Cabourg, on the Normandy coast of France, has its own Cannes moment each June with the Film Festival of Cabourg. Now part of the heritage- and design-focused MGallery by Sofitel collection, the 74-room hotel offers classes in making the madeleines that inspired Proust. Rooms from 190 euros.


Katikies Mykonos

Among the Cyclades Islands in Greece, Mykonos has the reputation as the party place for beach clubs and annual events. Opening in June, the 35-room seaside hotel channels the marine world in blue and white décor and keeps the emphasis on the outdoors with two terrace-based restaurants and two swimming pools. Rooms from $420.


Conscious Hotel Westerpark, Amsterdam

Solely wind-powered, the sustainably built hotel features 89 spacious rooms, bike rentals, and a restaurant with an aquaponic growing system serving organic food. Rooms from 160 euros.


The K Club, Kildare

Taking place in its Victorian walled garden, the event will include cooking demonstrations, talks and a market featuring area restaurants. Apart from the festival, the 140-room hotel offers golf on a course that held the 2006 Ryder Cup, as well as falconry, fly fishing and horseback riding. Rooms from $265.


Monteverdi Tuscany, Castiglioncello del Trinoro

Guests of its 19 rooms and three villas can take a cooking class in the new Culinary Academy opening in June in the former village school, or steep in the baths inspired by Roman traditions in the newly expanded spa. Rooms from 575 euros.


Urspelt Castle, Urspelt

The newly expanded Urspelt Castle offers 56 rooms, a spa and outdoor swimming pool in the Natural Park of Our, a rural region that is home to castles and hiking trails. Rooms from 95 euros.


The Nomad Pop-Up Hotel, Sines

There is a temporary riverside tent village with bathroom facilities, including showers, and a cellphone charging station. Tents sleep from four to five guests. Some are furnished, glamping style, with beds, tables and outdoor chairs; the cheapest come unfurnished.


The Pavilions Madrid

This hotel also serves as a gallery; the contemporary artwork found throughout highlights local artists and is available for sale. Rooms from 190 euros.


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