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Ten of the best hotels in Europe, from a 15th Century Tuscan castle to a former Ottoman Palace and a luxury Alpine escape

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What do you look for in a fantastic hotel? Delicious food, a stunning location, gorgeous architecture  - or perhaps unusual extras such as a generous wine cellar or a garden packed with lemon trees?

The truth is, the very finest establishments combine a little bit of all of these, and more. 

Business Insider has pulled together the 25 best hotels in Europe, from Prague to Madrid, Tuscany and beyond.

In order to whittle down its shortlist, the magazine combined reviews and accolades from the public and high-end travel publications including Travel + Leisure's World's Best Hotel Awards, Condé Nast Traveler's Top 100 Hotels & Resorts and TripAdvisor's Top 25 Hotels In The World.

The final group of 25 hotels features just one London destination (The Connaught Hotel in Mayfair) and awards first place to the sumptuous Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace in Budapest.

Come take a look at a selection of ten luxury escapes that made the cut, below, and get set to infuse yourself with a potent dose of Monday wanderlust. 

Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace

The Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace on the River Danube has been crowned the Best Hotel in Europe

Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace

First place goes to the Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace in Budapest, a luxury establishment with panoramic views of the Danube and the hills of Buda. 

Rooms from £188 per night.

Go for: Old-school romance. 


Kempinski, Istanbul

The Kempinski hotel in Istanbul is perched on the edge of the Bosphorus Strait

The Kempinski, Istanbul

The Kempinski Istanbul boasts a heated infinity pool overlooking the Bosphorus. 

Rooms from £276 per night.

Go for: an incredible swimming experience.


Grand Hotel Kronenhof in Pontresina

The Grand Hotel Kronenhof in Pontresina, Switzerland offers breathtaking views of the Alps

The Grand Hotel Kronenhof, Switzerland

This historic Pontresina-based hotel has elegant, lavishly furnished rooms in the heart of the Alps. 

Rooms from £238 a night.

Go for: ski-based luxury. 


Hotel Villa Magna in Madrid

The Hotel Villa Magna in Madrid is located in the heart of the city's trendy Salamanca area

Hotel Villa Magna, Madrid

Hotel Villa Magna in Madrid is a magnet for a chic, jet-setting crowd with celebrity guests including Gwyneth Paltrow and Cameron Diaz. 

Rooms from £250 per night.

Go for: the uber-stylish ambiance. 


Santorini, Greece

The Perivolas in Santorini, Greece is an idyllic coastal retreat

Perivolas Hotel, Greece

The beautiful Perivolas in Santorini is charming and intimate, with beguiling sea views from every angle. 

Rooms from £330 per night.

Go for: the perfect island escape.  


Four Seasons Hotel George V

The opulent lobby area of Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris

Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris

The opulent art deco haven that is the Four Seasons Hotel George V is one of Paris' grandest establishments. 

Rooms from £775 per night. 

Go for: the wow factor. 

 


Villa San Michele Fiesole Italy

The Villa San Michele in Fiesole, Italy, boasts panoramic views of Florence

Villa San Michele, Florence

This boutique luxury hotel is found in a 15th Century villa nestled in the hills of Fiesole overlooking Florence.

Rooms from £420 a night.

Go for: la dolce vita. 


The Connaught Hotel in Mayfair

The Connaught Hotel in Mayfair is the only London establishment to make the list

The Connaught, London

The only London hotel on the list, The Connaught in London's Mayfair has a quintessentially British character with world-class cocktails and Michelin-starred cuisine.

Rooms from £390 per night.

Go for: London at Christmas (The Connaught is a very festive hotel). 


Mandarin Oriental Prague

The Mandarin Oriental in Prague is located on the Vltava River

Mandarin Oriental, Prague

Built on the site of a former 14th Century monastery, the Mandarin Oriental in Prague is an enchanting starting point to explore the delights of this ancient city. 

Rooms from £217 per night.

Go for: a charming city break. 


Hotel Castello di Casole, a Five-Star Boutique Luxury Hotel in Tuscany

Hotel Castello di Casole, a boutique estate in Tuscany

Castello di Casole, Tuscany 

Deep in the Tuscan countryside south of Siena lies Castello di Casole, a restored Italy castle dating back to the 10th Century and combining old-school charm with modern luxuries.

Rooms from £234 a night.

Go for: true countryside escapism. 

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