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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

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. 

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.

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, 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. 

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, 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, 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, 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

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. 

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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