Best Preferred Hotels & Resorts in Europe

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With more than 600 independent properties across 85 countries, Preferred Hotels & Resorts offers its guests unique luxury experiences and quality customer service. Each hotel must conform to the brand's Preferred Standards of Excellence – an anonymous, annual inspection carried out by third-party experts to ensure top-notch service is provided – to remain a Preferred property. And within each collection (Preferred Legend Collection, Preferred LVX Collection, Preferred Lifestyle Collection and Preferred Connect Collection), travelers can expect amenities like locally inspired restaurant menus and full-service spas. Several Preferred properties also feature kids clubs, swimming pools and beach and ski slope access. What's more, members of the brand's I Prefer Hotel Rewards program can earn points – which can be redeemed for free nights – and perks, such as free Wi-Fi access and welcome amenities, during their stays. Popular collections in Preferred Hotels & Resorts appear on our Best Hotels in the USA, Best Hotels in Canada, Best Hotels in Mexico, Best Hotels in Bermuda and Best Hotels in Europe rankings lists; the U.S. News-ranked Preferred Hotels & Resorts are listed below.

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    Grand Hotel Tremezzo
    Tremezzina
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1303 reviewsTripAdvisor (1303)
    Free WiFi

    Located along Lake Como's western shore, this Preferred Legend outpost sits near Lake Como's upscale villas – some of which are owned by celebrities like Madonna and George Clooney – and offers guests prime access to shops, restaurants and the Villa Carlotta art museum. Grand Hotel Tremezzo started welcoming guests in the early 1900s and features period details like a 19th-century billiards table and silk window coverings. Old-world touches, including bow windows, marble bathrooms and antique furnishings, are also available in the hotel's 92 guest rooms and suites. Standard accommodations have park vistas, while upgraded rooms and most suites offer views of Lake Como. Though some former travelers bemoaned their accommodations' lack of space and high rates, many appreciated the views. Past visitors were also impressed with the hotel's friendly staff and ESPA-affiliated spa. For more picturesque panoramas, guests can lounge on the property's private beach or take a dip in the floating pool set within Lake Como. When you've worked up an appetite, enjoy casual bites by the beach or the Flowers Pool (a quiet pool situated in the property's park), wine and grilled dishes in L'Escale Trattoria & Wine Bar or a gourmet Italian-inspired meal at La Terrazza Restaurant.

    Tremezzina
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1303 reviewsTripAdvisor (1303)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    THE THIEF
    Oslo
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2079 reviewsTripAdvisor (2079)
    Free WiFi

    Located about a mile southwest of central Oslo, this Norwegian property offers Oslo Harbor vistas and convenient access to the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, which all guests can visit for free. Standard accommodations start at 258 square feet and have modern black and yellow interiors, plus balconies, rain showers, Nespresso coffee makers and complimentary Wi-Fi, among other amenities. Suites feature blue or black hues and separate living areas. All room rates also include breakfast in THIEF FOODBAR, the property's main restaurant. Overall, diners appreciated the breakfast buffet's array of choices, including eggs benedict and freshly pressed juices. For a pre-dinner cocktail and some of the area's best sea views, travelers recommend visiting the rooftop. If you're a light sleeper, consider requesting a room on a lower level, since some past guests said music from the rooftop bar could be heard in their accommodations. Also keep in mind that travelers who do not book a treatment at the on-site spa will be charged extra to access the hotel's pool and saunas.

    Oslo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2079 reviewsTripAdvisor (2079)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    The Alpina Gstaad
    Gstaad
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 489 reviewsTripAdvisor (489)
    Free WiFi

    Nestled among the staggering Diablerets and Bernese Alps mountain ranges about 95 miles northeast of Geneva, The Alpina Gstaad brings a touch of refined elegance to a traditional Swiss chalet. Here, Michelin-starred chefs create memorable meals at two of the three on-site restaurants, Restaurant Sommet and Megu. There's also a wine cellar with more than 1,700 bottles and a cigar lounge with 50-plus kinds of cigars stored in a walk-in humidor. The Asian-inspired Six Senses Spa boasts indoor and outdoor pools, an extensive menu of services, a juice bar, fitness classes and an in-house comprehensive wellness program. Additionally, this Preferred Hotels & Resorts outpost has a kids club that offers numerous activities and receives high praise from guests. On top of that, the 56 guest rooms and suites were designed by local artisans and feature regional materials and period artwork, plus private terraces with panoramic views. Visitors say that the mountain vistas are unparalleled and that the hotel's service is simply unbeatable, as the employees all go out of their way to make you feel at home. And because The Alpina Gstaad is pet-friendly, your furry friend is welcome to come along.

    Gstaad
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 489 reviewsTripAdvisor (489)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Dromoland Castle
    Newmarket on Fergus
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4078 reviewsTripAdvisor (4078)

    Dromoland Castle sits about 15 miles northwest of Limerick, Ireland, set on a sprawling 450-acre plot of green land. The property, which completed an extensive renovation in 2018, is home to a lake, a spa, a pool and an 18-hole golf course. Plus, visitors can enjoy a bevy of activities, including horseback riding, archery, fishing and hawk walks to the nearby school of falconry. What's more, travelers rave about the scenic setting and the friendly staff members at this castle hotel. When it comes to accommodations, rooms come dressed in elegant decor – just what you'd expect if you were staying in a castle. In-room amenities include Nespresso coffee makers, minibars, televisions and safes. Dromoland Castle is home to multiple dining venues and experiences, too. Earl of Thomond is the hotel's main fine dining restaurant, offering a la carte and five-course meals, and Figtree Restaurant is a casual eatery located in the golf clubhouse. Guests can also enjoy afternoon tea, room service, picnics on the estate (prepared by the staff) or breakfast at The Gallery. While the majority of previous travelers enjoyed their stays, some were disappointed with the expensive room rates. Part of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts collection, this castle hotel allows iPrefer Hotel Rewards members to earn or redeem points.

    Newmarket on Fergus
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4078 reviewsTripAdvisor (4078)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
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    The Stafford London
    London
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1378 reviewsTripAdvisor (1378)
    Free WiFi

    Situated in London's St. James's neighborhood by Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park and the National Gallery, The Stafford London is a great option for guests who want to unwind in style after sightseeing. The property's accommodations are spread throughout three buildings – the Main House, the Mews building and the Carriage House – and have neutral color schemes with floral accents and high-end fabrics. Standard rooms reside in the Main House and have marble bathrooms, free Wi-Fi access, HD TVs and Nespresso coffee machines. Suites come with sitting areas and extra perks like iPod docking stations and complimentary airport transfers to Heathrow Airport (when staying two or more nights). Recent lodgers appreciated these amenities and the homey room decor, although some said the customer service from the hotel's employees could stand to improve. Visitors also enjoyed the property's food and beverage options. An autograph-filled bar, a 380-year-old wine cellar and The Game Bird's Champagne Bar are available for libations, while afternoon tea and modern British pub dishes are served in The Game Bird's dining room. Wine tastings with the hotel's sommelier can also be arranged for a fee.

    London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1378 reviewsTripAdvisor (1378)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    The Beaumont
    London
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 556 reviewsTripAdvisor (556)
    Free WiFi

    Timeless elegance can be found at The Beaumount hotel, located on a peaceful Mayfair square in London. Called the essence of "London luxury" by one recent traveler, the 73-room hotel is close to boutiques, galleries, restaurants and Hyde Park. Inside, the property has a 24-hour fitness center, a salon and a spa, as well as a restaurant and a bar. The Colony Grill Room serves American and European dishes and features maroon leather booths and black-and-white portraits of celebrities, much like New York City and London club rooms from the 1920s. For drinks and snacks, guests can visit The American Bar, which recent patrons said offers some of the best cocktails in London. When you're ready for a little R&R, retreat to one of the property's art deco-style accommodations. All have original artwork, king-sized beds and bathrooms with rain showers and heated floors. Room rates also cover local chauffeur service in a vintage car, daily continental breakfast and in-room Wi-Fi. According to past visitors, one of the highlights of this hotel is the top-notch service. The attentive staff members go out of their way to make guests feel at home, even though The Beaumont has a no-tipping policy.

    London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 556 reviewsTripAdvisor (556)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Hotel Sans Souci Wien
    Vienna
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1802 reviewsTripAdvisor (1802)
    Free WiFi

    The Hotel Sans Souci Wien has been a fixture in central Vienna since the historic building was erected in 1872. After it was acquired by the Sans Souci Group in 2010, the property underwent a complete renovation to modernize the space while preserving some of its original details. Now, rooms and suites feature bright white interiors with wood floors and contemporary artwork, plus amenities like walk-in showers, complimentary Wi-Fi access and flat-screen TVs. Though some encountered air conditioning issues and thin walls that let in street noise, most former guests were impressed with their accommodations' comfortable beds and spacious bathrooms. But the highlights of this Preferred LVX outpost are its free breakfast buffet at Veranda, tranquil spa and pool, attentive staff and prime location near sights like the MuseumsQuartier and the Museum of Fine Arts. Other parts of the city can be reached by taking the Wiener Linien's U-Bahn (Vienna's subway system) or streetcar from their respective Volkstheater stops, which can be found about a block away from the hotel.

    Vienna
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1802 reviewsTripAdvisor (1802)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Alchymist Grand Hotel & Spa
    Prague
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1939 reviewsTripAdvisor (1939)

    A boutique hotel housed in a baroque-style building from the 16th century, the Alchymist Grand Hotel & Spa is just steps from restaurants, shops and top Prague attractions like Prague Castle and the Charles Bridge. Recent travelers appreciated the on-site Ecsotica Spa & Health Club's offerings, including Indonesian-inspired treatments, bathing rituals, exposed stone walls and experienced team of Balinese therapists. Past guests also loved the romantic decor found throughout the hotel, including the gold-trimmed furniture, arched doorways and walls and grand chandeliers. Rich interiors are prevalent in the property's 26 rooms and 19 suites as well. All spaces feature historical touches like gilded headboards, marble bathrooms and hardwood floors. Modern amenities include flat-screen TVs, high-speed Wi-Fi access and minibars. Additionally, guests receive complimentary passes to the health club's fitness center, sauna and swimming pool. When you get hungry, the on-site Aquarius Restaurant garners praise for its grand decor, extensive wine list and Mediterranean cuisine. The one downside to this older hotel is the thin walls. Previous visitors said it was easy to hear noise when staying in one of the basic guest rooms, so consider upgrading to a quieter suite.

    Prague
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1939 reviewsTripAdvisor (1939)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
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    Finca Cortesin Hotel Golf & Spa
    Casares
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 478 reviewsTripAdvisor (478)
    Free WiFi
    Finca Cortesin Hotel Golf & Spa is a 5 star hotel. It has a 4.5 overall guest rating based on 478 reviews.
    Casares
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 478 reviewsTripAdvisor (478)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa
    St. Andrews, GB
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1938 reviewsTripAdvisor (1938)
    Free WiFi

    While this St. Andrews, Scotland, resort no doubt caters to golfers, recent guests say you don’t have to golf to enjoy all that the Old Course Hotel has to offer. While guests rave about The Duke’s (the on-site golf course), but many say that the five-star customer service is just as memorable. From arrival to departure, travelers say the gleeful staff members made them feel incredibly welcome and taken care of, and that no request was ever too much. Another standout for guests was the hotel’s accommodations, which come equipped with comforts like complimentary Wi-Fi access, minibars, flat-screen TVs and robes and slippers. Lodgers highly recommend upgrading to a suite, which includes more room, separate seating areas, mini kitchens and views of the golf course. For those who didn’t come to play the links, you can book a treatment at the on-site spa, work up a sweat at the fitness center or take a dip in the on-site pool and Jacuzzi.   Outdoor adventures, like horseback riding on the beach, are also available. Dining options range from white fine dining at Road Hole Restaurant to comfort food at Hams Hame. You can find the Old Course Hotel just a short walk northwest of the center of St. Andrews. 

    St. Andrews, GB
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1938 reviewsTripAdvisor (1938)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Hotel Pulitzer, Amsterdam
    Amsterdam
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1241 reviewsTripAdvisor (1241)
    Free WiFi

    What the Hotel Pulitzer lacks in amenities guests say it makes up for in stellar location and style. There is no spa or pool on-site, but with popular points of interest, including the Anne Frank House and the Nine Streets neighborhood nearby, guests likely won't need any extra on-site thrills to keep them entertained. The hotel is spread across 25 classic Dutch houses, most of which are situated along the canals. This translates to plenty of opportunities to view the picturesque waterways from the comfort of your own bed. Standard rooms achieve a look that is both contemporary and cozy, with natural wood headboards backed by exposed brick walls or vaulted ceilings, tufted velvet ottomans and colorful chaise lounges. Its chic boutique sensibility seamlessly carries into its outdoor spaces and restaurants. Guests loved the hotel's gardens, which sit comfortably between its many buildings, offering a quiet escape from the city. There are also three eateries on-site, including a hotel bar. Care to explore beyond the confines of the hotel? Consider signing up for a 75-minute canal tour in the hotel's own salon boat (not included in your room rate).

    Amsterdam
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1241 reviewsTripAdvisor (1241)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Mykonos Princess Hotel
    Mykonos
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 507 reviewsTripAdvisor (507)
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    Mykonos
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 507 reviewsTripAdvisor (507)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
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    Myconian Villa Collection
    Mykonos
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 746 reviewsTripAdvisor (746)
    Free WiFi

    For picturesque panoramas, top-notch service and spacious accommodations, consider staying at the Myconian Villa Collection. Situated above Elia Beach on the Greek island of Mykonos, this boutique resort features 50 guest rooms and villas with white decor and colorful accent pillows or natural elements like wooden end tables and rock headboards. Standard accommodations offer nearly 323 square feet of space and amenities like private balconies or terraces, free Wi-Fi access, minibars and LED flat-screen televisions, while most upgraded accommodations come with additional perks like private Jacuzzis or pools. All room rates cover round-trip airport transfers and valet car service to and from Mykonos Town, and perks like butler, babysitting and personal chef services can be arranged for a fee. Outside the accommodations, visitors have access to an infinity pool, a private beach area and a spa, which offers various treatments and houses a fitness center plus four mineral-enriched pools. As far as food goes, the resort has three Mediterranean-inspired restaurants. Overall, lodgers enjoyed their stays at the Myconian Villa Collection, although a few guests said their accommodations' bathrooms were outdated and wished the property was a bit closer to Mykonos Town.

    Mykonos
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 746 reviewsTripAdvisor (746)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Il Salviatino
    Florence
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 828 reviewsTripAdvisor (828)

    Located about 5 miles northeast of Florence in the town of Fiesole, this restored 15th-century villa attracts guests with its picturesque views and gardens. Visitors are equally impressed by this Preferred Hotels & Resorts outpost's guest rooms and suites, which feature traditional Tuscan details like locally made linens and high ceilings. Though some past travelers noted a few maintenance issues in their accommodations, most appreciated the rooms' comfortable beds and modern conveniences like mirrors with built-in TVs and free Wi-Fi. After settling into your digs, venture outside to the hotel's gardens, where you'll find a two-tier infinity-edge pool, which is open seasonally between April and October, and some of the property's best vistas. For those in need of respite from the sun, head inside for a massage at the spa or an Italian-inspired meal at La Cucina. Or, if you'd rather dine in Florence, take advantage of the hotel's complimentary shuttle service to and from downtown.

    Florence
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 828 reviewsTripAdvisor (828)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
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    NH Collection Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi
    Amalfi
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1196 reviewsTripAdvisor (1196)
    Free WiFi
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    Amalfi
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1196 reviewsTripAdvisor (1196)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi