Best Small Luxury Hotels of the World in Europe

Each year, more than 1,000 independent boutique hotels apply to become a part of the Small Luxury... READ MORE
Each year, more than 1,000 independent boutique hotels apply to become a part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World portfolio. However, only 5 percent are invited to join the brand, meaning travelers can expect quality amenities, inviting atmospheres and impeccable accommodations when staying at an SLH-affiliated hotel. What's more, mystery inspectors visit the brand's 500-plus properties annually to ensure that guests are experiencing the highest standards of service and value. This brand markets itself as a champion of hidden treasures, so no two Small Luxury Hotels are alike. However, one consistent perk of the SLH brand is the free-to-join INVITED program. This three-tiered benefits system includes rewards like room upgrades and free breakfast. Most importantly, this brand gives customers options: Its portfolio includes everything from family-friendly historical inns to adults-only resorts with Michelin-starred restaurants. Keep in mind, most of the brand's hotels are located outside of the United States, with numerous outposts in Europe and Asia. You can explore several Small Luxury Hotels of the World properties on our Best Hotels rankings.

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    Grand Hôtel du Palais Royal
    Paris
    0.9 miles to city center
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    This ornate hotel boasts one of the best addresses in the City of Light: it's just north of the Musée du Louvre and adjacent to Le Palais Royal. A smaller hotel with just 68 rooms and suites, the Grand Hôtel du Palais Royal occupies a centuries-old building and receives praise from guests for its ideal location, accommodating employees and more affordable room rates compared to other nearby five-star properties. Accommodations feature showers or bathtubs (some are equipped with both), complimentary Wi-Fi access and 24-hour room service, and select rooms and suites include private balconies with Eiffel Tower, Louvre or Montmartre vistas. This property also houses a bar and restaurant and offers plenty in the way of relaxation, with an on-site fitness room, spa and Turkish hammam. Recent travelers were impressed by the attention to detail at this property, from fresh in-room flowers to tailored restaurant recommendations from the concierge and front desk employees.
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    Hotel Lungarno
    Florence
    0.2 miles to city center
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    This property overlooking the Arno river in Florence underwent a major renovation in 2017, and travelers could not be more impressed. Offering stunning views of the Ponte Vecchio, Hotel Lungarno features nautical stylings and a living room suspended above the river. The blue, white and leather interiors extend to the accommodations, which boast antique furniture and original artwork. (The hotel features more than 400 pieces of fine art from artists like Picasso and Guidi). More modern amenities include blackout shades, coffee and tea makers, flat-screen TVs, complimentary loaner iPads and free Wi-Fi access. Upgraded rooms and suites offer more square footage and extra perks like separate sitting areas, minibars and balconies with river vistas. Recent guests described their rooms as beautiful and comfortable. Travelers were also complimentary of the on-site restaurants, especially the Michelin-starred Borgo San Jacopo, which serves contemporary Italian cuisine and houses a wine cellar with 900 labels. For a lighter meal, visitors can dine at the Picteau Lounge Bar, which also offers afternoon tea and views of the river from its terrace. While past guests said this Small Luxury Hotels of the World property was stunning and posh, they cited the friendly, attentive staff as the highlight of their stays.
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    The Dylan Amsterdam
    Amsterdam
    0.3 miles to city center
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    The Dylan Amsterdam is conveniently situated within Amsterdam's central canal belt near the chic Nine Little Streets shopping area and several museums. Housed in a building that dates back to the 1600s, the hotel sits on a site that once featured a theater. After the original structure burned down in 1772, the locale was used as an office for the Roman Catholic Church until it was renovated and reopened as a luxury boutique hotel in 1999. It eventually became a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Inside, recent guests were pleased with the accommodations' decor, though some wished that all rooms were accessible from the hotel's elevators. Standard guest rooms offer Bose sound systems, garden or courtyard views, coffee and tea makers, complimentary Wi-Fi access and hardwood floors. Those who upgrade to suites will find unique details like exposed beams, 20-foot ceilings, bronze chandeliers and cast-iron staircases. Past travelers recommended dining at the Michelin-starred Restaurant Vinkeles for French cuisine and visiting Bar Brasserie OCCO for signature cocktails and coffee.
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    Canaves Oia Epitome
    Oia
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    Canaves Oia Epitome is a 5 star hotel located at Eparchiaki Odos Oia in Santorini. It has a 5.0 overall guest rating based on 122 reviews.
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    Canaves Oia Santorini
    Oia
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Situated on the northern tip of Santorini, Canaves Oia Santorini features classic Cycladic architecture (think white cliffside buildings with blue domed roofs). The property is divided into three areas (Canaves Oia Hotel, Canaves Oia Suites and Canaves Oia Villas), where guests will find suites and villas with white interiors, verandas with Aegean Sea views, free Wi-Fi and welcome bottles of wine. Some accommodations are also outfitted with private plunge pools. The highlight of this property is the picturesque sea vistas, but recent travelers also appreciated the hotel's top-notch service and the Greek and Mediterranean fare served at Petra Restaurant and the Infinity Pool Bar Restaurant. Other on-site dining options include the Elements fine dining restaurant and the Veranda Oyster Bar. If wellness is your main focus, pay a visit to the property's spa or gym, or take a yoga class with views of the ocean. Although most of Santorini's top attractions reside on the southern part of the island, you'll find multiple restaurants and a few cafes and art galleries within walking distance.
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    Lefay Resort & Spa Lago di Garda
    Gargnano
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    Nestled in the hills of the Riviera dei Limoni and overlooking the alluring Lake Garda, the Lefay Resort & SPA Lago di Garda serves as a true Italian oasis. Guests can start their day by relaxing in one of the spa's five saunas or soaking in views from the hotel's infinity pool, which almost appears to merge into the lake. Those looking for exercise can then hike on the hotel's dedicated paths or opt for the well-equipped fitness center. Although the property is a bit isolated in the hills, the hotel's free shuttle runs from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. and can quickly drive guests into the nearby town of Gargnano for shopping or dining. A guest's day is not complete without a meal at the hotel's main restaurant, La Grande Limonaia, which features contemporary Mediterranean dishes. Visitors can also enjoy Italian meals at on-site restaurant Trattoria La Vigna or handcrafted cocktails at the Lounge Bar, although some previous visitors warned the hotel's dining options are expensive. After dinner, guests can return to their rooms – which come equipped with flat-screen TVs, minibars, complimentary Wi-Fi access and marble bathrooms. And, members of the INVITED loyalty program can sleep comfortably knowing that they can earn and redeem points at this Small Luxury Hotels of the World outpost.
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    Nimb Hotel
    Copenhagen
    0.5 miles to city center
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Nimb Hotel is a 5 star hotel located at Bernstorffsgade 5, in Copenhagen. It has a 4.5 overall guest rating based on 759 reviews.
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    Quinta da Casa Branca
    Funchal
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Quinta da Casa Branca is a boutique property set amid gardens in Funchal on the island of Madeira, a Portuguese archipelago off the coast of Morocco. According to recent guests, its picturesque and quiet location is one of its greatest assets. In fact, many describe the hotel as an "oasis" and a "hidden gem." Visitors have their choice of garden or premium rooms or deluxe suites, all of which come equipped with minibars, free Wi-Fi access and a furnished terrace or balcony. Step outside your room to experience the hotel's wealth of amenities. You could go for a stroll in the botanical garden, take a dip in the outdoor pool or work up a sweat in the health club's fitness center. The health club also houses a Jacuzzi, a sauna, a relaxation room and men's and women's locker rooms and showers. And when you get hungry, savor drinks and snacks at the Casa da Quinta Bar or head to the hotel's main restaurant for a refined meal.
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    Tomtom Suites
    Istanbul
    1.1 miles to city center
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    This boutique hotel in Istanbul is all about attention to detail. That's because Tomtom Suites only has 20 rooms, leaving plenty of extra room for personalized service. And guests were able to pick up on this strategy right away. Lodgers loved the staff's eagerness to provide recommendations and appreciated that any and all inquiries were met with a smile. The large rooms were also a standout, with standard suites starting at 474 square feet. Pillow menus, LCD TVs, Nespresso coffee machines, loaner iPads, homemade chocolates and minibars are just a few of the in-room amenities you can expect to take advantage of during your stay. The hotel also has 24-hour concierge, in-room spa and express checkout services, as well as a complimentary breakfast buffet. In their downtime, guests can brush up on their knowledge of the city and Turkey itself at the on-site library, or grab a bite to eat at Nicole, which serves Mediterranean dishes both indoors and outside on a terrace overlooking the old town. Outside, guests can wander the historical area of Galata and Pera or take the metro, located just a couple blocks away, to nearby top attractions such as the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. What's more, this property is one of the more affordable options on the Best Hotels in Europe ranking.
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    Hayfield Manor
    Cork, CO
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    According to recent travelers, Hayfield Manor feels like the set of "Downton Abbey." As you pull up to this property in southern Ireland, you'll notice foliage climbing along much of the three-story building's brick exterior. Inside, you'll find traditional manor house features like dark wood furniture, neutral color palettes and crown molding throughout the hotel's 88 accommodations. Though the property maintains design elements from its early 19th-century roots, it also embraces the needs of 21st-century guests: Each guest room and suite offers a variety of modern amenities, including a heated towel rack in the marble bathroom, a flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi access and a voltage power converter. To work on your putting game before hitting the links (there are five golf courses within 15 miles of the property), practice with your in-room golf putters. When you're ready to explore the property, visit the on-site spa or enjoy afternoon tea or dinner in Orchids Restaurant. On select evenings, you can participate in wine tastings, which are paired with dishes chosen by Orchids Restaurant's executive chef. And once you've decided to venture off the property, you'll discover Ireland's famous Blarney Castle is located less than 6 miles northwest.
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    Le Grand Bellevue
    Gstaad, BE
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    Le Grand Bellevue is a 5 star hotel. It has a 5.0 overall guest rating based on 756 reviews.
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    Ca' Sagredo Hotel
    Venice
    1.6 miles to city center
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Housed within a 15th-century palace that was later declared a national monument, Ca' Sagredo Hotel is a carefully restored hotel located on the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. The property's interior boasts a grand frescoed ballroom, a marble staircase and ornately painted ceilings. L'Alcova Restaurant – the hotel's on-site eatery – has an outdoor terrace along the canal that faces the Rialto Market; here, patrons can take in the scene while dining on fresh, Venetian-style cuisine and sipping on Italian wines. Ca' Sagredo's 42 guest rooms and suites are furnished in a classic Venetian style, with heavy drapes, gilded headboards and deep red accents. Accommodations also include complimentary Wi-Fi access and windows that look out at the city or canal, depending on the type of room you book. Recent guests were in awe of the hotel's "absolutely stunning" decor, the "friendly and very knowledgeable" staff and the "fantastic location" steps from top attractions and a vaporetto (water taxi) stop, though others thought the rooms on the first floor were noisy and recommend booking lodgings on a higher floor.
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    Sant Francesc Hotel Singular
    Palma de Mallorca
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    The 42-room Sant Francesc Hotel Singular sits in the historic center of Palma de Mallorca. Once a private mansion, the restored 19th-century space features some original moldings and frescoes throughout. Elegant yet modern guest rooms offer wood beamed ceilings, free Wi-Fi access, Bluetooth speakers, Nespresso coffee makers and – in some cases – private verandas. Most recent guests were pleased with their rooms, though a few noted that considerable hallway noise seeped in at night. Beyond your accommodations, you can visit spa treatment booths for massages, get your heart rate up at the 24-hour gym or reserve a workout session with a personal trainer. When it's time to dine, guests can take a seat at the Quadrat Restaurant & Garden for curated Mediterranean dishes, visit the Mallorcan Lobby Bar & Patio for cocktails and snacks or head up to the rooftop terrace for food and drinks accompanied by panoramic views of the city below. Before booking, note that the Sant Francesc Hotel Singular is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World. This means you may be able to receive extra perks by signing up for the INVITED benefits program.
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    Dukes Hotel
    London, ENG
    1.5 miles to city center
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    Dukes Bar serves arguably the most iconic martini in the world, as well as an elegant afternoon tea, but Dukes Hotel offers a lot more than just excellent drinks. Many travelers stay at Dukes Hotel for its central location, as it takes about five minutes to walk from the property to Buckingham Palace. This modern luxury hotel inspires instant comfort and relaxation for all guests with its variety of rooms, from refurbished contemporary rooms to spacious, classy suites. Accommodations feature interactive flat-screen TVs, coffee machines, in-room safes and complimentary Wi-Fi access. Suites include additional perks like homemade welcome cookies, fresh flowers, on-demand movies and a wake-up call, which consists of a hot beverage and pastry of your choice. Previous guests recommend booking a suite for adequate space to unpack and move around with ease. Outside the rooms, guests will find the Private Members Health Club, which includes a gym, a steam room and beauty treatments (for a fee). Past visitors rave about the on-site Great British Restaurant, home to Dukes Bar where bartenders concoct the hotel's signature martini. This space is open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Members of the INVITED hotel rewards program can earn and redeem reward nights at this Small Luxury Hotels of the World property.
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    La Villa del Re - Adults Only Hotel
    Castiadas
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    La Villa del Re - Adults Only Hotel is a 5 star hotel located at Loc. Su Cannisoni - Costa Rei in Sardinia. It has a 5.0 overall guest rating based on 526 reviews.

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