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    Ashford Castle
    Cong
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    Ashford Castle, which was originally built in 1228, is located in Cong, Ireland (roughly 25 miles northwest of Galway). Recent guests said that they felt like royalty during their stays, but they warned that even a few days of living like a king doesn't come cheap. A tourist attraction in its own right, the fully restored Ashford Castle sports an assortment of luxury amenities, including a 32-seat cinema, a state-of-the-art spa and complimentary Wi-Fi access throughout the property. Visitors can also enjoy more historically significant activities, which range from exploring the castle's gardens to taking an introductory falconry course. Rooms and suites are all lavishly decorated with touches like fresh flowers, monogrammed bed linens and custom carpets. Digs are also decked out with more modern perks, including flat-screen TVs, Bluetooth speakers, electronic blinds and USB chargers. There are also multiple on-site restaurants for foodies to explore. The George V Dining Room provides upscale meals in an elegant dining room, and Cullen's at the Cottage serves local and international fare seasonally. Alternatively, guests can dig into Irish cuisine in The Dungeon, which features a curved stone ceiling and period-inspired decorations.
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    Il San Pietro di Positano
    Positano
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    According to recent travelers, Il San Pietro di Positano's location along the Amalfi Coast is one of its best highlights. Other standout features at this Relais & Châteaux outpost include its private beach, tennis court, semicircle-shaped swimming pool and private yacht. Inside the hotel, visitors will find a spa and fitness center, plus an open-kitchen restaurant that offers cooking classes and Zass, a Michelin-starred dining venue that serves up homegrown produce and local flavors alongside panoramic views of Praiano and the Tyrrhenian Sea. When it's time to rest, guests can retreat to their accommodations, which feature private terraces with Mediterranean vistas, complimentary Wi-Fi access, LCD TVs, seating areas and classic blue and white decor throughout. Past visitors especially enjoyed their accommodations' beautiful interiors and comfortable beds. Previous guests also raved about the staff, saying they were attentive and friendly.
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    The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice
    Venice
    1.6 miles to city center
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    Located along Venice's Grand Canal, The Gritti Palace is nestled in the heart of the action. Here, guests gather for meals on the famous Gritti Terrace to watch gondolas and vaporetti (water taxis) transport tourists and locals around the City of Water. Inside, luxurious touches appear everywhere: Murano glass chandeliers hang from the ceiling, Lorenzo Rubelli silk fabrics bedeck the accommodations, oil paintings adorn the walls and the property's original terrazzo floors, from when the palace was commissioned to be built by Doge of Venice Andrea Gritti in 1475, can be found throughout. Today, the hotel houses The Gritti Epicurean School, The Gritti SPA, the elegant Club del Doge Restaurant and 82 restored rooms and suites. Standard rooms feature glass chandeliers, antique furniture, marble bathrooms, complimentary Wi-Fi access and incredibly comfortable bed linens, according to recent guests. Visitors were also impressed with the impeccable service and gourmet cuisine. And while staying at this hotel will cost you a pretty penny, Marriott Bonvoy members can earn and use points at this property.
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    Le Sirenuse
    Positano
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    For guests, everything about this Positano hotel is next to perfect. From the Mediterranean decor and out-of-this-world service to a breathtaking location facing the ocean, Le Sirenuse was worth every penny, according to travelers. First and foremost, almost all of the hotel's rooms overlook the ocean and most are equipped with balconies or terraces. All accommodations feature whitewashed walls and are decorated with old-world furniture and colorful accents, including floors adorned with handmade, painted tiles. And for such a seemingly quaint property, the hotel is well-equipped, offering a spa, a gym and a pool to its guests. But the pool is by far one of the hotel's most beautiful attributes. Offering views of the cliffs and adjoining sea, and surrounded by potted plants and lemon trees, the pool features a giant mosaic mural of mermaids. Dining can also be found alongside the pool and other alfresco spots around the hotel, including the Michelin-starred La Sponda. Le Sirenuse can also organize excursions and adventures, some of which are complimentary. Peruse the hotel's daily activity calendar and you will find opportunities for hiking, bay cruises and even a visit to a local limoncello factory. And as a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, this Amalfi Coast property participates in the Leaders Club rewards program.
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    Hotel Eden
    Rome
    1.4 miles to city center
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    Since opening its doors in 1889, Hotel Eden has served as a temporary home in central Rome for everyone from foreign aristocrats to renowned celebrities to typical tourists. Recent visitors said that this incredibly luxurious (and expensive) property practically exudes elegance. The hotel's lobby (where the classy La Libreria bar is located) features marble floors, high-end furniture and an abundance of gold accents. Its rooms and suites offer a similarly neutral but sophisticated aesthetic. All of the accommodations include artwork, complimentary Wi-Fi access, Nespresso coffee makers and flat-screen TVs. Plus, butler service is available upon request. Standard bathrooms are covered in marble, mirrors and gold, and guests can expect to find luxury amenities like Italian Bottega Veneta toiletries. After settling into their lodgings, visitors can enjoy gourmet meals and panoramic views at the Michelin-starred La Terrazza. For a more relaxed vibe, there's Il Giardino Ristorante & Bar, the hotel's rooftop dining option. Despite its opulent design, stellar location and high-class restaurants, previous guests were most impressed with Hotel Eden's exceptional employees and service.
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    La Réserve Paris – Hotel and Spa
    Paris, 75
    2.1 miles to city center
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    The 15 rooms and 25 suites at La Réserve Paris – Hotel and Spa are chicly decorated in a 19th-century Parisian style that includes brocade taffeta, velvet drapes, herringbone oak parquet floors, antique furniture and bathrooms made with both Carrara and Turquin marble. All spaces also offer modern amenities, such as interactive tablets that control each room's lighting, TV and temperature, and buttons that summon private butlers. If you desire Eiffel Tower views and extra perks like a balcony, two private bars and a wine cellar, consider upgrading to the Grand Palais Suite. Recent guests were floored by the personalized service available throughout the hotel, stating that every staff member seemed ready and willing to go above and beyond to make their stays enjoyable. The two-starred Michelin restaurant, Le Gabriel, also received high praise from past diners for its seasonal French cuisine. Just be sure to make a reservation in advance since tables here fill up quickly. And Leaders Club members are in luck – as part of The Leading Hotels of the World, this property grants perks like welcome gifts and complimentary daily breakfast for two. The hotel's central address in Paris near the famed Champs-Élysées' high-end shops was another highlight for previous visitors.
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    Ballyfin Demesne
    Ballyfin, LS
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Ballyfin Demense is a world-renowned hotel, located within a castle-like structure in County Laois, Ireland. The estate's 614 acres are filled with wildlife, gardens, trails and picnic spots. Guests can participate in activities like tennis, boating, horseback riding, fishing, clay pigeon shooting, archery and falconry (some require an additional fee). On-site gardens, along with hens and bees, provide numerous ingredients for the restaurants, and other ingredients are locally sourced from nearby farmers and fishermen. The Cellar Bar has an extensive list of local whiskeys, and regular whiskey tastings are available. The 20 individually decorated guest rooms and suites feature period furniture, complimentary minibars, flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi access, Egyptian cotton linens and free laundry services. For a truly memorable stay, reserve the Sir Charles Coote suite, which boasts 18th-century Chinese wallpaper panels, a separate sitting room, a fireplace and large windows with views of the grounds and lake. Recent guests described the hotel as excellent, especially raving about the white-glove service, palatial grounds and decor. While a stay here is not cheap, many past guests said the experience was more than worth it.
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    J.K. Place Roma
    Rome
    1.7 miles to city center
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    Located in the heart of Rome's fashion district, J.K. Place Roma is filled with designer furniture, rugs and lighting by Michele Bönan. Notable artwork hangs from the walls, and royal blue velvet sofas complement the ultramodern yet elegant vibe. The hotel has 30 rooms and suites, the most basic of which feature LED TVs, gilded mirrors, free Wi-Fi access, complimentary minibars and balconies with Eternal City views. Master Rooms include hardwood floors, rosewood canopy beds, Italian marble bathrooms and walk-in closets. Nestled on top of the hotel is the JKCafe, a venue that houses a lounge, a bar and a restaurant. Recent visitors said the bountiful breakfast served inside is a treat, and many diners appreciated that the chefs had options to satisfy vegan and gluten-free diets as well. The Italian restaurant is also open for brunch, lunch and dinner. Another highlight worth noting is the personalized service; past guests said they had never stayed at a hotel with such friendly, helpful staff members. The one downside to this property is the steep cost, though travelers point out that prior stays here were more than worth the price and recommend saving up to splurge on a suite. And as a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, this property participates in the Leaders Club rewards program.
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    Grand Hotel Tremezzo
    Tremezzina
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    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 90 guest rooms and suites. Standard accommodations have park vistas, while upgraded rooms and most suites offer views of Lake Como. Though some previous 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 luxurious 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 visitors have worked up an appetite, they can 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 Gualtiero Marchesi.
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    Hotel d'Angleterre
    Geneva
    0.8 miles to city center
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    Not to be confused with the hotel of the same name in Copenhagen, Geneva's Hotel d'Angleterre houses 45 rooms and suites, all of which are styled with classic decor and original artwork. In-room amenities include free Wi-Fi, LED televisions and minibars, plus additional touches like homemade chocolates and fresh fruit. Recent guests said the friendly staff members of this hotel shine: Many are multilingual and visitors praised their attention to detail. Other facets of the Hotel d'Angleterre that stand out include the Windows Restaurant – with views of the mountains framing Lake Geneva – and the Cigar Lounge at the Leopard Bar, a charming place for cigar fans to relax. Though travelers loved the restaurant's vistas, many noted the food was expensive and you could find a better meal in town. Pets are also welcome at this hotel for an additional fee; a pet concierge will assist with special walks and furry friends get some amenities of their own. Part of The Leading Hotels of the World, the property participates in the Leaders Club loyalty program.
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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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    The Egerton House Hotel
    London, ENG
    2.8 miles to city center
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    This London hotel features just 28 rooms and suites – but each has a unique personality. Accommodations are individually decorated and all showcase bold, classic prints (whether in the wallpaper, carpet, duvets or curtains), and in-room amenities include flat-screen TVs, mineral water (still and sparkling), 24-hour room service and marble bathrooms. Guests of The Egerton House Hotel love the personalized service here: Visitors are welcomed with a complimentary drink of choice, and the afternoon tea is described as "divine." You should also expect to be greeted by Milly, the hotel's resident Jack Russell terrier. Located down the street from Harrods and just south of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, this boutique property with a red brick facade and white trim is surrounded by shops and eateries. If you'd prefer to dine on-site, you can enjoy a meal in the comfort of your room or head to the bar and lounge area for its light fare menu. (Note: There is no formal restaurant on-site.)
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    Hotel 41
    London, ENG
    1.8 miles to city center
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    Those looking for an intimate lodging experience will find it at Hotel 41. This property, located just four blocks from Buckingham Palace, has only 30 rooms, leaving plenty of space for personalized service. Not only does the hotel offer 24-hour room service, but it also provides two staff members for every guest. Beyond its staff, the hotel wows guests with its stunning interiors. The lobby's rich wood paneled walls and black-and-white tiled floors create an air of sophistication that carries into its equally stylish rooms, which feature marble bathrooms, feather bedding and Nespresso coffee machines. And if you find yourself feeling peckish during your stay, you'll have a host of complimentary treats at your fingertips, including ice cream, afternoon tea and the "plunder the pantry" selection of bites available from 8 p.m. till 1 a.m. If you've indulged a bit too much or just need a gym partner, you can take advantage of the hotel's unique Sports Buddies program, which pairs staff members with guests looking to exercise during their vacation.
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    Villa Cora
    Florence
    0.9 miles to city center
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    Even though Villa Cora is a bit removed from the center of Florence (about 2 miles south), recent travelers loved its setting amid gardens and greenery. (They also appreciated the free shuttle service into town.) This boutique property's 44 rooms and suites are spread throughout a main villa and two additional buildings. Accommodations vary in type, but all include antique furnishings, Carrara marble bathrooms and views of the surrounding gardens and hills of Florence. Some rooms also have balconies. Outside of their rooms, visitors will find a variety of features, such as a spa with a hammam (Turkish bath), sauna and gym, and an outdoor pool surrounded by vibrant gardens. There are ample places to grab a meal and a drink on-site, whether you prefer to lounge on the rooftop and take in the views with a flute of Champagne or sit down for a full meal indoors or on the patio (depending on the time of year). What's more, the hotel can arrange a cooking class for burgeoning chefs young and old to learn the basics and try their hands at "haute cuisine." As a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, this property participates in the Leaders Club rewards program.
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    The Goring
    London, ENG
    1.9 miles to city center
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    Located in the posh neighborhood of London's Belgravia, the 69-room Goring Hotel boasts an unbeatable location, Michelin-starred dining and impeccable service. The hotel is situated on the edge of Westminster, which means top attractions like Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park and Parliament are all within easy reach, whether by Tube or by foot. And after a long day of sightseeing, the Goring's rooms couldn't be a better place of refuge. Adorned with silk-lined walls, fine Italian linens and complimentary bottled water, rooms and suites are designed in a charming English style. The hotel's afternoon tea service is also quintessentially English and shouldn't be missed, according to recent guests. Previous lodgers recommended sipping tea in the property's gorgeous garden. Amenities aside, it was the incomparable staff that earned the most praise from recent guests.

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