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The Best Hotels in Europe by Country

U.S. News ranked five-star hotels in 43 European countries. See which properties claimed the top spots.

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The Best Hotels in Europe by Country

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From Albania to Wales, here are the best hotels in 43 European countries.

Using a comprehensive methodology that factors in expert opinions, traveler reviews and industry awards, U.S. News ranked 2,096 five-star hotels throughout 43 European countries to determine the Best Hotels in Europe. Of those thousands of hotels, these properties claimed the top spots within their respective countries. From a cliffside palace on the Amalfi Coast to a Nordic haven with a Michelin-starred eatery to a posh London outpost with Regency-period interiors, these 43 hotels boast lavish amenities, impeccable service and unique features that set them apart from their peers. Read on to discover the best of the best properties, organized alphabetically by country.
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Albania: Sheraton Tirana Hotel

The Sheraton Tirana Hotel features 151 guest rooms and suites that boast dark hardwood floors, marble bathrooms and modern amenities such as a complimentary coffee program and signature Sweet Sleeper beds. All guest rooms also come with complimentary access to the hotel's fitness center and indoor and outdoor pools. And for those looking to truly relax, there's also a Thai massage center, a sauna and two movie screening rooms on-site.
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From Albania to Wales, here are the best hotels in 43 European countries.

Using a comprehensive methodology that factors in expert opinions, traveler reviews and industry awards, U.S. News ranked 2,096 five-star hotels throughout 43 European countries to determine the Best Hotels in Europe. Of those thousands of hotels, these properties claimed the top spots within their respective countries. From a cliffside palace on the Amalfi Coast to a Nordic haven with a Michelin-starred eatery to a posh London outpost with Regency-period interiors, these 43 hotels boast lavish amenities, impeccable service and unique features that set them apart from their peers. Read on to discover the best of the best properties, organized alphabetically by country.

Albania: Sheraton Tirana Hotel

The Sheraton Tirana Hotel features 151 guest rooms and suites that boast dark hardwood floors, marble bathrooms and modern amenities such as a complimentary coffee program and signature Sweet Sleeper beds. All guest rooms also come with complimentary access to the hotel's fitness center and indoor and outdoor pools. And for those looking to truly relax, there's also a Thai massage center, a sauna and two movie screening rooms on-site.

Austria: Hotel Sacher Wien

The Hotel Sacher Wien is equipped with a bevy of luxurious features, including a highly praised concierge team and a boutique spa with a Finnish sauna and salt steam room. What's more, the ornate on-site restaurants dish out traditional Austrian and international cuisine in palatial settings (think: crystal chandeliers, bold colors and oil paintings).

Belarus: Boutique Hotel Buta

Located in the heart of Minsk, Belarus, the Boutique Hotel Buta is a favorite spot for travelers and locals alike who appreciate the on-site casino, Finnish sauna and swimming pool. The 35 guest rooms and suites feature king-sized beds, LED TVs and heated bathroom floors.

Belgium: Hotel Amigo

The historic property – which once served as a prison in the 1500s and was later converted into a hotel for the 1958 Brussels World's Fair – still features original details like a lobby floor made of cobblestones from 620. Traditional Belgian accents, such as local ceramics and fabrics, are also present in Hotel Amigo's 173 guest rooms and suites.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Hotel Mepas

Hotel Mepas is located in the central business district of Mostar, within walking distance of the Old Town and the city's top shops and eateries. It also sits on top of Mepas Mall, meaning shops, bowling, a movie theater and a kids playroom are all just steps away. The hotel also features the Spa & Relax Center, which boasts a Finnish sauna, swimming pools, a steam bath and a fitness center.

Bulgaria: Graffit Gallery Hotel

Built on the original foundation of the Center for Contemporary Art in Varna, Bulgaria, Graffit Gallery Hotel's sleek, graphite exterior regularly wows visitors. Inside, guests will find a restaurant and cafe, a rooftop swimming pool and guest rooms with Egyptian cotton linens, high-speed Wi-Fi access, TVs and high-end toiletries. Upgrade to a suite for panoramic city views, wood paneling, baroque furniture and gilded accents.

Croatia: Esplanade Zagreb Hotel

Set in the heart of Croatia's capital city of Zagreb, near top sights like the Zagreb Botanical Garden and Zrinjevac park, the Esplanade Zagreb Hotel offers a range of amenities, including concierge service, Segway tours and a health club and spa. The property's 208 rooms and suites come with complimentary internet access, beds with goose-down pillows and duvets, and marble bathrooms with heated floors.

Cyprus: The Annabelle

Located along the Mediterranean coast, The Annabelle hotel in Paphos, Cyprus, boasts four restaurants, five bars and 218 guest rooms and suites with either lush garden or coastal views. The property also features beachfront access, a full-service spa with waterfall pools, a squash court and a tennis court, not to mention water sports equipment.

Czech Republic: Alchymist Grand Hotel & Spa

Opened in 2006, the Alchymist Grand Hotel & Spa is housed in what used to be four private bourgeois residences in the heart of Prague's Old Town, within walking distance of the Prague Castle and Charles Bridge. The on-site Aquarius Restaurant is highly praised for its traditional Mediterranean and Italian fare. Recent guests also laud the impeccable service and the gorgeous guest rooms and suites. The on-site Ecsotica Spa & Health Club was also a hit for its Indonesian-inspired treatments, lavish interiors and bathing rituals.

Denmark: Hotel d'Angleterre

Marchal, Hotel d'Angleterre's Michelin-starred restaurant, offers a breakfast buffet that receives regular praise from guests. The hotel is also home to Balthazar, which serves more than 160 different types of Champagne and is the first Champagne bar in Copenhagen, Denmark. It also boasts a spa and fitness center equipped with the only indoor swimming pool in inner Copenhagen.

England: The Lanesborough

The Lanesborough has two superlatives to its name: It's the No. 1 hotel in England and the No. 1 hotel in all of Europe. Impeccable service and delicious food are some of the property's top highlights, according to recent guests. Previous travelers also say the gourmet British fare (think: Cornish cod and Scottish grouse) served at the property's Michelin-starred Céleste is delectable and the restaurant's dining room is beautiful. Visitors also praise the traditional afternoon tea service offered in Céleste and the gilded Withdrawing Room, where traditional afternoon tea is offered daily.

Estonia: Schlössle Hotel

Located in the heart of Tallinn, Estonia's Old Town, the Schlössle Hotel is surrounded by cobblestone streets and buildings that date back to the 13th century. Inside, massive wooden beams, stone walls and antique furniture transport guests back to Estonia's medieval past. However, modern amenities are also plentiful, and include complimentary iPads in the guest rooms and suites, free Wi-Fi access, air conditioning and minibars.

Finland: Hotel Kämp

Built by Finnish architect Theodor Höijer in 1887, Hotel Kämp woos guests with its Old World architecture and decor. When this Leading Hotels of the World outpost debuted, it became the first hotel in Finland to have an elevator. Today, the property is just as tech-savvy, offering flat-screen TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi access in its guest rooms and suites, not to mention a private in-room sauna in its Mannerheim Suite.

France: Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris

The Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris is situated just three blocks south of the famed Champs-Élysées in the western part of the 8ème arrondissement. But the prime location is just one of the property's high points. Inside, you'll find 18th-century decor, gracious hospitality and accommodations with modern amenities such as complimentary Wi-Fi, espresso machines and minibars.

Germany: Das Stue

Ideally located in the diplomatic district of Berlin on the southern edge of the Tiergarten, Das Stue is a luxury boutique hotel with its own private entrance to the adjacent Berlin Zoo. In fact, the hotel even sponsors Stuy, the zoo's red giant kangaroo that was born in March 2016. Inside, the animal theme continues with crocodile head sculptures, leather hippos and wire mesh giraffes.

Greece: Hotel Grande Bretagne

A landmark hotel situated in central Athens, the Hotel Grande Bretagne has impressed visitors since opening in 1874. Inside the property, guests will find the GB Roof Garden, where award-winning cuisine is served alongside views of the Acropolis and Lycabettus Hill. Other on-site amenities include a full-service spa, a 24-hour fitness center, a confectionery and gift shop, a business center and multiple meeting spaces.

Hungary: Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace

Aside from its unbeatable location along the banks of the Danube River, the Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace receives rave reviews for its service and amenities. Art deco-style rooms offer a subdued elegance, as well as plenty of perks like Nespresso coffee machines, complimentary Wi-Fi and deep soaking tubs. The property also features a lap pool, a spacious exercise facility, ample family offerings, a spa and an on-site brasserie and bar, which serves contemporary European fare.

Ireland: The Merrion Hotel

What was once four separate Georgian-styled townhouses in downtown Dublin is now the elegant Merrion Hotel, which is highly regarded by guests for its top-notch style and service. The 142-room property is home to the Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, the only restaurant in Ireland with two Michelin stars, as well as The Cellar Restaurant and The Cellar Bar, the latter of which is housed in the original 18th-century wine vault.

Italy: Hotel Santa Caterina

Hotel Santa Caterina is as close to the Amalfi Coast as you can get. The 19th-century villa looks as if it was practically carved out of the cliffs it calls home. In addition to excellent service, guests describe the property as simply stunning. Rooms are old-fashioned, but nonetheless charming, with classic Italian interiors, including floors with antique, hand-painted tiling, plenty of natural light and views of the ocean or on-site gardens.

Kosovo: Swiss Diamond Hotel Prishtina

Recent guests at the Swiss Diamond Hotel in Pristina, Kosovo, rave about the hotel's Roman-style spa, its elegant accommodations, the friendly and professional staff and the Mediterranean cuisine at Iliria Restaurant. There's also an on-site cigar lounge, hair studio and six meeting and event rooms.

Latvia: Grand Palace Hotel

Guest rooms and suites at the Grand Palace Hotel in Riga, Latvia, are decorated in a neutral color palette, accented with patterned carpets, bright pink pillows and cozy gray fur throws. Classic rooms boast king-sized beds, complimentary Wi-Fi access, heated bathroom floors and flat-screen TVs. The hotel also offers premier on-site amenities such as a luxury car service, an on-call doctor, a sauna and steam bath and several fine dining establishments.

Lithuania: The Narutis Hotel

Housed in a property that was built in 1581 and named a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Narutis Hotel in Vilnius, Lithuania, is within walking distance of the Presidential Palace, Parliament and the heart of the city’s Old Town. The hotel's modern spa, which is housed in 16th-century cellars, boasts a swimming pool, a Turkish bath, Jacuzzi tubs, massage rooms and a sauna.

Luxembourg: Le Place d'Armes

Le Place d'Armes in the central shopping district of Luxembourg is highly praised for its lavish interiors, especially in its gourmet restaurant, La Cristallerie, which boasts gilded ceilings, stained-glass windows, chandeliers and gourmet cuisine. Classic guest rooms are more understated, with only hints of gold throughout, but all offer complimentary Wi-Fi access, flat-screen TVs and minibars. For a truly opulent stay, reserve the elegant Cristal Suite, which is dressed in gold from floor to ceiling and features a fireplace and antique furniture.

Malta: Hilton Malta

The pet-friendly Hilton Malta features three restaurants, four bars, a spa, tennis courts, four outdoor swimming pools, two kids pools, one indoor pool and a fitness center that offers more than 30 fitness classes each week. Guest rooms boast either a terrace or a balcony with views of the gardens or marina, signature Hilton Serenity beds, flat-screen TVs and bathrobes.

Moldova: Radisson Blu Leogrand Hotel

The Radisson Blu Leogrand Hotel in Chisinau, Moldova, has an on-site casino, a spa and a beauty center, the American-style New York Restaurant & Bar and Zaxi, an Asian eatery that boasts panoramic city views and live music nightly. There's also the Taste of Blu Winehouse, which exclusively serves wine made by local vintners. Beyond the hotel's amenities, recent visitors rave about the staff, describing them as exceptionally friendly and helpful.

Monaco: Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo

The Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo in Monaco is luxury defined. Inside, you'll find marble columns, crystal chandeliers, stained-glass windows, a vast wine cellar, landscaped grounds, a private beach along the French Riviera and a three-star Michelin restaurant. Classic rooms are decorated in a Belle Epoque period style, with fabric wall coverings and white leaded wood furniture. Upgrade to a suite for balconies with Mediterranean views and separate seating areas.

Netherlands: Conservatorium

Though the Conservatorium's neo-Gothic exterior reflects the building's 19th-century roots, inside, the property boasts modern facilities like a glass-enclosed atrium and a nearly 11,000-square-foot wellness center. Contemporary features such as pendant lights, mirrors with embedded TVs, walk-in rain showers and complimentary Wi-Fi access can be found in the hotel's 129 guest rooms and suites as well.

Northern Ireland: Merchant Hotel

Located in the center of the Cathedral Quarter in Belfast, the Merchant Hotel is within steps of boutique shops, popular bars and trendy restaurants. However, with an on-site jazz bar, friendly customer service, a grand, Victorian-styled restaurant with an afternoon tea service and a cocktail bar with vintage Champagne, recent guests say you'll find little reason to leave the hotel.

Norway: THE THIEF

Located about a mile southwest of central Oslo, Norway, this Norwegian property offers Oslo Harbour vistas and convenient access to the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, which all guests can visit for free. Standard accommodations at THE THIEF start at 258 square feet and boast modern black and yellow interiors, plus balconies, rain showers, Nespresso coffee makers and complimentary Wi-Fi, among other amenities. Meanwhile, suites feature blue or black hues and separate living areas.

Poland: Hotel Rialto

Housed within an early 20th-century tenement building in central Warsaw, Poland, Hotel Rialto is a luxury boutique hotel decorated in an art deco style. Guest rooms are reminiscent of the 1920s, with plated brass and glass mosaic accents, period light fixtures and vintage furniture. Though the hotel is housed in a historic building, it isn't stuck in the past: Modern amenities include Italian marble bathrooms with rain showers, wireless internet, LED TVs and Nespresso coffee makers.

Portugal: Casa da Calçada

The Baroque style Casa da Calçada sits about 40 miles east of Porto, Portugal, in the Portuguese town of Amarante. Once a palace of the Earl of Redondo, this Relais & Châteaux property offers 30 guest rooms and suites, plus a spa, a vineyard and an 18-hole golf course. Each accommodation features traditional Italian decor (a bold color palette with antique furnishings) and modern amenities like minibars and satellite TVs.

Romania: Epoque Hotel

Conveniently located near both the business and theater districts in Bucharest, Romania, the Epoque Hotel is an all-suite property that features art nouveau interiors inspired by the architecture popular in the period between 1900 and World War II. Inside, there are several meeting and event spaces, as well as a French restaurant, a full-service spa, a swimming pool and a fitness center. Junior suites include king-sized beds, free high-speed Wi-Fi access, two plasma TVs, minibars and a work station.

Russia: Radisson Royal Hotel, Moscow

A staggering structure along the Moskva River, the Radisson Royal Hotel, Moscow houses 497 guest rooms and suites, nine restaurants and three bars, a wellness center, a fleet of yachts and meeting spaces that can accommodate up to 1,000 guests. And thanks to its central city location, this Radisson outpost puts guests within reach of numerous Moscow restaurants and shops, along with public transportation lines for further exploration.

Scotland: Prestonfield House

An 18-hole golf course, 24-hour porter service and a complimentary welcome bottle of Champagne are just a few of the amenities awaiting guests at the Prestonfield House in Edinburgh, Scotland. This stately property features 23 regally decorated rooms and suites (think: rich, jewel-toned furnishings and velvet accents) outfitted with modern accouterments such as free Wi-Fi and internet-enabled TVs. Recent visitors said the service throughout the hotel was impeccable, and highly recommended partaking in the afternoon tea service and dining at Rhubarb, the glamorous on-site Scottish restaurant.

Serbia: Square Nine Hotel Belgrade

A stylish hotel located in the heart of Belgrade, Serbia, Square Nine was built to blend in with the surrounding neighborhood by matching the height and colors of the nearby buildings. The hotel is decorated in a minimalist style, with hardwood floors, bronze mirrors and natural stone accents. Recent guests praised the spacious rooms and comfortable beds, the rooftop Japanese restaurant and terrace, the spa and fitness center and the friendly and attentive staff.

Slovakia: Marrol's Boutique Hotel Bratislava

Centrally located in the heart of Bratislava's Old Town, Marrol's Boutique Hotel Bratislava is a short walk from the Slovak Philharmonic, the Slovak National Theatre and various restaurants, art galleries and museums. Inside, classic rooms feature minibars, coffee makers, smart TVs and bathrobes and slippers. All room rates cover fitness center access, laptop rentals and in-room Wi-Fi, plus a complimentary drink voucher and a daily breakfast buffet at the on-site Restaurant Houdini.

Slovenia: Kempinski Palace Portorož

An iconic hotel with views of the Adriatic Sea, the Kempinski Palace Portorož has welcomed celebrities like Sophia Loren (the on-site Restaurant Sophia is named after her) and royals like Archduke Franz Ferdinand, who once led a waltz in the hotel's grand ballroom. The historic property is also home to a private beach, a shopping boutique, Tesla charging stations and Rose Spa, which features indoor and outdoor pools, high-end cosmetic brands and a fitness center.

Spain: Hotel Maria Cristina, A Luxury Collection Hotel

Surrounded by lushly landscaped gardens, white-sand beaches, the Urumea River and the colorful city of San Sebastian, Spain, Hotel Maria Cristina, A Luxury Collection Hotel is ideally situated for both business and leisure travelers. Classic rooms are decorated in a gray and eggshell color palette, with glass chandeliers, complimentary Wi-Fi access, quilted headboards, marble and tile bathrooms and Elemis toiletries. Meanwhile, suites boast French doors, velvet armchairs, marble fireplaces and river or garden views.

Sweden: Upper House

Designed with white furnishings and large windows that highlight its Nordic surroundings, Upper House in Gothenburg, Sweden, is a light-filled, modern property located in Gothia Towers, a complex that houses the hotel, restaurants and meeting space. Recent diners highly recommend booking a table at the Michelin-starred Upper House Dining, which serves seasonal ingredients from the hotel's organic rooftop garden, along with honey collected from the rooftop beehives.

Switzerland: The Alpina Gstaad

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 three on-site restaurants, including MEGU, which has a flagship restaurant in New York City. 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.

Turkey: Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet

Standard rooms at the Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet feature traditional Turkish decor, including handwoven Turkish kilim rugs, alongside modern amenities such as free Wi-Fi, espresso machines and bathrooms with both a TV and deep soaking tub. There are plenty of dining options nearby, but guests say a drink on the A'YA Rooftop Lounge, which overlooks both the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque, cannot be skipped.

Ukraine: 11 Mirrors Design Hotel

Situated in the heart of Kiev, Ukraine, the sophisticated 11 Mirrors Design Hotel impresses with its chic, contemporary interiors and imposing grand facade. Recent guests raved about the spacious guest rooms, which are equipped with modern amenities like walk-in showers, open minibars and LCD TVs. Lodgers also appreciate the welcoming and professional staff, the panoramic city views and the daily complimentary breakfast.

Wales: St. David's Hotel & Spa

Located on Cardiff Bay, St. David's Hotel & Spa is a favorite for both business and leisure travelers. Not only does it offer eight meeting and event spaces, but it also boasts the Marine Spa, which houses an indoor swimming pool, a sauna, hydrotherapy spa pools, a beauty salon and a fitness center. Tempus at Tides Bar & Restaurant – another property standout – is lauded for its gourmet Welsh cuisine, extensive wine and Champagne menu and panoramic harbor views.
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