We have searched high and low for the hotels and resorts that go the extra mile for couples. Whether it’s a naturally romantic setting or special little touches, these hotels are utterly charming – in fact, they’re the most romantic hotels in Europe.
Four-poster beds, outdoor bathtubs and candelit dinners – now that’s what we call a romantic getaway. These are the places where you’ll fall in love all over again…
Most romantic hotels in Europe
While you’ll be keen to experience the City of Love itself, there are a few hotels that are in themselves worthy of a trip.
With a view of the Eiffel Tower at one end, and the Champs-Elysées at the other, this is no ordinary hotel. 1,900 red geraniums adorn the hotel façade. They were inspired by a love story, creating a fairytale setting for romantic moments.
This 19th-century villa was built by a Baron as a love letter to his wife. It has a beautiful outdoor heated pool and rich silk fabrics and antiques in the bedrooms.
In the main villa, there are 29 suites and rooms divided into 4 floors, each with its own style. The second is dedicated to the ex-empress Eugenia widow of Napoleon III and to the roses that were her favourite flower.
It’s one of the most elegant hotels in Budapest, with plush beds and gold and marble features. An impressive 19th-century building with a vast courtyard lobby of Italian marble and topped with a glass pyramid roof.
Violins play at a romantic Champagne breakfast, and piano keys tinkle in the bar at night.
One of the most exclusive hotels in Paris, Shangri-La has beautiful views of the Eiffel Tower and the River Seine. Rooms are decorated in both European Empire and Asian aesthetics and are effortlessly stylish. The hotel’s largest suite is in the former private residence of Prince Roland Bonaparte.
Plus, the fashion designers on Avenue Montaigne and Avenue George V are just around the corner.
This iconic 1898 hotel reopened in 2016 after a major refurbishment and is now even more incredible than it ever was. The hotel’s rooms and suites bear the names of Coco Chanel, F. Scott Fitzgerald or Marcel Proust — who considered the Ritz “like a second home”.
Rooms are all in silk, and some have private terraces overlooking the hotel’s magnificent French garden.
Belmond Castello di Casole is an ancient castle hotel, surrounded by rolling hills and sprawling vineyards.
The 41-suite hotel is on the ruins of a 10th-century castle and has an epic-size pool with one of the best views in Tuscany, as well as an indulgent spa. Guests can go truffle hunting and horseback riding, and basically just bask in the Italian glory.
Katikies luxury hotel in Oia Santorini makes the list for its warm service and incredible views of the sublime Santorini sunsets.
The white wash suites have views of the Aegean Sea, which you’ll see from the large terrace with an open-air dining area and two-person Jacuzzi. Master Suites have an open air plunge pool that’s pure perfection.
A hotspot for celebrities throughout the years, Badrutt’s Palace’s guests have included Audrey Hepburn, Marlene Dietrich and Charlie Chaplin.
This Winter Wonderland has its own private ice skating rink in winter and rooms include a hot-water bottle tucked under your sheets at night. Discover the indoor infinity pool or go with the flow out into the heated outdoor pool.
The Greek island of Mykonos is home to one of the world’s most incredible hotel suites. This is one place that you’ll always remember staying in… It’s easily one of the most romantic hotels in Europe.
A barefoot-vibe boutique hotel, Cavo Tagoo is in the cliff face, with crystal clear sea views from rooms and the pool. The ultra-unique Cave Suites are carved directly into the cliff, with a heated outdoor infinity pool that you access from the bedroom.
This five-star hotel is in the heart of Switzerland, in an insane setting on Bürgenstock mountain. Located above Lake Lucerne, you’ll have views of the Alps everywhere you glance.
All rooms come with a balcony that has views of the lake or mountain, and there’s even a private cinema in the hotel. The spa at the Hotel Villa Honegg is what makes it stand out – its outdoor infinity pool, to be exact. The outdoor pool is 34ºC and has panoramic views of the valleys and lake below.