Mixing business with pleasure on your next trip? Here are our top hotel choices for “bleisure” travellers in Europe!
A member of ‘The Leading Hotels of the World’ and one of the distinguished Syntagma Square trio, the King George is the place to stay in Athens for business travellers whose expense account has no limit. If you’ve got a few thousand euros to spare, go for the 350 square metre Royal Penthouse Suite. The suite occupies the hotel’s entire ninth floor and boasts of a terrace with a private swimming pool, a jacuzzi and a wonderful Parthenon view which is included in many of those international lists compiled for the rich and privileged of this world. Tudor Hall, the 7th floor French restaurant, remains a prominent member of the Athenian dining elite.
A luxury 5-star hotel located on Tibidabo hill with a fantastic view of Barcelona and the sea. Guests have free access to the special Spa areas as well as to the huge swimming pool and transport to the city centre three times a day.
The luxurious, family-owned ‘living room’ hotel, set in the 1930s Danish embassy building, attracts an interesting mix of creatives and business visitors. The 1920s-style bar and many rooms overlook the zoo, with ostriches and antelopes peering back at you. The rooms and grand suites are spread across the old and new wings, adorned with beautiful wooden and copper details. A small pool can be found in the spa area, and there’s the first-class Cinco restaurant.
Glide into the lobby here and it’s like making an entrance on a film set. Chandeliers, marble pillars and gold leaf are all over the place – some are Belle Epoque originals, more are reproductions. The rooms are large, with heavy doors and high ceilings. The historic Café New York, with its ornate frescoes and literary past is on the premises and worth a visit.
Kate Middleton and her family stayed at this 5-star hotel in Westminster ahead of the 2011 Royal Wedding, which just about sums it up. But other than that, crafted over a century by one family, The Goring is the genuine article – a grand hotel with impeccable manners and a subtle streak of wit and wonder. With its Michelin-starred restaurant, The Goring is well known for its exceptional food, making our overnight stay with dinner the ultimate treat for foodies.
Set high above the city, the five-star superior Dolder Grand is probably the city’s most exclusive hotel. In 2008, legendary British architect Norman Foster added two meandering wings to the fairy-tale-castle main building from 1899 with its turrets and balconies. The result is an amazing mix of modernity and tradition. And no matter in which part of the hotel you book your room, the comfort and the amenities offered are uncountable. Either modern design and generous floor-to-ceiling windows in the new wings or the sense of history in the main building. The sumptuous 4,000sqm in-house spa, the exquisite ballroom and art from Warhol to Dalì are just some of the elements that make this a truly extraordinary hotel.
Hits the spot if you have contemporary tastes and take your surroundings seriously. A great pool and beach area, Spa facilities and cool reception complete with arty waterfall and gallery. You can also lay claim to the throne here with a simple credit card, which is much easier (if less fun) than six seasons of bloody battles and incestuous romps in the dining hall.
Located on Giudecca Island, Hotel Cipriani really is the definition of old world luxury. With glorious views of the Venice lagoon and the grand Palladian church of San Giorgo, Cipriani is an island of tranquility existing outside of the chaos of the Piazza San Marco. Relaxation is the only option when faced with the beautiful gardens, Olympic-sized swimming pool and luxury wellness facilities. The room and waiting service borders on the unbelievable too, with nothing left to chance.
One of the most loved hotel brands in the world, InterContinental Carlton Cannes does not disappoint. Planted in Boulevard de la Croisette, the hotel offers quality service and beautiful experience to its guests, starting from cleanliness and comfort, to food and private beach access.
This 5-star hotel in Nice is quite the spectacle. The architectural design is very impressive and the building looks grand. The rooms and other areas inside are very clean and bright. When standing at the rooftop, where the pool is, the views of Nice and the surrounding mountains and water are magnificent.