Historic European hotels convey the spirit of a country. Unlike modern chain hotels, historic hotels in Europe are all individual properties, decorated to reflect the culture and surroundings.
Below you can find links to historic hotels in popular European countries that are members of the
Historic Hotels of Europe group. These include romantic castles and villas, apartments and manor houses where hosts take as much pride in the hospitality they extend as the cuisine the offer.
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The Blue Book references luxury accommodations in country house hotels, manor houses, and castles as well as gourmet restaurants throughout the country. The family-owned Hunters Hotel
outside of Dublin is a typical example of these fine lodgings.
Image Antonio Sacchetti, courtesy of Instituto de Turismo de Portugal. All rights reserved.
Known as pousadas and inspired by roadside lodgings that catered to medieval pilgrims, Portugal's historic hotels are regional government-owned inns that reflect the customs, culture, and cuisine of each region.
Image of Il Borgo of Villa Bossi-Pucci.
In towns and countryside locations throughout "the boot," these independent facilities expose visitors to the real Italy.
As if France weren't romantic enough on its own, the country's romantic and historic hotels such as Chateau de la Bourdaisiere
seduce lovers with their charm and beauty.
From Alicante to Zaragoza, and including the popular cities of Barcelona and Madrid, estancias that enable visitors to experience the soul of Spain open their doors to guests.
Choose from more than 50 independent historic hotels, castles, and mansions in this Alpine nation.
Magic mountain landmarks.
Image courtesy of Yades Historic Hotels Group.
Contemplating a sun-kissed getaway? Consider the members of the Yades Historic Hotels Group. From Crete to Santorini, Rhodes to Corfu, each of these luxury hotels offers a unique setting and experience to European vacationers who want to avoid cookie-cutter quarters.
These prime Benelux hotels range from 12th-century estates to turn of the 19th-century jewels.
Known as the Pride of Britain Hotels, these historic hostelries are all privately owned. Dream-worthy locations include London, Bath, the Cotswolds, the Lake District, Scotland, and Wales.