5 Comfortable And Photogenic European Hotels
Just because you're going to Europe doesn't mean you have to stay in a youth hostel like you did when you were a teenager. Now you've got taste, and more importantly, you've got an Instagram account, and there are a lot of great hotels that can help you fill it with photos to make your friends jealous. Here, in no particular order, are some accommodation options in Europe that are both stylish and luxurious.
Starting off the list at #1 is the Hotel Henriette Rive Gauche, a Bohemian boutique design hotel on a small and quiet cobblestone street in the center of Paris, just a short walk from the Latin Quarter, and accessible by multiple methods of public transportation. Each room is designed with its own flair, and old furniture and materials have been used to add originality to the design of each space.
Along with its 32 guest rooms, Henriette boasts a lounge with a wide selection of reading matter, a flowered vintage backyard, and a city concierge service that can help with arrangements for travel, excursions, restaurant bookings, and theater tickets. The breakfast buffet is served on the vintage patio, or room service can be arranged the day before at no extra charge.
Coming in at #2 is the suite of eco-friendly options by Praktik Hotels in Barcelona, Spain. Each of the company's five locations is near the city center and has its own unique details. The Praktik Bakery has a real bakery inside the hotel, allowing guests to wake up to the smell of fresh bread, while the Praktik Rambla is perfect for design enthusiasts, with original historic elements such as Baroque columns and colorful mosaic flooring.
Wine lovers can try the Praktik Vinoteca, which offers tastings and greets every guest with a glass of wine, and the Praktik Garden boasts a large outdoor terrace of abundant lush plants. The company is committed to sustainability, including the use of biodegradable cleaning supplies and recyclable containers and bags.
For #3 we return to Paris and introduce the Hotel Vernet, located walking distance from the Champs-Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe. Individual guest rooms and suites are available, as well as the Vernet Apartment option, which includes a marble bathroom, courtyard view, and a complimentary bottle of Champagne.
Committed to luxury, the Vernet offers guests the ability to book an airport transfer in a Mercedes if desired. The hotel is pet-friendly, and includes the Cles d'Or Concierge team, which helps visitors plan their sightseeing itineraries in Paris. The V restaurant has a stained glass dome designed by Gustave Eiffel and offers a seasonal menu, and the bar & lounge provides an intimate space to enjoy a wide selection of drinks.
#4 takes us to the city of Brussels, Belgium, and the colorful Pantone Hotel, which showcases a distinctive hue on each guest floor, allowing visitors to select a room from available colors at reception upon arrival. The sound-proof rooms include designer furniture, as well as unique photography by esteemed Belgian photographer Victor Levy.
The company that gives the hotel its name revolutionized the graphic arts industry more than 40 years ago with its matching system, using precise numbers to faithfully articulate and reproduce accurate color anywhere in the world. The hotel has a large selection of Pantone items available, everything from mugs and clothing to bicycles.
Finishing things up at #5 is Skt Petri, which can be found in Copenhagen, Denmark, in a building that once housed a department store. Beyond its standard rooms, the hotel offers five themed suites for those who want to try something unique, including football, library, music, gaming, and art themes. There are also the Petri suites, which have a large lounge and dining area, and the Star suites, with a private penthouse terrace.
Sustainability is a priority at the hotel, with initiatives including the use of 100% offshore wind power and reduced light in hallways at night. The multiple dining options make it easy to find what you want throughout the day, and on Saturdays, the Tea Wonderland service offers the chance to try something special, including a glass of Moet Grand Vintage 2012.