The 16 Most Romantic Hotels in Europe
If you've always dreamed of a honeymoon in Europe, then stop right here. In partnership with Jetsetter, we asked our readers and followers to vote on the most romantic spots in seven regions across the globe—and nearly 9,000 of you responded. The top picks in Europe will have you plotting your dream getaway across the pond. If you're dreaming of full-blown Italian glitz and glamour, the Amalfi Coast is the place to go. But this picturesque region isn't the only great option. Four other spots were incredibly popular—Greece, Paris, Tuscany, and Venice. To help you plan an incredible trip to one of these beautiful places, we've listed our favorite accommodations so that you know where to stay. There's nothing quite like these gorgeous hotels—read on for inspiration.
Amalfi Coast: Hotel Santa Caterina, Amalfi
Set in a 19th-century villa, Hotel Santa Caterina hugs the sea cliffs of Amalfi, commanding coveted views of its storied coastline. Rooms are decorated with family heirlooms and antiques, its beach club (complete with a heated saltwater pool) is just for guests, and the luxe spa offers a dreamy massage that incorporates an oil made from local lemons.
Amalfi Coast: Le Sirenuse, Positano
After half a century, the 58-room family-run palazzo is as opulent as ever—and still a magnet for jetsetters and movie stars. Interiors are outfitted with handmade tile floors and have balconies with Tyrrhenian Sea views. At the intimate Champagne Bar and Grill, the twinkling lights of Positano and a resident DJ playing jazz and chilled-out tunes set the mood for sipping a French 77 (gin, Amalfi lemons, St-Germain, and bubbly) and slurping down oysters. The hotel also has a vintage wooden boat that guests can sail up and down the coast.
Amalfi Coast: Belmond Hotel Caruso, Ravello
This 11th-century palazzo turned 50-room hotel is located on the highest point of Ravello, with covetable views of the water. Also worth catching on camera: its frescoed ceilings, Moorish arches, stunning rooftop infinity pool, and—inside the rooms—mosaic-tiled floors. The on-site Belvedere Restaurant serves amazing Mediterranean specialties; don't miss the tagliolini egg pasta with clams and black truffle.
Greece: Grace Santorini
The architecture at this boutique spot seamlessly marries the modern and the traditional, with touches of contemporary art, mod furniture, and white everywhere. Perks cater to guests' every whim, including menus for pillows and room fragrances. If you can tear yourself away from your private plunge pool (some of the 21 rooms come with one), there's also a show-stopping infinity pool. Best of all, you're spoiled from the moment you wake up: a multi-course breakfast that includes Champagne.
Greece: Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort and Spa, Crete
The fishing village of Elounda—on the northern coast of Crete—is known for its quiet beauty, private beaches, and celebrated hotels. Take this one, which has 251 rooms and bungalows decorated in a cream-and-wood palette; when booking, ask for one with a private plunge pools looking out on Spinalonga island and the Crete Sea. Don't miss some relaxation time at the Elounda Spa. There are also five on-site restaurants, including the tavern-style Blue Door in a restored stone fisherman's house.
Greece: Katikies, Santorini
Every honeymoon that has an overnight in Oia should include a few nights at this spare, white property, where even the standard rooms come with private terraces. If you can swing it, book a honeymoon suite, which comes with an outdoor whirlpool tub (or spend your days lounging by one of three infinity pools that overlook the azure water). The hotel's Mikrasia restaurant has an open-air terrace that's great for people-watching.
Paris: Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris
The always-inventive Philippe Starck reimagined this 149-room luxury property back in 2008, creating a whimsical aesthetic that includes details like poetry etched into floor panels, mirrored bathrooms, and a cascade of chandeliers in the grand stairwell. There's a one-of-a-kind art collection (which includes work by the likes of Lucien Hervé and Joana Vasconcelos) and an on-site gallery, plus an art concierge who can answer your questions and arrange guided tours of artist studios, galleries, and museums.
Paris: Ritz Paris
Sophia Loren once called this "the most romantic hotel in the world." And that's especially true now that the iconic property—where Coco Chanel lived for 34 years—reopened in 2016 after a four-year, $224 million renovation. New additions include a Versailles-style garden (perfect for hand-in-hand strolls) and the world's first Chanel spa (plus a tunnel for A-listers to come and go unnoticed). What remains: the red-carpet entrance, some original restored furniture, and the iconic Bar Hemingway, where bartender Colin Field still can pour you a Serendipity (Calvados, fresh mint, sugar, apple juice, and Brut champagne).
Paris: Hôtel de Crillon
This is another classic that is back in action after a multimillion dollar, four-year renovation. The majestic 124-room property, which faces the Place de la Concorde, has a new skylit pool, spa, men's grooming space, and sumptious, updated suites. Also on-site are five restaurants and bars, including the romantic La Cave wine room, a classic brasserie, and Jardin d'Hiver, set in a garden.
Tuscany: The St. Regis Florence
Set on the banks of the Arno, this regal property is set in a 15th-century palace—an architectural masterpiece by Renaissance architect Filippo Brunelleschi. The opulent rooms and suites are done up in Medici, Florentine, or Renaissance styles, and many feature wall frescoes and chandeliers. Butlers are on-hand to cater to your ever need, and the hotel also hosts daily afternoon tea and, in the evening, champagne sabering.
Tuscany: Castello Di Casole
A vast 4,200-acre estate in Casole d'Elsa—once home to a castle, working farm, and 200 villagers—has been transformed into this amazing countryside property with plenty of Old World charm. Most rooms are housed in stone farmhouses, and are designed with beam ceilings, stone floors, and arched windows that frame the hills or inner courtyard. An infinity pool overlooks olive groves and two medieval villages. As for the food, Pazzia Pizzeria turns out wood-fired pizzas loaded with mozzarella, while Ristorante Tosca is an intimate eatery with Murano glass chandeliers that serves up delicious seafood dishes. Post dinner, sample some red straight from the estate's own vineyard at Bar Visconti.
Tuscany: Hotel Il Pellicano
For more than 50 years, this stunning 50-room property in Porto Ercole has been winning the hearts of discerning travelers from all over the world. Set on a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean, it epitomizes Italian glamour (though rooms are understated rather than flashy) and has a heated saltwater pool. At the Michelin-starred restaurant—also called Il Pellicano—chef Sebastiano Lombardi turns out dishes like risotto with Tyrrhenian spider crab, passion fruit, and nasturtium-scented butter emulsion.
Venice: JW Marriott Venice Resort and Spa
Italian architect Matteo Thun designed this recent addition to Venice, which opened in 2015. A former sanatorium from the 1920s, it's set on a private island and has a rooftop pool overlooking the city. There are also four restaurants, four bars, and the destination's largest spa (complete with plunge pools, a steam room, and water therapy baths). Seeing all the sights is easy: Complimentary boats shuttle guests to St. Mark's Square every 20 minutes.
Venice: The Gritti Palace, A Luxury Collection Hotel
Located at the mouth of the Grand Canal, this high Venetian-style property—set in a 15th century palazzo—pulls out all the stops. Its 82 rooms are decked out in custom-made Rubelli silks, Murano glass light fixtures, original terrazzo floors, and art and antiques from the hotel's collection. The ground-floor Bar Longhi (named for Venetian painter Pietro Longhi) and neighboring Club del Doge restaurant have canal views. Make time for a cooking class at the on-site school, and book a treatment at the small Blu Mediterraneo spa.
Venice: Palazzo Morosini degli Spezieri
Located in a residential area, the Palazzo Morosini degli Spezieri provides all the peace and quiet you could want—yet is just a short walk from sites like the Frari Church at the Rialto Bridge. Its history is especially rich: the early occupants were the Morosini family, whose son was a Commander in Chief during the Fourth Crusade. Later, the home was in the heart of the Spice Route—which explains why each of the nine apartments for rent is named after spices that arrived in the city. Relax in the garden with a book while sipping Prosecco, or snap a few Instagram-worthy pics on the palazzo landing.
Venice: Palazzo Venart
This historic landmark dates back to the 15th century, when it housed the city's most respected figures and hosted parties for Italy's elite. With its Renaissance frescoes and marble fireplaces restored to their former glory, you, too, get to live like a royal when you stay at this hotel. All 18 rooms are decorated based on an aspect of Venetian culture and are named after famous operas ("La Traviota") and people (Marco Polo), bespoke with Baroque wallpaper, larger-than-life headboards, and marble bathrooms. After spending your day exploring the city via a private water taxi, eat some beetroot risotto with gorgonzola sauce alfresco at its GLAM Restaurant.
Additional reporting by Rocky Casale, Amanda Reed, and Lindsey Tramuta.