Where remarkable rooftops meet swanky, must-stay-here settings, you’ll find our luxury city hotels. Clinking chic champagne flutes is very much how your nights will go down, while soothing spa treatments, state-of-the-art gyms and oh-so glam rooms also await in these fine digs for eager sightseers. And as we all agree location is everything, well, you can expect to be right in the thick of things too.
Are our luxurious Jet2CityBreaks sounding right up your boutique-lined street? We thought they might be. From Venice to Vienna, Budapest to Barcelona and beyond, here are some of our favourite destinations for the most opulent retreats…
Wyndham Grand Krakow Old Town, Krakow, 5*
Thanks to a stylish rooftop terrace, serene spa and well-placed location, just a few minutes from Krakow’s bubbling Main Market Square, Wyndham Grand Krakow Old Town is a winner for a city-centre retreat. Everything’s plush in the blue-accented, crushed velvet-adorned rooms, plus you’ll find an on-site gym and indoor pool.
H10 The One Barcelona, Barcelona, 5*
Behold the brilliance of H10 The One Barcelona. Plunge into the inviting rooftop pool, absorb the epic panoramas from the terrace up there or even dine on fine Mediterranean cuisine. The modern, muted-tone rooms promote an air of calm, while every treatment on the spa menu is skin-nourishing.
The Pantheon Iconic Rome Hotel Autograph Collection, Rome, 5*
A mere 230m from the Pantheon, one of Rome’s most majestic landmarks, sits The Pantheon Iconic Rome Hotel Autograph Collection. Aptly named or what? From the terrific terrace, resplendent Rome’s postcard scenes will be all yours. Glam rooms, a Michelin-starred restaurant and bookable beauty treatments are all part and parcel too.
Parisi Udvar Hotel Unbound Collection by Hyatt, Budapest, 5*
Want Budapest’s epic St. Stephen’s Basilica right on your doorstep? Your wish is our command! Parisi Udvar Hotel Unbound Collection by Hyatt is contemporary and then some, with a by-day brasserie that doubles as a swish cocktail-shaking, scotch-serving bar when the lights go low. It’s a tip-top hangout for adventurers and night owls alike.
Palais Hansen Kempinski, Vienna, 5*
Despite the gorgeous guest rooms, you won’t want to say goodnight to Vienna when you stay at Palais Hansen Kempinski. This listed property was built in 1873 but still holds down a great position on the Ringstrasse. Let Hofburg Palace wow you nearby, then head back for a restful poolside afternoon and evening of Michelin-starred dishes.
NH Collection Roma Fori Imperiali, Rome, 5*
Prepare for your jaw to drop to the floor when you clap eyes on the impressive rooftop cocktail bar, as many of Rome’s must-see marvels unfold around you. NH Collection Roma Fori Imperiali is nothing short of spectacular. The turquoise-dappled rooms will help recharge your batteries after days of discovery.
3HB Faro, Faro, 5*
If urban luxury is your bag, you should relish settling into 3HB Faro. While the Algarve’s compact capital is your easy-to-navigate oyster, you can expect a comfy stay in divine surroundings when you stay put. Paulo Lobo designed the whole place, and its infinity pool and rooftop restaurant are among the highlights.
San Clemente Palace Kempinski, Venice, 5*
San Clemente Palace Kempinski doesn’t do half-measures. City breaks here take a nautical twist, as you can only reach it by boat. The hotel’s located on its own private island, with an idyllic outdoor pool, tennis court and three-hole golf course. Who’s for a crisp tipple in the courtyard? Swoon.
Hotel De Berri Champs Elysee a Luxury Collection Hotel, Paris, 5*
All about the postcode? So is Hotel De Berri Champs Elysee. Obviously, its fab spot in the fashionable 8th arrondissement is cool enough, but the fact that there’s a private art collection also housed inside? Yep, that excited us too. There’s even a trendy Mediterranean restaurant, while the rooms and suites are as lavish as they get.
So, which luxury city hotel has your name on it? We couldn’t possibly decide, ourselves!
Posted: 6th Dec 2021. Updated: 17th Oct 2023.