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12 Beautiful Boutique Stays In Europe

23rd March 2017

Europe is a destination filled with romance. From its rich history, art and architecture, to the warmth and charm of its people, food and cultures, it’s a continent to be enjoyed with time and authenticity. A European sojourn wouldn’t be complete without boutique accommodation, from a room with a balcony overlooking the streets of central Barcelona, to one with views across the Plitvice Lakes in Croatia, or the frozen landscape of Iceland. Escape Travel’s Tailor-Made Holidays are not just package tours. You dream up the holiday, and we create it, just the way you want it. So when looking for the perfect boutique accommodation in Europe, look no further, we’ve done the hard yards for you.

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Le Choiseul, Loire Valley, France
A charming boutique hotel of just 28 rooms, Le Choiseul welcomes guests with warm, local hospitality. Classically decorated for an authentic French country experience, the hotel is in the heart of the Loire Valley, the perfect base from which to explore the many chateaux in the surrounding area. After a day exploring the region, kick back with a wine by the pool, before dinner in the Restaurant le 36, which specialises in gourmet local dishes.

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Aquabella, Aix-en-Provence, France 
In the heart of Provence, surrounded by luscious Mediterranea gardens, this 108 room hotel offers a unique stay, where the slower pace and luxury of the French countryside are key. Take advantage of the Sensory Spa, heated pool and onsite lounge bar and restaurant, the perfect base for enjoying this stunning historical French town.
Fleischers Hotel, Voss, Norway
Welcoming guests for more than 150 years, Fleischers provides both a historical and modern experience, where your hospitality is first priority. It’s the location of Fleischers, however, that is the real draw card here. Nestled in the heart of Fjord Norway, this is a destination for all seasons, with activities like skiing, mountain biking and fishing, which is where the comfy bed and welcome smile is most appreciated at the end of the day.

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Hotel Continental, Oslo, Norway
In the same family for four generations, the Hotel Continental is one of Norway’s finest five-star hotels. Enjoy the hotel’s four restaurants and bars serving world-class cuisine, admire the hotel’s unique art collection, and enjoy unrivalled luxury for your stay in Norway’s vibrant capital, Oslo.

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Ethno Houses Selo, Plitvica Lakes, Croatia
Plitvica Lakes are one of Croatia’s most spectacular destinations, renowned for a chain of 16 terraced lakes, with waterfalls that flow into a limestone canyon. Ethno Houses Selo is situated just outside the national park, providing cosy, traditional lodge accommodation with a wellness spa and restaurant serving local specialties. 

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Hotel Laxa, Iceland
Located in the depths of the Icelandic wilderness, Laxa hotel is the perfect boutique base for indulging in everything this other worldly country has to offer. Explore the local Myvatn area with a dip in the natural springs, horse riding on charming Icelandic horses, or a sightseeing flight. Hotel Laxa also offers tours to the Viti Crater, in one of the most active geothermal areas in the world, the lava field and caves of Dimmuborgir, and to chase the famed northern lights.
Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
Each room in the Reykjavik Lights is linked to a specific day in the ancient Icelandic calendar, a tribute to the pronounced change in seasons Iceland enjoys throughout the year. Breakfast is included in the price of the modern hotel rooms, and from your base in Reykjavik you can explore most of Iceland’s sites, including volcanos and glaciers, the dramatic southern coastline, ice caves and of course the beautiful blue lagoon.

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Hotel Pestana, Porto, Portugal
Imagine a romantic suite, with classic French doors opening onto a private balcony overlooking the Douro. That’s exactly what you’ll find at Hotel Pestana. In the heart of Porto’s Ribeira district, the hotel has a distinct sophisticated vintage flair, drawing on Porto’s vibrant history and culture.

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Hotel Barcelona Center, Barcelona, Spain
Four star luxury in the heart of Barcelona’s trendy Eixample district, the Hotel Barcelona Center combines classic Barcelona with modern accommodation. The hotel even has its very own Mojito Center, open every day in the summer season on the hotel’s panoramic terrace. There’s a fresh, seasonal menu at the Balmes 103 cafe-restaurant, and an outdoor Jacuzzi.
Hotel des Alpes, Lucerne, Switzerland
Nestled in the heart of Lucerne’s historic city centre, the Hotel des Alpes is the perfect base from which to drink in this charming city’s surrounds. Rooms enjoy views over the Alps, the city centre or the River Reuss, and the hotel offers cultural tours and activity excursions into the mountains.

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Trident Hotel Kinsale, Kinsale, Ireland
Hugging the water’s edge in Kinsale Harbour, the Trident Hotel provides four star luxury. The Pier One Restaurant onsite is a member of the renowned Kinsale Good Food Circle, serving gourmet fare, while the hotel is also renowned for its warm Irish hospitality. Explore Kinsale’s fascinating history or venture further down the Wild Atlantic Way, the world’s longest coastal route.

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St Ives Harbour Hotel, Cornwall England
The perfect coastal escape, St Ives Harbour Hotel overlooks Porthminster Beach, one of Cornwall’s most iconic locations. This is perfect place to breathe in the seaside surroundings at the hotel’s Harbour Spa, unwind by the pool, and sip a cocktail before dinner in the Terrace Bar & Restaurant. For those wanting to explore the region, its location is ideal for day trips along the Cornish coastline.

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