Europe may be struggling with an existential debt crisis,
but it hasnt lost its taste for luxury accommodations.
Europe accounts for 25 of The Worlds Best Hotels,
Institutional investors annual ranking of elite
establishments. Thats the most of any region after the
Many of the regions top hotels combine rich pedigrees
and Old World elegance with the latest in high-tech gadgetry
and luxury amenities.
Claridges, the Art Deco gem in Londons swank
Mayfair district, comes top of the list with a rating of 94.3
on a scale of zero to 100. The hotel manages to maintain its
classic style while staying abreast of Londons fashion
trends. It recently appointed illustrator David Downton as its
first artist in residence to draw some of the hotels most
notable guests; the works will be put on permanent display in
By contrast, the Hotel Arts Barcelona, which ranks second
with a rating of 94.0, is a relative newcomer. The glass and
aluminum tower was built as part of the renovation of the
citys waterfront for the 1992 Olympic Games, and boasts
dramatic views of the Mediterranean as well as the heart of the
Catalan capital. The third-ranked European hotel, the Park
Hyatt Paris-Vendôme, seamlessly blends old and new. The
hotel was built in 2002 by linking together five townhouses
just off the exclusive Place Vendôme.
Parisian style clearly appeals to the senior financial
industry executives who rank the hotels. The City of Light
places seven hotels among the top 25 in Europe, ahead of London
(five) and Zurich (four).
See the full ranking of the best
European hotels in our slideshow.