10 European city breaks to book now

10 European city breaks to book now
10 European city breaks to book now

While Europe’s sparkling shores and sandy beaches are the main draw during the summer months, it’s officially time to turn your attention to urban hotspots such as Seville, Oslo and Ghent.

As the temperatures drop, now is your chance to immerse yourself in city life without the crowds, visit magical museums and galleries, dine at the finest restaurants and go shopping. Whether you’re looking for a weekend getaway with friends or a romantic getaway for two, here are ten trips to start planning now.

Corral del Rey, Seville

King’s Corral

One of the most beautiful cities to visit in Spain, Seville is small but perfectly formed, with quaint winding streets and a mix of Andalusian, Moorish and Art Deco architecture. Stay at Corral del Rey, a pretty boutique hotel spread over three 17th-century townhouses in historic Alfalfa, featuring a rooftop plunge pool with city views. You enter through huge wooden doors into a traditional Andalusian courtyard, surrounded by chic rooms where old world charm meets modern comfort, and works of art line the walls. Peckish ? Grab a table at the all-day bar that serves a light tapas menu featuring all the classics, including jamón ibérico, croquettes and tortilla.

Price: from around £264 a night; corraldelrey.com

1898 Post Office, Ghent

1898 Post

For an unforgettable mini-break, book into 1898 The Post, a warm and welcoming boutique hotel located in Ghent’s former post office. All rooms, including a romantic octagonal duplex built into the 54-meter clock tower, pay homage to the building’s past and are painted a deep green, with brass details and dark wood. There’s an excellent bar, The Cobbler, which features a fascinating selection of treasures, from glass ink bottles to antique globes, which add to the fairytale feel. The room doubles as a sunny breakfast and afternoon tea spot for hotel guests, with everything from freshly baked bread to homemade chocolate cake.

Price: from around £127 a night; 1898thepost.com

The Hoxton, Paris

The Hoxton Paris

Forget the luxury hotels of Paris with their tempting prices and check in to The Hoxton instead – where a more affordable price doesn’t mean compromising on style. The 172 rooms, which range in size from Shoebox to Biggy, are quiet and sophisticated, mixing bold navy paint with leather headboards and herringbone oak floors. Downstairs, the common areas are pleasantly cool, with a front courtyard covered in a glass atrium and adorned with lots of lush greenery and jewel-colored velvet sofas. It’s the perfect place for a cocktail before dinner at the chic all-day restaurant Rivié – opt for the burger with all the trimmings and you won’t be disappointed.

Price: from around £310 a night; thehoxton.com

Gleneagles Townhouse, Edinburgh

Gleneagles Townhouse

Promising its guests “a place to congregate and be glorious”, Gleneagles Townhouse is the city’s first outpost of the iconic sports and countryside estate of the same name. Having opened this summer in the former Bank of Scotland, a historic building in Edinburgh’s St Andrew’s Square, the hotel exudes grandeur, with ornate cornices, stone columns and four-poster headboards. Downstairs, The Spence is a fabulous restaurant that serves delicious pub fare such as Beef Tartare and Baked Alaska. Venture into the former bank vault and you will find an incredible wellness area with a yoga studio, cryotherapy chamber and infrared sauna.

Price: from £370 a night; gleneagles.com

Ett Hem, Stockholm

Ett Hem

Nestled in the heart of Stockholm’s exclusive Lärkstaden district, Ett Hem was originally a residential house built in the Arts and Crafts architectural style. Today, guests are still encouraged to treat the space as if it were their own home, whether it’s helping themselves to a tasty snack in the kitchen, playing a tune on the piano at queue in the lounge or enjoy a cup of tea in the courtyard garden. There are just 12 bedrooms in total, which have been beautifully curated by British interior designer Ilse Crawford, with details such as hand-blown water glasses by the bed and bespoke wooden stools. and Aesop toiletries in the bathrooms.

Price: from around £320 a night; etthem.se

The Yeatman, Porto

The Yeatman

Porto may be Lisbon’s underrated sibling, but discerning travelers have always admired the city for its history in Port wine production. The Yeatman makes the most of its setting: the master suites are named after local wine producers, the spa offers grape treatments, and the pool is even shaped like a carafe. More recently, its restaurant Orangerie, where oenophiles can taste more than 1,000 wines from around the world, received its second Michelin star. As an added bonus, you can book a double stay with sister property Vintage House Hotel and immerse yourself in the rustic side of Portugal.

Price: from around £194 a night; the-yeatman-hotel.com

Sommero, Oslo


After a seven-year overhaul, the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo – the largest collection in the Nordic region, housing works such as those by Edvard Munch The Scream – finally reopened this summer. Visitors now have a stylish place to rest, at the Sommerro, a 231-room hotel with the city’s first rooftop swimming pool, a theater and an underground wellness area with restored Roman baths. The property occupies the former headquarters of the capital’s electricity company, Oslo Lysverker, and remains true to its heritage, from Nordic furniture designs inspired by local artists to giant murals by Per Krohg and unique local flowers found in each of the seven restaurants and bars.

Price: from £312 a night; sommerrohouse.com

The Nimb, Copenhagen

The Nimb

Originally built as a fantasy Arabian castle to display arts and crafts in the famous Tivoli Gardens, The Nimb now houses 17 spacious suites that embody the clean lines and simple shapes of Danish design. Each room has a four-poster bed, white linens, and Bang & Olufsen technology, and many have log fires and views of the retro amusement park, which guests have free access to. Foodies are spoiled for choice, with seafood and steakhouse classics at Bar’N’Grill, French-Nordic fusion at Nimb Terrasse or traditional Danish open sandwiches at Fru Nimb. There’s even a good selection of snacks at the Wine Bar, a high-ceilinged space that was once the building’s ballroom.

Price: from around £293 a night; hotel.nimb.dk

Iniala Harbor House, Valletta

Iniala Harbor House Hotel

An exciting new addition to Malta’s hotel scene, Iniala Harbor House is a jewel property with 23 rooms spread across three beautifully restored 19th-century mansions on St. Barbara’s Bastion in Valletta. The suites are the height of luxury, decorated with elaborate wallpapers, velvet carpets and leather armchairs, and on the roof is an excellent restaurant, ION Harbour, by Michelin-starred chef Alex Dilling. Highlights include marinated prawns topped with caviar and foie gras truffles served with Amalfi lemon. After a long day of sightseeing, head to Essensi Spa for soothing massages and facials.

Price: from £278 a night; inialamalta.com

The Principal Madrid

The Principal Madrid

In the lobby of the Principal Madrid, deep leather Chesterfields, gilt-framed portraits, and vast domed windows lend a part Manhattan loft, part English gentlemen’s club vibe. Dine on Spanish cuisine at the 24-hour Atico restaurant, unwind with an exclusive massage at the spa, or top up on vitamin D on one of the pink lounge chairs on the rooftop terrace – surely the fanciest drinking spot for the Madrileños this fall. The hotel is conveniently located on Gran Via, the city’s main street, making it easy to walk to the Prado Museum, Retiro Park, and the shops of Puerta del Sol. As night falls, retreat to your room where oversized pillows and soundproof windows ensure a peaceful night’s sleep.

Price: from around £225 a night; theprincipalmadrid.com

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