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5 classic European hotels to book now

5 classic European hotels to book now

Belmond Splendido MareBELMOND SPLENDIDO MARE, PORTOFINOWhile big sister the Splendido towers cinematically above pretty Portofino, the Mare has bobbed along quietly on the sleepy village’s waterfront, low-key and lovely with just 14 bedrooms. Flower-clad balconies frame views of the harbour, and the understated facelift has been faithful to the hotel’s roots as a fishermen’s guesthouse while adding mid-century touches. Since launching in 1900, the belle-époque hotel and its sun-soaked gardens have hosted illustrious guests including Sophia Loren. Address: Villa Igiea, Salita Belmonte, 43, 90142 Palermo PA, ItalyPrice: Doubles from about £430BOOK YOUR STAYAdvertisementMandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid EyesWideOpen /Getty ImagesMANDARIN ORIENTAL RITZ, MADRIDHaving been passed on from Belmond like a precious heirloom, this grande dame is one of the year’s most anticipated reveals. Address: Cheval Blanc, 2 Rue de Lagny, 77600 Jossigny, FrancePrice: Doubles from about £980BOOK YOUR STAYLike this?

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