What defines a boutique hotel? In my mind, it’s a small, design-focused property that is usually not part of a chain. A lot of times, it’s a historical building that’s been restored with a really cool vibe.
If Airbnb isn’t available in a certain area or you’re wanting other amenities available at a hotel, while not skimping on the charm—staying at a boutique hotel might just be the way to go!
With so many cool properties around the world, I know it can be difficult to pick the right place to stay at!
How did I pick these ones? I found places full of personality and individuality, those that were lavish in local flavor, had seriously aesthetic interiors, and top of the line service. You’re welcome. 😉
Without further ado, here are the dreamiest boutique hotels in Europe!
This Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort is a family-friendly hotel, located 155 miles north of the Arctic Circle and gives you the once in a lifetime opportunity to stay in their Glass Igloos!
The Glass Igloo allows you to admire the Northern Lights and twinkling stars in the night sky. While it will be extra cold during the holiday season—it’s worth it as Santa opens his doors to the public at his Celebration House, for tons of festive fun!
Admire the Northern Lights from your bed facing the floor-to-ceiling windows…sounds dreamy, right?
The Arctic Treehouse Hotel features suites that include a patio with a log fire, a sauna, and bathtub with views of the winter wonderland happening right outside. Hotel activities include heli-skiing, husky and reindeer expeditions, and sauna sessions deep in the forest. What more could you want?
The lagoon around the hotel is separate from the public Blue Lagoon, ensuring you total peace and privacy from the herds of travelers. If you choose from the Junior Suites, you get a choice of a view of solidified lava, moss-covered rock, or the blue water of the lagoon.
If you splurge on the Lagoon Suite, you have a terrace with direct access to your very own mineral-rich pool. Talk about dreamy!!
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I stayed here a few years back and loved that it was situated right near the UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park. This hotel was more of an “experience,” to say the least. It’s surrounded by hot springs—which provide geothermal hot water and energy to the hotel and its natural hot pool.
The restaurant offers Nordic specialties and panoramic views of surrounding majestic mountain ranges and lava fields. It’s another great option for those looking to see the Northern Lights fill the sky with color!
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
What was once an old music school and conservatory, the Conservatorium Hotel in Amsterdam has been transformed into a contemporary hotel with a total greenhouse vibe.
It’s in a really unique location as it’s across the way from a few of Amsterdam’s major museums, and it’s one of the only luxury hotels in the area.
La Villa Hotel is a restored 17th-century property surrounded by rolling vineyards, making it the ideal spot for wine lovers (aka me)! Borrow a bike and ride around town or view the Piedmontese countryside by horseback before coming back and sipping on rosé.
Val d’Orcia, Italy
A hotel rich in history and character, the Monteverdi evokes wonder amongst its guests. It captures the epitome of classic Tuscany with a medieval hilltop village, cobblestone streets, watchtowers, and sweeping views of gold and green from the vineyards.
Personally, I can’t get over the rustic interior and that indoor pool!
Have you ever wanted to stay in a cave hotel?
Well, the Sextantio Le Grotte Della Civita makes that dream possible! With an atmosphere of pure romance, grab your loved one and make your way to Basilicata for an unforgettable getaway. Wander around Matera to find sweet cafés and boutiques and squares filled with locals.
The city of Matera is quite a looker, too!
London, United Kingdom
The Artist Residence London is for all of the free spirits out there.
A mix between artsy and rustic, this hotel is dotted with vintage finds, pop prints, and bespoke furnishing. The highlight of this bohemian destination is the Clarendon Cocktail Cellar where you’ll be able to sip on Warhol and Munch-themed cocktails.
Cote D’Azur, France
Nice is nice!
Just along the coast of Nice lies Les Roches Rogue, a retro surf-chic boutique hotel with sweeping views of the ocean. There are two photogenic swimming pools—with one carved from coastal rock (talk about Instagram-worthy). Enjoy breakfast or a cocktail while you watch the boats sail on by and soak up that sunshine.
La Casa del Califa is situated amongst 10 Spanish houses, all built over the last 500 years. For those that are serious about their architecture and design, this has alllllll the Spanish and Moroccan influence.
It is best known for its restaurant, which books up quickly (I mean, hello…the coolest greenhouse vibes, EVER!).
It’s a quick stroll to the city’s El Born and Gothic quarters and the rooms feel like an architect’s studio. Headboards are upholstered in vertical black pinstripes and brass finishes contrast against the stark color. Come in the summer and you can enjoy DJs and bands playing in the hotel lounge!
Torres Vedras, Portugal
Only an hour outside of Lisbon, Areias do Seixo lets you experience both pine trees and the sea. The exterior is futuristic, made up of glass and concrete yet the interior is romantic with fireplaces, sheepskin throws, sea-facing terraces, and jacuzzi bathtubs.
You’ve got to see all of the suites as each one is uniquely decorated and gives off a completely different vibe!
The poolside lounge bar at the Bill & Coo is made for sipping mojitos and the sea-facing infinity pool is the place to relax and see what Mykonos has to offer. This 5-star luxury boutique hotel is the epitome of natural and minimal all while allowing you to soak up the Greek culture.
I’d love to hear about the best experience you’ve had at a boutique hotel or where your favorite one is and why in the comments below!