Big, bold and more diverse than the offering on your favourite take-out menu, Europe offers a wealth of experiences for the avid explorer. But why let the journey end when it comes time to hit the pillow? Ensure your stay becomes a part of your travel story by checking in to unique accommodations. Here are six of our top Stays with Stories in Europe.
1. SS Rotterdam – Rotterdam, Netherlands
As the largest passenger ship ever built in the Netherlands, the SS Rotterdam has braved the varied temperaments of the seven seas. These days, after undergoing a transformation into a 1950s-style hotel, “The Grande Dame” now offers guests a real feel for the history of the historic ocean liner, while providing a fun and truly unique stay. During your stay on board, look forward to multiple dining options, a swimming pool and terrace, plus a rich insight into Rotterdam’s ship-building history that dates back to the mid-1900s.
Stay here on: Best of Holland
2. Hotel Las Casas de la Juderia – Seville, Spain
Kick up your heels in this breathtaking Spanish haven, made up of a collection of 15th-century Andalusian townhouses in the heart of Seville. Hotel Las Casas de la Juderia is anything but bland, with flower-filled courtyards and vibrant passageways connecting guests to the 27 traditional houses on the property. Take advantage of the pool, rooftop terrace and full spa services for a true taste of Spanish hospitality.
Stay here on: Best of Spain
3. Phoenix Hotel – Copenhagen, Denmark
Having just undergone a marvellous refurbishment in 2018, the Phoenix Hotel is back – and more luxurious than ever. Situated within a stone’s throw of the main shopping precinct and the royal residence, the hotel is characterised by its elegant meeting rooms, sumptuous suites and old-world features. No surprise, given the property has its origins in the late 17th-century as the former home of a colonel of the Royal Life Guards.
Stay here on: Capitals of the North
4. Château de Beauvois – Loire Valley, France
Channel your inner French aristocrat at this 15th-century château in the Loire Valley, once frequented by King Louis XIII, where period furnishings and opulent decor will give you an insight into a bygone era. When you’re not getting lost in the expansive wings, explore the manicured flower terrace and box hedge garden, all surrounded by lush woodland.
Stay here on: Best of France
5. Hotel NH Brugges – Brugges, Belgium
Step back in time at Hotel NH Brugges, a 17th-century former monastery that gives you the chance to live the medieval history of this quaint Belgian city firsthand. Full of character and perfectly placed, this classified building comprises original features like exposed beams and stain-glass windows, with an on-site restaurant that boasts a menu of both Belgian-French cuisine specialities and international dishes.
Stay here on: Grand European
6. Schloss Leopoldskron – Salzburg, Austria
What does a night in a rococo-style palace in the picturesque surroundings of Austria get you? The chance to live like royalty, that’s what. Dubbed the ‘Sound of Music palace’, Schloss Leopoldskron is the location of several outdoor scenes from the 1965 film and emulates the wealth and history of this era. Make like the von Trapps and feel at home amidst the elegant halls, luxurious rooms and gardens complete with sculptures.
Stay here on: Sound of Music
We hand-select the best accommodations for each trip, including our special overnights we call Stays With Stories. More than just a bed for the night, each of these unique properties has a story to tell, allowing you to become a part of the legacy. Head to Trafalgar.com to experience these stays for yourself.