Frankfurt’s skyline is arguably the most famous in Germany. Before turning to my bed I spent a few minutes admiring the high-rise buildings from the floor-to-ceiling window of my 25th floor room in the Jumeirah Frankfurt.
It’s not often that I murmur a ‘wow’ upon arriving at a hotel. I’m not the most demonstrative of travellers but the grandeur of the Al Bustan Palace's 38 metre high central hall raised even my eyebrows a centimetre or two.
What would you do when a bout of absent-mindedness means you’ve nowhere to stay in a major European city, despite planning every other aspect of your trip? My response was to grab a coffee, log into the internet and surf for a hotel. I wanted a stylish, not too expensive base for four days in Amsterdam; the internet suggested I book a room in the Citizen M Amsterdam City Hotel.
Even if you’re new to Amsterdam, you shouldn’t have any problems in locating Art’otel Amsterdam. It lies just across Stationsplein from the Centraal Station, the city’s main railway station, making it one of the most central hotels in the Dutch capital.
Lisbon’s 4-star LX Boutique Hotel is centrally located, in the city’s Baixa district, a couple of minute’s walk from the Cais do Sodré railway and ferry station.
Cormoran Lodge is beautifully situated, overlooking a quiet cove on Lake Kivu, a short drive from the town of Karongi (formerly known as Kibuye) and roughly halfway up the scenic west coast of the lake.
The Hotel Palacio and Banyan Tree Spa stands in Estoril, 25 km west of Lisbon, a town which has long regarded one of Europe’s elite destinations.
The Guoman Charing Cross Hotel is arguably the most central of all London’s many hotels. As the name of this 4-star luxury hotel suggests, it stands at Charing Cross.
The Monument to the Discoveries is today as just as much a part of the Belem landscape as the nearby Hieronymites Monastery (the ‘Mosteiro dos Jerónimos’ as it is known in Portuguese), the ornate Manueline structure which is today classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Hotel Julien is a beautifully designed 21-room hotel in the heart of Antwerp’s old town. This boutique hotel opened in 2004 with eleven guest rooms. Further rooms were added in May 2010 when a second wing entered service, following major renovations to this eighteenth century town house.