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Eden au Lac

With its enviable location on the shores of Lake Zurich, this neo-Baroque hotel dates to the early 1900s and still has the scent of rich history about it. From the outside, it looks like an imposing Swiss grande dame, but don’t be fooled. The Eden has been managed by the same family since the 1960s, and with just 50 rooms, the ambience and experience are intimate and familiar. And the views are what staying in a Swiss hotel is all about.

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Château de Bagnols

A magical mystery of moats, drawbridges and lavender-scented formal gardens, this is in essence a grand home rather than a hotel of any category. The château itself dates to the 13th century, but was gorgeously restored beginning in 1987. Today it’s a part of the Rocco Forte portfolio, so not only is it expertly managed, but it’s imbued with history everywhere you turn. Then step outside and you’re surrounded by vineyards, forests and hills — and deep in the heart of Beaujolais country.

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Hotel Cala di Volpe

This glittering seaside resort, designed by international playboy Karim Aga Khan IV in 1962 to resemble a rambling fishing village, is the ultimate address on the Costa Smeralda, a jet-set destination on the northeast coast of Sardinia. Staying at this more-than-$1,000-a-night property during the island’s summer high season is like jumping into a Ferrari wearing Prada from head to toe; you’re telling the world you’ve made it, Italian style. European luminaries like Princess Caroline of Monaco have been known to sail into the property for lunch, while other boldface names (paging Diddy) are content to set anchor offshore.

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Hotel Negresco

Situated on the beach in Nice, the interior is full of domes, chandeliers, and glass cupolas designed by Gustav Eiffel. Hotel Negresco was voted one of the “World’s Ten Best Hotels” by the American Association of Travel Editors. Hotel Chateau de la Tour in Cannes is surrounded by gardens, and is only five minutes from the Mediterranean sea, on a large estate. Features pool, jacuzzi, sun deck, and bar.

Hotels in Paris France range in size and style from the elegant five-star monsters to the pencil thin, intimate, two-star hotels. Hotel de la Tremoille in a Paris hotel with an ornate exterior, and a modern interior. The Pavillon de Paris is elegant and contemporary Paris hotel full of modern luxuries. Hotel Montalembert is a fashionable and high tech Paris hotel. In the Latin Quarter try the Hotel du Pantheon and the Melia Colbert Boutique Hotel. While Paris has some of the best accommodations in the world, it is also an excellent place to find a good deal on a hotel. Some budget hotels in Paris France include the Ile de la Cite stay at the Hotel Henri IV.

If money is no object when it comes to hotels in Paris France then head straight for the Ritz. The Ritz was conceived by Cesar Ritz in 1889, and has been adorned by many famous stars including Greta Garbo, Audrey Hepburn and Ernest Hemingway.

Nice France is blessed with sunny weather, charming French atmosphere, and plenty to see and do while on holiday. The glorious waterfront, on the French Riviera, is lined with a nice selection of hotels in Nice France. More budget oriented accommodations can be found inland, including hostels, and mid-ranged hotels. Hotels in Nice France are modern and stylish. Hotel La Perouse is a charming hotel, with Spanish style courtyards, sea view terraces, gardens, and a swimming pool. The Palais de la Mediterranee has an imposing entrance, elegant interior, and sea views. The Med is one of the nicest hotels in Nice France, once frequented by Scott Fitzgerald and Maurice Chevaller. The Windsor is a stylish hotel with art centered rooms. The Felix is a small hotel owned and serviced by a couple, with balconies over the rue Masséna.

The best value for an overnight stay can be found at one of the many hostels in France. Most utilize shared dorm beds, and some have private rooms for families and couples. At $10-30 a night, the price cannot be beat. If you don’t mind sleeping in a room with three to seven other people–sometimes more–hosteling is one of the most economic ways to stay in France.

The Grand Hotel de la Grotte is charming and elegant, situated at the foot of the fortified castle of Lourdes. Other hotels in France include the Hotel Mont-Blanc, an alpine hotel dating back to the turn of the century. Located next to Mont-Blanc, Europe’s highest mountain. Le Blizzard Hotel in Val d’Isere is a modern ski lodge at the base of the Val d’Isere mountain. Features a swimming pool, terraces, and accompanying ski village. The Chalet du Mont d’Arbois is a luxurious ski chalet, with a private golf course.

Additional hotels in France include Les Bordes is nestled in the Loire Valley on the former hunting estate of Baron Bich. Today it features a high-end golf course. The Hotel Claridge Bellman in Paris is friendly and accommodating with luxurious rooms and modern technology. Located near the Champs-Elysees. La Villa Maillot near the Champs-Elysees in Paris has a secluded interior courtyard that offers a peaceful respite from the intensity of Paris. Spa features detoxifying steam treatments and sauna.

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Hotel Carlton & Grand Canal

The Hotel Carlton and Grand Canal with its one hundred windows, looks out onto the Grand Canal, the romantic stretch of water lined with magnificent palaces and their thousand reflections and colors: a truly unique location which makes this elegant hotel the perfect option for an unforgettable holiday discovering Venice – a magic, timeless city!

With a pleasant stroll along the characteristic calles, you can reach the famous Rialto Bridge and St. Mark’s Square, and explore areas with very few tourists but which can be considered the most authentic and characteristic in Venice: San Polo with its famous Gothic Frari Church, Cannaregio with its antique Jewish Ghetto, Dorsoduro with the lively university area where, amidst art schools and artisan shops, you will find a vast number of typical restaurants where you can spend enjoyable evenings. From the hotel, you can easily reach the famous islands in the lagoon by water: Murano, Burano, and Torcello.

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