When you’re traveling to Europe, the hotel you book is every bit as important as the destination itself. It’s not just a place to rest your head. It’s your first taste of the culture—and, in many cases, it’s where you’ll make some of the trip’s most impressionable memories.
From the grand (Irish castles and Tuscan vineyards) to the tranquil (Icelandic spas and Estonian boutiques) to the downright cool (Spanish designers and Parisian hipsters), these are the 10 coolest hotels across Europe, each in their own right.
Whether you’re planning your next great escape or just want to fantasize about a wintry stargazing trip beneath the Northern Lights, click through for a real wanderlust fix.