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Thursday, 29 November 2012



The Hotels Have Received High Marks from Travellers for Service and Amenities

With 2012 almost at a close, we at TripAdvisor look back at some of the hottest hotel openings in Europe throughout the year.

These hotels have all received rave reviews since opening their doors to travellers this year and we’re pleased to reveal that the UK features twice with two London hotels appearing in the list.

“While these hotels have only been open for a year, they have already made a lasting impression on many TripAdvisor travellers and it’s great to see the UK represented with two London hotels among some of the hottest in Europe,” said TripAdvisor spokesperson, Emma Shaw.

Located on the Amalfi Coast, this hotel was originally built in the 17th Century as a monestary. Now a boutique hotel of only 20 rooms, it sits on a cliff face overlooking the ocean and boasts an infinity pool that is sculpted into the cliff at the lowest level of Santa Rosa’s sloping cascade of gardens. As one TripAdvisor traveller commented, “This is the best hotel we have ever stayed in, bar none.” Prices from £327 per night*

Located just off London’s Fleet Street, this hotel is the first to be built in one of London’s Inns of Court, the Inner Temple, in the heart of London’s legal district. The courtyard at Apex Temple Court leads from the Inner Temple onto the famous Fleet Street, the historical home of London’s newspaper industry. As one TripAdvisor traveller commented, “This hotel is superb, lovely rooms, the staff were very attentive, nothing too much trouble.” Prices from £131 per night*

This hotel is located in the El Born district of Barcelona. It is ideally situated just a stone’s throw from the Rambla, Barcelona’s most famous street, the Santa Maria del Mar cathedral and Barcelona’s beach promenades. The hotel boasts a rooftop pool that offers views of the cityscape. As one TripAdvisor traveller commented, “We found this a perfect hotel with fantastic amenities.” Prices from £95 per night

Located in the borough of South Kensington, this hotel is inspired by London’s famous museum district. The hotel’s interior design runs along five themes: botany, music, geometry, ornithology and astronomy. As one TripAdvisor traveller commented, “I had a delightful one night stay at the impeccable newly opened Ampersand Hotel. I wish it had been longer.” Prices from £150 per night*

This hotel forms part of a restored castle dating back to the 10th century and is located in the centre of a historic 4,200 acre estate. Being a hotel made up entirely of suites, all accommodation is very spacious. Amenities at the hotel include a welcome bottle of estate grown and produced wine and complimentary minibar. As one TripAdvisor traveller commented, “Beyond expectations, this is perfection at its best!” Prices from £227 per night*

The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna is a historic building composed of four former Palais from the 19th century. The 202-room hotel is located on Schubertring, a part of the city’s Vienna Ringstrasse and is within walking distance of the city’s main landmarks. As one TripAdvisor traveller commented, “Our room was immaculate, spacious and the bed was very comfortable.” Prices from £260 per night*

This hotel is nestled along the rugged coastline of northwest Majorca, and offers stunning views from every room. More than half of the 120 rooms and suites offer sea views, while the remaining look out over the quaint fishing village of Port Sóller and the sprawling Serra de Tramuntana mountain range. As one TripAdvisor traveller commented, “The location, rooms, food and service cannot be faulted.” Prices from £154 per night*

The ARCOTEL Onyx Hamburg is a contemporary hotel located directly on the Reeperbahn, at Millerntor, in Hamburg’s trendy neighbourhood of St. Pauli. Situated in the heart of the city, the hotel is ideal for trips to the harbour and the historical Speicherstadt warehouse district. “I loved this hotel. I travel a significant amount all over the world for work and this has to be one of my favourite stays so far.”  Prices from £72 per night*

Located in the Opéra area of Paris, in an elegant 1870s Haussmann era building, the latest W hotel is situated between Paris' most famous department stores, Galeries Lafayette and Le Printemps with the exclusive boutiques of the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré nearby. As one TripAdvisor traveller commented, “The service was phenomenal. Staff were very courteous and helpful. We loved every moment at the hotel.” Prices from £200 per night*

Located in the Etiler neighbourhood of Istanbul, this hotel is within walking distance to restaurants and major shopping areas. The hotel’s bar, located on the 34th floor offers panoramic views of the cityscape. “I travel at least twıce a year to Istanbul and I have finally found the perfect hotel.” Prices from £104 per night*

*Pricing information as shown on TripAdvisor on 28th November 2012