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Valentine’s Day 2020: The 10 most romantic hotel suites in Europe

The Independent logo The Independent 3 days ago Helen Coffey
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Escaping the mundanity of “real life” for a night by whisking your partner away is one of the best ways to show you care.

Lacking inspiration? Here are 10 of the most romantic suites in some of Europe’s most indulgent hotels to get you started.

Suite Carré d’Or at the Hotel Metropole Monte Carlo

Where: Monte Carlo, Monaco

a dining room table in front of a building: The 110sq m private terrace is a standout feature of Suite Carré d’Or (Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo) © Provided by The Independent The 110sq m private terrace is a standout feature of Suite Carré d’Or (Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo)

Located on the top floor of the Hotel Metropole Monte Carlo, the Suite Carré d’Or is 150sq m of luxury, comprised of a spacious living room, large bedroom, walk-in wardrobe and marble and gold bathroom. The real star is the 110sq m private terrace, offering unrivalled views of the Casino de Monte Carlo, its gardens and the Mediterranean Sea.

From €12,500, room only

metropole.com

Venus Suite at Domaine des Etangs

Where: Massignac, France

a living room filled with furniture and a fireplace: Domaine des Etangs is an 11th-century chateau (Domaine des Etangs) © Provided by The Independent Domaine des Etangs is an 11th-century chateau (Domaine des Etangs)

This French hideaway is set on a 2,500-acre private estate in rural Massignac. Venus is the 11th-century chateau’s largest suite, with a huge bathroom complete with roll-top bath, bespoke artwork and unbeatable views across the estate. Couples staying in Venus can choose to dine in the comfort of their suite or opt for bespoke experiences curated by the Domaine des Etangs team, including picnics and locally sourced candlelit dinners.

From €1,330, B&B

domainedesetangs.com

Cabriolet Suite at L’Albereta

Where: Lombardy, Italy

a bedroom with a bed and a window: The Cabriolet Suite at L’Albereta has a retractable roof (L’Albereta) © Provided by The Independent The Cabriolet Suite at L’Albereta has a retractable roof (L’Albereta)

This room comes with a unique, romantic surprise: a roof that retracts at the touch of a button to reveal the sky above, for some impromptu star gazing from the comfort of the four-poster bed. There’s also a marble bathroom with hydro-massage bath, plus a balcony overlooking the surrounding vineyards and glittering Lake Iseo in the distance. The hotel also has a spa and yoga studio.

From €470, room only

albereta.it

Harlequin Penthouse at The Dorchester

Where: London, UK

a kitchen with a sink and a mirror: Elizabeth Taylor ordered the pink bathroom in the Harlequin Penthouse (The Dorchester) © Provided by The Independent Elizabeth Taylor ordered the pink bathroom in the Harlequin Penthouse (The Dorchester)

The two-bedroom Harlequin Penthouse, the Dorchester’s most prestigious suite, has a history of romance: the second bathroom features the original pink marble, installed specially for actor Elizabeth Taylor, who carved her and Richard Burton’s initials into it as a symbol of eternal love.

A master bedroom and bathroom are complemented by a dining room (with a bespoke crystal chandelier designed by Metalarté) and a living room with two sets of French doors opening onto a large terrace overlooking Hyde Park.

From £4,458, room only

dorchestercollection.com

Royal Lochnagar Suite at Gleneagles

Where: Scotland, UK

a living room filled with furniture and a large window: Gleneagles’ Royal Lochnagar Suite has a four-poster bed (Gleneagles) © Provided by The Independent Gleneagles’ Royal Lochnagar Suite has a four-poster bed (Gleneagles)

Gleneagles has had a recent multimillion pound injection, part of which was used to redesign the traditional hotel’s Royal Lochnagar Suite. It’s still classic in style, emulating the grandeur of a stately home – a private marble entrance hallway leads onto a lounge and dining room with views across the Glendevon Hills. There’s also a powder room, dressing room and a separate en suite off the bedroom, which features a (what else?) four-poster bed.

From £2,730, B&B

gleneagles.com

Imperial Executive Suite at Hotel Principe di Savoia

Where: Milan, Italy

a living room filled with furniture and a curtain: The Imperial Executive Suite (Hotel Principe di Savoia) © Provided by The Independent The Imperial Executive Suite (Hotel Principe di Savoia)

While everyone from Queen Elizabeth II to George Clooney has stayed in the Principe di Savoia’s exclusive Presidential Suite, it seems to be out of action for the majority of 2020. Try the next best thing and plump for the Imperial Executive Suite, complete with a spacious and elegant living room, view of the Piazza della Repubblica gardens and two bathrooms, including a chromotherapy shower and Turkish bath.

From €4,420, room only

dorchestercollection.com

1925 Suite at Le Bristol Paris

Where: Paris, France

a living room filled with furniture and a fire place: The new 1925 Suite pays homage to Josephine Baker (Le Bristol) © Provided by The Independent The new 1925 Suite pays homage to Josephine Baker (Le Bristol)

The city of love is already as romantic as it gets, but a stay at Le Bristol raises the bar even higher. A Parisian institution since the roaring Twenties, the hotel is offering a new 1925 Suite which pays homage to Josephine Baker, the singer and French resistance agent who was once counted amongst the hotel’s A-list clientele. The 230sq m suite is all opulent textiles, with a colour palette of cream, sky blue, oak and pale pink. Designed by architecture firm MM-Design, it features a white marble bathroom, Louis XVI-style furniture, views of the Eiffel Tower and photographs of Baker.

From €4,200, room only

oetkercollection.com

Penthouse at the Mandarin Oriental

Where: Barcelona, Spain

a large building: The Mandarin Oriental Barcelona Penthouse has a huge terrace (Mandarin Oriental) © Provided by The Independent The Mandarin Oriental Barcelona Penthouse has a huge terrace (Mandarin Oriental)

Occupying the entire top floor of Barcelona’s Mandarin Oriental, the Penthouse has a master bedroom with its own living room, dressing room, bathroom and terrace. There is also a second bedroom, kitchen, living/dining area for eight and adjoining terrace.

The hotel is on the Passeig de Gràcia, a stone’s throw from two of Gaudi’s iconic landmarks, and overlooks this historic city from its private garden and rooftop pool.

From €12,000, room only

mandarinoriental.com/barcelona

Grand View Colosseum Suite at Palazzo Manfredi

Where: Rome, Italy

a living room filled with furniture and a large window: Palazzo Manfredi’s Grand View Colosseum Suite has incredible views (Palazzo Manfredi) © Provided by The Independent Palazzo Manfredi’s Grand View Colosseum Suite has incredible views (Palazzo Manfredi)

Set in a 17th-century palazzo located in the heart of Rome’s historical centre, Palazzo Manfredi makes for a romantic getaway. Its Grand View Colosseum Suite, one of four new suites, ups the Cupid stakes even further, with views over the Colosseum and Ludus Magnus from the panoramic private terrace. This 120sqm one-bedroom suite is set over two levels and features prestigious Italian brands, including Utrecht chairs by Cassina, sofas by Baxter and wallpaper by Glamora.

From €1,610, B&B

palazzomanfredi.com

Sant Francesc Suite at Sant Francesc

Where: Mallorca, Spain

a bedroom with a large bed in a room: Sant Francesc has a Heeley perfume bar (Sant Francesc) © Provided by The Independent Sant Francesc has a Heeley perfume bar (Sant Francesc)

Set in Palma’s historic centre, this five-star boutique hotel housed in a former Mallorcan mansion has a rooftop pool, three restaurants and an onsite wellness centre. It’s an ideal base for exploring the city, and the Sant Francesc Suite is the hotel’s most luxurious. Adorned with ceiling frescos, it also comes with a Heeley perfume bar.

From €455, room only

hotelsantfrancesc.com

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