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Some of the most astonishing hotels can be found in Europe and some are unlike anything you have ever seen or will see. Whether it’s their luxury or innovative design that draws you in, the quality of these European hotels will blow you away. So, the next time you renew your E111 card and visit Europe, book a room at or visit one of these outstanding hotels:
Icehotel: Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
This hotel was one of the first of its kind and to this day is known as one of the world’s most extraordinary hotels. Made entirely out of ice, the Icehotel is rebuilt every year and is known to be one of the most stunning sights in the world. Bring some heavy duty thermal clothing when you stay here though because the rooms are all kept at -5°C while outside temperatures can get as low as -45°C. Stay here to experience a night in a magnificent ice castle and try out husky sledding, snowmobiling, skiing, ice driving and much more.
Inntel Amsterdam Zaandamn: Amsterdam, Netherlands
This particular hotel is one of the most impressive architectural feats you will see in your lifetime. Imagine a huge stack of traditional Zaan houses all stacked on top of each other and mish-mashed together. It’s fascinating to look at and what goes on inside is just as impressive. It has luxury rooms, a restaurant, an indoor swimming pool, a wellness club, a Finnish sauna and a gym. A stay in this hotel would be incredible for more than a few reasons.
Ballyfin Demesne: Laois, Ireland
If you’ve ever dreamed of being in a Jane Austen novel or have wanted to know what regal life is like then this hotel is where your wish will be granted. This restored Georgian country estate has 20 rooms and is the epitome of luxury. The décor will make you feel like you’ve just stepped into the shoes of a 19th aristocrat. There are four poster canopy beds, gilded mirrors, marble bathrooms, paintings, a grand piano, tapestries and a 2,000 year old Roman mosaic in the lobby. In this hotel you have 614 acres of secluded gardens at your disposal. You can go horseback riding, go clay pigeon shooting, learn archery or falconry, or you can get out on the 28-acre lake and go fishing or simply let the butler row the boat. While a stay at this unbelievable hotel is certainly not cheap, it is most definitely impressive.
Attrap’ Rêves: France
You’ll never think of camping the same way again after staying in this hotel. Designer Pierre Stephane Dumas took camping to a whole new level and created these amazing bubble-dwellings. In different locations in France you can sleep in an inflated bubble in the middle of a secluded glade and watch the stars. Each bubble is kept inflated by a silent blower that recycles air and inside you’ll find a comfy king-size bed, a table with chairs, a reading lamp and a bathroom with running water. The bubbles even have electricity. You can choose a completely transparent bubble or a tinted one if you want extra privacy, although the bubbles are always secluded, private and kept a safe distance apart, so there’s no worry over your privacy being invaded. You can get up close to nature in comfort and style while in the main building of the hotel, a short walk away from your bubble, you can relax in a Jacuzzi, dine in the restaurant and look through telescopes.
Dublin is the capital of the Republic of Ireland. You will want to stay in this city for a while on your holiday to Ireland because it is an embodiment of all the different cultures of the country. Though you can see all its attractions in a car or bus, taking a walk through the city is the best way to experience the capital. Read the rest of this entry »
Blarney Castle attracts thousands of visitors each year, who come to kiss the Blarney Stone. The stone has become one of Ireland’s greatest treasures and one of the most popular landmarks in the world. So when in the south of Ireland, make sure you visit Blarney Castle in Cork and you’ll see that the famous stone is only part of the attraction! Read the rest of this entry »
As one of Europe’s top tourist destinations, Dublin has something for everyone. From a world-renowned nightlife to iconic sights such as the Guinness brewery, the city is teeming with character, culture, and quintessential Irish charm. Whether you’re visiting Dublin for just a short weekend break or an extended getaway, make sure to visit some of its most famous sights for a classic Dublin city experience. Read the rest of this entry »
The Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry is one of my favorite spots to vacation in Ireland. Dingle Town is a thriving port where visitors enjoy warm hospitality, delicious meals, traditional Irish music, and even a chance to see “Fungi”, the resident dolphin, who lives in the bay and performs alongside the boats out for a tour. Read the rest of this entry »
The parks and gardens in Cork and its surrounding areas offer an excellent alternative to staying at home any day of the week. From large national parks to the smaller community parks, Cork has many open spaces, and the gardens are also admirable. Read the rest of this entry »
Dublin’s fine parks and gardens are the life of the city. They cover a total area of around 5000 acres and range from botanical gardens to large nature reserves and public parks all of which can provide a retreat from the fast life of the city and a great day out. Read the rest of this entry »
When you travel to Paris, you view art; when you travel to Dublin, you hit the pubs. Dublin’s world-famous pub culture attracts beer aficionados from across the world who are thirsty for a taste of the Irish city’s legendary bar scene. While sampling the many varieties of Dublin pubs and clubs, mix up with the traditional staples by hitting some more obscure local Dublin favorites. For a Dublin pub experience that’s sure to satisfy, check out the following: Read the rest of this entry »