Hotel Amigo, Brussels

best bed: Hotel Amigo, Brussels, Belgium

It is hard to imagine a more perfect location. The Hotel Amigo is only steps (like 20) from Brussels’ most famous square, the Grand Place. The site of the hotel has huge history. The home of a wealthy merchant, it…

La Reserve Eden au Lac

best bed: La Reserve Eden au Lac, Zurich, Switzerland

Philippe Starck calls the Eden au Lac his ‘imaginary yacht club’. The classic Belle Epoque exterior was built in 1909. It is beautiful; classified as a cultural monument. A Zurich landmark noted for its views over the lake. The ‘new’…

The Grand Hotel Majestic, Bologna

best bed: The Grand Hotel Majestic, Bologna, Italy

Dream location meets amazing history at  the Grand Majestic, Bologna’s only five star property. Local born, Pope-to-be Benedict XIV built this 18th century palazzo as a seminary. It sits atop an old Roman road. In basement, near the loo, you can still…

best bed: Villa Principe Leopoldo, Lugano, Switzerland

I grabbed a taxi at the Lugano train station for the crazy drive up a switchback road to reach the Villa Principe Leopoldo. Everyone else seemed to arrive in a Lamborghini, Porsche or Ferrari.  Suspect their drive was more exciting though…

best bed: Beau-Rivage Palace, Lausanne, Switzerland

It is easy to see why the Beau-Rivage Palace was one of Coco Chanel’s favorites. The hotel and her clothes share an easy glamour, as does the town.  Lausanne opened its railway station in 1856; tourists followed. The Beau-Rivage opened in…

The Bellevue Palace, Bern

best bed: The Bellevue Palace, Bern, Switzerland

  Belle view indeed!! This is one hotel that truly lives up to its name. The views are extraordinary!! Not surprising given the hotel’s prime location right next to the Federal Palace, Switzerland’s Parliament building. In 1848 Bern was chosen…

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