8 STUNNING WATERFRONT HOTELS IN EUROPE
Glistening blue waters, rocky cliffs, beach towns brimming with outdoor concerts and festivals—Europe’s seaside destinations come alive in the summer when urbanites swap concrete streets for the shore. Follow their lead and check into one of these stunning oceanfront hotels, from a stylish boutique in Santorini to a grand estate on the coast of England.
1. Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria, Sorrento – Italy
Walking into this 19th-century cliffside grand dame is like stepping into Italy’s glamorous past, when the who’s who of the country’s creative set would gather here. Among the many big name guests was famed tenor Enrico Caruso, whose eponymous suite is still decked out in antiques and black-and-white photographs. At sunset, the hotel’s terrace is the perfect place to savor an Aperol Spritz with a view of the Bay of Sorrento before dinner at the Michelin-starred restaurant Terrazza Bosquet.
2. La Sirenuse, Positano – Italy
When it comes to luxurious hotels on Italy’s glammed-out Amalfi Coast, it doesn’t get much more iconic than Le Sirenuse. Made famous by John Steinbeck, who wrote about his stay here in 1953, the hotel still attracts movie stars and jet-setters to the once sleepy fishing village of Positano. Colorful mosaic tiles, antiques, and a breezy nautical-inspired color scheme epitomize seaside Italian style. Request a sea-facing room so you can enjoy endless views of the Tyrrhenian Sea.
3. W Barcelona, Barcelona – Spain
If you want your vacay to combine city and beach, Barcelona has the best of both worlds: architectural marvels by Gaudí, next-level restaurants and bars, world-class museums, and a powdery stretch of sand dubbed La Barceloneta. Book a room at the sleek W Barcelona, which overlooks the water and has rooms with private balconies and lounge chairs for taking in the view, cocktail in hand. At night, the 26th-floor Eclipse lounge is the place to be for both locals and tourists.
4. Grace, Santorini – Greece