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10 of the best hotels you’ve probably never heard of- but should know

Do you fancy staying in one of the best destinations? No matter where your journey takes you to, all you need is a cosy accommodation to feel pampered and relaxed. Whether it’s a city break, a romantic getaway, a wilderness experience in the woods or a beach holiday. Many hotels around the world have left such an overwhelming impression on travellers to rank them amongst the most memorable travel experiences ever. It could be the beautiful surroundings, service, style, soul, design, seclusion, facilities or fine dining options. Choosing that perfect hotel for your next getaway can be a daunting task. I round up the best 10 hotels in the world for you, from budget-friendly to luxury hotels with reputations that far exceed any star rating.

“Life should be better when you check-in.”

By Olivia Andersn

The Fitzwilliam Hotel – Belfast

The Fitzwilliam Hotel is a fabulous five-star hotel located in the very heart of Belfast city. Opulent details from floor to ceiling will capture the attention of its guests. The combination of designer interiors along with contemporary artwork and vibrant furniture brings a sense of luxury to the entire space. In this hotel, you can choose rooms from standard to signature suites for a unique experience. Start your day in style with a delicious Fitzwilliam breakfast served fresh and warm with a variety of cuisines in a beautiful setting. The trendy bars with amazing cocktails and champagnes will not disappoint you. Feel like an emperor when you get more than what you expect from hotel staffs to create the most beautiful moments last a lifetime

Popular attractions nearby?

The hotel is just a 15-minute stroll from Belfast Central Station. Sneak a peek at the Castle Court Shopping Centre to hunt new collections of designer wears and it’s just half a kilometre from the hotel. If you are craving for something unique and delicious? Then head to ‘Nu Delhi’ to try delightful Indian meals, also don’t forget to visit ‘Ginger Bistro’, ‘Jumon’, and ‘YuGo’ restaurants as well.

Room Amenities:

Air condition rooms, Minibar, Coffee and tea maker, adjoining rooms, Daily housekeeping, Phone, Free bottled water, Bathrobes, Free toiletries, Hairdryer, Iron with ironing board, Cable TV service, Flat-panel TV, Room service (24 hours), Designer toiletries, Work desk, Premium bedding, Slippers, Pay movies, iPod docking station

Hotel Amenities:

Luggage storage, Bar and lounge, Smoking areas, 24-hour front desk, Banquet hall, Business centre, Conference space, Laundry facilities, Porter/bellhop, Restaurant, Meeting rooms, Gym, Dry cleaning, laundry service, and Wedding services

Ramses Hilton- Cairo

The Ramses Hilton hotel is beautifully set on the banks of the River Nile in Cairo. The Ramses Hilton is all about attention for its detail that makes the entire hotel look so ravishing. Grand decor’s, rich paint finish and inviting lighting effects on the entrance will give you a cosy feel as you walk into the hotel stretching its patterns to its stylish lounge and lavish rooms. At the Ramses Hilton hotel, every day is an amazing new experience with its casino, billiard halls, and its galleria consisting of 250 stores where you will find all the designer wear, boutiques, cosmetics and sportswear. Soak up in the sun at the swimming pool while sipping a glass of bubbling champagne and enjoy the views of the riverfront. You can also indulge in culinary delicacies at the hotel restaurants. 

Popular attractions nearby?

The hotel location is the perfect base for exploring all that Egypt’s capital has to offer. It’s just 6 minutes from the famous Egyptian Museum and a short drive from the great pyramids of Giza, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Also, you don’t have to worry about your return flight time. The International airport is 19 km away from the hotel you can save more time for exploring.

Room Amenities:

Air condition rooms, Minibar, adjoining rooms, Shower and tub, Daily housekeeping, Phone, Turndown service, LCD TV, Free cribs, Premium TV channels, Bidet, In-room childcare (surcharge), extra beds (surcharge), Balcony, Hairdryer, Bathrobes, Free toiletries, Room service (24 hours), Work desk and Premium bedding

Hotel Amenities:

Luggage storage, Bar and lounge, Poolside bar, Casino, 24-hour front desk, Banquet hall, Business centre, Free breakfast, Game room, Grocery, Pool sun loungers, Health club, Conference space, Babysitting (surcharge), Laundry facilities, Concierge services, Gift shops , Snack bar, Shopping on site, Ballroom, Banquet Hall , Restaurant, Meeting rooms, Dry cleaning, laundry service, and Wedding services

Mainport Hotel – Rotterdam

The Mainport is a 5-star modern hotel set on the banks of river Mass in Rotterdam gives a perfect reflection of the largest port city in Europe. Sumptuously decorated bedrooms will blow your mind with its premium beddings and walk-in showers. If you are looking for something more relishing and opulent? Then make sure to choose signature rooms to appreciate its strong design slant with a mix of modern and luxury. These designer rooms are also equipped with private spa baths and Finnish sauna’s to keep guests warm on a mild climate. You should taste food in here at least once its exceptional– chefs will offer you a selection of delicious meals from an à-la-carte menu and rustle up local and regional cuisines to their guests. The pretty terrace in each rooms that gives a sweeping view over the water and the skyline of Rotterdam for relaxing stay.

Popular attractions nearby?

Rotterdam’s highlights are all within walking distance from Mainport Hotel including the Rotterdam Airport is just 6 km, while attractions like ‘Witte de Withstraat’ and ‘Maritime Museum’ is just a few meters away from the hotel.

Room Amenities

Air condition rooms, Minibar, Espresso maker, Daily housekeeping, LCD TV, Premium TV channels, Free cribs, Slippers, Hairdryer, Iron with ironing board, Bathrobes, Free toiletries, Room service (24 hours), Work desk and Premium bedding

Hotel Amenities

Luggage storage, Bar and lounge, Full-service spa, Indoor pool, Turkish bath/Hammam, Spa treatment room, Porter/bellhop, Casino, 24-hour front desk, Steam room, Sauna, Valet parking, Free breakfast, Conference space, Terrace, Laundry facilities, Concierge services, Restaurant and Dry cleaning 

Tivoli Lagos – Lagos

If you ever fantasize about what’s it like to live in a seaside mansion, well at this hotel you are privileged to experience that royal hospitality. Tivoli Lagos is a stunning 4-star hotel located in the seaside of Algarve District in Portugal. All 296 rooms are elegantly designed using soothing colours and themed to the ocean vibes along with rich furnishing. This hotel is a reflection of the country’s local culture and mix of elegance that stretches to the white and blue walkways uniting rooms, patios, restaurants and lounge. The rooms with balconies will offer you a breath-taking view of the city while having a freshly brewed coffee.

Popular attractions nearby?

Just a short walk from the hotel you will have access to the city’s most enticing places like the best golf courses and the famous beaches are perfect to soak up the sun with crystal clear waters

Room Amenities

Air condition rooms, Minibar, Bidet, Espresso maker, Free Wi-Fi, Daily housekeeping, In-room childcare (surcharge), LCD TV, Premium TV channels, Phone, Fan, Hairdryer, Free toiletries, and Room service (24 hours)

Hotel Amenities

Library, Designated smoking areas, Outdoor pools, Indoor pool, Gym, Poolside bar, Free breakfast, Bar and lounge, Free beach shuttle, Luggage storage, Porter/bellhop, Beach sun loungers, Casino, 24-hour front desk, children’s pool, Gift shops, Lockers, Concierge services, Parking, Balcony and Wedding services

Hotel Sallés Marina Portals- Majorca

The Hotel Sallés Marina Portals is a 4-star property stands tall in the Mediterranean shoreline. The traditional-style hotel has 188 rooms with different hues, plush decors, comfy pillows and cosy throws creates a tranquil environment for your stay. Whether you are here for a business stay or to have a relaxing time for yourself, this hotel has got you covered with friendly staffs and personalised services to meet your every expectation. Guests can also take advantage of free access to rejuvenate in spa’s which has water circuit, sauna’s and steam baths, not to mention chromotherapy for a refreshing day. The wonderful backdrop of the garden creates the most idyllic setting for all rooms at any time of the day. Start your day for another adventure with an excellent breakfast from the hotel buffet.

Popular attractions nearby?

Many seaside bars and restaurants can be found right on spot to enjoy the calmness in the surrounding while tanning a bit. It promises you to offer a memorable experience!

Room Amenities

Air condition rooms, Minibar, Shower and tub combination, Soundproofed rooms, Work desk, Bathrobes Free Wi-Fi, Electric kettle, LCD TV, Premium TV channels, Phone, Fan, Hairdryer, Slippers, Free toiletries, and Balcony

Hotel Amenities

Bar/lounge, Rooftop terrace, Full-service spa, Indoor pool,24-hour front desk, Poolside bar, Business centre, Free breakfast, Turkish bath/Hammam, Restaurant, Pool sun loungers, Sauna, Outdoor pool, Babysitting or childcare (surcharge), Health club, Luggage storage, Concierge services, Designated smoking areas, Laundry facilities, meeting room, and Garden

Hotel Villafranca Rome – Rome

Finding a wallet-friendly hotel in Rome is not that difficult when you have ‘Hotel Villafranca Rome’, it is one of the most lavishly designed hotels located in the heart of Rome. The 4-star hotel standout for its bespoke furnishings, rich textiles, vibrant wallpaper, and vintage patterns. The Hotel Villafranca Rome has 94 cosy rooms and suites. The best hospitality from hotel staffs will make your trip even more satisfying. 

Popular attractions nearby?

Castro Pretorio Metro Station is easy to access and only 50 metres away from the hotel. Also, the most popular attractions like Palatine Hill and Roman Forum is just 1.3 miles to visit. 

Room Amenities

Air condition rooms, Free newspapers, Minibar, Bidet, Soundproofed rooms, Free Wi-Fi, Daily housekeeping, Free cribs, LCD TV, Pay movies, Desk, Fan, Hairdryer, Free toiletries, Phone, Iron and board on request and Room service 

Hotel Amenities

Bar/lounge, Luggage storage, Dry cleaning and Laundry facilities, Conference space, TV in common area, Meeting room, 24-hour front desk and free breakfast 

Hotel Nh Berlin Potsdamer Platz- Berlin

The Hotel Nh Berlin Potsdamer Platz is an elegant 4-star hotel beautifully nestled in the stylish Kreuzberg neighbourhood in the centre of Berlin in Germany. The hotel offers 89 ultra-modern suites and rooms with vibrant punches of eye-popping colours and sleek hardwood floors. The interiors feature an impressive blend of antique and contemporary accents with a combination of fresh and trendy hues that offers a calming atmosphere. It has a breakfast room that serves meals with trendy dining options. Also, don’t forget to visit the lounge area where you’ll find a fantastic choice of beers, wines and cocktails

Popular attractions nearby?

The hotel is a short stroll from the famous Berlin square and takes 10 minutes to the city’s biggest tourist attractions, including the Brandenburg Gate, the Holocaust memorial and the Reichstag. Plus, there are cafés, boutiques, restaurants and nightclubs right on the doorstep.

Room Amenities

Air condition rooms, Shower, Free cribs, Free Wi-Fi, Daily housekeeping, LCD TV, Premium TV channels, Phone, Work desk, Hairdryer, and Free toiletries 

Hotel Amenities

Bar/lounge, Luggage storage, Terrace, Dry cleaning and Laundry facilities, Free Wi-Fi, 24-hour front desk and free breakfast

Hotel Kraft – Florence

Miss your pets while you are on holiday? Worry no more! The Hotel Kraft, a 4-star hotel in Florence offers you a pet-friendly accommodation that will cater your pets in the same way they cater for you. Kraft has 78 cosy rooms and inviting suites. From antique furniture to silk wallpaper and velvet upholstery, there’s no shortage of luxury at this hotel. It has a rooftop garden and a restaurant offering mouth-watering dishes that will leave an unforgettable taste for your cravings. Planning to check in for a winter break the hotel has its heated pools to warm you up.

Popular attractions nearby?

The hotel is located in the centre of Florence and offers easy access to sites in Italy within minutes

Room Amenities

Air condition rooms, Minibar, Bidet, Shower and tub combination, Soundproofed room, Free Wi-Fi, Daily housekeeping, Wheelchair accessible, LCD TV, Phone, Premium bedding, Hairdryer, Free toiletries, and Room service

Hotel Amenities

Bar/lounge, Luggage storage, Rooftop terrace, Dry cleaning and Laundry facilities, Porter/bellhop, ATM or banking, Restaurant, Free Wi-Fi, Pool sun loungers, Concierge services, Wedding services, Banquet hall, Babysitting or childcare (surcharge), Limo and Town Car service, Valet parking (surcharge),Free newspapers in lobby, Free reception, Outdoor pool ,Computer station, 24-hour front desk and free breakfast

Majestic City Retreat Hotel – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Majestic City Retreat is a 4-star hotel consisting of 24 floors with 262 bedrooms and sophisticated suites. This deluxe hotel is located in Bur Dubai. Being located in the vibrant city of Dubai, you can get the most of the Middle Eastern culture with modern vibes. It offers everything you’d ever want in a luxurious hotel, including cosy rooms outfitted with contemporary furnishings, unique paintings, and marble bathrooms. The hotel is favoured by leisure and business travellers for its convenient location, and for the hospitality, which makes Majestic City Retreat an amazing place for a fun-filled getaway 

Popular attractions nearby?

The hotel sits at the heart of the city, and the Dubai airport is 8km away from the hotel. You can have a great time exploring the city of high-rises and shopping malls.

Room Amenities

Air condition rooms, Minibar, Bidet, Coffee and tea maker, Free Wi-Fi, Daily housekeeping, Soundproofed rooms, Extra beds (surcharge), Shower and tub combination, Iron with ironing board (on request), Turndown service, Free bottled water, LCD TV, HDTV, Premium TV channels, Phone, Work desk, Rainfall showerhead, Slippers, Hairdryer, Free toiletries, and Room service (24 hours)

Hotel Amenities

Free shopping centre shuttle, Free theme park shuttle, Gym, 24-hour front desk, Poolside bar, Business centre, Bellhop, Dry cleaning and laundry service, Free valet parking, Limo or Town Car service available, Outdoor pool, Computer station, Conference space size, Terrace, Luggage storage, Hair salon, ATM and banking, Concierge services, Snack bar, Gift shops, Designated smoking areas, Shopping on site, bars and lounges, Free beach shuttle, Billiards, Meeting rooms, Coffee shop, Steam room, Sauna, Nightclub, Children’s pool, Free area shuttle, Breakfast available (surcharge), Restaurants, Laundry facilities, Wedding services and Free newspapers in lobby

Argana- Agadir, Morocco

The Hotel Argana is a stunning 4-star beach hotel located in Agadir of Morocco. It is an ideal location for your business or tourist stay. The Argana Hotel offers an exceptional opportunity for an amazing getaway in a classic Moroccan style. The cosy setting of the hotel will give you serenity and calmness during your stay. The backdrop of blue ocean and lush gardens is an excellent choice for leisure travellers. Whether you want to taste good Moroccan cuisine or international delicacies, the hotel has restaurants to serve you a variety of cuisines that go far beyond a regular meal that you have tasted before.

Popular attractions nearby?

Just a 25-minute drive from Agadir Airport, the hotel is ideally located to explore the city’s main sights. 300 meters from the beach and 500 meters from the city centre, the Argana hotel is there to delight all tastes.

Room Amenities

Air condition rooms, Minibar, Bidet, Adjoining rooms, Soundproofed rooms, Shower and tub combination, Daily housekeeping, Turndown service, Work desk, Private bathroom, Plasma TV, Premium TV channels, Phone, Fan, Hairdryer, Free toiletries, Balcony

Hotel Amenities

Gym, 24-hour front desk, Poolside bar, Porter or bellhop, Coffee shop or café, Free self-parking, Dry cleaning/laundry service, Free Wi-Fi, Sauna, Outdoor pool, Nightclub, Children’s pool, Spa services on site, Terrace, Luggage storage, Hair salon, ATM/banking, Breakfast available (surcharge), restaurants, 24-hour business centre, Concierge services, Gift shops, Snack bar, Shopping on site, Laundry facilities, and Garden

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