Best InterContinental Hotels in Europe

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What are the best InterContinental hotels in Europe? The best include InterContinental Malta, London Park Lane, Paris Le Grand, Davos in Switzerland, Ljubljana in Slovenia, Madrid in Spain, London The O2, Bordeaux Le Grand Hotel in France, Vienna in Austria, Amstel Amsterdam and Athenaeum, Athens.

Interestingly, the first six hotels in our listing are not only some of the best luxury hotels in Europe, but they also offer free executive club lounge access if you book via our luxury travel concierge.

Our luxury travel concierge, which is part of the largest luxury travel agency in America, Travel Edge, offers free Luxury and Lifestyle benefits at all InterContinental hotels. This also includes perks like free breakfast, $100 USD resort credit, and room upgrades (subject to availability).

Typically, our free benefits at luxury hotels include:

  • Room upgrade to next category
  • Complimentary breakfast for two per bedroom
  • Complimentary Welcome Gift
  • $100 USD equivalent Hotel experiential credit per room per stay
  • Early check-in / Late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

But at certain InterContinental hotels, we offer free club lounge access too, which can save you hundreds of dollars in travel costs, as InterContinental club lounges offer excellent full breakfasts with free a la carte breakfast options, snacks and drinks throughout the day and a small buffet with canapes and complimentary alcoholic drinks and cocktails in the evenings.

There is no other way to get free lounge access at InterContinental hotels. High tier members don’t get free lounge access and neither do Royal Ambassador or Ambassador cardholders. The only way to get free access is to book via a Luxury and Lifestyle agent like our luxury travel concierge or to pay a hefty fee for access.

1. InterContinental Malta

InterContinental Malta is definitely one of the best InterContinental hotels in Europe, it has a wonderful sun-kissed pool, a superb executive club lounge, and even a beach, just 100 meters away.

This luxury hotel is also conveniently and centrally located in the prime area of St. George’s Bay and is only 20 minutes drive from Malta International Airport, and 15 minutes drive from Valletta, Malta’s historical capital city. From the hotel, you can walk to some of the islands’ finest shopping and entertainment locations.

While in Malta, you will explore 7,000 years of pulsating history and wherever you go, the island’s scenery and architecture provide a spectacular backdrop. With fine weather almost the whole year round, dramatic and ancient architecture, picturesque beaches, crystal clear waters, and a wide variety of entertainment, there is a great deal to see and do.

InterContinental Malta has established itself as the Mediterranean’s leading hotel of distinction. Bringing a new level of luxury to the island, the Highline Suites are the best hotel rooms on Malta. They blend sophisticated interiors with impeccable service and stunning Mediterranean views. Each of the 30 suites is a masterpiece of impeccable modern design. Spread over a space of up to 220sqm, they feature designer furniture from Minotti, Bang and Olufsen sound systems, huge ensuite bathrooms, and luxurious linen.

All suite guests can relax and let the world pass by with stunning island views, the Mediterranean Sea, and the rooftop SKYBEACH infinity pool, pictured above (non-suite guests do not get access to this pool so it’s worth splurging on). The accompanying bar and grill restaurant provides private and intimate attention, whilst offering pristine comfort and enjoyment.

On the 19th floor, the exclusive and chic SKYHIGH bar is open to all guests and this lounge is the perfect place for pre and post-dinner lounging. Serving the best gins, spirits, whiskeys, fine wines, and luscious cocktails prepared by talented bartenders.

Also, guests staying in the suites will have access to the Club InterContinental lounge, an exclusive space that’s perfect for soaking up the Mediterranean vistas over a sumptuous breakfast or pre-dinner cocktail. The lounge includes a dedicated reception, meeting room, sumptuous breakfasts, all-day refreshments, afternoon tea, pre-dinner drinks, and canapes. The hotel’s personnel is on hand to help, any time of the day or night.

The hotel’s leisure facilities cater to every guests’ inclination and fancy. They include a lagoon-styled outdoor swimming pool, a heated indoor pool, a state of the art fitness center with two squash courts and an aerobics studio, a hair salon, a private sandy beach, and business services.

Club Lounge access is free here if you book via our luxury travel concierge along with benefits including room upgrade on arrival, subject to availability, welcome amenity, early check-in/late check-out subject to availability and complimentary Wi-Fi.

You can see what we have experienced in terms of food and drink at the club lounge at InterContinental O2 in London and the club lounge at InterContinental Park Lane which will give you an idea of what to expect. This InterContinental club lounge will undoubtedly be one of the best, with a substantial hot and cold buffet and a la carte breakfast and evening canapes and alcoholic drinks.

2. InterContinental London Park Lane

InterContinental London Park Lane features at the top of our best club lounges in London. This hotel is definitely one of the best InterContinental hotels in Europe!

The InterContinental London Park Lane is an elegant luxury hotel right in the heart of London. It offers rooms of varying sizes with incredible views across Regents and Green Park as well as the Hyde Park Corner roundabout. It also has a great gym, Elemis Spa, two excellent restaurants, and an unbeatable location.

There is a hint of oriental in the newly refurbished rooms with pretty blossom designs on the headboards, loads of mirrors and light, warm marble bathrooms. I, therefore, recommend requesting one of these newly refurbished rooms as they are stunning.

Club Lounge access is free here if you book via our luxury travel concierge along with benefits including room upgrade on arrival, subject to availability, early check-in/late check-out subject to availability and complimentary Wi-Fi.

The view in this club lounge is an absolute winner. It is simply the best view from any Executive Lounge in London. The view looks south towards the Thames with Big Ben and the London Eye in the distance to your left, Hyde Park corner in the middle and Knightsbridge to your right. On Guy Fawkes night and New Year’s Eve, you can enjoy the distant fireworks across the London skyline from this wonderful lounge. In the distance, you can also see the spires of Battersea Power station and Green Park with Buckingham Palace is hidden in the trees beyond. You are literally looking down on the Queen (assuming that she is in residence!).

Beyond the view, this lounge has so many great features. There are loads of fridges with water and any cold drink you could wish for. Throughout the day are nuts crisps, homemade biscuits, and snacks. The staff will also help you with any business services, from color printouts to help with anything else you want.

The breakfast here is massive and delicious. There is a buffet and an A La Carte, so you can select from cheeses, smoked salmon, salads with olive oil, yogurts, a glorious array of fruit and berries, Bircher muesli (a particularly good one and a personal favorite!) Cereal, yogurt, muffins, and bread as well as some delicious pastries.

On the A La Carte there is a British Style offering with eggs as you like; Florentine, Benedict, full English along with options like pancakes. I doubt there is much you couldn’t request and crucially everything is cooked to perfection. I like Eggs Florentine and the poached eggs are soft in the middle whilst the white is cooked to perfection.

In the afternoon is the delicious afternoon tea is served between 3 and 5 and is arranged on a wedding cake-style up and up a tray with scones and cream, an array of sandwiches, and any drink you want including, of course, their excellent tea. There is none of your teabag rubbish here. All the tea is made from dried leaves. It is the little touches that make a big difference.

In the evening the food offering is limited. Drinks are available 17:30 – 19:30 including a nice selection of canapes, but that is it. Do not expect a full evening meal, you will need to eat out. On the plus side, Theo Randall’s restaurant downstairs is excellent and you are missing out if you do not try his pasta. Easily the best pasta in London.

It is worth noting that the staff in the lounge are incredibly generous with topping up and supplying drinks. Champagne, cocktails, beers, and wines are available and expect to be pestered into “just another one” at 19:30 before the bar closes. Even after the bar is officially closed, the staff seem happy to refill you or bring out an extra glass of beer. In fact, one evening, the staff suggested lining up 2 or 3 beers and glasses of wine to keep us topped up through the evening.

3. InterContinental Paris Le Grand

InterContinental Paris Le Grand easily offers one of the best club lounges in Paris. The last time I was in the InterContinental Paris club lounge, we booked a wonderful rooftop room in the eaves of this historic hotel. The view was out over the rooftops of Paris and it couldn’t have been more romantic. The InterContinental Le Grand is conveniently located in the Opera district, very close to the Place Concorde, Rue Faubourg Honore, Champs Elysees, etc. The hotel has been beautifully refurbished and remodeled and is one of the most beautiful and luxurious hotels in Paris.

Even if you have loyalty status or are an InterContinental Ambassador, you will be charged around 150 Euros to access the club lounge at this InterContinental in Paris. If you book with us you get all your usual benefits and we can apply your loyalty number to your booking so that you can collect your points, plus you will also get Club Lounge access absolutely free, even when you book their standard room.

If you are not an InterContinental loyalty member you will still get all our benefits (outlined above) when you book into this hotel in Paris via our concierge, which means you get a free upgrade, free breakfast and free club lounge access by booking via our luxury travel concierge.

The lounge itself is a very pleasant space on two levels at the top of the hotel. The upper level has great views of the Opera and the whole lounge offers free internet. Start your day with a delicious breakfast with eggs made to order and juices as well as a glass of champagne (Moet) if you like. Breakfast is available every day from 7:30 am to 10 pm.

Enjoy their cold buffet at midday, with high-end items like foie gras, smoked salmon, hams and cheeses, and free-flowing Nicolas Feuillatte champagne.

Indulge in their delicious pastries at tea time and at the end of the day, enjoy a light supper in the lounge which is open until 10 pm. Expect excellent service with a generous delivery of unlimited champagne and wine to drink each night along with beer, spirits, and soft drinks. Canapes included duck liver paté and lots of cheese.

4. InterContinental Davos, Switzerland

InterContinental Davos lies in an excellent secluded mountain setting outside Davos, offering luxurious, chic and contemporary accommodation within a four-minute drive from Davos Dorf train station. This is undoubtedly the best hotel in Davos.

The services and quality of this hotel are outstanding. Rooms are generous in size and guests can admire the stunning views or take in the striking modern architecture that has made the hotel a local landmark. Depending on the season, guests can hike in the mountains or ski on the nearby slopes.

InterContinental Davos boasts an acclaimed spa, pool, and kids club as well as extensive, private meeting facilities and an expansive conference center with 10 modern, sophisticated spaces, from boardrooms to a ballroom, all equipped with state-of-the-art technology. For informal gatherings, there’s a large, naturally lit foyer, and outdoor areas are also available.

As of August 2019 InterContinental Davos also offers hassle-free and complimentary charging for electric cars in their parking garage for hotel overnight guests! In terms of dining, there are 5 restaurants and bars offering a wide range of delicious cuisines and fine dining.

Club Lounge access is free here if you book via our luxury travel concierge along with benefits including room upgrade on arrival, subject to availability, early check-in/late check-out subject to availability and complimentary Wi-Fi.

5. InterContinental Ljubljana

Ljubljana is Slovenia’s capital and the largest city and the InterContinental Ljubljana is housed in the tallest building in the city. The building is modern, and floor to ceiling windows offer expansive views across the city from every room.

The curving and picturesque Ljubljanica River is lined with outdoor cafes where you can while the day away sipping a coffee or a beer and watch the boats chug by and people wander past, making this city a brilliant destination for the summer. You can fly on Easyjet direct into Ljubljana, Slovenia (LJU) from London Stanstead, or London Gatwick.

The InterContinental is located near Ljubljana Old Town so it is ideally placed for exploring the city’s top sights. Start your day with a stroll to historic Prešeren Square. Stop to admire the sculpture of 19th-century poet France Prešeren, take in the baroque architecture or listen to talented local buskers. The city’s medieval heart lies across the iconic Triple Bridge. Immerse yourself in 900 years of history with a visit to the fortified castle before shopping for artisan bread and cheeses at the Central Market.

In the evening, enjoy a stunning sunset cruise on the glittering Ljubljanica River, before returning to the hotel for an apéritif at Bloom lounge bar. If you decide to go out, the concierge can book tickets to the Slovenian National Opera and Ballet Theatre, only a few minute’s walk from our Ljubljana luxury hotel. If you’d rather stay in, head upstairs to B restaurant, where you can savor mouthwatering international cuisine and fine wine as you admire the twinkling lights of the city skyline.

At Luxury Travel Diary, we specifically choose Intercontinental branded hotels for their exceptional Club Lounges which usually offer an excellent view. The Club InterContinental in Ljubljana offers complimentary breakfast, afternoon bites, and evening drinks and canapes each day.

Club Lounge access is free here if you book via our luxury travel concierge along with benefits including room upgrade on arrival, subject to availability, early check-in/late check-out subject to availability and complimentary Wi-Fi PLUS currently $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay.

6. InterContinental Madrid

InterContinental Madrid has the best executive club lounge in Madrid but we still prefer the Four Seasons as our best hotel choice in Spain. The problem with the InterContinental Madrid is that it is situated on the Paseo de la Castellana at the northern side of the Salamanca fashion district.

This means it is not an easy walk into the city center and you would be wise to hop on the tube at the nearby Rubén Darío metro station. Some argue that this is an exciting area with the 24-hour, outdoor Museo de Arte Público, with works by 20th-century Spanish sculptors displayed underneath a rather depressing concrete flyover. We think that this location, away from the main pedestrianized center, is far from ideal for a leisure trip to Madrid.

The hotel is a very nice 5 star which was the palace of the Dukedom of Aliaga. Original red marble pillars chandeliers and white marble floors are classy and regal if slightly dated. The whole place feels slightly old fashioned although obviously luxurious.

Rooms are large and mix mustard and brown and bathrooms have black marble and are very nice as you would expect. El Jardín is a wonderful restaurant with an al-fresco feel and French windows overlooking the central garden.

Like the rest of the hotel, this InterContinental club lounge is not very stylish, with classic, classy decor that lacks the modern touch. There are lots of orangy colored woods and blue and mustard carpets and it is open from 7 am to 11 pm.

The lounge includes a private breakfast which is usually very good at InterContinental hotels with a very good buffet and a la carte hot dishes. Beyond breakfast, there are snacks and drinks throughout the day and in the evening there is a large buffet with appetizers, snacks, and drinks. Also included in this club lounge is wifi throughout your stay, an ironing service (I’m not clear if this is free), a 10% discount at restaurant el jardín & brunch. InterContinental club lounges are excellent and even though I am not a fan of the location of this hotel, this is definitely the best executive club lounge in Madrid.

Club Lounge access is free here if you book via our luxury travel concierge along with benefits including room upgrade on arrival, subject to availability, early check-in/late check-out subject to availability and complimentary Wi-Fi.

7. InterContinental London The O2

It’s hard to choose between the two InterContinental hotels in London The best: InterContinental London Park Lane Vs O2. InterContinental London Park Lane arguably has a better location, but the O2 has a great pool, is on the banks of the Thames, and also offers incredible views.

If you are looking for a luxury hotel near the O2 venue near Greenwich in East London, Intercontinental London The O2 is your best luxury choice. It is in fact directly connected to the O2 by a corridor. The hotel is located a few steps from the O2 Arena and around a 5-minute walk from North Greenwich Tube station which is around 30 minutes to a 1-hour ride from central London depending on where you are heading.

I stayed here for the World Travel Market 2017 which is held at the Excel Exhibition Centre and the journey was superbly convenient. The Emirates Air Line cable car is a 5-minute walk from the hotel. Hop on this cable car which takes you above and over the River Thames with spectacular views of the Thames Barrage and London Airport before you “land” on the other side of the river just along from Excel. It’s a brilliant way to travel, as long as you don’t mind heights! The Excel exhibition center is just 5 minutes walk from the cable car station.

The hotel is also convenient for flights out of London City Airport. The airport is just 3 stops away via the DLR which is east London’s Docklands Light Railway. I love the DLR. These driverless trains travel on rails which are mainly around 10m in the sky making it a picturesque way to travel around this side of the city.

Beyond the O2 and stations, there is no high street to explore in the vicinity of the hotel, but you can easily connect to charming Greenwich by riverboat. It is well worth spending an afternoon in Greenwich; it’s packed full of history with the Royal Observatory, the historic ship the Cutty Sark, and a green park which extends up a hill, offering excellent views of London.

Swathes of marble, glass, and steel make the communal areas like the foyer feel modern but very grand. The hotel itself looks over the river and out to the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf and all the main bars and restaurants embrace this fantastic view, so this really is a spectacular place to stay. Rooms have 42-inch flat-screen TVs and bathrooms with black marble everywhere. They are really smart and modern and if you get one with a river view the views are stunning.

There is a 24-hour gym and a large pool as well as a spa at the Intercontinental London The O2. The pool is 1.2m depth throughout with a Jacuzzi area at one end and is surrounded by luxury loungers with plenty of natural light. It really is a joy and is connected to the ESPA spa area so smells nice too! It is worth noting that kids can only use the pool at certain times of the day which has advantages and disadvantages depending on whether you stay at the hotel with kids or not.

A huge 453 rooms (yes this is a big, luxury hotel) start with Superior rooms at 29-32sqm. We recommend Club Intercontinental rooms which start at 42sqm which come with Club Lounge access. I have reviewed the Club lounge at the Intercontinental London The O2 separately.

There are plenty of choices here with two bars and three restaurants including the exceptional Peninsula Restaurant with 3 Rosettes. If you get Club Lounge access then you hardly need to use them!

Breakfast is served at the Market Brasserie and you could not wish for more of a choice. Cereals, bread, muffins, hams, smoked fish, eggs any way you like them, meats (sausages, bacon), salads. I could go on, but suffice to say that you will find something lovely to munch on. The Eighteen Sky Bar is worth a mention as the views are some of the best I have seen across London as it is right at the top of the building.

8. InterContinental Bordeaux Le Grand Hotel

I adore the South of France, it’s like a playground for luxury travel and the gorgeous city of Bordeaux in the South West of the region is definitely one to include in your visit. Stay somewhere as stunning as the city itself at the InterContinental Bordeaux Le Grand Hotel.

The hotel lies on the Place de la Comédie in the very heart of the city’s ‘Golden Triangle’. The passionate city of Bordeaux is a delightful contrast between the historic and the contemporary; known for its architecture, art, and history as much its gastronomic scene and of course the wine! Almost everywhere in the city is within walking distance but if you don’t fancy walking, the tram stops right outside the hotel.

The hotel is housed in a former stately home, built-in 1789, but has been somewhat of a legend in the hotel business for more than a century now. Recently renovated by renowned designer Jacques Garcia, the hotel now exudes an elegant, Baroque opulence which feels inherently French and of course, divinely luxurious.

The facilities are predictably excellent. Which is just what you would expect from the best hotel in France (World Travel Award 2018)! The exclusive leisure and relaxation area includes the ultra-glamorous spa with its decadent, designer pool, 10 treatment rooms, hammam, fitness center, tea room and outside terrace; there can be few better ways to spend a lazy afternoon than chilling in the jacuzzi with a drink from the bar whilst you soak up the magnificent city.

There are 130 rooms of which 44 of these are suites and 21 of these offer spectacular views of the Grand-Théâtre (L’Opéra National de Bordeaux) and the Place de la Comédie. All the rooms feature amenities that exceed even those you would expect with luxury travel; think heated floors, marble bathrooms with bathtubs, ornate furnishing, high-tech television systems, and a daily newspaper. Upgrade your room for a view and even better, upgrade to a Suite for more of that chic, opulence, more space, and an even better view.

The illustrious British chef, Gordon Ramsay reigns supreme in the hotel’s restaurants so you are in for a treat. Beautiful gastronomic restaurant Le Pressoir d’Argent boasts 2 Michelin stars and a menu rich in local produce. In Le Bordeaux Gordon Ramsay brasserie, you’ll find culinary delights from both Southwest France alongside traditional British dishes. Gordon Ramsay also oversees the food served in the bars, the Conference and Banqueting department and Room Service too so you’ll enjoy the Ramsay touch wherever you choose to dine! Evenings here must always end at the stunning and very trendy, vast roof terrace: ‘Night Beach’. It’s infamous throughout Bordeaux for its elegance and chilled vibe plus, of course, breathtaking 360°panoramic views of Bordeaux.

9. InterContinental Athenaeum

InterContinental Athenaeum is one of the best luxury hotels in Athens. It combines elegant contemporary design and the classical architecture of the Acropolis with a serene spa and gourmet restaurants add a subtle touch of luxury.

Spend the day exploring the city’s world-renowned ancient sites, or the boutiques and galleries of Kolonaki, before returning in time for champagne cocktails at the rooftop bar.

One of the highlights of this InterContinental hotel is that you can book a club room and get access to the brilliant executive club lounge here. This is one of the best hotel club lounges in Athens. The clubrooms themselves offer aristocratic accommodation and stunning views of the city’s most important historical points of interest, with the Acropolis standing majestically among them.

The InterContinental Club Rooms were designed by French architect Pierre Yves Rochon specifically to meet and fully satisfy the needs of even the most discriminating of guests. With impressive spaciousness, colors reminiscent of Greece, with blue hues pervading, refined wall coverings and fabrics, leather, wood, and clear glass, these rooms are rather special.

The Club Rooms have unrestricted access to the 8th floor Club InterContinental Lounge and its graceful window looking out onto the wonders that stand proud on the rock of the Acropolis opposite. Guests of the lounge have included, among them Liza Minnelli, Neil Armstrong, Sean Connery, the Rolling Stones, so you will hopefully feel like a superstar when you are staying here.

10. InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam

InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam offers stunning views of the Amstel canal and an amazing pool where you can swim overlooking the same rippling canal. In the summer it is a particular joy to sip a beer on the terrace at the water’s edge.

This beautiful hotel is situated on the banks of the river Amstel, a short distance from the main tourist attractions of Amsterdam. It’s a pleasant walk from the center and attractions, including the Rijksmuseum (a must-see), the Van Gogh Museum and the Anne Frank Museum, amongst others.

Opened in 1867, this hotel exudes a regal, relaxed format throughout the property. There are generous business facilities, combined with all the luxury that you would expect from a premier hotel.

A very decent sized pool with spa is located on the upper level of the hotel, which is perfect for that late afternoon rest after a day of sightseeing. Ample eating and dining facilities are available, with also the option of room service. A very helpful concierge desk awaits your trip planning.

There is a total of 79 rooms in the hotel. When you enter the property, the grandiose lobby would suggest a much larger property. The rooms vary in style. There are two different decors, red or blue wallpaper; You can pick which room you prefer.

The penthouse suite is large, with a mansard roof overlooking the river Amstel, a wonderful ensuite bathroom, and a desk and sitting chair to enjoy the view.

There are four establishments to enjoy food and drink. Restaurant La Rive and the Amstel Brasserie are located in the basement, and enjoy the most wonderful views at canal level, giving a sense that you are floating on the canal. Champagne breakfast is served in the restaurant, and it is quite an amazing display of food.

There is also an option to have an individually prepared breakfast. On the ground level in the lobby, there is the A Bar, where there is an extensive cocktail menu and the bartender is very knowledgeable about what you are just about to enjoy.

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