Hotel Marqués de Riscal, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Elciego in Spanish wine country

Plan a European road trip with stops at these incredible hotels, including Hotel Marqués de Riscal, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Elciego. (Photo: Marriott International)

Road Trips

6 Stunning Hotels in Europe You’ll Want to Plan a Road Trip Around

Europe’s rich cultural tapestry makes for an inspired road-tripping destination. And with options like the wild Atlantic coast in Portugal’s Algarve region, the vast vineyards La Rioja Alavesa in Spain, the flair of the French Riviera, and Kilkenny, Ireland’s, pastoral countryside, the only tough decision is where to go first. Add to the mix a remarkable hotel featuring first-rate experiences, and you’re just about ready to hit the gas pedal. 

Ready to cruise? These exceptional hotels will entice you to embark on an unforgettable European road trip

As always, check for travel guidelines and closures before planning your trip. 

Hotel Marqués de Riscal, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Elciego in Spain 

Nestled between the Ebro River and Basque Country in Spain, La Rioja Alavesa is dotted with ancient villages, the Cantabria Mountains and vineyards.  

Famous for its endless wine routes, the region draws road-trippers who come for the winery visits but stay for the picturesque landscape and medieval architecture. The well-preserved 10th-century streets of the capital, Laguardia, and Elciego’s 16th-century San Andrés Church are among the region’s most photoworthy treasures.  

Once you’ve had your fill of sightseeing (and wine), soak in it at Hotel Marqués de Riscal, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Elciego, the futuristic Frank Gehry masterpiece that triples as artwork, a winery and a luxury hotel featuring Michelin-starred dining and an indulgent wine therapy spa. Salut!

The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort, Costa Navarino in Greece

aerial view of a pool area at The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort, Costa Navarino
The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort, Costa Navarino is a splendid pit stop on a Greek road trip. (Photo: Marriott International)

Shaped by more than 4,000 years of history, the Messinia region boasts unspoiled seaside landscapes draped in Mediterranean splendor that are worth a wander. Drive to ancient Messini and view storied artifacts rivaling Olympia’s marvels. Continue on to the crystalline waters of Voidokilia Beach or tee off at the ambient Dunes Course in golf-lover’s paradise, Costa Navarino.  

In between your adventures, unwind at The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort, Costa Navarino. Enjoy a dip in one of the resort’s pools or select aromatic treatment ingredients that come from the Anazoe Spa’s herb garden. And when evening falls, take a culinary trip around the world at your choice of 14 on-site restaurants and drink spots. 

Mount Juliet Estate, Autograph Collection in Ireland 

Mount Juliet Estate, Autograph Collection surrounded by trees
Mount Juliet Estate, Autograph Collection brims with charm. (Photo: Marriott International)

A road trip through the lush Irish countryside is always a good idea — and you might as well start in Galway, a city known for its culinary delights.  

To boot, Galway has plenty of history and scenery to explore, and it’s a convenient launching point for a visit to the Burren and Cliffs of Moher, which are worth spots on your bucket list if astonishing landscape views are your thing. (How could they not be?)  

Next, enjoy the medieval sights of Kilkenny, a hospitable town where you can happily linger. Stay at Mount Juliet Estate, Autograph Collection, but don’t let its quiet facade fool you: This regal manor offers plenty to keep you occupied when off the road. Aside from a spa, golf course and walking trails, on-property experiences like archery, falconry, horseback riding and fishing will surely create memories.  

Caresse, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Bodrum in Turkey 

a serene pool at Caresse, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Bodrum
Enjoy a tranquil stay at Caresse, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Bodrum. (Photo: Marriott International)

Every one of the stylish rooms at Caresse, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Bodrum features views of the Aegean Sea — a fitting introduction to the tranquil, turquoise beauty of Bodrum. Before hitting the road, luxuriate in the spa’s kid-free indoor pool or try a bespoke holistic treatment … or two or three. 

Peppered with inviting beach clubs and old-world charm, Bodrum offers the perfect base from which to explore the coastline of what’s known as the Turkish Riviera. Cultural pit stops include Ephesus, home to impressive ruins and the Virgin Mary statue; the Çeşme Castle; and for a sense of local living, the flower-crowned stone houses of Alaçati.  

Hôtel du Couvent, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Nice in France 

two side-by-side images: one of the exterior of a yellow building, and one of the coast
Stop at Hôtel du Couvent, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Nice during a French Riviera road trip. (Photo: Marriott International)

Compact and coastal, Nice, France, is a charmed city of contrasts, from the modern bustle of visitors strolling the Promenade des Anglais to the quaint cobblestone streets of Vieux Nice (Old Nice). In this setting of flower markets and pastel-colored edifices, a one-time 17th-century convent was reborn as Hôtel du Couvent, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Nice

Enjoy the hotel’s homage to traditional Roman baths before driving up and down the French Riviera coastline. (Amp up the vacation vibe by renting a classic convertible.) From botanical garden strolls in Éze to celebrity sightings in Cannes to martini sipping in Monte Carlo, live out your jet-setter fantasy in the Côte d’Azur. 

Domes Lake Algarve, Autograph Collection in Portugal 

aerial view of Domes Lake Algarve, Autograph Collection
Explore the region of Algarve from Domes Lake Algarve, Autograph Collection. (Photo: Marriott International)

With a backdrop of jagged cliffs, sandy beaches and impossibly teal waters, the southern region of Algarve makes for a dream European road trip vacation. Because of its landscape versatility, Lagos, Portugal, is an excellent place to start a road trip.  

While in Lagos, you’ll want to see the dramatic rock formations of Praia da Dona Ana, one of region’s most memorable beaches. Nearby, stroll the streets of Old Town Lagos to appreciate the striking tilework on floors and buildings, including some emerald beauties. Head east along the coast to the shores of Carvoeiro to appreciate its relaxed vibe and spectacular sunset views. 

Continue the paradisiacal feel with a stay at Domes Lake Algarve, Autograph Collection in the idyllic Vilamoura Marina. Between the Ria Formosa environmental park nearby, hiking trails around the private lake and opulent accommodations, nature and nurture have never felt so good.