Our Top ‘Bucket List’ Destinations In Europe And Where To Stay While You’re There

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Our Top ‘Bucket List’ Destinations In Europe And Where To Stay While You’re There

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If you’re thinking about heading off on a trip to Europe, then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve rounded up the key destinations that should be at the very top of your travel bucket list, and have recommendations of where to stay when you get there so that you can make the most of your visit. Book yourself a room at one of these welcoming Hilton hotels and you can start exploring some of Europe’s most iconic bucket list cities in style.

They’re all pretty famous destinations – and for good reason! Whether it’s art or architecture or great views and weather, these cities all have something unique to offer. If you’re feeling that wanderlust, trust us, these unforgettable cities are guaranteed to hit the spot.

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No one’s surprised that Paris tops the list. It’s the City of Love, the City of Lights, the crème de la crème of romantic holiday destinations! And, even if you’re not in the mood for dancing and romancing under the streetlights, there’s still so much to see and do. After all, Paris is the home of the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Montmartre and the glittering Champs Elysées too.

Stroll along the Seine and soak up that Parisian chic, and when night falls you’ve got four fantastic Hilton hotels to choose from. Each situated in a prime location for you to explore the city’s hotspots and hidden gems.

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Maison Astor Paris, Curio Collection by Hilton

If you’re a self-proclaimed fashion addict, this Hilton hotel is the one for you. Built in 1907 by John Jacob Astor IV, it boasts a very swanky spot in Paris’ luxury and fashion district. Oh, and it’s only two kilometers from The Louvre! Art, fashion and luxury? This is Paris at it’s finest.

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Hilton Paris La Défense

Want to be even closer to the shops? Why not check into Hilton Paris La Défense, which is actually inside a shopping mall! It’s also next door to some great restaurants and an open-air museum too. Hilton Paris La Défense is a convenient base camp from which to explore the city as it’s just meters from the Grande Arche with excellent metro links to the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, and Champs Elysées.

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Hilton Paris Opera

If old school opulence is your thing, you cannot go wrong with a stay at Hilton Paris Opera. This beautifully restored 1889 building is utterly majestic, and conveniently located right beside the Saint-Lazare train and metro stations. Galeries Lafayette Haussmann is a short walk away and the Louvre isn’t far either. What’s more, after a long day of sightseeing, guests can enjoy a refreshing cocktail under the chandeliers of the hotel’s breathtaking Grand Salon.

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Canopy by Hilton Paris Trocadero

In the 16th arrondissement, just a stone’s throw from Jardins du Trocadero and the Trocadero Metro stop, you’ll find a swish, modern hotel in the perfect spot to explore Paris like a local. You’ll be less than 10 minutes from the Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysees, and Bois de Boulogne. And the hotel’s rooftop terrace has got an enviable view of the Eiffel Tower – it’s a great place to enjoy a cocktail and grab a shot for the ’gram.

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Lake Como

Lake Como is the largest, and most glamorous, of Italy’s lakes and it’s a holiday destination fit for Hollywood’s biggest stars. Seriously, the likes of George and Amal Clooney and Sylvester Stallone own homes there and it’s easy to see why. With a backdrop of mountains and forests and lovely lake views, this spot has regal Italian charm in abundance.

Wander the historic villas, public gardens and picturesque lakeside towns, and when you’re ready to put your feet up for the night do it in the Hilton Lake Como!

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Hilton Lake Como

This luxurious hotel offers glorious panoramic views of the lake and the surrounding mountains from a rooftop infinity pool and sky-high bar. It’s just 10 minutes from the city center, and many Lake Como boat trips depart nearby so you can really make the most of your waterside vacation!

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We couldn’t talk about a travel ‘bucket list’ without mentioning Rome, the Eternal City. History buffs will be in their element, while the rest of us will just enjoy taking in the impressive monuments, archaeological sites and of course, the unparalleled Italian cuisine!

From the Colosseum to Michelangelo’s masterpiece in the Sistine Chapel, a visit to Rome will take your breath away. But this lively city wasn’t built in a day, and you certainly can’t see everything you need to see there in a day! So book yourself into one of these four Hilton hotels in Rome and start exploring this historic city.

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Aleph Rome Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton

Want a spot in the very heart of the city? This elegant hotel is in a prime central location, just a 10-minute walk from the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, and Villa Borghese! Housed in a historic building that was once a bank headquarters, you’ll love coming back to the hotel every evening to kick back in the rooftop pool, or enjoy a meal at the rooftop restaurant and bar. Need some R+R? Book into the spa for a hammam!

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DoubleTree by Hilton Rome Monti

For a stylish, modern hotel, look no further than the DoubleTree by Hilton in the Rome Monti neighborhood. With chic interiors and views of the Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore from the rooftop terrace, this is the perfect base for your city break. The Colosseum is a short walk away and a quick ride on the metro will take you to the Vatican City.

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Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel

If you’d like a taste of true decadence, book a room at the Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel. This luxurious hotel offers Michelin-star dining, an impressive art collection, a spectacularly grand Spa and 15 acres of private parkland for you to relax in. Oh, and it’s got unparalleled, panoramic views of Rome too!


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Hilton Garden Inn Rome Claridge

In the residential Parioli neighborhood, just a hop, skip and a jump from central Rome, you’ll find the Hilton Garden Inn Rome Claridge. If your dream holiday involves jumping out of bed into a busy day of sightseeing this is the hotel for you. Local tram services provide you with easy access to the city’s famous landmarks and to Roma Termini railway station if you plan to venture further afield.

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This beautiful city could give Paris a run for its money in terms of sheer romance, and honestly, it deserves a spot on everyone’s bucket list. With its iconic waterways as streets, ornate bridges and piazzas so perfect they belong on a postcard, Venice is a dreamy destination that doesn’t disappoint.

With these two Hilton hotels to choose from your accommodation’s sorted, now all you need to do is plan your adventures. Wander your way through their unmissable museums, visit the Bridge of Sighs, get lost in the narrow city streets, and enjoy the novelty of getting places by gondola!

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Hilton Molino Stucky Venice

Want the true Venetian experience of living amidst the waterways? Check into the beautiful Hilton Molino Stucky Venice, which is housed in a restored flour mill on the island of Giudecca! You can get to central Venice easily by shuttle boat, and reach attractions like St Mark’s Square, the Rialto Bridge, and the Doge’s palace in around 20 minutes. And, with its prime island location, you can enjoy panoramic views of the city and its surrounding canals from the rooftop pool and bar.

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DoubleTree by Hilton Venice – North

If you’d like to stay a little further from the hustle and bustle of inner city life, this hotel in the Italian countryside is perfect. It’s sleek, modern and a mere five minutes from some great golf courses. Just a 10-minute shuttle ride from Marco Polo Airport, getting there couldn’t be easier and the hotel also offers transport to and from Piazzale Roma in Venice city center each day. So you don’t have to forego the essential sightseeing!


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The capital of the Netherlands, makes the bucket list for its impressive artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and distinctive architecture. You’ll no doubt have seen pictures of Amsterdam’s tall, narrow houses but the happy truth is that they’re even more colourful and quirky in person.

Don’t forget to visit the Museum District either, which houses the Van Gogh Museum. Stop by the Rijksmuseum to see works by Rembrandt and Vermeer, and get your fill of modern art at the Stedelijk. Choose from one of these three Hilton hotels in Amsterdam and use it as your hub as you cycle your way around the city.

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DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station

For travellers that want to be within easy reach of absolutely everything, the DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam is the ideal choice. Just a five minute walk from Centraal Station, the whole city is immediately accessible on foot, by bike, or by tram. You can do a spot of shopping in nearby Haarlemmerdijk, admire Dam Square and the Royal Palace, or hop on a 15-tram journey to Museumplein. And you can enjoy great views of the canal without ever leaving the hotel through the impressive floor-to-ceiling windows, not to mention the city panoramas you can soak up from the rooftop lounge!

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Hilton Amsterdam

This canal-side hotel, though situated in one of Amsterdam’s quieter neighbourhoods, has a rich history – it was the site of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s famous “bed-in for peace” protest! And if you can’t get enough of the city’s history, you’ll be happy to know you’ll be just two kilometres from Museumplein. You could even make use of the hotel’s bike rental service to get you there.

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Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

If you’re after a grand getaway then just go ahead and check yourself into the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam. Seriously. This historic hotel spans six 17th- and 18th-century palaces facing Herengracht Canal and it is gorgeously elegant. You can relax in the Guerlain Spa and fitness centre, indulge in two Michelin-starred dining, and enjoy being just a stone’s throw from the shopping and dining of Rembrandt Square.
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This Spanish seaside city is firmly settled on the bucket list and it might even become one of your favourite European destinations after your visit. It’s the perfect combination of city break and beach escape, serving up endless amounts of culture, iconic architecture and mouthwatering cuisine.

Book a room in one of these two Hilton Barcelona hotels, before you stop by the Sagrada Familia, explore Gaudí’s beautiful Park Güell, and get your daily dose of culture at Museu Picasso. Just don’t forget to allow a decent time for sunning as well as sightseeing, so you make the most of Barcelona’s beautiful beaches!

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Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona

The Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona is in a prime location, just a five minute walk from Platja de Llevant beach and the El Maresme metro station. You can catch the metro to the city centre for a spot of sightseeing, or you can make the most of the hotel’s seasonal beach club. Purobeach Barcelona has been voted one of the best beach clubs in the world! You should also book a table at Aürt, the Japanese and Mediterranean inspired restaurant led by Michelin-starred chef Artur Martinez, for tapas with a twist.

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Hampton by Hilton Barcelona Fira Gran Via

If you’re after a modern city hotel that is easy to get to and well connected, look no further. Hampton by Hilton Barcelona is located in front of the Fira Gran Via, 10km from Barcelona Airport. The artistic hub of Fundación Arranz-Bravo is a five-minute drive away and it’s a mere 15 minutes from the city centre too!

What are you waiting for? Book your European getaway now!

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