The clocks have just sprung forward to their summertime setting. So, spring is officially here with all its optimism about longer days, warmer times and nature on the move. Some of the finest parks in Europe are set to welcome visitors to stroll and unwind amidst all the greenery and space.
Spring is a special time to travel and discover that, even in the city, tranquillity can be real. For those looking to craft a memorable city break, a stay in an exclusive hotel right beside – and with a breathtaking view of – a remarkable park is a way to shape an experience that lasts for longer.
Madrid’s El Retiro Park is loved by residents and visitors. Although surrounded by the city, it remains a place of rest, relaxation and contemplation. There is much to see including the monument to King Alfonso XII, the reflective lake and the circular rose garden. And then there’s the Palacio de Cristal – an architectural wonder in itself but also host to regular art exhibitions and events.
The Hotel Ritz, Madrid has served its guests with distinction for 104 years. The trees surrounding it seem to cradle the hotel which is placed perfectly near El Retiro and right opposite the Prado and Thyssen Museums.
The Old Botanical Garden in Munich celebrates plants in all their forms. Known for its imaginative planting and the color combinations of its overflowing borders, it provides peace and shade. The statues seem especially at home in this place as do the park goers who often slip into its traditional beer garden.
The Charles Hotel is in the ideal position for the park as well as being close to some of Munich’s finest shopping. The hotel’s architecture has echoes of New York’s Flatiron Building and it offers contemporary interiors, fascinating artwork, a spa and seamless service. London’s Hyde Park is a big breath of the countryside in the heart of a major city. It provides space and an escape from the crowds on the streets. From gentle walks to energetic runs, there is much to enjoy.
The Park Tower Hotel Knightsbridge, a Luxury Collection Hotel, has some of the best elevated views in London. Hyde Park appears to be within touching distance while shopping at Harrods and Harvey Nichols is only a short step away.
There is no better place to appreciate the culture history of Athens than the Lycabettus Hill Park. It includes the highest point in the city and the shaded springtime walk to the top is just a little bit easier than summer. No visitor to the Athens should miss seeing the Acropolis from the summit.
The St George Lycabettus looks directly out over the park. Guests can practically smell the pine forest while appreciating the views of the city and beyond. The location of the hotel is ideal and the service offered matches the expectations of guests.
The Tuileries Gardens in Paris were laid out in the 17th Century and retain their timeless design. The ornamental ponds, terraces and statues look just right for their setting so close to some of the greatest buildings of Paris.
Le Meurice Hotel, Paris is directly opposite the Tuileries Gardens and presents luxury on a grand scale. The interiors are lavish and the hotel has served discerning guests since 1815.