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Best City Hotels in Summer

Sarah Black April 6th, 2016
Belmond Villa San Michele, Florence, Italy

Belmond Villa San Michele, Florence, Italy

Get the best from these stunning city hotel by visiting them during the summer months – from beautiful blossoming views to secluded private beaches we have rounded up our best collection of hotels that stand out from the crowd in the sun.

Grand Hyatt Hotel Martinez, Cannes

Zplaga, Grand Hyatt Hotel Martinez, Cannes, France

Zplage, Grand Hyatt Hotel Martinez, Cannes, France

This luxury hotel is situated in one of the best locations in the French Riviera – the exclusive Boulevard de la Croisette. This prime position means that it benefits from a stunning private beach often frequented by many well-known celebrities.

What makes this hotel exceptional during the summer months is its glamorous Restaurant Zplage right on the beach. Where you will be instantly transported to the indulgent surroundings of white sand, crystal clear water, a mountainous backdrop and not forgetting the Mediterranean sunshine. With a delicious menu based around healthy local produce you will find plenty of fish and salads perfect for an afternoon by the sunny coast. Don’t forget to try their extensive cocktail menu – with over 6 different types of Mojitos!

Top Tip: Zplage isn’t just for during the day– try it at night when it turns into one of Cannes hotspots on Friday and Saturday evenings in July/August where guests are treated to live music, fireworks and shows!

The Merrion Hotel, Dublin


The Terrace, The Merrion Hotel, Dublin, Ireland. Credit: merrionhotel.com

An oasis of calm – The Merrion Hotel, is a collection of beautifully restored Georgian buildings situated in the centre of Dublin surrounded by some of the most stunning grounds in the area.

This hotel is by far at the top of the list when it comes to the summer months, where by (weather permitting) its gardens and grounds are open and hosts ‘The Terrace’ for their special Arts afternoon Tea. With an array of colourful sculpted cakes and a superior tea selection not forgetting while being surrounded by the beautiful gardens outside you’ll feel like you are in an episode of Downton Abby!

Top Tip: On a beautiful day make sure you head to St Stephen’s Green Park a short walk from the hotel to enjoy a picnic by the lake.

Belmond Villa San Michele, Florence

Restaurant Outside

The Loggia, Belmond Villa San Michele, Florence, Italy

This hotel is a summer sanctuary, nestled on an Italian hilltop overlooking the city of Florence – picturesque doesn’t even come close.

During the summer months this former monastery comes to life with bright blossoming gardens, a glistening pool and unforgettable views from every angle – even the rooms you wake up in look over the hills side! With impeccable service all of their bars and restaurants will only add to the experience here – especially The Loggia, their fine dining restaurant that is partially outside, perfect for those long summer nights.

PS. This hotel also has a world renowned cookery school with a range of different classes each day. However make sure you pre-book – it’s very popular during the peak summer months!

ME, Madrid


The Roof, ME Madrid, Madrid, Spain

One of the most talked about bars in Madrid, ‘The Roof’ at the very slick ME. Situated outdoors on the top of the hotel this bar serves you 360 degree panoramic views of the city skyline at night. Lit up in pinks and purple tones this summer time bar lets you unwind with a cocktail or two on their cushion cladded sofas whist taking in the bright lights of the city with probably the best view in town!

It also has a terrace area located inside just in case the temperature drops a little at night or if you fancy a bite to eat.

Top Tip: if you want to experience it as it best make sure you visit on a weekend where the music is flowing and sun is setting! But try and be early as it fills up fast.

Le Meridien Lav, Split

Split. Le Meridien. 15.2

Le Meridien Lav, Split, Croatia

Picture the scorching Croatian sun, an infinity pool leading to the ocean and a secluded private beach – the Le Meridien in Split has it all for the summer city seekers. This is the perfect hotel if you want to explore a beautiful city but also take some time to relax in the sun or take a dip in the pool during the hot summer months.

With a cool beach bar for some light refreshments or the Spalatum Restaurant with panoramic views of the sea the outdoor areas are all ideal for a nice bite to eat and an afternoon by the coast after a morning of busy sightseeing in the city.

PS. If the weather isn’t great then there is also an indoor pool and award winning spa – that will be sure to cure those aching feet!

To find out more about of our recommended summer hotels or for information on any other cities or hotels, call our expert team on 0131 243 8098 or request a tailor-made itinerary online.

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