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The Best Grand European Hotels to Escape to this Summer

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Indulge in the epitome of luxury and charm at these grand European hotels - your ultimate summer escapes.

Nothing transports you from the plodding familiarity of daily life like a stay in one of Europe’s grand hotels. Set apart by their history, architecture and lavish interiors, these iconic hotels – built in most cases over 100 years ago – offer a luxurious base from which to explore Europe’s most romantic cities. Like the monarchs, world leaders and Hollywood film stars that have gone before, you can revel...

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