Love is in the air and it’s got us in the mood for a getaway for 2. If you’re hygge’d out this winter, we have the solution: grabbing a dose of the Dutch equivalent, gezellig. It means cosy, convivial and fun – perfect for partnerships seeking an upbeat atmosphere as well as some time à deux. From romantic rooms with roll-top tubs in Florence to a hip Madrid hotel serving world-class cocktails, there’s something to suit all tastes and budgets in our new Gezellig Getaways Collection. So, fuel your love with conversation and the thrill of being in the moment!
This hip hotspot opened in the swanky Salamanca neighbourhood in summer 2016. Its stylish 1920s-inspired cocktail bar is headed up by one of the city’s top mixologists, and the restaurant’s Med cuisine is already celebrated locally. When couples want space to themselves, there are 64 smart rooms with sitting areas, decadent bathrooms and minibars stocked with locally made Matías López chocolates and La Azucena crisps. Best of all, the hotel is ideally located for sightseeing, museums and shopping, with boutiques all around and metro stops nearby.
On the edge of the Red Light district and minutes from Dam Square, this sassy city-centre hotel is based on the idea of an urban inn, attracting couples who want to be in the middle of the action. There’s a buzzing restaurant-bar that’s popular with locals, a terrace where you can watch the world go by, a snug with leather armchairs and a wood-burner, and lots of theatre-inspired style (dramatic chandeliers, heavy velvet curtains, vintage posters). More traditional romantic treats are available too, including oysters, comfy beds, and breakfast served until midday!
This sleek, adults-only design hotel sits on a hillside in Lisbon’s oldest district, Alfama. Ideal for those seeking romance and sophistication, it has a rooftop pool terrace and bar with sublime views, where couples can mingle with other guests or hide away in a corner of their own. The hotel offers free walking tours of the area with passionate guides, who’ll point out secret squares, the best fado bars and more. Or take a leisurely stroll to Lisbon cathedral, São Jorge Castle and the beautiful Santa Engrácia church, which are all on the doorstep.
This spoiling restaurant with rooms occupies a restored Georgian villa in the heart of Cheltenham, a stone’s throw from the boutiques and antiques shops of Montpellier. The 11 bedrooms have beautiful décor and huge beds, plus luxurious bathrooms kitted out with restored Victorian tubs or swish rain showers. By day, sunlight streams in through floor-to-ceiling windows; at night, lamps and candles cast a soft glow, easing you into an evening of fine dining. There’s also a lounge, a cocktail bar, a patio and a billiards room.
Just across the river from the tourist mayhem of central Florence, in the arty Oltrarno district, is a stylish yet homely B&B overlooking a tranquil garden. All the rooms have in-room tubs and super-kingsize beds, and there’s a vast terrace where you can sit back with wine from the honesty bar. When you feel like getting out and about, the friendly and welcoming staff love to share their local knowledge, and the hotel is surrounded by cosy neighbourhood restaurants and artisan shops. Designer clothes, pizza, DJ nights and craft beers – there’s no shortage of gezellig in this lovely neighbourhood.