The eighties called. They want their heart-shaped Jacuzzis, love potions and ridiculous notions of romance back. And while some among us may experience a stir of nostalgia thinking back to these saccharin sweet days, fortunately modern romance is alive and strong. Design Hotels™ entices with a sultry saunter around Europe. From the Fado-filled streets of Lisbon to the majestic backdrop of the Dolomites, there's something for any flight of fancy.
Memmo Alfama, Lisbon, Portugal
With unmatched views of Alfama and the Tagus River, the 42-room Memmo Alfama is steeped in the amorous. Narrow cobblestone streets, gently weathered houses, and Moorish traces set the scene perfectly, while a homey in-house atmosphere, a stunning terrace, bar, and pool invite simple pleasures. Paired with traditional Portuguese cuisine and fine wines, even the most romance-resistant will feel the swoon.
Mainport, Rotterdam, Netherlands
If cutting edge architecture and the particular charms of a port city aren't enough to inspire, Mainport has put together a package to take care of the rest. Guests of the 215-room hotel will feel the love when booking the Amorous Adventure package. A stay in a Waterfront Spa room (with private sauna and Jacuzzi) comes with a tailor-made Champagne breakfast, Turkish hammam treatments for two, and all-access to the eighth-floor Spa Heaven. Those that do manage to leave the room will also see the sights from the top of the 185-meter (607-
foot) observation tower, Euromast.
Hotel Greif, Bolzano, South Tyrol
Perched at the base of Italy's Dolomite range, the centuries-old guesthouse Hotel Greif is a thoughtful marriage of Austrian and Italian culture. Here, 33 rooms boast individual touches, some with terraces or bay windows with views of the mountains, others have steam saunas or marble whirlpools. Mornings begin with a breakfast of local products and homemade cakes, while days are made up of strolls through the main square of Bolzano and the many surrounding churches and castles.
The Dolder Grand, Zurich, Switzerland
With a picturesque setting among the rolling wooded hills of Zurich, The Dolder Grand and its 176 rooms beget romance. The original -Kurhaus', dating back to 1899, sits alongside two Norman Foster wings built in 2004 and 2008. Taken together, this picturesque Swiss oasis is an antidote to the hustle and bustle of everyday life. A 4,000 sqm spa (including two private spa suites), a two-Michelin-star restaurant, and the Garden Restaurant with sweeping views are all something out of a modern-day Swiss fairy tale.