8 Luxurious European Hotels Worthy of Your Bucket List

These eight luxurious European hotels should definitely make your bucket list.

— -- intro: Hotel fans, take out your bucket lists (which should always be kept in your pocket): You're going to need them. We’re about to elevate (the sometimes mundane) spending of the night in a hotel into a once-in-a-lifetime experience, which is kind of a big deal. Europe is undoubtedly home to some of the world's finest hotels, but those we’re highlighting here are in a class of their own. We're talking iconic character and charm, with such a high level of exclusivity, even Jay and Beyoncé would be lucky to get a room in such a spot on short notice. From hosting legendary celebrity weddings to offering the cover for secret wartime meetings, these eight luxurious European hotels should definitely make your bucket list.

quicklist: 1title: 1. Le Meurice, Paristext: Used as the Nazi headquarters during the German occupation of Paris, it was from a suite in Le Meurices that the German governor Dietrich Von Choltitz took the call from Hitler to destroy the city before they fled. Thankfully Choltitz was convinced by a Swedish diplomat to disobey the order, leaving Le Meurice and the rest of Paris standing. Decorated in classic Louis XVI decor throughout, the hotel hasn't changed much through its 200-year history. Its spacious period rooms are decorated with luxurious fabrics, with grand marble bathrooms attached; they all come at a handsome price. media: 38260813

quicklist: 7title: 7. Mandarin Oriental, Barcelonatext: Embracing a contemporary design, Barcelona's Mandarin Oriental takes luxury in a different direction from most on this list. Rooms are stylish and minimal, the spa is beautiful, private terraces offer stunning city views from decks covered in shrubbery, and some of the city’s best cuisine can be found in Catalan chef Carme Ruscalleda’s in-house Michelin-starred restaurant, Moments. media: 38260764