10 Amazing Hotels To Work For In Europe
Moving abroad for a job in hospitality? You could end up living and working in some of the world’s most iconic landmarks, for some of the world’s biggest and most innovative employers.
Relocating for a hotel job could see you spending your days off chasing the Northern Lights or sipping coffee in a Montmartre pavement café, gliding along the Venetian Riviera to San Marco or practising a bit of yoga in the French countryside.
But before you start updating that CV, check out our top ten hotels to work in across Europe first.
As workplaces go, this one’s all about the location - and oh là là, those views. With postcard-worthysights of the Eiffel Tower, the Shangri-La is also a stone’s throw from the River Seine, and the city’s diverse skyline can be picked out from any of its roof terrace vantage points. Inside, it’s all hand-gilded panels and neoclassical splendour. How’s that desk job looking, Londoners?
How about being part of one of the most innovative hotel concepts in the world? Found some 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle, Icehotel is rebuilt every November of snow and ice compressed together (known round these parts as ‘snice’) and maintained at -5 degrees centigrade until the summer comes and melts it all away. This hotel occupies a curious and beautiful setting that’s also extraordinarily quiet, thanks to the noise-cancelling effects of all that snow. And breathe…
3)Hotel Cipriani, Venice
A favourite with the stars (George Clooney was married here), Hotel Cipriani is found on Venice’s exclusive Giudecca island. Another one with workplace views-to-die-for, Cipriani offers 270 degree views over Venice and St Mark’s Square as it shimmers in the distance, a mere five minute glide away by private slipper launch. Not a bad commute, hey?
4)Gresham Palace, Budapest
Fancy working for a big name in global hospitality? This Hungarian palace-hotel is part of the Four Seasons conglomerate, and is beautiful inside and out. Its Art Nouveau lobby is a marvel of marble mosaic flooring and a domed stained glass roof, beating any corporate reception area we’ve ever seen.
This is an eco-hotel chain whose primary lodgings are clear plastic pods situated in unspoilt woodland glades in the forests of Allauch, La Boulladisse, Montagnac, Puget Ville and Saint Maime. Perfect for a bit of stargazing, each pod is themed differently. Housekeeping takes on a new meaning when you’re preparing the ‘1001 Nights’ pod - complete with Moorish lanterns and silk upholstery - or the rose-tinted ‘Glamour’ pod with its heart-shaped décor.
6)Hard Rock Hotel, Ibiza
Hotel staff work hard and play hard on the White Isle of Ibiza. This hotel – part of the global Hard Rock Café chain – offers its guests tailored services as rock and roll as musical instrument room service. A Fender guitar with your burger and chips, madam? Tine Tempah’s hosting a pool party there this summer if you fancy a serving of grime with your day job. Tough gig, but somebody’s got to do it.
7)Hotel Marqués De Riscal, Elciego, Spain
Working inside a work of art is the norm for staff in this titanium architectural wonder. This hotel was designed by architect Frank Gehry, also known for building the Guggenheim Museum in Spain. Found in the medieval Spanish village of Elciego and slap bang in the middle of a lush vineyard, there’s something a bit James Bond about this eccentric-looking hotel with 43 rooms and an open-air footbridge linking the two wings.
8)Ion Hotel, Iceland
Swap pulling pints in the city for theawe-inspiring Northern Lights Bar at the Ion Hotel. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer a breathtaking view of the glowing aurora borealis when they come out to play. Then spend your days off horse-riding, hiking, discovering glaciers and bathing in hot springs. Bliss.
9)The Marmara Antalya, Turkey
A beach hotel with a difference, the Marmara Antalya is built into the cliffs and boasts a whole wing of rotating hotel suites. Yep – guests wake up with sea views having climbed into bed the night before facing the mountains. With a different view every time you go knocking, housekeeping will never get boring.
A place to work with a rich sense of cultural history, the skyscraper that houses the Ritz-Carlton Berlin was built as part of the Potsdamer Platz complex – where you can still see fragments of the iconic Berlin Wall - in the 1920s. It opened as a hotel just ten years ago, and serves traditional English afternoon in the lobby every day. A home from home, if you like.
So there you have it: a bit of inspiration before you take your job search to an international scale. You could earn your living greeting guests in marble lobbies and ushering the rich and famous to their living quarters overlooking the Adriatic Ocean, serving food in Michelin-starred restaurants and developing your language skills with an exciting and international set of guests and new colleagues. So where will your next career move take you?