A Michelin star is the ultimate trophy of fine dining. With such celebrity status, it’s easy to forget its humble beginnings in the Michelin Guides – the first was created in 1900 as a basic road atlas for travellers using Michelin tyres.
Nowadays, chefs of top restaurants vie for a star (or three), as gourmands travel the world to taste top-rated menus. Luckily for you, plenty of these Michelin-starred restaurants are located right inside Europe’s most lavish hotels, so you can dine and sleep in luxury. Here are 11 of the world’s best.
Le Brittany & Spa – Roscoff, France
Le Brittany & Spa
This 17th-century manor is located on France’s northwestern coast, so it makes sense that the aptly named Le Yachtman specialises in seafood. Dishes like mackerel with beetroot sauce and local artichokes have earned this one-starred restaurant a reputation for originality. Le Brittany’s seaside views and luxurious spa facilities add to the romance.
Park Hotel Vitznau – Vitznau, Switzerland
Park Hotel Vitznau
Park Hotel Vitznau is all about indulgence, with a highly-rated spa, lakeside pool, and rooms fitted out with bathtubs and massive beds. Restaurant Focus takes you on a culinary journey, set against the backdrop of Switzerland’s famous Lake Lucerne. It has two Michelin stars, serving dishes like salmon with mustard pearls or beef saddle with artichoke. There are also six wine cellars on site, so you can expect a perfect pairing with each course.
The Yeatman – Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
The two-starred Yeatman Restaurant is known for a gourmet take on classic Portuguese cuisine. Here you can sample fresh seafood paired with specialty wines from all over the country. Dining aside, many visitors claim they’d visit just for the views: The Yeatman’s terrace looks out over the Douro River and Porto’s rooftops.
Trianon Palace Versailles, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel – Versailles, France
Trianon Palace Versailles, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel
This hotel neighbours the Palace of Versailles, so it’s no surprise that a stay here will have you feeling like royalty. The Gordon Ramsay au Trianon Restaurant creates dishes that look like works of art, with equally beautiful flavours that have garnered it two Michelin stars. The menu is classic French, with impeccable wines and service to match.
Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin – Berlin, Germany
Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin
This legendary five-star hotel is as grand as they come, and Lorenz Adlon Esszimmer is the cherry on top. At this two-Michelin-starred restaurant, Chef de Cuisine Hendrik Otto and world-class Maître d’ Oliver Kraft serve modern interpretations of European haute cuisine overlooking the Brandenburg Gate.
Grand Hôtel Stockholm – Stockholm, Sweden
Grand Hôtel Stockholm
A five-star waterfront hotel known for its service and comfort, Grand Hôtel Stockholm is an indulgent choice for a city break. And don’t even get us started on the food. Restaurant Mathias Dahlgren has two Michelin stars for its natural, Swedish cuisine, while the more informal Matbaren has a well-deserved one star.
Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris – Paris, France
Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris
The Four Seasons Hotel George V has not one, but three restaurants with Michelin stars. Le Cinq is the pinnacle of gourmet, with a lavish golden dining room and classic haute cuisine, all of which has garnered it a coveted three stars. The additional two stars come from Le George, which serves Mediterranean-style plates to share, and the contemporary L’Orangerie, which overlooks the Marble Courtyard.
Castell Son Claret – Es Capdella, Spain
Castell Son Claret
Set in a restored castle in the Mallorcan countryside, Castell Son Claret wows guests with its mountain-facing pool and lush gardens. Then there’s Zaranda, the on-site restaurant known for innovative, mouth-watering cuisine. Each dish tells a story and highlights one special ingredient, be it tender lamb or goat’s milk burrata. The bold flavours have earned it two Michelin stars and a string of satisfied guests.
Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa – Baden Baden, Germany
Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa
With a Roman-style swimming pool and live piano performances in the evenings, Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa feels a bit like time travelling to a more elegant era. The richly decorated rooms of Brenners Park-Restaurant are no exception. Chef Paul Stradner only uses the finest ingredients – a method that has secured this lovely venue two Michelin stars.
Hotel Okura Amsterdam – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Hotel Okura Amsterdam
Hotel Okura boasts four restaurants with Michelin accolades. Ciel Bleu is the most prestigious, with three stars and panoramic views from the hotel’s 23rd floor. Then there are the one-starred Yamazota, which serves Japanese kaiseki cuisine, and Teppanyaki Restaurant Sazanka, where chefs grill right at your table. Serre Restaurant holds the title of Bib Gourmand for its seasonal international menu.
W Barcelona – Barcelona, Spain
W Barcelona is a striking hotel next to Barceloneta Beach, and the views from BRAVO 24 are just as memorable. Run by Michelin-starred chef Carlos Abellán, this tapas bar serves hearty Catalonian fare alongside an extensive wine and cocktail menu.