5 of the best hotels with gardens

Where to stay if you like the idea of opening the window onto a garden

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04 April 2013

In the countryside, hotels have gardens or even parks around them. In the city, a green Arcadian setting is harder to find. Check out our list of hotels where you can enjoy a walk on the grass – barefoot for perfect bliss.

1) The Hempel, London

Not far from Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, The Hempel, London, with design by Anouska Hempel, whose portfolio also includes Blakes Hotel in the same city, is one of the few London hotels to have its own garden, the first minimalist garden design in the city. It features a slightly Zen arrangement of lawns and pathways, with compositions of box, bay and other plants.

2) Sheraton Diana Majestic, Milan

Art Nouveau is the quintessentially flowery style in architecture, and the Sheraton Diana Majestic in Milan is a good architectural example of this style. But the natural greenery is even more beautiful, a lovely interior garden with fountain, trees, a gigantic, century-old wisteria, and a lot of society events. The garden is home to the H>Club Diana Lounge, popular for aperitifs from 7.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. in the evening, and for the legendary brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.

3) Hotel Unico, Madrid

The exclusive boutique hotel Unico Madrid has a quiet. immaculate courtyard garden, onto which the Ramón Freixa Madrid 2-Michelin-starred restaurant faces. Enjoy sumptuous recipes by the Catalan chef, such as textured tomatoes in summer. The hotel has several salons overlooking the garden, ideal for a break after shopping in the chic Salamanca district.

4) Ciragan Palace Kempinski, Istanbul

Ciragan Palace is the only imperial palace hotel in Turkey, and it is the last example of an Ottoman palace – in the 19th century, the sultans preferred to build new palaces instead of living in those of their ancestors. Ciragan Palace has a large garden protected by a high wall on the city side, and looks directly onto the Bosphorus. The garden includes a spectacular infinity pool in which you have the impression of swimming directly in the straits. You can even enjoy the garden in winter, in the heated cabanas.

5) Relais Christine, Paris

Relais Christine is a 16th-century residence that was built on the ruins of the Austin Friars monastery, founded in 1231 by Saint Louis. Today it is a family hotel, and one of its most extraordinary jewels is the small, flower-decked garden, a secret lying behind the façade. The Garden Suite has a private terrace looking onto the garden, a blissful place for breakfast in spring and summer.