Discover our Hand-Picked Hotels
Each property is carefully selected to be a genuine home-away-from-home, a place you will gladly return to after a day of exploring. We bring you only tried and tested hotels, either by our own team or through trusted friends and partners. And because we're independent, we only include the lodging we love.
Compass & Key considers location, amenities, design and value when choosing a place to stay.
$ = 100-250/night USD // $$ = 251-400/night USD // $$$ = 400-550/night USD // $$$$ = 551+/night USD
All hotel prices sourced directly from hotel websites and averaged for two-night weekend stays in April, July, September and November. All rates subject to change based on actual travel dates and availability.
$ // 5th Arrondissement, Latin Quarter // 19 Place du Panthéon, 75005 // Show on Map
The Latin Quarter has consistently been our home away from home in Paris, and Les Dames du Panthéon saved our last vacation after a dreadful experience with an apartment stay. This hotel offers stylish interiors and personality in spades, celebrating strong, independent women (think singer Edith Piaf or writer Marguerite Duras) so they could emerge from the shadows of the adjacent monument notoriously focused on men (that would be the Panthéon). Read more about these inspiring women here.
Not many hotels, in Paris or anywhere else, take a stance on anything overtly political, unless "more conveniently placed power outlets please, and light switches that make sense" is your idea of a revolutionary rallying cry. (Now that you mention it....)
$ // 3rd Arrondissement, The Marais// 90 Rue René Boulanger, 75010 // Show on Map
As seen in Vogue among a list of new design hotels in Paris. Hôtel Providence offers an ideal location for exploring the Marais, an area we are eager to wander. Given its proximity to one of our favorite restaurants, Vivant Cave, and the lovely Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, we look forward to booking a future stay.
Hôtel Providence Paris. Pierre Moussié, the man behind achingly hip Brasserie Barbès, is impressively au fait with Paris's moveable zeitgeist. His boutique stay Hôtel Providence Paris is a deliriously decadent pied-à-terre wrapped in an elegant Hausmannian shell.
L'Hôtel. Oscar Wilde quipped his final lines in the building that's now L'Hôtel, a den of old-world opulence on Paris's Left Bank that is as much a destination stay as ever.
$$$ // 6th Arrondissement, St. Germain // 33 Rue Dauphine, 75006 // Show on Map
We were impressed with the service during a visit to the stylish and lively bar during our last excursion to Paris. The manager greeted us warmly and we made a mental note to book this spot on a future visit. A friend recently stayed at the Hotel D'Aubusson and enjoyed the centrality of the St. Germain location and its historic design.
For a highly successful stay in Paris, opt for one of the Hôtel d'Aubusson's Junior Suites. Our Boutique Hotel in the Latin Quarter harmoniously combines a refined interior design and contemporary facilities. Thus, take advantage of a spacious Junior Suite with a Parisian atmosphere.
$ // Quartiere Monti // Via Tor de'Conti 3/4 // Show on Map
While in Ancient Rome it was a slum, the Montri district became a haven for artists in the 1930s and today is a thriving neighborhood filled with cafes, boutiques and galleries. Once we read the glowing reviews of the Nerva in The Telegraph, and with its location a few minutes walk from hip weekend market Mercato Monti, we added it to our list.
Boutique Hotel Nerva. The hotel is located in the historic center of Rome between the Colosseum and Piazza Venezia, in front of the Imperial Forums.
$$ // Quartiere Monti // Via Urbana 6/7 - 00184 // Show on Map
Here at Compass & Key we truly love cycling, and complimentary bicycles at a hotel will win us over any day. This homey retreat has only 15 rooms but features accessibly-modern design, nestled in the bohemian neighborhood of Monti.
How many of the best trends of modern Roman hospitality can possibly come together under one roof? The Fifteen Keys Hotel combines more than a few. Low-key, apartment-style living is one, on an intimate scale - there are only fifteen rooms, as you might have guessed - and the location in Monti places you in the midst of one of Rome's oldest, most authentic residential neighborhoods.
$$$ // Centro Histórico // Via Giulia, 62 - 00186 // Show on Map
This 5-star property was our home in Rome during a visit in November. While it was closed at the time, we enjoyed the views from the stunning rooftop terrace and cozy ambiance of the rooms. We were pleasantly surprised that what felt like a boutique hotel was part of IHG group, for those of us who love our rewards clubs.
The hotel offers 64 elegant and modern rooms between Standard, Executive, Executive Suite, Family Deluxe and 2 bedroom Suite. Each room type has its own character and a strong personality, some rooms are inspired by the greatness of the Renaissance with
J.K. Place Roma
$$$$ // Centro Histórico // Via Nazionale 200, 00186 // Show on Map
This hotel is a masterpiece of design, and one of the most elegant we have had the pleasure to rest our heads. This was well worth the splurge during our stay at the end of November. Make sure to enjoy a drink at the jewel-toned bar, with incredibly friendly service.
JK Place Roma. Minutes from Rome's best sights, boutique hotel JK Place Roma is redefining casual Italian style with bold decor and inviting modernist bedrooms.
Hotel Alfonso XIII
$$$ // City Center // San Fernando 2, Seville // Show on Map
Seville's best-known luxury hotel is also in an enviable location in the heart of the city. Built to house visiting dignitaries for the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition and restored in 2012, the hotel is a stunning example Mudéjar design with its fountain courtyard and colorful tiles. We loved dining in the sunny courtyard and enjoying a drink after a day of sightseeing in the gilded bar lined with mirrors.
Experience a world class Seville hotel when you book with Starwood at Hotel Alfonso XIII, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Seville. Receive our best rates guaranteed plus complimentary Wi-Fi for SPG members.
$$ // Barrio Santa Cruz // Calle Santiago 31, Seville // Show on Map
It's easy to envision daily life in this 18th century mansion, transformed into a boutique luxury hotel. Located on the edge of Santa Cruz, you're still within walking distance of the city center but with a local neighborhood feel. We enjoyed our elegant room with its vaulted ceiling and modern amenities.
Palacio de Villapanés was the lucky recipient of a masterful renovation, easing this stunning stone palace out of the 18th century and into the 21st. All the grandeur remains, but the marble columns, iron gates, vast wooden doors and vaulted ceilings have had a dose of technology added: Loewe TVs, WiFi and even Macs in Suites.
$ // Heliopolis // Calle Uruguay 8, Seville // Show on Map
Escape the busy city center to the quiet neighborhood of Heliopolis and this small yet modern boutique hotel. While it's located a outside the city center, the area is well serviced by the bike share system, Sevici, as well as public transport.
Architecturally the Spanish are unfazed by the mixing of the new and the old - in Barcelona, for example, works by Calatrava and Gaudí comfortably exist side by side. So it's only natural that in a historic district like Heliopolis, a sort of concept city built within Sevilla for the 1929 Iberoamerican Exhibition, you'd find a hotel like the Holos.