The Zoomer Report: Top 5 Small Hotels in Europe

If you’re thinking of a holiday getaway to Europe, here’s a listing of the top small hotels across the pond from It starts in Belgium with the Tenbosch House in the heart of Brussels’s of-the-moment Ixelles neighborhood. The hotel showcases contemporary furnishing and a rotating collection of art curated by top local galleries.

There are two listings in England. One in London near the hip Shoreditch area is called 40 Winks and starts at about $200. In the Lake District, the area that is an inspiration for painters and poets, there’s the Boathouse at Knotts End a 19th-century stone cottage on the water’s edge in scenic Cumbria.

On to France and the Hôtel Ville d’Hiver in a quiet seaside town southwest of Bordeaux. This former bottling plant has a classic bistro with an extensive wine list from the region’s best vineyards — including 30 organic vintages.

In Rome, sepia-toned photographic murals of iconic monuments set the tone in the 14 rooms at Babuino 181). It’s a palazzo near the Spanish Steps that retains original details — a cast-iron railing and Italian marble staircase.

Libby ZnaimerLibby Znaimer, a prominent Canadian journalist specializing in business, politics, and lifestyle issues, is producer and host of The Zoomer Report, a special feature on topics of interest to baby boomers and the 50+. It covers everything from health and wealth to leisure and volunteerism, from the special vantage point of the generation that has changed society in its wake.

Ms. Znaimer is also Vice-President of News and Information for Classical 96.3FM and AM740. Her first book, “In Cancerland – Living Well Is The Best Revenge” – was published in October 2007 by Key Porter.

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