Hotel Orphée, in the medieval city center of Regensburg, Germany
, oozes 19th-century French glamour. Centrally located to Regensburg’s cobblestone streets, local shops, restaurants, and small town squares, it’s decorated in a Baroque palazzo style. Each large, reasonably priced room is styled differently, but nearly all feature antiques and four-poster beds. Also onsite is the Orphée Restaurant, a French bistro that’s been in operation since 1896. Surrounded by its authentic wood wainscotting, tin ceiling, old French posters, and overall patina, you’ll feel transported to a distinctly different era—a time when sitting in a small cafe, drinking wine and watching passers-by, could be the grand plan of your day. Note: in the summer, the narrow streets surrounding the hotel get very noisy so, if you’re a light sleeper, this may not be the place for you.