Top choice boutique hotel in Marbella

The former summer home of Napoleon III's wife has updated its regal decor to create a hotel fit for a 21st-century empress. Situated in the quieter upper part of town, the Claude's arched courtyards and shapely pillars successfully marry contemporary flourishes with the mansion's original architecture, while claw-foot bath tubs and crystal chandeliers add to the classic historical feel.

With only seven rooms and plenty of exquisite common areas, the Claude also offers great personalised service and attention to detail.