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Top 10: biggest chain hotels in Europe (Infography)

Discover where the highest capacity chain hotels are in Europe in an exclusive ranking, realized thanks to the database compiled by MKG Group. The biggest hotel on the continent is positioned on the economy segment.

The biggest chain hotel (room capacity, excluding "multi-hotel" complexes) in Europe is in London! With 1630 rooms, the Imperial London Royal National, an economy hotel, is the highest capacity branded hotel in Europe. The British capital has no fewer than four of the European Union's highest capacity hotels with the Hilton London Metropole (1059 rooms) in fourth place in the ranking, the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London (1021 rooms) in sixth, and the Cumberland Hotel (1019 rooms) in seventh. As for urban hotels alone, excluding resorts, four of the properties in the Top 5 in the EU are in the city of London, meaning if there were a "Brexit" the ranking of "jumbo hotels" would be overthrown.

Moreover, the Royal National is included in this ranking that is largely dominated by hotels with "MICE" and/or upscale "leisure resort" because it is the only economy "jumbo-hotel", which positioning is undoubtedly made possible by its relatively central location in London. The hotel's time of construction (1970s) and design that clearly targets tourist groups also certainly played an important role in making this hotel the biggest in Europe:

Visit the hotel's interior (lobby, rooms, etc.) from this Google Street View. Go through the portico, the lobby is on your right from the courtyard.

While the second biggest hotel in Europe is a resort on the Island of Majorca, the Bellevue Club (1468 rooms), the French capital of Paris also has a considerable number of high capacity properties, but fewer on the urban sector than the resort sector thanks to the amusement park Eurodisney. Disney's Newport Bay Club Hotel thus holds third place in the ranking with 1093 rooms, followed by Le Méridien Paris Etoile (1025 rooms) in fifth pace and Disney Sequoia Lodge (1011 rooms) in eighth; Disney's Hotel Santa Fe and Disney Hotel Cheyenne a tie for tenth rung in the list, with 1000 rooms each.

This ranking of hotel-resorts needs to be put into perspective, however, because many "complexes" in the northern part of the Mediterranean basin (particularly in the Balearic Islands, Croatia and Greece) include several hotel units that are adjacent or geographically close, but sold under different bra²nds and established in separate buildings, in order to clearly differentiate their distinct positioning with respect to clientele. The Bellevue Club in Majorca is an exception and presents its 17 buildings and 250,000 m² as a single hotel within a vast complex:

Finally, Germany also has one of the ten biggest branded European hotels on its territory, with the Sheraton Frankfurt Airport Hotel & Tower, which has no fewer than 1008 rooms.

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