Live Like Royalty: The Kings and Queens of Castle Stays
Collected by Maggie Fuller , AFAR Staff
Fantasies become realities at these charming castle stays around the world. Believe it or not, you can actually live royally where actual royalty used to live (or, at least, you can stay where they lived while you're traveling). These historic spots mix old glamour and mystique with modern luxury, creating the perfect setting for any traveler's fairy-tale moment to shine.
Illieston Farm, Broxburn EH52 5PD, UK
Even commoners can afford the royal treatment in Newbridge, Scotland. The private first floor of Illieston Castle, located on the former hunting grounds of the Stuart royal family, is bookable at close to peasant prices. Spot herons, buzzards, and...
Via dal Pozzo, 24, 28040 Oleggio Castello NO, Italy
Castello Dal Pozzo, a Piedmont castle on a hill, offers sweeping views of Lake Maggiore. Originally home to the royal Visconti family in the 13th century, it was remodeled in the English neo-Gothic style in the 1800s. The villa sleeps 16 and has a...
Amer Rd, Jorawer Singh Gate, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302002, India
One of India’s most celebrated heritage hotels, this 18th-century palace—owned by a local titular princess—is among the most over-the-top-glamorous places to stay in Jaipur, particularly for those who prefer ornate beauty over...
Ashford Castle Estate, Leaf Island, Cong, Co. Mayo, F31 CA48, Ireland
What trip to Ireland is complete without a stay in a castle hotel? Ashford fulfills even the wildest castle fantasies with its crenellated towers, medieval-looking canopy beds, and esteemed falconry program that lets guests explore its 350...
R. Triunfo, 38 - Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20240-320, Brazil
The Bohemian hilltop neighborhood of Santa Teresa is a perfect remedy for the Rio de Janeiro visitor who needs a break from the sun and fun of the crowded beaches. One of the many colonial gems of Santa Teresa is the Castelinho, or Little Castle,...
Lakonias, Neapoli Vion 230 70, Greece
Kinsterna Hotel & Spa is in an 800-year-old mansion. Guestrooms feature such details as original fireplaces and Byzantine domes. The hammamlike spa was inspired by the natural springs that flow through the property.
From $234. 30/273-206-6300....
From $234. 30/273-206-6300....
Kurhausstrasse 65, 8032 Zürich, Switzerland
This landmark hotel, built in the Swiss rustic style popular at the turn of the 19th century, has hosted Winston Churchill, Arturo Toscanini, Albert Einstein, the Shah of Iran, Henry Kissinger, and the Rolling Stones, among others. Situated high...
1901 Route de Sorgues, 84230 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, France
Every guest room in this 19th-century castle (whose name means “small rocks”) overlooks the vineyards of France’s famous wine region, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, just outside Avignon. The kingly decor includes canopied beds, and...
Place Saint-Louis, 41250 Chambord, France
Location, location, location. You can’t get much closer to the action at Chateau de Chambord than by planning a stay at Hotel Grand St. Michel. Nestled right next to this castle of King François I, you have unobstructed views of the largest...
Calle Castell d'Empordá, 3, 17115 La Bisbal d'Empordà, Girona, Spain
An der Burgenstraße, 91598 Colmberg, Germany
While traveling the Romantic Road in Southern Germany, to really get into the medieval experience, we stayed at Burg Castle Hotel in the town of Colmberg, only 30 minutes' drive from Rothenburg ODT. This castle is more than 1,000 years old. As...
Estancia La Candelaria is designed along the lines of a French castle with around a hundred hectares of landscaped garden and more than 240 species of trees, many exotic. Rooms are luxurious and individually designed, as befits a grand estate. A...
Paço Real, 2510-999 Óbidos, Portugal
One hundred kilometers north of Lisbon, the fantastic Obidos Pousada is situated in the Castelo de Obidos. This pousada is a historic luxury hotel in the Portuguese Pousada chain. It was one of the first pousadas and opened in 1951. Traditionally,...
1 Rue des Carrières, Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada
Set high above the St. Lawrence on Cap Diamant, overlooking Old Québec, this imposing yet inviting landmark is as much a lodging as it is a tourist attraction, borne out of its reputation as the most photographed hotel in the world. Opened...
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