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Castle hotels around the world

Schloss Lieser

Schloss Lieser, Autograph Collection, castle hotel in Moselle Valley

Stay in a fairytale castle in the heart of the famous Moselle Valley. The Schloss Lieser lies directly on the river bank and is surrounded by beautiful vineyards.  Staying here, you’ll feel like a true princess or prince.  

Nearest airports
  • Frankfurt-Hahn Airport, 18.3 km
  • Luxembourg Airport,  65.5 km
  • Saarbrucken Airport, 7.9 km

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Althoff Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg, Germany

Castle Hotel 3 Germany Althoff Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg

Set in a grand Baroque palace with scenic gardens, this 5-star castle hotel in Bergisch Gladbach offers views as far as Cologne Cathedral. If you love a quiet stay with plenty of hiking trails in the nearby forests, then Althoff Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg is for you.

Bensberg Underground Station is a 3-minute walk away, providing direct connections to Cologne city center in just 30 minutes. Cologne Exhibition Grounds are a 20-minute drive away.

Schlosshotel Ralswiek, Germany

Castle Hotel 4 Germany Schlosshotel Ralswiek 1

Bensberg Underground Station is a 3-minute walk away, providing direct connections to Cologne city center in just 30 minutes. Cologne Exhibition Grounds are a 20-minute drive away.

Schlosshotel Ralswiek in Germany was built from 1894 to 1896, with the east side facing the bay. In 1913 the Marstall was added to the design by the Stralsund master builder Franz Juhre. The beautiful landscape park with its botanical diversity was created in 1810 and was expanded around 1900. The largely preserved interior (entrance hall, stairwell, paneling, door handles, glass windows) was partly designed by the important Art Nouveau architect Henry van de Velde.

Kastélyhotel Sasvár Resort, Hungary

(also known as Parádsasvár Castle Hotel)

Parádsasvár is a small village in northern Hungary, and famous for its glass factory. The Károlyi family built the castle in 1881, which later became a hunting lodge. Today, this most beautiful castle hotel, the first of Hungary’s castle hotels, is a 5-star hotel. It sits in the Mátra Hills, about 100km from Budapest. Choose between the Renaissance wing with its Biedermeier and Empire furniture, and the Romantique wing. In addition to these two wings, there is also the Rendez-vous wing with tulle baldachin (canopy) beds.

Castle Hotel 1 Hungary Paradsasvar

(Reflection in water.)

Ashford Castle, Ireland

Castle Hotel 2 Ireland Ashford Castle

Multi-award-winning Ashford Castle is Ireland’s first Forbes five-star and the former home of the Guinness family. “Your royal adventure begins when you enter through the grand stone gates of our remarkable 800-year-old castle. Discover our exquisite interiors, delicious cuisine, passionate team, a wealth of estate activities, and a state-of-the-art spa.”

Château Gütsch, Lucerne, Switzerland

Castle Hotel 7 Switzerland Chateau Gutsch

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Set in a 19th-century castle, overlooking the town of Lucerne in Switzerland, this is a dream stay. A large part of the original structure was completely destroyed in the great fire of 1888. In 1901 the hotel received its present appearance, being modeled after Neuschwanstein in Bavaria. Thereafter it was renovated in 2012 and again in 2014. Today you have an exquisite architecture with romantic bay windows, cozy beamed ceilings, Victorian stucco, golden canopy beds, cozy sleigh beds, and, of course, the most beautiful view of Lucerne!

Scandic Imatran Valtionhotelli, Finland

Castle Hotel 8 Finland Imatran Valtionhotelli

Centrally located by the River Vuoksi in Imatra (South Karelia), the hotel is an Art Nouveau castle. Since its construction in 1903, quite a bit of history lies between its walls – “If walls could talk!” It was a military hospital during the Finnish Civil War. During World War II, it was the headquarters of the Isthmus Army and, in the Continuation War, as the military administration department at headquarters. In addition to all that, the basement of the hotel also housed the Imatra Air Defense Center during World War II. 

Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur, India

Castle Hotel 9 India Taj Lake Palace Udaipur

Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan sits in the middle of Lake Pichola. It was completed in 1746 and is the ultimate picture of romance. The James Bond hit Octopussy was filmed here. And of course, Udaipur is known as the “Venice of the East”, making it even more romantic! It was originally called Jag Niwas and it used to be the summer retreat of Maharana Jagat Singh II. This 5-star luxury hotel is India’s most expensive hotel. Photo sourced from

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Banff Springs Hotel, Banff, Canada

Castle Hotel 10 Banff Springs Hotel Banff Alberta Canada

Banff Springs Hotel in Banff, Alberta, Canada was opened in 1888 and is designated as a National Historic Site of Canada. A fire (1926) destroyed the original structure and two years later the replacement structure was completed. The Monarch of Canada, King George VI, and Queen Elizabeth visited the hotel during their 1939 royal tour of Canada.

Château Frontenac, Québec, Canada

Castle Hotel 11 Chateau Frontenac Quebec Canada

The hotel is one of the main attractions in Québec and one of the most photographed hotels in the world. Constructed in 1893 in the style of historicism (neo-Gothic and neo-renaissance elements) it dominates the Quebec City skyline. The hotel is a National Historic Site with an elegant touch of historic Europe

Travel Tip(s)

Book a room overlooking the Saint Lawrence River.

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Schloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg, Austria

Castle Hotel 19 Austria Schloss Leopoldskron Salzburg

King Charles III, Bill Gates, Kofi Annan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg are just a few names from the long list of notable guests enjoying the hotel’s hospitality. The “Sound of Christmas” starring Julie Andrews, John Denver, and Plácido Domingo was filmed here in 1987.

This castle hotel is a rococo palace and a national historic monument in Leopoldskron-Moos, a southern district of the city of Salzburg. The palace was commissioned in 1736 and after years of turmoil opened in February 2014 under the name Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron. In 2015, the Historic Hotels of Europe awarded the Schloss the “Best Historic Hotel of Europe” award. In the same year, the Schloss achieved a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor. In 2016, the Schloss placed second in the Historic Hotels of Europe’s award for “Best Historic Hotel with ‘A Story to Tell'”.

Falkensteiner Schlosshotel Velden, Lake Wörth, Austria

Castle Hotel 13 Falkensteiner Schlosshotel Velden Worthersee Austria

The castle was built as a Renaissance castle from about 1590 onwards and was devastated by a blaze in 1762. Subsequently, it was rebuilt in a Neo-Renaissance style and opened as a hotel in 1890. Thereafter it changed many hands and today it is a popular year-round hotel on the western shore of Lake Wörth (Wörthersee).

Czocha Castle, Poland

Castle Hotel 12 Czocha Castle Lesna Poland

The castle is a defensive castle in the village of Czocha (Gmina Lesna), Lubań County, Lower Silesian Voivodeship, in southwestern Poland. Its construction was ordered by Wenceslaus I of Bohemia, in the middle of the 13th century (1241–1247). It is one of the few castles in the world with its original structure still intact.

Çırağan Palace Kempinski, Turkey

Castle Hotel 17 Turkey Ciragan Palace Turkey Istanbul

The hotel in Istanbul is a former Ottoman palace, on the European shore of the Bosporus, between Beşiktaş and Ortaköy in Turkey. Built between 1863 and 1867 and destroyed by a great fire in 1910 the remains (only the outer walls) were restored. The restored palace building opened in 1992 with luxury suites and two restaurants. A further restoration process in 2007 now resembles the authentic palace with a baroque style and soft colors.

Castle of Alarcón, Spain

Castle Hotel 14 Spain Castle of Alarcon Parador de Alarcon Cuenca

The castle of Alarcón, (built around 1460) is an authentic medieval fortress, steeped in history. It’s open to the public (since 1966), keen to share its spectacular setting and transport its guests back in time!

Hapimag Château de Chabenet, France

Castle Hotel 15 France Hapimag Chateau de Chabenet

This hotel is a French castle from the Middle Ages (completed in 1471), in the Center-Val de Loire region. Château de Chabenet has a large park of several hectares in which all residents can walk through several hiking trails. With about 150 km from Paris, it’s an ideal escape for couples!

Dalhousie Castle, Bonnyrigg, Scotland

Castle Hotel 5 Scotland Dalhousie Castle

Brimming with over 700 years of history, Dalhousie Castle in Midlothian, Scotland sits on acres of wooded parkland on the banks of the River Esk. The oldest buildings that still exist today date to around 1450. It’s a real city escape with a mere 20-minute drive from Edinburgh via the A7, and 10 minutes from Rosslyn and Roslin Chapel, a possible resting place of the Holy Grail.

Camelot Castle, Cornwall

Castle Hotel 18 England Camelot Castle Cornwall

Construction of the castle in Cornwall started in 1894 and took five years to complete. Films such as ‘Knights of the Round Table’ starring Ava Gardner, ‘Dracula’, starring Sir Laurence Olivier, and many others have been filmed here. The castle, also the private home of John and Irina Mappin, is managed by the family’s private household staff.  John originally bought the castle with the idea to bring together people from all fields of the arts and in doing so elevating British art. But having experienced the pleasure of guests enjoying the castle atmosphere, they decided to share the beauty and splendor with the public. I can only say, they are waiting for your checking in!

Thornbury Castle, Gloucestershire

Castle Hotel 16 England Thornbury Castle

A Tudor castle in the parish of Thornbury, in Gloucestershire. Construction began in 1511 as a further residence for the third Duke of Buckingham. Today it is a luxury hotel and restaurant, and a popular wedding venue.

Galicia Nueva, Slovakia

Castle Hotel 20 Slovakia Castle Hotel Galicia Nueva Halic Galicia Nueva Halic 1

Castle Hotel Galicia Nueva is a luxury hotel in Slovakia. The first appearance in literature of the castle in Halič is from the year 1450. Rich in history, the castle was sold in 2006 to a development company from Košice who restored it and turned it into a 4-star hotel with a spa. The rooms and suites represent different historical and artistic styles.

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Stay in royal residences

Duchy of Cornwall Holiday Cottages, Cornwall

Embark on a journey through time with the captivating history of the Duchy of Cornwall Holiday Cottages. Originally established to support the heir to the British throne, the Duchy of Cornwall has evolved into a symbol of heritage and tradition. Uncover the secrets of the Duchy, explore nearby historic landmarks, and create your own chapter in this remarkable tale. Book your stay at the Duchy of Cornwall Holiday Cottages and become a part of its remarkable history.

Duchy of Cornwall Holiday Menhenick, St Tudy, Cornwall
Menhenick, St Tudy, Cornwall.

With roots dating back centuries, these cottages bear witness to the enduring legacy of the Duchy. 

Duchy of Cornwall Holiday Cottages, West Range, Myddfai, Wales
West Range, Myddfai, Wales.

Immerse yourself in the stories of generations past as you step inside these charming cottages, each infused with a unique sense of character and craftsmanship.

Duchy of Cornwall Holiday Cottages, North range, Myddfai, Wales
North range, Myddfai, Wales.

These accommodations have stood the test of time, offering a glimpse into a rich cultural tapestry.

Stay like royalty, Balmoral Castle & Estate, self catering accommodation, book now min
Balmoral Castle.

Balmoral Castle, Scotland

Balmoral Castle has served as a beloved residence of the British royal family for generations. Now, experience a taste of royal life by choosing from a selection of charming cottages on the estate, available for booking. Nestled amidst the picturesque Scottish Highlands, these accommodations offer a unique opportunity to indulge in regal surroundings while enjoying the comforts of modern living. Discover the magic of Balmoral Castle, book your stay today, and create unforgettable memories in this enchanting historical haven.

In conclusion, if you’re an adventurous traveler longing for an extraordinary getaway, castle hotels offer an unparalleled opportunity to indulge in a magical experience, surrounded by history, elegance, and the enchanting allure of a bygone era. So, start planning your dream castle hotel stay and let yourself be swept away into a world of wonder and romance.