Does Game of Thrones leave you wishing people would refer to you as “my lord”? Does Kate Middleton’s pregnancy make you envious, wishing you could give birth to a noble heir? Whether you have always fantasized about being the king or queen, prince or princess in Disney fairy tales or your addiction to Downtown Abbey has more recently left you wishing you could live in a palace, spending the night in a castle must!
While Europe definitely has the greatest number of castles, nearly every region in the world has its own hidden gems, each equally suitable for a queen. Luckily for us commoners, many of these castles have now converted to hotels and have opened their doors to non-noble guests. Think you can’t afford to stay in a castle? Our list of the 35 best places to spend the night in a castle has something for every budget. This list also includes a mix of castles in towns and cities, in the middle of forests, on the top of mountains, and overlooking the ocean, as well as castles offering outdoor thrills and indoor relaxation. There is something for just about every taste on this list.
If there is one thing nearly every castle on this list has in common, it is stunning views. Nobles really appreciate a room with a view! Why not treat yourself to the royal treatment for a night?
You will be hard-pressed to beat the location of the Kasbah Toubkal, where you will wake to breathtaking views of the High Atlas Mountains. This hotel is also perfect for trekkers, with tons of options for the day, as well as longer hikes you can start right outside the front entrance.
Marrakech can feel overwhelming, but the La Mamounia castle hotel, located just outside the walled city, offers the perfect respite. If you are going to splurge, try one of the three three-bedroom riads that come with their own pools.
The Duwisib Guest Farm is located on the 6,000-hectare farmland of the Duwisib Castle, which is situated on the edge of the Namib Desert. The Guest Farm offers both en-suite rooms, as well as camping.
The Maloti Mountains and the small town of Clarens, in South Africa, offer visitors both a peaceful getaway and the chance for an awesome adventure. In the center of it all, surrounded by natural beauty, is the Rapunzel Tower at Castle in Clarens.
Although a pricey option, the Aman Summer Palace in Beijing offers one of the most unique experiences in China. The rooms of this palace were once used by palace guests waiting to be presented to the Dowager Empress Cixi.
The Castle Hotel in Dalian, China is as grand as they come. Recently renovated, this huge hotel sits on top of Wanaxia Mountain, overlooking Hai Bay and the Yellow Sea. With stone turrets, manicured gardens, and a 450-square-meter indoor pool, this hotel makes you feel like you are part of a fairy tale.
India is well known for its color and bling and the Deogarh Mahal hotel offers guests just that. Not only is the exterior intricately painted and decorated, but the inside also shines with light beaming through scores of stained glass windows. This is the perfect countryside retreat in busy India.
Built by a young prince, Maharana Jagat Singh II of Udaipur as a pleasure palace for entertaining lady friends, the Taj Lake Hotel is one of the most stunning castles in the world. The castle is situated on an island in the middle of a lake in Udaipur and boasts exceptional views from nearly every room.
If you are looking for true royal treatment, you have to stay at the Rambagh Palace in Jaipur. This is a luxury hotel at its finest. Huge bedrooms with lush beds, two pools, both indoor and outdoor, and an incredible spa make staying here as relaxing as it can get.
One of the youngest “castles” on the list, the Thorngrove Manor is the perfect romantic getaway. This property was designed and built as a romantic fantasy of beautiful architecture and warm character. The whimsical design of this hotel is fit for a storyboard and the hotel makes visitors feel nice and cozy.
This castle allows visitors to enjoy the best part of Austria, and its mountains while being only a short walk from the heart of Salzburg. Schloss Leopoldskrum has a long history of supporting the arts, by hosting meetings of artists and creative minds and was originally where the Sound of Music was filmed.
The Schloss Kapfenstein made the list for how quaint and welcoming it feels. A family-run hotel with only 15 guestrooms, the castle makes visitors feel right at home. This castle is a great place to stay en route from Austria to Snia or Hungary, as it is situated right on the border of the three countries.
Prague is a fairytale city and the Ruze Cesky Krumlov Castle is the kind of castle royal dreams are made of. This hotel offers the best in the Czech Republic.
Amberley Castle is exactly what you would expect from an English castle and will make you feel like a member of the royal family. The lush gardens and incredible medieval architecture are just like what you see in movies.
Chateau de la Caze is off the beaten path, but well worth the trip. Visitors are welcomed with large rooms in a fabulous area, right on the Tarn River. The hotel offers boat trips up the river, as well as several hiking options. Affordable and gorgeous, this is a must when in France.
This castle’s location has such a rich history that it is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Located in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, on a hill above the medieval town of Oberwessel, the Auf Schonburg Castle Hotel could not be better located.
Ashford Castle’s grounds are spectacular, with three-hundred and fifty acres of stunningly green land. The grandness of this castle will make you feel as though you are on the set of Downtown Abbey.
Step back in time to the recently renovated Markree Castle in North West Ireland. The castle offers a stunning dining room and beautiful woodwork, as well as rooms with views. There are also several timeless activities to partake in on the hotel grounds, including horseback riding, clay pigeon shooting, and archery.
Staying at the Castello le Quattro Torra is like staying in a home than a hotel. This small bed and breakfast castle has only a few rooms, so each guest gets personalized attention. Situated just outside of Siena, this castle is a Tuscany paradise.
Location is everything for this quaint castle, with twelve hotel rooms. The castle is situated in the valley of the River Geul and is close to Maastricht, Aachen, and Liege, all three historical Dutch towns that are worth a day trip.
As it is supposedly one of the most haunted castles in Europe, the Zamek Reszel Kreativ is not for the faint of heart. Spend a bit of time here though and you will begin to feel right at home. The hotel has comfy rooms and is well-known for its art exhibitions.
If you the beach, this is the castle for you. The Fortaleza do Guincho castle sits above the Guincho beach, on the Atlantic Ocean and Cabo da Rocha, the most westerly point of mainland Europe. Aside from its spectacular, rela views, this hotel is also famous for its renowned restaurant.
The smallest hotel on the list, the Pousada de Obidos has only six rooms and is only accessible by foot. Located in the center of the small town of Obidos, this is the perfect castle for a romantic getaway, particularly if you prefer a town setting.
There is a proud heritage behind the Dalhousie Castle, which is situated just outside of Edinburgh, on the banks of the River Esk. This hotel is a great option for visitors wanting to explore the gorgeous city of Edinburgh but hoping to stay somewhere a bit remote.
The Culzean Castle is located on the Ayrshire coast and has the perfect location for amazing ocean views. The castle sits on a rocky promontory and has tall cliffs dropping down to the rocky sea on one side, and a steep glen on the other.
Highly suggest visiting this castle in April, when the town of Oropesa hosts its Medieval Days, which allows you to travel right back to medieval times, feeling like a king or queen in your castle. The Parador de Oropesa has a history of serving as a refuge for soldiers, religious leaders, and nobles.
The town of Cardona is itself worth a visit, but while there stay at the Parador de Cardona, with its wonderfully preserved gothic architecture and authentic interior design. The castle is a fortified enclosure, complete with moats and towers.
The Hackeberga Castle is so beautiful, it has inspired several pieces of literature. The castle is relatively young, built in the 1870s, which means it has a different architectural style than many other European castles, with a French Renaissance style.
As grand as you would expect from Abu Dhabi, Emirates Palace was built to be a hotel. The second most expensive hotel ever built, in fact. This hotel is decked out in gold and marble and has 114 domes.
Quebec City is one of the most beautiful cities in North America and when you think of Quebec City, you think about the Chateau Frontenac. Perched above the old city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Chateau Frontenac is a site to be seen.
Not a castle in the same sense as castles in Europe, the Chanler at Cliff Walk in Newport, Rhode Island is, however, easily the American equivalent of a castle. Visit in the fall, when you can catch the glorious New England foliage and enjoy all Newport, a fantastic port town, has to offer.
The Thousand Islands region in New York spans nearly 50 miles along the Saint Lawrence River, running out of Lake Ontario. The Singer Castle is a 100-year-old stone castle that is as royal as they come in the United States.
Situated approximately an hour and a half from Buenos Aires, one of few castles in South America, the Estancia la Canaria gives you a great glimpse of country life. This castle has a lot to offer horse rs, who will be able to participate in Argentinian ranch life.
The Castelo de Itaipava in Brazil, not far from Rio de Janeiro, was built as a replica of a medieval-style castle. The exterior appearance of this hotel is similar to what may be found in France or Germany and the interior is decorated with chaniers, armor, and swords from Europe, making it truly feel like a castle.
Owners Dr. Manfred Crailsheim, his wife Lilo and their dog Moritz make everyone feel at home in the hospitable Schloss Sommersdorf Castle. The Crailsheims have owned this castle since the 16th century, so a stay here really feels like you are staying at someone’s home.
There you go, 35 of the best places to rest your head the way the royals do! Think we missed one? Let us know in the form below.