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21 Stunning Castle Hotels in Europe

Enjoy royal treatment and beautiful landscapes at these luxury properties.

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21 Stunning Castle Hotels in Europe

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These castles and palaces are sure to enchant.

Ever dreamed of spending a night in a castle? You're in luck: Europe is home to properties small and large that are fit for travelers wishing to feel like kings and queens. From charming countryside castles in the United Kingdom to châteaux and palaces in Switzerland, France and Germany, these hotels, which all earned a spot on the U.S. News Best Hotels in Europe ranking, welcome guests with incredible scenery, elegantly decorated accommodations and amenities galore.
Castle hotel in Limerick, Ireland, Europe
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Adare Manor: Limerick, Ireland

Adare Manor reopened in 2017 after an extensive 18-month renovation. Updates include a new wing with additional bedrooms, a new ballroom and a redesigned Tom Fazio golf course that's set to open in spring 2018. According to guests, the attention to detail in the refurbishment at this Limerick, Ireland, hotel is exquisite. Travelers praise the well-appointed rooms and suites, the food and wine quality at the on-site dining venues and the accommodating and attentive staff. Visitors can also enjoy a wealth of amenities at Adare Manor, including a cinema, a spa, an indoor pool and a fitness center. Plus, archery, cycling, woodland walks and historical tours are all available on-site.
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These castles and palaces are sure to enchant.

Ever dreamed of spending a night in a castle? You're in luck: Europe is home to properties small and large that are fit for travelers wishing to feel like kings and queens. From charming countryside castles in the United Kingdom to châteaux and palaces in Switzerland, France and Germany, these hotels, which all earned a spot on the U.S. News Best Hotels in Europe ranking, welcome guests with incredible scenery, elegantly decorated accommodations and amenities galore.

Adare Manor: Limerick, Ireland

Adare Manor reopened in 2017 after an extensive 18-month renovation. Updates include a new wing with additional bedrooms, a new ballroom and a redesigned Tom Fazio golf course that's set to open in spring 2018. According to guests, the attention to detail in the refurbishment at this Limerick, Ireland, hotel is exquisite. Travelers praise the well-appointed rooms and suites, the food and wine quality at the on-site dining venues and the accommodating and attentive staff. Visitors can also enjoy a wealth of amenities at Adare Manor, including a cinema, a spa, an indoor pool and a fitness center. Plus, archery, cycling, woodland walks and historical tours are all available on-site.

Beau-Rivage Palace: Lausanne, Switzerland

Occupying prime real estate along Lake Geneva in Lausanne, Switzerland, the Beau-Rivage Palace offers sweeping views of the Swiss Alps. This Leading Hotels of the World property sits on 10 acres of expertly manicured gardens and houses a two-starred Michelin restaurant, a spa, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and chic rooms and suites with views of the town, lake or mountains. Travelers say if you're looking to get pampered, this property should be on your bucket list. Previous guests report receiving a luxurious experience at the Beau-Rivage Palace, noting spacious accommodations and staff members who went above and beyond as highlights.

Castle Hotel Auf Schoenburg: Oberwesel, Germany

Set high atop a hill overlooking the Rhine River in Oberwesel, Germany, about 60 miles west of Frankfurt, Germany, this castle hotel boasts beautiful grounds with excellent views. Touting just 25 rooms, Castle Hotel Auf Schoenburg provides a quiet retreat. Guests can wander through the castle's gardens before enjoying a meal at the restaurant. Previous travelers were impressed with the romantic setting, delectable food and savvy staff members; many say the atmosphere was straight out of a fairy tale. If you want to explore beyond the castle, head into town. Oberwesel is designated part of the UNESCO World Heritage Upper Middle Rhine Valley.

Dromoland Castle: Newmarket on Fergus, Ireland

Dromoland Castle is located about 20 miles northwest of Limerick, Ireland, on a sprawling 450-acre plot of green land. The Preferred Hotels & Resorts property is home to a lake, a spa, a pool and an 18-hole golf course. Plus, travelers can enjoy a bevy of activities, including horseback riding, archery, fishing and hawk walks to the nearby school of falconry. Along with the variety of amenities, guests rave about the property's scenic setting and friendly staff members. When it comes to accommodations, rooms are dressed in elegant 18th- and 19th-century and Louis XV-style decor.

Fortaleza do Guincho: Cascais, Portugal

An ethereal hotel perched on a cliff overlooking the sea, Fortaleza do Guincho is straight out of the pages of a storybook. Guests say the hotel's location, about 20 miles west of Lisbon, Portugal, is breathtaking, with sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean and beaches from nearly every vantage point on the property. Another highlight travelers praise is the Michelin-starred restaurant, calling the dishes delectable. As far as accommodations go, rooms at this Relais & Châteaux hotel are outfitted in warm orange, gold and brown tones, and a buffet breakfast is included in the rate.

Häckeberga Castle: Genarp, Sweden

A French Renaissance-style estate built in the 1870s, Häckeberga Castle offers a unique location on its own private peninsula in Lake Häckeberga in southern Sweden. If you're looking for a tranquil, relaxing stay, this is the castle for you. The beautiful surrounding grounds are filled with flora and fauna – perfect for romantic strolls – and the hotel has just 27 rooms, which previous guests describe as exceptionally comfortable. According to travelers, other highlights include the idyllic setting overlooking the lake and the tasty food served at the on-site restaurant.

Gstaad Palace: Gstaad, Switzerland

Luxury knows no bounds at this 20th-century palace in Gstaad, Switzerland. Stylish accommodations, a well-regarded spa, indoor and outdoor pools and family-friendly amenities are just a few traveler-approved perks. Visitors also rave about the staff's friendly demeanor and their attention to detail, along with the variety and quality of the eight on-site bars and restaurants. What's more, this hotel is set in a stunning location surrounded by the towering Swiss Alps and several ski resorts, with an Instagram-worthy photo op at every turn. Plus, thanks to its ties with Leading Hotels of the World, Leaders Club members can enjoy extra perks here such as a welcome gift and free breakfast.

Ballygally Castle: Ballygally, Northern Ireland

An alluring escape on the northeastern coast of Northern Ireland, the 17th-century Ballygally Castle beckons to nature lovers. Nearby golf courses, the verdant Glens of Antrim and scenic roads allow travelers to soak up the beauty of Northern Ireland. "Game of Thrones" fans may even recognize the scenery: the popular television show was filmed along the Antrim Coast. Plus, the property offers "Game of Thrones"-inspired tours and afternoon tea. When it comes to amenities, Ballygally Castle houses 54 rooms and suites with garden or bay views, and an on-site restaurant dishes out traditional and contemporary fare. Looking for a more unique experience? Enjoy a private meal in the castle's medieval dungeon.

Esplanade Zagreb Hotel: Zagreb, Croatia

The palatial facade of the Esplanade Zagreb Hotel is an eye-catching feature that sets it apart from other properties in Europe. When it debuted in 1925, this hotel in Zagreb served as a refuge for passengers traveling on the Orient Express. Today, it is one of Croatia's most iconic hotels. It has welcomed several famous guests, including Elizabeth Taylor, Louis Armstrong, David Beckham and Hillary Clinton. You, too, can enjoy a stay like the stars. On-site features include rooms with gilded decor, a health club with fitness and spa offerings and four eateries (guests highly recommend alfresco dining on the Oleander Terrace).

Ashford Castle: Cong, Ireland

Another one of Ireland's medieval castles, this 350-acre property was first built in the 13th century and was once owned by the Guinness family. Ashford Castle's striking rooms are one of its biggest draws. The hotel's accommodations are dressed in bold colors and patterns, from the wallpaper to the duvets to the antique furniture. Guests fawn over the property's picturesque setting, about 30 miles north of Galway, top-notch customer service and variety of activities. During a stay at this Leading Hotels of the World outpost, travelers can enjoy spa treatments, golfing, horseback riding, zip lining, stand-up paddleboarding and tennis.

Lough Eske Castle, a Solis Hotel & Spa: Donegal, Ireland

With a quiet lakeside location in northwestern Ireland, Lough Eske Castle appeals to travelers of all types, whether they're interested in enjoying outdoor adventures, relaxing at the spa or sampling the on-site culinary offerings. This castle hotel engages visitors with everything from golfing and horseback riding to fishing and even surfing at the nearby beach. Those seeking a more relaxing retreat will enjoy treatments offered at the on-site spa and swimming in the indoor pool. And according to recent guests, one of this hotel's standout features is its food. Travelers describe the on-site meals as superb.

Château d'Isenbourg: Rouffach, France

This chateau is part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World portfolio and is situated in northeastern France, about 60 miles south of Strasbourg. Château d'Isenbourg is located near several wineries, making it popular with oenophiles and couples looking for a romantic getaway. The hotel is also surrounded by scenic countryside, and provides charming accommodations and several amenities. Travelers can enjoy treatments at the spa and relax by the indoor and outdoor pools or hot tub. And past guests urge future visitors to sit down for a French meal on the terrace to take in the sweeping views.

Castel Monastero: Castelnuovo Berardenga, Italy

Castel Monastero draws visitors to its grounds with its secluded locale in central Italy. This Leading Hotels of the World property is ideal for serenity seekers, thanks to the on-site spa and wellness center that provides a plethora of treatments, ranging from acupuncture and anti-aging services to massages and body masks. The hotel is also home to a fitness center and three pools perfect for soaking up the Tuscan sun. If you're more interested in food and wine, Castel Monastero offers cooking classes created by Gordon Ramsay and a wine tasting program that allows you to sample local varieties.

Castle Hotel: Conwy, Wales

The Castle Hotel is set in the quaint UNESCO World Heritage town of Conwy, Wales, and boasts just 27 floral-, striped- and plaid-patterned rooms. On-site offerings include spa and holistic therapy treatments, such as facials, massages and skin rituals, and a restaurant that dishes out traditional Welsh fare, including Welsh rarebit (rabbit) and smoked fish wrapped in bacon. Past travelers say the outstanding hotel employees, delectable food and intimate setting made for an enjoyable couples getaway. What's more, visitors say the hotel's location is ideal for exploring Conwy's pubs and historical sites on foot.

Château de Mirambeau: Mirambeau, France

Home to a Michelin-starred restaurant and ample facilities, Château de Mirambeau sits near France's popular Bordeaux wine region. On-site, guests will find a spa, complete with a hamam, a sauna, a fitness center and treatment rooms, indoor and outdoor pools and tennis courts. Drawing on its location, the hotel also houses a "Cognatheque," which invites guests to taste exclusive wines and cognacs. The hotel is built on the site of an old medieval fortress, dating back to the 11th century. Recent travelers laud this Relais & Châteaux property's beautiful grounds and comfortable rooms, which are outfitted in rich hues of gold, silver, sapphire, scarlet and sage.

Badrutt's Palace Hotel: St. Moritz, Switzerland

Part of the Leading Hotels of the World portfolio, Badrutt's Palace Hotel enjoys an enviable spot in St. Moritz, Switzerland, with the Corviglia mountains in the backdrop. The hotel is a hit with travelers, thanks to its various facilities and top-notch employees. Guests can sip Champagne while admiring the lake and mountain views or hit the challenging ski slopes nearby. In the warmer months, activities like sailing, hiking and fishing are popular. The hotel also features an indoor pool with floor-to-ceiling windows that connects to a heated outdoor pool. Other perks include complimentary transportation in a Rolls Royce, a welcome gift and several fine dining restaurants.

Dalhousie Castle: Bonnyrigg, Scotland

Dalhousie Castle, which sits about 8 miles northwest of Edinburgh, Scotland, welcomes visitors to its 11-acre estate with many regal touches. Guests will find that this 700-year-old property – Scotland's oldest continually inhabited castle – sports turrets and towers, is surrounded by a moat and includes accommodations with four-poster beds. Among the property's cozy interiors are a library bar (complete with a fireplace and secret moving bookcase), The Dungeon Restaurant, where meals are served by candlelight, and The Orangery, a bistro-style spot with windows that overlook the South Esk River. Travelers love the traditional decor of this hotel and say the employees are particularly friendly.

Hôtel de la Cité Carcassonne: Carcassonne, France

Set in Carcassonne in southern France and originally built in 1909, Hôtel de la Cité Carcassonne is located in the heart of the city's medieval citadel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The MGallery by Sofitel property wows visitors with its neo-Gothic architecture, its Michelin-starred restaurant and its stunning city views. Travelers can enjoy many on-site amenities, including a pool surrounded by gardens, a spa and use of a private chauffeured vehicle. To truly feel like royalty, book a suite with a terrace for superb city panoramas that allow you to admire the surrounding scenery.

Rubezahl-Marienbad Luxury Historical Castle Hotel & Golf: Mariánské Lázně, Czech Republic

This historic Czech castle was built in 1903 and restored to its former glory after a renovation in 2015. Many elite royals and notable historical figures have frequented this hotel, including King Edward VII, Sigmund Freud and composers Frédéric Chopin and Richard Wagner. Rubezahl-Marienbad Luxury Historical Castle Hotel invites travelers to take advantage of on-site amenities like the spa and wellness center, the golf course, the equestrian center and the gym. Previous guests cite excellent service, a unique atmosphere and arresting scenery as highlights of their stay.

Bovey Castle: North Bovey, England

Bovey Castle is a 20th-century mansion that sprawls across 275 acres of English countryside. Situated in Dartmoor National Park in southwestern England, the hotel offers many luxury amenities, including a spa with an indoor pool, a Jacuzzi and steam room and an afternoon tea service – a traveler favorite. In fact, all the on-site eateries, which range from a fine dining venue to a casual pub, receive high praise from previous guests. Accommodations at Bovey Castle are dressed in furnishings you'd expect of a high-end castle, with chic, neutral decor with floral print accents and modern accoutrements like marble and granite bathrooms with rainfall showers.

Hotel Dukes' Palace Bruges: Bruges, Belgium

Located in the heart of Bruges, this hotel welcomes guests with royal touches like Champagne and Belgian chocolate at the guest-beloved buffet breakfast, and elegantly decorated interiors. Hotel Dukes' Palace Bruges's location is excellent for sightseeing, too, with top attractions like the De Halve Maan Brewery, the Markt and the historic city center just a short walk away. On-site, travelers can bed down in a room or suite decorated in scarlet and gold hues, all of which are equipped with marble bathrooms, espresso machines and free Wi-Fi access. Looking for even more stunning hotels in Europe? Check out the U.S. News Best Hotels in Europe ranking.
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