Rise Above the Peasants and Stay in One of These 18 Castles for Your Next Getaway

With TV shows like Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey, and Once Upon A Time, it’s hard not to seek out a lavish life of castle living.

Though you may not have blue blood, Booking.com – the global leader in connecting travellers with the most incredible places to stay – is here to help you feel like a king or queen.

If you’re eager to book your next vacation at a traditional royal locale, the Passion Search tool can help you look up castle accommodations that best suit your ideal sovereign style (crown and scepter not included).

Bask in royalty at one of these global castle stays…

Wilton Castle – Enniscorthy, Ireland


Renovated with a timeless appeal, this 13th century has four self-contained suites – named after the four English aristocratic families who lived there. Visit the surrounding garden or horseback ride at the stables to truly feel like a king.


Taj Lake Palace – Udaipur, India


While situated in the middle of Lake Pichola, guests at Taj Lake Palace can delve into the palace’s history and culture with guided heritage walks, astrology sessions and cultural shows. Feel like a sovereign with butler service and personalized spa and yoga programs.


Castello Di Monterone – Perugia, Italy


Escape Perugia’s busy city life within these 13th century castle walls. Take advantage of the quiet in the cozy library or visit the spa with services such as a sauna, Turkish baths and even a swimming pool with a hydromassage corner.


Glenapp Castle – Ballantrae, Scotland


Dating back to 1870, this five-star South Ayrshire hotel is the epitome of luxury with an award-winning restaurant and rooms with spectacular views of the 35-acre garden.


Castle Marne Bed & Breakfast – Denver, Colorado


Though once a Victorian mansion, the Castle Marne provides a regal atmosphere with a large mahogany fireplace, baby grand piano and Victorian-inspired furniture. This B&B is just four blocks away from the Denver Zoo, so you can envision having your own tiger, just like Princess Jasmine.


Castle Hotel & Spa – Tarrytown, New York


With views of the Hudson River and access to a full-service spa, you’re destined to feel pampered. The hotel is located near the estate of John D. Rockefeller and Washington Irving, so you can learn more about American “royalty.”


Thornbury Castle – Thornbury, England


As the only Tudor castle in England to be opened as a hotel, feel the history – as previous guests included King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, who once slept in one of the bedchambers. Discover the 500 year old vineyard or experience one of the on-site facilities, including croquet, archery and clay-pigeon shooting.


Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu – Quebec, Canada


Set between the sea and mountains of La Malbaie, Quebec, this romantic castle offers the perfect getaway for a king and queen. Spoil yourself at the 27-hole golf course, spa, two outdoor pools or casino.


Relais Castello Bevilacqua – Bevilacqua, Italy


In the heart of Verona (the romantic setting of Romeo and Juliet), Relais Castello Bevilacqua is a 14th century Renaissance castle with modern details. Situated in the castle’s towers, the suites are the definition of noble splendour.


Chateau de Castel Novel – Varetz, France


Located 10 minutes from the charming town of Brive-la-Gaillarde, this hotel has a wide variety of recreational amenities, including an outdoor pool, an outdoor tennis court and bicycles to explore the French countryside.


Hospederia del Real Monasterio – Guadalupe, Spain


The juxtaposition of gothic architecture and modern interior truly make this castle unique. Visit the hotel’s restaurant, serving Extremaduran dishes like ‘migas,’ to experience the Guadeloupian culture. The rooms, with views of the Sierra de Guadalupe Mountain Range, are Royal approved.


Parador de Cardona – Cardona, Spain


Straight out of your favourite fairytale, this 9th-century castle and 2nd-century tower provide the best panoramic views of the River Caradoner. With a medieval interior, including canopy beds, vaulted ceilings and stone ceilings, you’ll be transported to the Catalan Medieval period.


Abbeyglen Castle – Clifden, Ireland


Just like Westminster Abbey, this castle offers teatime so you can adopt the royal lifestyle. Set in lush gardens, the romantic Abbeyglen Castle Hotel has tennis courts, a spa bath and stunning views of Clifden and the Twelve Bens mountains.


Hazlewood Castle & Spa – Tadcaster, England


Enjoy the peaceful surroundings in this castle’s rural location – after all, every king and queen needs their downtime. Pamper yourself like a royal would at the acclaimed Imagine Salon Spa.


Estancia la Candelaria – Lobos, Argentina


From polo classes to wine tastings, it will be hard to not feel like a monarch in this countryside castle. The suites’ décor consist of a unique mix of gothic, French Baroque and Eastern styles and furniture


Zamek Reszel Kreativ Hotel – Reszel, Poland


Known as a common meeting place for artists and exhibitions because of its historical beauty, this authentic medieval castle includes uniquely-decorated rooms with modern comforts. Take a walk through the surrounding parks or have dinner at the castle’s restaurant to fully indulge in the region’s culture.


Schloss Lembeck – Dorsten, Germany


As you cross over the pond, you’ll experience the majestic elements of this 11th century castle.  Decorated with rich fabrics, the rooms even include original furniture from the castle so you can feel a part of its history.


Talabgaon Castle – Sarima, India


Each suite in this magical Indian castle has been restored using rich fabrics drawn from the colourful Rajasthan culture. With activities such as camel rides, tours at the temples and meals at a traditional mud house, you’ll be living a lavish lifestyle in no time.