Top 35 Places to Spend the Night in a Castle

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 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 loing 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 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 the Wanaxia Mountain, overloing 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 guest just that. Not only is the exterior intricately painted and decorated, the inside shines with light beaming through scores of stain 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 loing for the 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 rela 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 storybo and the hotel makes visitors feel nice and cozy.

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 comments below.

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