Europe’s Amazing Castle & Chateaux Hotels

Regal romance? Blissful indulgence? Here’s where to live a very royal experience without being descended from a Prussian aristocrat, or Louis XIV.

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Airelles Chateau de Versailles

It’s a very faithful restoration of Marie Antoinette’s time

Last year, French hotel company Airelles opened Airelles Chateau de Versailles, Le Grand Controle, a 14-room hotel inside the palace of Versailles (we also love Airelles Courchevel).

It features 21st-century luxuries and dining by Alain Ducasse, but a design faithful to the 18th-century reign of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

You can even do a Marie Antoinette-themed costume fitting.

Castello di Vicarello, Tuscany

This 12th-century Tuscan castle still feels wonderfully old world

A 12th-century castle hotel in Tuscany isn’t that unique. But add in the farm-to-table dining culture and some family-owned charm and this boutique hideaway is a lovely couple’s retreat two hours from Florence.

We love that it’s not completely polished or made overly contemporary. Here you’re really experiencing history.

Torre de Palma Wine Hotel, Portugal

For all the historical significance, this is a contemporary hotel

An old tower, a rustic Roman ruin, now a vineyard retreat in remote Portugal.

This is the perfect spot for a romantic escape, amid the quiet vineyard-clad hills of Alentejo.

Just 18 rooms make up this boutique, all of them befitting the Torre de Palma’s status as a member of Design Hotels.

Villa Cortine Palace Hotel, Lake Garda

An aristocratic retreat on the shores of Lake Garda

The neo-classical palace of a 19th-century aristocrat, complete with a portico facade, Doric columns, elaborate frescoes and a Neptune fountain. Hotel Villa Cortine Palace is a waterfront retreat for couples seeking a traditional, stately stay.

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Domaine des Etangs, Hotel de Luxe Charente

A fairytale in the French countryside

This hotel appears so medieval you almost expect a heroic knight to ride past on his horse. It’s a real fairytale destination hotel, an ancient castle two hours from Bordeaux and Saint-Emilion.

This is a fantastic option for those seeking a less typical holiday.

We love the old meets new style. Like a spa in an old walnut oil mill and Michelin-starred Dyades, where most food comes from the castle grounds.

Castello di Reschio, Umbria-Tuscany

The eye-catching design has helped this castello become one of Europe’s hottest new properties

This tenth-century castle was bought in 1994 by Count Antonio Bolza. In the 25 years since, his son Count Benedikt, and his wife, Donna Nencia Corsini, have restored the estate with meticulous detail, into one-of-a-kind private homes and a 36-bedroom hotel.

It’s a crumbling ruin turned modern-day masterpiece, making this castle from 1050 one of Europe’s hottest places to stay.

Hotel Castell Son Claret, Majorca

You don’t expect to find a castle like this on a Balearic island

A countryside castle from 1450, the type you expect to find in Tuscany, not on the Balearic Island of Majorca. Castell Son Claret has been exceptionally converted into a rural spa resort with the islands’ only two Michelin star restaurant. You really don’t expect this scenery, hotel or experience in Majorca.

Villa San Michele, A Belmond Hotel, Florence

Michelangelo is among the artists who contributed to this monastery turned hotel

Not exactly a castle or a chateau, but Michelangelo painted some of the facade so it’s in the list! It’s actually a 15th-century Franciscan monastery, on a wooded hillside outside Florence.

Like all Belmond properties, Bellini Club benefits make all the difference here.

Chateau La Cheneviere, Normandy

The best place to stay in the upcoming Normandy region

Just 15 rooms make up this 18th-century estate in the Normandy countryside.

This is a true chateau with the spirit of Old Normandy laced within its veins, standing out in an area not known for its luxury hotel scene.

Did you know Normandy and Brittany were number six in 2022’s hottest travel destinations?

Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco, Tuscany

Have an entire estate to explore, not only a castle or chateau

Why only a chateau when you can convert an entire village? That was Rosewood’s approach at this expansive and highly exclusive Tuscan retreat. Driving across the grounds takes at least 15 minutes.

Farmhouses are now chic villas and the original village centre is home to the resort’s reception, spa, restaurants and bar.

A Royal Retreat for Your Next Holiday?

Perhaps a palace is more your style, like the 19th-century Palace Elisabeth in Hvar? Or is your style completely different, like one of Europe’s best spa hotels.

Whatever your dream place to stay, we have a tried and tested hotel for your holiday.

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