Sleeping like Royalty: The Best Castle Hotels in the World
Who hasn’t fantasized about living the royal life? Give yourself the royal treatment with a stay at our selection of top-rated castle hotels. These aren’t your typical hotels, though; expect to be surrounded by rich history, sumptuous amenities, and beautiful countrysides. And it’s not just about the buildings, these hotels receive rave reviews and offer services fit for kings and queens.
Leeds Castle – Kent, England
One of the oldest castles on this list, Leeds Castle sits on land that has been continuously occupied since 879, though the castle itself was built in the 1100s. In its almost 1,000-year history, Leeds Castle has been owned and visited by numerous royal figures, beginning when Queen Eleanor of Castile bought the property in 1278. Queen Anne of Bohemia, King Henry V, Queen Catherine de Valois, and King Henry VIII each owned the property in the 13th to 16th centuries.
In more recent years, Lady Baillie transformed the castle into a country house where she entertained various famous figures of the 1930s. Today, the castle offers a variety of dining options and accommodations, from individual cottages to glamping to a traditional bed and breakfast. Not interested in spending the night? Day tickets are available from £25; rooms from £90.