Amberley Castle - A Relais & Chateaux Hotel
Country House in Amberley , United Kingdom Europe > United Kingdom > England > West Sussex  
Amberley Castle - A Relais & Chateaux Hotel Amberley Castle - A Relais & Chateaux Hotel
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Former Castle Accommodation

The 900-year-old castle is enclosed in a 60-foot high wall. Behind its walls visitors will discover landscaped gardens and an excellent atmosphere of tranquility. The 19 rooms of the hotel maintain the historic character of the castle, while also offering a luxurious environment.
 
Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort
Resort in Waterford , Ireland Europe > Ireland > Waterford  
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Waterford Castle Hotel boasts a long history since it was first built during the 15th century. Situated on a private island, the castle largely maintains its initial splendour and grandeur, as guests can admire the carved stone and wood paneled hall as well as the original tapestries. The decoration of the 19 elegant bedrooms reflects the atmosphere of the castle as it used to be some hundred years ago, offering gracious yet modern comforts and making it ideal for a romantic stay or a lavish wedding ceremony.
 
Zamek Reszel
Resort in Reszel , Poland Europe > Poland > Warmian Masurian > Ketrzyn  
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Former Castle Hotel

The very first watchtower of Zamek Reszel was built in 1241, but the rest of the castle was constructed about 100 years later. Although it was initially built with heavy fortification for military purposes, by the 16th century it had turned into a hunting residence. In the early 19th century, the entire castle was destroyed by a fire and when it was rebuilt, most of its medieval elements were removed. After various renovations over the years, in 2001 it opened as a hotel with a restaurant, an art gallery and a museum.
 
Oheka Castle Hotel & Estate
Hotel in Huntington NY , United States North America > United States > New York > Suffolk  
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Former Castle Hotel

Oheka Castle was built in 1919 by the financier and philanthropist Otto Hermann Kahn. During the 1920s, Kahn used the 127-room estate as a summer home where he hosted lavish parties, in which heads of state and Hollywood stars were among the people invited. After the death of Otto Kahn in 1934, the estate changed hands several times. It used to serve as a retreat for New York sanitation workers and a government training school for Merchant Marine radio operators. In 1948, the Eastern Military Academy bought Oheka but the school went bankrupt 30 years later. In 1984, renovations to restore the castle to its original grandeur started taking place. Today, Oheka is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a member of the Historic Hotels of America.
 
La Mamounia
Hotel in Marrakech , Morocco Africa > Morocco > Marrakech Tensift Al Haouz > Marrakesh > Menara Gueliz  
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Former Castle Hotel

This impressive castle was built in the 12th century and it was protected by the medieval ramparts of Marrakesh. During the 18th century, the beautiful gardens which adorn the establishment were given to Prince Al Mamoun as a wedding gift and have been an inseparable part of the castle ever since. The castle's prestigious past and rich Arabic-Andalusian culture are reflected through all its colors, shapes and materials. From 1923 until today, it has accommodated guests from all over the world as well as many famous people.
 
Peckforton Castle
Hotel in Tarporley , United Kingdom Europe > United Kingdom > England > Cheshire  
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Former Castle Hotel

The castle was initially built in 1851 when the head of the Tollemache family decided to build a fortified home reminiscent of a medieval castle. During World War II, the castle was used as a refuge for disabled children that had been evacuated. In 1952, the castle was granted Grade I-listed status for its historic importance and by the 1980s it was used as a place for live-action fantasy games and later on as a venue for business conferences and weddings. In 2006 its current owners purchased the castle to turn it into the majestic hotel that it is today.
 
Parador de Alarcón
Hotel in Alarcon , Spain Europe > Spain > Castilla La Mancha > Cuenca  
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Former Castle Hotel

Parador de Alarcón is an 8th century castle, positioned next to the Júcar River. The stone castle has original wood beams and traditional furnishings. It overlooks Alarcón, one of the loveliest villages of Spain that has been declared an area of artistic and historical importance thanks to its beauty and harmony.
 
Kinsterna Hotel
Hotel in Monemvasia , Greece Europe > Greece > Peloponnese > Laconia  
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Former Castle Hotel

The original structure is said to have been built some time during the 17th century and after the end of the Ottoman era in 1821, the local owner, Ibrahim Bey, ceded the property to the Ritsos and Kapetsini families. Lina Kapetsini lived in the mansion until the late 1970s and after her death the property fell into disrepair. In 2006, the mansion was restored and became a boutique hotel in 2010. The Ottoman features of the building, such as the large chimney and fireplaces, are still evident today, fused with Byzantine and Venetian elements.
 
Château De La Bourdaisière
Hotel in Montlouis-sur-Loire , France Europe > France > Centre > Indre et Loire > Tours  
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The initial fortress was built as far back as the 14th century, with only some moats, a corner tower and a staircase remaining from that building. In the early 16th century, it was reconstructed into a country residence and through the ages it changed many owners. In the 19th century, the castle was redesigned once again, this time in a Neo-Renaissance style. During World War II, it was occupied by the Germans, and afterwards it was turned into a military school and later on into a retirement home before becoming the luxury hotel that it is today.
 
Castle Hotel & Spa
Hotel in Tarrytown NY , United States North America > United States > New York > Westchester  
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Former Castle Hotel

This charming castle was built in two phases, in 1897 and in 1910, in order to reflect the Norman style fortification usually found in castles in Wales, Ireland and Scotland. The building boasted 45 rooms and has accommodated many distinguished personalities and royalty through the years. After its owner's death, the castle was used as a school and a counseling firm, before being designated as a historic landmark. By 1996, it was turned into a luxury hotel which was renovated in 2013, maintaining its historic charm and allure.
 
The Witchery by the Castle
Hotel in Edinburgh , United Kingdom Europe > United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh  
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Former Castle Hotel

The Witchery by the Castle was established by James Thomson, one of the most famous restaurant owners in Scotland, at a historic building at the gates of Edinburgh Castle. It takes its name from the hundreds of women burned at the stake as witches on Castlehill during the 16th and 17th centuries. The Witchery occupies a substantial 16th century building, Boswell’s Court, named after a former resident, James Boswell. With its antique-filled suites secreted within dreamy 16th-century building, guests are swept into an opulent, Gothic fantasy.
 
Pousada Castelo de Obidos
Hotel in Obidos , Portugal Europe > Portugal > Leiria > Obidos > Obidos Santa Maria  
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Former Castle Hotel

The hotel is located in Vila de Óbidos and is considered to be one of the 7 wonders of Portugal. The Pousada has great historical importance and some of its medieval features are dated as far back as the 9th century. The castle was given as a gift from King D. Dinis to Queen Santa Isabel for her wedding, which also took place in the establishment, and is one of the most impressive wedding sites until today.
 
Hotel de la Cité & Spa MGallery
Hotel in Carcassonne , France Europe > France > Languedoc Roussillon > Aude > Carcassonne  
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Former Castle Hotel

Hôtel de La Cité was initially built in 1909 and its premises were extended in 1913 and 1927. In the 1920s, it became a stop-over for those travelling between Nice and Biarritz or between Biarritz and Barcelona. The hotel was closed during the WWII and reopened in 1945. During the 1950s, it was at the height of its glory but it started declining in the 1960s, with the restaurant closing in 1969 and the hotel itself in 1987. Two years later, in 1989, it reopened under new ownership, but in 1997 Hôtel de la Cité changed hands once again. It was entirely renovated from 1998 to 2001 and the two existing hotels, the four-star Hôtel de la Cité and the three-star Hôtel Dame Carcas were merged into a single luxury hotel. In August 2011, the hotel was acquired by Christine Pujol, an owner of several charming hotels in Carcassonne, thereby opening a new chapter in the hotel's history.
 
Ruthin Castle Hotel and Spa
Country House in Ruthin , United Kingdom Europe > United Kingdom > Wales > Denbighshire  
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Former Castle Accommodation

A medieval castle fortification in Wales, close to the town of Ruthin; it was constructed during the 13th century by Dafydd, on a red sandstone ridge looking over the valley. The castle has changed many hands throughout the centuries and has survived numerous sieges and invasions to the Welsh land. In 1923, the castle was used as an international private clinic devoted to the treatments of obscure diseases, but it closed in 1950. During the 1960s, the castle was sold again and this time it was opened as a hotel and started taking the shape it has today.
 
Château de Bagnols
Hotel in Bagnols , France Europe > France > Rhone Alpes > Rhone > Villefranche sur Saone  
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Former Castle Hotel

Positioned in the heart of the Beaujolais, this castle hotel boasts history that spans more than eight centuries. The fortification has been enriched after each change of owner, finally becoming the country residence that it is today. Château de Bagnols maintains the characteristics of a real castle such as a moat, drawbridge and towers with cruciform arrow holes. Now you can stroll around the countryside vineyards, or hike around the marked trails right outside your door.
 
Swinton Park
Hotel in Masham , United Kingdom Europe > United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > North Yorkshire  
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Former Castle Hotel

The first house to be built on the Swinton Park estate was commissioned in 1695 by the English wool merchant and country gentleman Sir Abstrupus Danby. His successors built a stable block and gatehouse, and in the 1760s planted parks and created a chain of five lakes. In 1882, Samuel Cunliffe-Lister bought the castle at the age of 68. He embarked on an extensive building program, adding a third floor and expanding the dining room. From 1976 to 1998, the castle was occupied by the Lindley Education Foundation, which operated it as a management training center. Mark Cunliffe-Lister, Molly's great-grandson, bought the castle with his mother, brother and sister in May 2000. On June 17, 2000, Mark and Felicity (the current Baron and Baroness Masham) were married and, upon returning from their honeymoon, moved to Swinton to start the family business. The luxurious 32-bedroom castle hotel was opened in 2001 after a major renovation.
 
Fonab Castle Hotel
Hotel in Pitlochry , United Kingdom Europe > United Kingdom > Scotland > Perthshire and Kinross  
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Former Castle Hotel

Idyllically located at the shores of Loch Faskally, Fonab Castle Hotel is a grand historic landmark of the area. It was initially built in 1892 in order to be used by port and sherry merchants. Later on, it was used by the Scottish Hydro Power company, until it was purchased by the Clark family in 2002, who turned the castle into a lavish and beautifully restored luxury hotel. Today, Fonab Castle Hotel is renowned for its exquisite accommodation and spa facilities and offers nothing short of a royal stay to every guest.
 
Dalhousie Castle Hotel
Hotel in Bonnyrigg , United Kingdom Europe > United Kingdom > Scotland > Midlothian  
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Former Castle Hotel

Located just minutes outside Edinburgh, Dalhousie Castle was built in the 13th century and belonged to the Ramsay clan for centuries. After a rather turbulent past and many renovations, the castle was turned into the award-winning hotel that it is today, providing guests with excellent service and a magical atmosphere that will make them feel like they have travelled through time.
 
Althoff Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg
Hotel in Bergisch Gladbach , Germany Europe > Germany > North Rhine Westphalia > Cologne > Rheinisch Bergischer Kreis  
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In an amazing location overlooking the bay of Cologne this hotel surely knows how to fascinate all its visitors – be it a city break to Cologne, a business trip or a wellness weekend.

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Historic Hotel

Winchester Castle and Versailles served as architectural models when Prince-Elector Johann Wilhelm II of Duesseldorf requested the construction of his “Maison de Rétraite” at a oustanding place of the Bensberg mountain terrace with a stunning view of the cathedral city of Cologne. 


Hotel with Spa

Althoff Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg's rejuvenating spa uses the 4 elements to put guests at ease. Fire, water, air and earth symbolise the different massage treatments offered, and they all contribute to the balance of guests' health, happiness, energy and overall well-being. Engaging all the senses, guests' mind, body and spirit will be relaxed and invigorated. This hotel's spa also includes a fitness centre, sauna and an indoor pool with a starry sky view, for further relaxation. 


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Hotel Schloss Mönchstein
Hotel in Salzburg , Austria Europe > Austria > Salzburg > Salzburg  
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The castle was first built in the 14th century. During the 17th century, it was sold to Mülln Abbey. Archbishop Paris Lodron ordered further fortifications like the Monica gates, Augustinian gates and drawbridges. At some point, it was used by the University of Salzburg as a place of repose for its professors and it was dubbed the "Professors' castle" in the 1600s. A few years later, the castle's tower was used as the astronomy station to observe the stars and planets.
 
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