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Most Romantic Castle Hotels In The World

There’s magic to be found in this world when it comes to our historic castle hotels, from the fairy tale-esque Hotel de la Cite Carcassonne in France to the 9th-century Pousada Castelo de Obidos in Portugal. These incredible and romantic castle hotels around the globe provide old-world luxury, natural beauty and fascinating history. They’re also well-positioned for exploring unique destinations with their own enticing culinary scenes, cultures and sights.

With more than 400 million annual visitors to HotelsCombined, we’ve tracked down the world’s most romantic castle hotels. Whether you need inspiration for Valentine’s Day or simply want to whisk your partner off to a mesmerising part of the world, these romantic castle hotels will amaze, inspire and keep you spellbound.

Carcassonne, France

Carcassonne castle hotels
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Carcassonne streets
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Carcassonne located in France’s Languedoc area, is home to one of the world’s most romantic castle hotels, La Cité, which dates back to Gallo-Roman times. It’s also home to the 12th-century Château Comtal, where you can see archaeological discoveries, and a charming historic centre with pizzerias, brasseries and the iconic Place Carnot.

Hotel de la Cite Carcassonne – MGallery by Sofitel

Hotel de la Cite Carcassonne - MGallery by Sofitel, romantic castle hotels
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Hotel de la Cite Carcassonne - MGallery by Sofitel, romantic castle hotels
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Located in the heart of the Heritage-listed medieval fortress of Carcassonne, Hotel de la Cite Carcassonne – MGallery by Sofitel combines 5-star opulence with 19th-century history. Neo-Gothic architecture meets modern luxuries, including a heated outdoor pool, but the biggest draw is the gourmet dining at the Barbacane restaurant, whether on the garden patio or inside the chandeliered hall.

Certain rooms capture the old-world elegance of the castle better than others, such as the Junior Suite with an antique chandelier, old timber walls and a view of the castle ramparts. However, the Deluxe Suite is our pick with its private rooftop terrace with sun loungers and panoramic views of the castle and surrounding village. 

Why You Should Stay Here

  • Authentic regional cuisine in a castle setting at La Barbacane.
  • Within a five-minute walk from Théâtre Jean-Deschamps and Château Comtal.
  • Views of the castle ramparts, gardens or basilica from many of the rooms and suites.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 197 – USD 600
Guest Rating: 9.2
Address: Place Auguste Pierre Pont, Carcassonne, France

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Cong, Ireland

Cong green fields
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Green fields with sheep in Cong
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Escape to the romantic village of Cong, where glassy lakes and underground streams accentuate a natural beauty and overall feeling of peace. There’s little to do here other than stroll through the Irish countryside, dine at local cafes and gastropubs and visit a handful of attractions. Of these, Cong Abbey is one of the most impressive with its medieval walls that fit perfectly with the town’s thatched-roof houses.

Ashford Castle

Ashford castle, romantic castle hotels
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Ashford Castle, romantic castle hotels
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Ashford Castle is a sprawling, centuries-old residence bordered by the picturesque Lake Corrib. It has collected numerous awards over the years, including for its on-site day spa, which offers an indoor pool and various rejuvenating treatments. The castle estate also has unique activities, from clay shooting, horse riding and falconry to lake cruises and stand-up paddleboarding.

You’ll feel like royalty while staying in the individually decorated and furnished rooms and suites, which have elegant inclusions like four-poster beds, crystal chandeliers, antique chaises and Victorian-era artwork. You can also stay near this romantic castle hotel in a former boathouse called Hideaway Cottage, which occupies a private section of the lake.

Why You Should Stay Here

  • The original fireplace, four-poster bed, original art and Lake Corrib views in the Reagan Presidential Suite.
  • Private wine tastings and wine dinners in secret passageways.
  • On-site boutiques, including a bakery and elegant gift shop.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 403 – USD 4,199
Guest Rating: 9.9
Address: Cong County Mayo, Cong, Ireland

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Cinigiano, Italy

Green countryside in Cinigiano
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Tuscany landscape with winding country road at sunset
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Cinigiano is a delightful Italian commune located in Tuscany, where you can discover a variety of Renaissance art and architecture. The region is also blessed with the dramatic Apennine Mountains and the olive groves and vineyards of Chianti. Tuscany is also home to fairy-tale castles, including the 14th-century Castello di Malaspina and the hilltop Castello di Verrazzano.

Castel Porrona Relais & Spa, romantic castle hotels
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Castel Porrona Relais & Spa, romantic castle hotels
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Nestled in the undulating hills of Montalcino is where you’ll find the magnificent Castel Porrona Relais & Spa. Built in the 12th century, this former medieval village is now a boutique 4-star hotel with elegant rooms and suites featuring Tuscan-style decor, antique furnishings, village views and exposed timber ceilings.

HotelsCombined visitors know this castle well, particularly for its indulgent Agua Spa, which has a heated saltwater pool, two Jacuzzis, a steam bath and pampering treatments, including wine therapies. There’s also an outdoor gym and pool, yoga lessons, Turkish bath and a delicious seasonal menu at the on-site restaurant. 

Why You Should Stay Here

  • A rural Italian castle with medieval walls, preserved rooms and a luxe spa.
  • Gourmet wine and food packages.
  • The separate living room, Tuscan hill views and elegant furnishings in the Suite.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 377 – USD 1,455
Guest Rating: 10
Address: I Traversa 2 – Localita Porrona, Cinigiano, Italy

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Have You Heard About Neuschwanstein Castle?

Neuschwanstein Castle
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Fussen Old town
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Neuschwanstein Castle is one of the most photographed castles in the world. The 19th-century palace is renowned for its stunning hilltop setting, Romanesque Revival architecture and fairy tale-style towers. Honestly, it looks like the princess or prince of our daydreams could be waiting for us inside.

The castle is open to the public and is as extravagant on the inside as you’d expect. There are 15 rooms and halls (small for a castle, we know, but the original plan was for 200 rooms) all elaborately furnished with priceless artwork, old-world furnishings and magnificent chandeliers. Most visitors’ heads remain on a swivel as they walk through Neuschwanstein Castle admiring the mosaic flooring, marble columns and high timber ceilings.

However, one of the best ways to admire Neuschwanstein Castle is from afar. There are multiple viewpoints, such as Queen Mary’s Bridge, surrounding the castle that let you truly take in its magnificent construction, towering perch and the surrounding natural beauty of Germany.

Although you can’t stay overnight at the castle, there are charming hotels nearby in the town it overlooks called Hohenschwangau. Schlossrestaurant Neuschwanstein is a hotel housed in an old German residence with a restaurant serving authentic German food and beer. AMERON Neuschwanstein Alpsee Resort & Spa, meanwhile, has artfully furnished rooms and an utterly luxurious spa with a pool and wellness area.

Want tips on how to best see Neuschwanstein Castle? Read our Expert’s Guide on Visiting the Fairy-Tale Castle


Obidos, Portugal

Obidos street at night
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Obidos street during the day
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The town of Obidos has Roman origins and retains much of its history through its Castelo de Obidos and a handful of museums scattered throughout the tranquil village. Wander hand in hand with your loved one through this charming town to discover family-run restaurants and bars, small markets and hidden historic landmarks. You can then retreat back to your romantic residence in Castelo de Obidos, which overlooks the town.

Pousada Castelo de Obidos

Pousada Castelo de Obidos, romantic castle hotels
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Pousada Castelo de Obidos, romantic castle hotels
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One of the Seven Wonders of Portugal, Pousada Castelo de Obidos dates back to the 9th century and is one of the most romantic places in Portugal. It sits atop a hill overlooking the village and features a beautiful garden courtyard. You can dine on regional Portuguese cuisine in the restaurant or embark on a carriage ride.

The rooms and suites combine modern luxuries with authentic castle decor, particularly the Special Suite, which has original exposed-brick walls, a separate living area and high vaulted ceiling. You can save money by staying in the adjoining Cottage, which offers Standard rooms with double beds and Superior rooms with private balconies.

Why You Should Stay Here 

  • About 300 metres from the Museu Abílio and Museu Municipal de Óbidos.
  • The fireplace, living room and town views in the Large Family room
  • The Brisas do Lis custard cakes served for dessert.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 148 – USD 520
Guest Rating: 8.9
Address: Paco Real Apartado 18, Obidos, Portugal

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Amberley, England

Amberley fields
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Amberley bridge
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Set just back from the River Arun, Amberley is a rural village in West Sussex that’s famed for its thatched cottages and medieval castle. It’s ideal for couples looking to escape the rest of the world and spend their days dining and chatting at Amberley Tea Room or visiting small local shops like Amberley Village Pottery. You can also learn more about the town at Amberley Museum, which has vintage vehicles and old buildings.

Amberley Castle – A Relais & Chateaux Hotel

Amberley Castle- A Relais & Chateaux Hotel, romantic castle hotels
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Amberley - Premier Deluxe room, romantic castle hotels
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Our pick out of the myriad of castles in the United Kingdom, Amberley Castle – A Relais & Chateaux Hotel retains more than 900 years of history with seemingly timeless features. You still walk under the iron gate into a grand courtyard surrounded by stone walls. On-site dining adds a touch of modern glamour, whether it’s by the open fire in the Queen’s Room or next to the suits of armour in The Great Room.

Leisure awaits here as well, from the 18-hole putting course and tennis courts to the fragrant gardens and croquet pitch. The Classic Rooms overlook the 17th-century Manor House, while the Superior Rooms have views of the dry moat and lakes. Upgrade to a Junior Deluxe Room for a “Super King” bed or enjoy a true castle getaway in the Premier Deluxe Room. 

Why You Should Stay Here 

  • All rooms come with homemade biscuits and mineral water.
  • The delectable Afternoon Tea in the gardens.
  • About five minutes’ walk from Amberley Village Pottery.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 261 – USD 903
Guest Rating: 9.3
Address: Amberley, Amberley, England, United Kingdom

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Jodhpur, India

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blue buildings in Jodhpur
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Surrounded by the Thar Desert, Jodhpur is a sprawling Indian city overlooked by the impressive Umaid Bhawan Palace. Visit the 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort to see ancient weapons and paintings and don’t miss exploring the city’s world-famous blue buildings. It’s easy to spend hours strolling through this immersive city while ducking into local markets, purchasing regional delicacies and visiting picturesque parks.

Umaid Bhawan Palace

Umaid Bhawan Palace, romantic castle hotels
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Umaid Bhawan Palace, romantic castle hotels
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Considered “a symbol of new Jodhpur”, Umaid Bhawan Palace is a modern testament to the extravagance of the Jodhpur royal family. You’ll actually stay under the same roof as the royal family in rooms that blend Art Deco interiors with modern comforts like private balconies and grand dining rooms. Certain suites also boast original artwork and artefacts.

Continental and fusion Indian cuisine highlight the on-site dining at Risala, while Pillars is popular for its open-air courtyard. Don’t forget to visit Trophy Bar to sip on crafted cocktails or smoke Cuban cigars. You’d also be remiss not booking a treatment at the opulent Jiva Spa, which offers authentic Indian therapies.

Why You Should Stay Here 

  • Elevated views of Jodhpur, the endless sand dunes and Mehrangarh Fort.
  • The advanced yoga classes and rejuvenating facials at Jiva Spa.
  • An elegant and romantic castle hotel where the royal family still lives.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 658 – USD 14,776
Guest Rating: 10
Address: Circuit House Road, Jodhpur, India

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Enjoy Your Holiday at These Magical, Romantic Castle Hotels

Don’t settle for the traditional couple’s getaway this year. Instead, transport your loved one to a beautiful castle where you can reside in a well-preserved room, enjoy fine dining and discover a small and wonderful town or city you might’ve never visited. These incredible and romantic castle hotels not only offer timeless elegance, but also treat you to day spas, extravagant suites and engaging on-site activities.

And why stop at castle hotels? Don’t miss out on visiting the other historic castles that have inspired fairy tales and have their own fascinating stories, such as the beautiful Neuschwanstein Castle known for its extravagant interior and Instagram-worthy facade.

Which romantic castle hotels were your favourites? Let us know in the comments below.

Author: Ben Stower

I'm enamoured with travel, whether it's finding the quiet, local sanctuaries in touristic cities, venturing into rock vaults in a distant jungle or spending hours on a Spanish beach. I can't see an end to my travelling. Just another chapter and another story to tell.

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