Stunning Castle Hotels in Europe

Adare Manor: Limerick, Ireland

Adare Manor reopened in 2017 after an extensive 18-month renovation. Updates include a new wing with additional bedrooms, a new ballroom and a redesigned Tom Fazio golf course that's set to open in spring 2018. According to guests, the attention to detail in the refurbishment at this Limerick, Ireland, hotel is exquisite. Travelers praise the well-appointed rooms and suites, the food and wine quality at the on-site dining venues and the accommodating and attentive staff. Visitors can also enjoy a wealth of amenities at Adare Manor, including a cinema, a spa, an indoor pool and a fitness center. Plus, archery, cycling, woodland walks and historical tours are all available on-site. (COURTESY OF ADARE MANOR) 

Beau-Rivage Palace: Lausanne, Switzerland

Occupying prime real estate along Lake Geneva in Lausanne, Switzerland, the Beau-Rivage Palace offers sweeping views of the Swiss Alps. This Leading Hotels of the World property sits on 10 acres of expertly manicured gardens and houses a two-starred Michelin restaurant, a spa, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and chic rooms and suites with views of the town, lake or mountains. Travelers say if you're looking to get pampered, this property should be on your bucket list. Previous guests report receiving a luxurious experience at the Beau-Rivage Palace, noting spacious accommodations and staff members who went above and beyond as highlights. (COURTESY OF BEAU-RIVAGE PALACE)

Dromoland Castle: Newmarket on Fergus, Ireland 

Dromoland Castle is located about 20 miles northwest of Limerick, Ireland, on a sprawling 450-acre plot of green land. The Preferred Hotels & Resorts property is home to a lake, a spa, a pool and an 18-hole golf course. Plus, travelers can enjoy a bevy of activities, including horseback riding, archery, fishing and hawk walks to the nearby school of falconry. Along with the variety of amenities, guests rave about the property's scenic setting and friendly staff members. When it comes to accommodations, rooms are dressed in elegant 18th- and 19th-century and Louis XV-style decor. (COURTESY OF DROMOLAND CASTLE)

Häckeberga Castle: Genarp, Sweden

A French Renaissance-style estate built in the 1870s, Häckeberga Castle offers a unique location on its own private peninsula in Lake Häckeberga in southern Sweden. If you're looking for a tranquil, relaxing stay, this is the castle for you. The beautiful surrounding grounds are filled with flora and fauna – perfect for romantic strolls – and the hotel has just 27 rooms, which previous guests describe as exceptionally comfortable. According to travelers, other highlights include the idyllic setting overlooking the lake and the tasty food served at the on-site restaurant. (HÄCKEBERGA CASTLE/MAGNUS FRÁZEN) 

Gstaad Palace: Gstaad, Switzerland 

Luxury knows no bounds at this 20th-century palace in Gstaad, Switzerland. Stylish accommodations, a well-regarded spa, indoor and outdoor pools and family-friendly amenities are just a few traveler-approved perks. Visitors also rave about the staff's friendly demeanor and their attention to detail, along with the variety and quality of the eight on-site bars and restaurants. What's more, this hotel is set in a stunning location surrounded by the towering Swiss Alps and several ski resorts, with an Instagram-worthy photo op at every turn. Plus, thanks to its ties with Leading Hotels of the World, Leaders Club members can enjoy extra perks here such as a welcome gift and free breakfast. (COURTESY OF GSTAAD PALACE)

Lough Eske Castle, a Solis Hotel & Spa: Donegal, Ireland 

With a quiet lakeside location in northwestern Ireland, Lough Eske Castle appeals to travelers of all types, whether they're interested in enjoying outdoor adventures, relaxing at the spa or sampling the on-site culinary offerings. This castle hotel engages visitors with everything from golfing and horseback riding to fishing and even surfing at the nearby beach. Those seeking a more relaxing retreat will enjoy treatments offered at the on-site spa and swimming in the indoor pool. And according to recent guests, one of this hotel's standout features is its food. Travelers describe the on-site meals as superb.(COURTESY OF LOUGH ESKE CASTLE)

Castel Monastero: Castelnuovo Berardenga, Italy 

Castel Monastero draws visitors to its grounds with its secluded locale in central Italy. This Leading Hotels of the World property is ideal for serenity seekers, thanks to the on-site spa and wellness center that provides a plethora of treatments, ranging from acupuncture and anti-aging services to massages and body masks. The hotel is also home to a fitness center and three pools perfect for soaking up the Tuscan sun. If you're more interested in food and wine, Castel Monastero offers cooking classes created by Gordon Ramsay and a wine tasting program that allows you to sample local varieties.(COURTESY OF CASTEL MONASTERO)

Château de Mirambeau: Mirambeau, France 

Home to a Michelin-starred restaurant and ample facilities, Château de Mirambeau sits near France's popular Bordeaux wine region. On-site, guests will find a spa, complete with a hamam, a sauna, a fitness center and treatment rooms, indoor and outdoor pools and tennis courts. Drawing on its location, the hotel also houses a "Cognatheque," which invites guests to taste exclusive wines and cognacs. The hotel is built on the site of an old medieval fortress, dating back to the 11th century. Recent travelers laud this Relais & Châteaux property's beautiful grounds and comfortable rooms, which are outfitted in rich hues of gold, silver, sapphire, scarlet and sage. (COURTESY OF CHÂTEAU DE MIRAMBEAU)

Badrutt's Palace Hotel: St. Moritz, Switzerland

Part of the Leading Hotels of the World portfolio, Badrutt's Palace Hotel enjoys an enviable spot in St. Moritz, Switzerland, with the Corviglia mountains in the backdrop. The hotel is a hit with travelers, thanks to its various facilities and top-notch employees. Guests can sip Champagne while admiring the lake and mountain views or hit the challenging ski slopes nearby. In the warmer months, activities like sailing, hiking and fishing are popular. The hotel also features an indoor pool with floor-to-ceiling windows that connects to a heated outdoor pool. Other perks include complimentary transportation in a Rolls Royce, a welcome gift and several fine dining restaurants. (COURTESY OF BADRUTT'S PALACE HOTEL)

 Rubezahl-Marienbad Luxury Historical Castle Hotel & Golf: Mariánské Lázně, Czech Republic

This historic Czech castle was built in 1903 and restored to its former glory after a renovation in 2015. Many elite royals and notable historical figures have frequented this hotel, including King Edward VII, Sigmund Freud and composers Frédéric Chopin and Richard Wagner. Rubezahl-Marienbad Luxury Historical Castle Hotel invites travelers to take advantage of on-site amenities like the spa and wellness center, the golf course, the equestrian center and the gym. Previous guests cite excellent service, a unique atmosphere and arresting scenery as highlights of their stay. (COURTESY OF RUBEZAHL-MARIENBAD LUXURY HISTORICAL CASTLE HOTEL & GOLF)

Bovey Castle: North Bovey, England

Bovey Castle is a 20th-century mansion that sprawls across 275 acres of English countryside. Situated in Dartmoor National Park in southwestern England, the hotel offers many luxury amenities, including a spa with an indoor pool, a Jacuzzi and steam room and an afternoon tea service – a traveler favorite. In fact, all the on-site eateries, which range from a fine dining venue to a casual pub, receive high praise from previous guests. Accommodations at Bovey Castle are dressed in furnishings you'd expect of a high-end castle, with chic, neutral decor with floral print accents and modern accoutrements like marble and granite bathrooms with rainfall showers. (COURTESY OF BOVEY CASTLE)

Hotel Dukes' Palace Bruges: Bruges, Belgium

Located in the heart of Bruges, this hotel welcomes guests with royal touches like Champagne and Belgian chocolate at the guest-beloved buffet breakfast, and elegantly decorated interiors. Hotel Dukes' Palace Bruges's location is excellent for sightseeing, too, with top attractions like the De Halve Maan Brewery, the Markt and the historic city center just a short walk away. On-site, travelers can bed down in a room or suite decorated in scarlet and gold hues, all of which are equipped with marble bathrooms, espresso machines and free Wi-Fi access. Looking for even more stunning hotels in Europe? Check out the U.S. News Best Hotels in Europe ranking. (COURTESY OF HOTEL DUKES’ PALACE BRUGES)

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