If you ever dreamed about being a lord or a lady and living in a castle, you can make your dream come true (at least for a limited time period) by staying in a castle hotel. This way history will get closer to you or you will become a part of history.
Ballynahinch Castle Hotel
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This is actually a stone manor house dating back to the 1800s. It is a pearl of Connemara with a 450 acre estate. The most famous owners of the mansion have been the O’Flaherty clan, Richard Martin (also known as Humanity Dick) and Ranji, the Indian Maharajah.
Oheka Castle Hotel
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We can say that this is a truly unique hotel. It dates back to the 1920s and it is known to be the second largest private residence of the U.S. built for Otto Kahn. The meeting places and the ballrooms have been visited by numerous important people including Douglas Fairbanks and Charlie Chaplin.
Grand Hotel Baglioni
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This has been the former residence of Bertolini family. If you think about the past of Florence, you can be sure that this hotel fits that image. Here you will find regal touches. The 193 rooms are really luxurious and airy with traditional Italian furnishing.
The Milestone Hotel
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This is one of the hotels with a long history. A lot of colorful characters are linked to its past, including a mistress of James II and “baron” Albert Grant, a well-known financial swindler. At the moment the structure is made of a couple of private homes. In our days it is considered one of the most famous boutique hotels of London.
Fisher Island Club
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The hotel was built by William Vanderbilt II and since the 1920s it has become a residential community that comes with a small hotel. The mansion is still intact even though the surroundings are rich in modern touches as a tennis court, golf courses, marinas, and spa.
Villa Spaletti Trivelli
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Again a boutique hotel, that has only 12 rooms which are housed in a mansion. Although it is a small hotel, the guests can be sure that they won’t be bored. They can relax at the spa, gym, or garden. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi and also free breakfast.
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This is another mansion of the Vanderbilt family that has been turned into a hotel. This is a luxury property with well-appointed rooms and first class dining.