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Welcome to our choices for, and full reviews of, the best luxury 5 Star Castle Hotels in Italy in 2024. All come with instant online booking & lowest price guaranteed via Booking.com.
The 5-star Villa Crespi Hotel, on the shore of Lake Orta, near Milan, Italy, is a unique and spectacular sight. Built in 1879 as a residence for a local wealthy cotton merchant, its eye-catching Arabesque architecture and minaret were inspired by its founder’s many business trips to Baghdad in the 19th century. THE ACCOMMODATION: They have a range of accommodation at Villa Crespi from entry-level, classic rooms to spacious, lavishly decorated suites. All of them are relatively spacious, and definitely luxurious, with even the classic rooms you have around 22 m² of space plus a balcony, queen-size (or twin, as desired) beds, and romantic freestanding bath tubs for example. Though the exteriors and much of the interiors of Villa Crespi are solidly Arabesque in style the interior decoration of the rooms and suites tends to be more classic European. They are very much old-style romantic with four poster beds, antique furniture and art pieces, chandeliers, elegantly dressed windows, and some really quite gorgeous bathrooms. It is a luxury hotel though so you can also expect modern conveniences; air-con, satellite TV, mini-bar etc. PRICES: Check out all the details – prices, reviews, and more photos – on the booking page here. READ MORE
A strong candidate for Florence’s best hotel, the 5-star Four Seasons Gherardesca Palace Hotel is a veritable oasis in the heart of one of the world’s most visited cities. It has 11 acres of peaceful walled gardens to separate you from the tourist masses and, though the exteriors are relatively unassuming, the lavish interiors are an incredible, Renaissance-era, feast for the eyes. Housed between the 15th-century Palazzo della Gherardesca, which served as a private residence for Florentine nobility (including one Pope), and a 16th-century convent across the gardens known as La Villa, it has a tremendous sense of history and is incredibly rich in historic features down to the smallest detail. Frescoes, stuccos, bas-reliefs, and even old silk wallpapers have been carefully restored, magnificent pieces of classical art abound, and the whole hotel has the look and feel of a living museum. Facilities include a large outdoor pool nicely set in the gardens, perhaps Florence’s best spa facilities, and perhaps its best restaurant in the form of the Michelin-starred Il Palagio. THE ACCOMMODATION: You can choose from 116 rooms and suites, from superior and deluxe double rooms all the way up to some tremendously impressive suites. The most lavish of READ MORE
Aficionados of Italian wine, particularly Brunello, will be well aware of Castello Banfi near Montalcino, and Siena, Tuscany. The 7,100-acre estate has been producing quality wines since 1978 and offers a full complement of Eno-tourism activities and a range of elegant, 5-star boutique accommodation. The highlights of the estate are the enchanting 12th-century-era castle and 17th-century-era hamlet which sit high on a hill overlooking the vineyards and the surrounding, typically picturesque Tuscan countryside. There you have a choice of beautiful, and very spacious, rooms and suites, two excellent gourmet restaurants, a traditional Tuscan enoteca, beautifully manicured gardens, a heated outdoor swimming pool, a small gym, a massage pavilion, and a cookery school. THE ACCOMMODATION: The choices are between ‘deluxe’ double rooms which, at 40 m², are large enough to be considered suites in most hotels and then there are the actual suites: listed as classic, junior, superior, and deluxe, they range in size between 66 m² and 110 m² and can sleep up to four. They are all beautifully designed, classically furnished, and full of regal charm. They also come with large bathrooms with walk-in rainfall showers (some also with baths) and all modern hotel mod cons; satellite TV, WiFi, READ MORE
Castello di Velona is a stunning 5-star, 11th-century era, castle hotel set high on a hilltop outside Montalcino, Tuscany, and comes with panoramic views over the iconic Brunello vineyards of the Val d’Orcia. It is very much an exclusive, luxury retreat, and one which also comes with a hefty price tag. The only negative reviews it seems to receive are, at least in part, regarding the cost but once you come to terms with that it is a very special place indeed. The quality of the accommodation and service, the uniqueness, and beauty of the setting, the tremendous spa and wellness facilities – including natural thermal spring baths, and not one but TWO restaurants with Michelin Stars – an outstanding achievement – means it absolutely has to be on our list of the best castle hotels in Italy. They have a great range of accommodation, from basic (relatively speaking of course) double rooms to some enormously opulent suites (one even has a private pool) and some equally opulent and spacious self-catering apartments. WHAT OTHER GUESTS SAY: “Amazing views of a gorgeous, historical valley as far as the eye can see. We had a huge “Junior” suite with a beautiful bathroom and READ MORE