Travel like a royal -- stay in a castle hotel!
Feel like a royal, even if you aren't one
If the classic castles that serve as the backdrop on TV shows such as "Downton Abbey" get your heart racing, you're in luck. Across Europe, many highbrow historical sites have been transformed into hotels, offering those without a title access to a royal experience.
Even better news for commoners: Castle hotels can be less expensive than you might think. While a stay in Lady Hamlyn's apartment in the luxurious Chateau de Bagnols in Beaujolais, France, could set you back more than $2,500 a night, other royal residences can be had for rates that won't drain the family fortune.
"People travel to Europe to see the sights, so why not stay in one of them?" says Reid Bramblett of ReidsGuides.com. "A vaulted stone chamber in that medieval castle up on a hill will often cost less than a cookie-cutter room in the nondescript tourist-class hotels in the town below."
Join us on a tour of castles that have opened their doors to the not-so-manor-born -- and find out how you can feel like a royal, too.