20 U.S. Hotels That Will Make You Think You’re in Europe
Castles! Villas! Chateaus! Good news guys, you don’t have to actually go to Europe to feel like you’ve gone to Europe. Book your next holiday at one of these 20 posh and boldly European-influenced U.S. hotels instead.
Kenwood Inn and Spa in Kenwood, California
Sonoma or Sienna? This gorgeous wine country establishment was modeled after the Mediterranean villas that dot the Tuscan landscape. Expect tons of Old World charm (and complimentary afternoon wine and cheese tastings).
Castle Hill Resort and Spa in Proctorsville, Vermont
Umm, are we in the Cotswolds? Between the exterior gneiss stone, turn of the century lighting and woodwork and English gardens, this petite castle is fully committed to its U.K.-chic aesthetic.
The Marlton in New York, New York
This relative newbie to NYC’s Greenwich Village serves up serious Parisian-chic decor inspiration. It also serves up some seriously fabulous French food at Margaux, its on-site restaurant painted the prettiest shade of Laduree green.
Christiania At Vail, A Destination Hotel in Vail, Colorado
With its ornate woodwork and cladding, this cozy ski resort looks airlifted straight from Bavaria. There’s also a German-style bar and restaurant with a live German musician, because if you’re gonna go for it, go for it, right?
Castle Hotel and Spa in Tarrytown, New York
Renowned 19th Century architect Henry Kilburn took inspiration from the Norman fortification style of Wales and Ireland when planning this majestic castle, which is just a quick drive outside of NYC. Fun fact: The interior wainscoting was shipped in from the owner’s home in St. Germaine, France.
The Norumbega in Camden, Maine
Sited high above Penobscot Bay on the foggy Maine coast, this stunning, Gothic castle feels like a fancy-lady escape to the Scottish moors.
The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida
Fun fact: This Palm Beach icon was actually modeled after the Villa Medici in Rome, a feat that required shipping in 75 Italian artisans to hand-paint and detail the premises. And how about that swoon-worthy little courtyard for enjoying an aperitivo?
Thornewood Castle in Lakewood, Washington
Talk about authentic: This gorgeous “castle” is literally a reassembled Elizabethan manor that crossed the ocean. Note the sunken English perennial gardens and medieval stained glass windows. Swoon.
Auberge Du Soleil in Rutherford, California
Napa turns into the Loire Valley at this luxe hotel, which is situated on a 33-acre olive grove. Psst: The decor in the private maisons is inspired by the south of France, with warm tones, French doors and petite private terraces. Oui, oui, oui.
THE KENTUCKY CASTLE
OK, so there’s a turreted, landscaped and fully walled-in castle in rural Kentucky. And rumor has it they offer a killer English buffet-style breakfast.
The Inn at Erlowest in Lake George, New York
Chintz, dust ruffles and canopied beds: If you’re looking for cozy, old-school English charm, look no further than this Queen-Anne Stone Castle, located on beautiful Lake Placid.
Oheka Castle In Huntington, New York
Holy swoon. With its elegant silhouette and pristine formal French gardens, this grand Long Island chateau is the closest you can get to Versailles stateside.
Hotel Bel Air
With its pink-stuccoed exterior, fountained gardens and resident swans, this Mediterranean villa feels worlds away from Los Angeles.
Castle Marne in Denver, Colorado
Behold, a slice of Devonshire in Denver. This bed and breakfast boasts a castle-like structure, serene English gardens and an authentic afternoon tea service. Blimey charming, no?
Blantyre In Lenox, Massachusetts
Towers, turrets, gargoyles, oh my! This luxe getaway was modeled after the founder’s mothers’ ancestral home in Blantyre, Scotland. (Oh, and there’s an epic wine cellar with over 9,000 bottles.)
Chateau Marmont in Hollywood, California
Inspired by a castle in France’s Loire Valley, checking into this Hollywood establishment is like visiting an exceptionally fabulous European country estate. Note the elegant, arched window, tiled porticos and the superb A-list celeb sightings.
Landoll’s Mohican Castle in Loudonville, Ohio
Lush tapestries, oriental rugs and a turreted stone fortress with siting deep in the woods: Yes, we’re not in Kansas anymore.
Millenium Biltmore in Los Angeles, California
With its Roman-style pool, gilded gallerias, puti carvings and ceiling frescoes painted by Italian artist Giovanni Smeraldi (psst: his work can be found in Vatican), this L.A. proper venue is all kinds of opulent.
Messina Hof Villa Winery and B&B in Bryan, Texas
At this acclaimed bed & breakfast (overlooking Texas wine country), each room has a unique theme and decor scheme—like the Romeo and Juliet room, with its charming English-style furnishings.
Hotel Maison De Ville in New Orleans, Louisiana
NOLA’s French Quarter is full of European influence. But we particularly love this quiet, charming hideaway, which was built by French immigrant Jean Baptiste Lille Sarpy in 1793. P.S. No open container laws!