Europe's Best Affordable Castle Hotels
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Batthyány Castle, Hungary
First mentioned in 1019, the six-acre Zalacsány estate has witnessed several castles and architectural incarnations, from the late Gothic to the Baroque to the Neoclassical Batthyány, which has occupied the site for about 300 years. Its sun-filled rooms feature dark walnut sleigh beds, antique mirrors, and free Wi-Fi. In the wellness area, therapists are on hand to administer honey massages, couples baths with orange and pine oil, and Pálinka body peels. Batthyány is especially family-friendly, with an open-air swimming pool, a children’s playground, beach volleyball and tennis courts, a grill terrace, and a bar. wellnesskastely.hu; rooms from $98.
—Adam H. Graham