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The world's best hotels are as appealing to you and to me as they are to our favorite celebrities and diplomats.

Ashford Castle, County Mayo, Ireland

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Spotted: Pierce Brosnan, Ronald Reagan, Brad Pitt, Barbra Streisand, John Travolta 

This Anglo-Norman castle began tempting celebrities as early as the 1800’s, when it was purchased by Sir Benjamin Lee Guinness of dry stout fame. Its grounds were the backdrop for the Oscar-winning John Ford film, The Quiet Man. More recently, Ireland native Pierce Brosnan wedded wife Keely Shaye Smith at this historic manse. Gossip is circulating that in the next year, Courtney Cox and fiancé John McDaid will also tie the knot here.

Why celebs love it: Waterford crystal chandeliers hang from wood-paneled ceilings, and the castle fronts the shimmering Lough Corrib—Ireland’s second largest lake. A recent redo bestowed upon the property a number of over-the-top features, including a cigar terrace and a 32-seat movie theater, in case you ever tire of flipping through the volumes in the double aspect library or horseback riding across the 350-acre estate.

The World's 17 Best Hotels for Celebrity Sightings

Ashford Castle, County Mayo, Ireland

Spotted: Pierce Brosnan, Ronald Reagan, Brad Pitt, Barbra Streisand, John Travolta 

This Anglo-Norman castle began tempting celebrities as early as the 1800’s, when it was purchased by Sir Benjamin Lee Guinness of dry stout fame. Its grounds were the backdrop for the Oscar-winning John Ford film, The Quiet Man. More recently, Ireland native Pierce Brosnan wedded wife Keely Shaye Smith at this historic manse. Gossip is circulating that in the next year, Courtney Cox and fiancé John McDaid will also tie the knot here.

Why celebs love it: Waterford crystal chandeliers hang from wood-paneled ceilings, and the castle fronts the shimmering Lough Corrib—Ireland’s second largest lake. A recent redo bestowed upon the property a number of over-the-top features, including a cigar terrace and a 32-seat movie theater, in case you ever tire of flipping through the volumes in the double aspect library or horseback riding across the 350-acre estate.

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The World's 17 Best Hotels for Celebrity Sightings

Celebrities are people, too, and they need a good vacation just like the rest of us. 

Hotels with the most celeb appeal seem to attract our favorite stars like moths to a super nova: one deems a property worthy of their presence, and the whole lot of them descends upon that lucky beach town, castle mount, or glistening skyscraper.

Our favorite movie stars and performers flock to properties that can ensure them privacy from paparazzi with private villas and designated butlers that escort them from glossy limo to glossier plunge pool. They seek over-the-top suites with personal screening rooms, far-flung destinations, and world-class dining. Wouldn't you? 

These 17 hotels and resorts have proven they, too, have star power, thanks to a long (sometimes centuries-long) repertoire with the world's most famous names. 

Book a room at any one of these properties for the chance to elbow up alongside your celebrity. Just try not to ogle.

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