The World's 17 Best Hotels for Celebrity Sightings

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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