4 Hotels Where You Can Live Like a King
August 29, 2014
We'll never be royals. But we can stay at these historic estate hotels for less than a king's ransom.
Published on Aug 25, 2014
The 79 rooms and suites at Jaipur's Rambagh Palace were once the chambers of the Maharaja, though it takes little imagination to experience living in that era. Luxury and comfort combine to ease guests into a different frame of mind, let alone time. The palace is best enjoyed early in the morning as the sun rises over Rajasthan and the ornate inner courtyard.
Entering the Taj Rambagh Palace Hotel in Jaipur.
While you won't be in waiting for an audience with the Empress Dowager, the Aman at Summer Palace will leave you feeling part of a different era, one more than a century old. Just outside the East Gate of the Summer Palace, calm is the byword among the courtyards that anchor the traditional Chinese architecture. Each suite has its own layout and is fitted with Ming dynastyinspired furniture.
On the European side of the Bosphorus, Ciragan Palace in Istanbul is the place if you want to live like a Sultan of the Ottoman Empire. Book any one of the 11 suites here and, alongside sweeping views of the Bosphorus from the balcony, you'll also have something no sultan could have ever imagined: LCD televisions and wireless Internet access, all within a lavish and historic setting.
Like an oenophile's dream home, the 19th-century Renaissance-style Château de Mirambeau sits between Bordeaux and Cognac, perfect for visits to nearby vineyards. Of the 22 princely accommodations (canopied beds; silk-covered walls; marble baths), rooms in the main castle supply the best views of the pristine Gironde estuary beyond.