Throughout the world, but mainly in Europe and parts of Asia, numerous palaces, castles and chateaus have been carefully converted into deluxe lodgings -- rich in history and, understandably, often in cost.
Some of the finest include the newly opened Four Seasons Lion Palace in St. Petersburg and the recently renovated Gritti Palace in Venice -- both among the selection featured below.
Excluded in this list are the well-known palace hotels of India in order to highlight similar-ish accommodations available in other countries.
La Posta Vecchia, Rome
Located 30 minutes outside of the Italian capital, La Posta Vecchia was built in the mid-17th century by the Renaissance Prince Orsini.
In the 1960s, oil tycoon J.P. Getty bought and restored it, salvaging many original artifacts while simultaneously reinvigorating the palace with pieces from his own art collection.
Today, the hotel balances ancient and contemporary themes, with priceless antiques alongside modern features such as an indoor pool and a helipad.
Highlight: The hotel's private museum, housing ruins dating back to the second century B.C.
La Posta Vecchia, Strada Ciclabile Palo Laziale, 00055 Ladispoli, Rome, Italy; + 39 06 994 9501
Hotel Vestibul Palace, Split, Croatia
Part of Diocletian's Palace, an immense bastion built by the Roman emperor in the fourth century A.D., the Hotel Vestibul Palace is located within the Peristile square, a place once reserved for the gods.
The hotel teems with history outside but inside things are mostly modern and the contrast of contemporary furnishings sitting next to 1,500-year-old walls allows one to appreciate the surroundings all the more.
Highlight: Figuring out which era parts of the palace are from, with the hotel merging Romanic, Gothic and Renaissance periods.
Hotel Vestibul Palace, Ulica Iza Vestibula 4 21000, Split, Croatia; +385 21 329 329
Aman at Summer Palace, Beijing
Beijing's grand Summer Palace is one of the most popular sights of the Chinese capital and only a group like Aman Resorts would dare try match it, let alone exceed it, with a hotel.
The Aman at Summer Palace is near the East Gate of the palace and comprises a series of 100-year old pavilions that were previously reserved for guests of the Empress Dowager. Imperial Chinese intricacies are abundant, including Ming Dynasty-style furniture and a number of private pavilions in the suites.
Highlight: The Reflection Pavilion, a peaceful setting with a lotus pond where guests can enjoy drinks and cigars.
Aman at Summer Palace, 1 Gongmenqian Street, Summer Palace, Beijing, PRC 100091; +86 10 5987 9999
Mamaison Suite Hotel Pachtuv Palace, Prague, Czech Republic
Once Mozart's temporary home in the Czech capital, the Pachtuv Palace was the residence of Earl Hubert Karel Pachta, who purportedly locked the composer in a room until he finished Don Giovanni.
To be fair, there are worse places you can be imprisoned, with each of the hotel's 50 suites restored: frescoes line the ceilings, fireplaces roar in the corner, four-poster beds offer a noble sleep.
Highlight: The two gorgeous Baroque-style courtyards, which allow you to escape the city.
Mamaison Suite Hotel Pachtuv Palace, Karoliny Sv?tlé 34, 110 00 Praha, Czech Republic; +420 234 705 111
Hotel Imperial, Vienna, Austria